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The News In Review newsletter is a service provided by Understand The Times that is a compilation of the news articles previously posted on our site . Understand The Times does not endorse these events but rather is showing the church the current events.  Our purpose of posting these articles is to warn the church of the Biblical deception.

 May 4 - Venice labyrinth has some churchgoers balking at circles
 Article: Emerging Church

With its burned-out lawn and overgrown bushes, the corner lot next to Bethel Tabernacle Church in Venice struck sculptor Robin Murez as ripe for resurrection. So Murez laid plans to turn the church-owned lot into a pocket park with an in-ground labyrinth, where neighbors could gather to chat, and aging churchgoers could park there for suppers and Bible study.

"A labyrinth is a very serene place made for spiritual meditation," Murez said. "The neighborhood needs some healing. The site looked like a scar." After months of plotting and planting, the Oakwood Labyrinth at 6th and San Juan avenues was officially unveiled on Saturday   World Labyrinth Day.

Although passers-by and many neighbors are delighted by the change, the dozen or so elderly churchgoers (oldest member: 94) remain divided on the merits. "My neighbors told me it was a pagan-type thing," said Carol Powell, a member who lives a few blocks from the church. "My concern is you don't walk in a circle. You come inside the church to worship."

Moore and Smith said they have done their best to explain to the congregation the concept of a labyrinth as a path for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation. After all, one of the most famous prayer labyrinths, dating from about 1200, is embedded in the floor at Chartres Cathedral near Paris.

Alyson Horn, who lives across the street, said the labyrinth "creates a feeling of community and     actually ends up making the area safer. It changes the energy."

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 July 4 - Benedict XVI Calls for Silence to Hear God
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Silence might be a fearful thing to modern man, but Benedict XVI is encouraging an acceptance of interior and exterior silence, so as to be able to hear God's voice, and the voices of our neighbors.

His trip marked the 800th anniversary of the birth of Celestine V, the only Pope in history to abdicate Peter's Throne.

The Pope went on to glean relevant teachings from the saint's life. The first he highlighted was the importance of silence.

"[St. Peter Celestine] went in search of truth and happiness, he went in search of God and, to hear his voice, decided to separate himself from the world and to live as a hermit," he said. "Silence thus became the element that characterized his daily life. And it is precisely in external silence, but above all in internal silence, that he succeeded in perceiving God's voice, a voice that was able to guide his life. 

"Here a first aspect that is important for us: We live in a society in which it seems that every space, every moment must be 'filled' with initiatives, activity, sound; often there is not even time to listen and dialogue. Dear brothers and sisters! Let us not be afraid to be silent outside and inside ourselves, so that we are able not only to perceive God's voice, but also the voice of the person next to us, the voices of others."

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 July 1 - Zoo to bring dead animals back to life, 'Jurassic Park'-style
 Article: Genetic Engineering and Cloning

Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, and San Diego Zoo have collaborated to create stem cells from the skin cells of a dead drill monkey, an endangered monkey native to Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria and Cameroon.

The scientists, speaking at the International Society for Stem Cell Research in San Francisco, hope that the "induced pluripotent stem" (iPS) cells thus created can then be biochemically persuaded into becoming sperm and egg cells. They can then be implanted into the womb of another monkey, and will hopefully form a viable foetus.

San Diego Zoo's Frozen Zoo project has taken samples from 8,400 individuals of more than 800 species. It is hoped that these samples can be used in IVF programmes to improve captive breeding projects. Jeane Loring, one of the Scripps researchers, told New Scientist: "You could actually breed from animals that are dead."

The team used genetically engineered viruses fitted with specific human genes to reprogramme adult skin cells into becoming iPS cells. The process worked in drill monkeys, but failed in white rhinoceros cells, implying that it may be necessary to use species-specific versions of the cells in some cases.

There are also concerns that the reprogramming process can cause the iPS cells to become cancerous. However, other researchers have developed techniques for creating iPS cells without leaving the reprogrammed genes in the new cells.

While the process is being used on endangered species, it would be technically possible to use it for extinct animals, using surrogate mothers from other species.

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 June 29 - Scrap dollar as sole reserve currency: U.N. report
 Article: One World Government

A new United Nations report released on Tuesday calls for abandoning the U.S. dollar as the main global reserve currency, saying it has been unable to safeguard value.

But several European officials attending a high-level meeting of the U.N. Economic and Social Council countered by saying that the market, not politicians, would determine what currencies countries would keep on hand for reserves.

"The dollar has proved not to be a stable store of value, which is a requisite for a stable reserve currency," the U.N. World Economic and Social Survey 2010 said.

The report supports replacing the dollar with the International Monetary Fund's special drawing rights (SDRs), an international reserve asset that is used as a unit of payment on IMF loans and is made up of a basket of currencies.

"A new global reserve system could be created, one that no longer relies on the United States dollar as the single major reserve currency," the U.N. report said.

The report said a new reserve system "must not be based on a single currency or even multiple national currencies but instead, should permit the emission of international liquidity -- such as SDRs -- to create a more stable global financial system."

Russia and China have also supported the idea.

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 July 9 - PCUSA Assembly OKs Lifting Gay Ordination Ban
 Article: Perilous Times

Leaders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) narrowly voted Thursday to open ordination to partnered homosexuals.

Following the 373 to 323 vote on Thursday, General Assembly moderator Cynthia Bolbach said in a press conference that the action they took "is just part of an ongoing conversation Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been having for the past 15 years" or so.

Bolbach, who supports the "full inclusion" of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) persons, drew parallels between the debate on homosexual ordination and the debate from 70 years ago on women leaders.

She noted that society has now moved on to pretty much full inclusiveness while the church continues to try to decide how it feels about the role of gays and lesbians in ordained leadership.


"The standards that the governing bodies will be held to is to evaluate the totality of a candidate's life, to interview them and see what their gifts are, what their talents are, what their whole life is about rather than one aspect of their life and ... all of this to be done under the Lordship of Jesus Christ," she contended. "I think that is an incredibly high standard."

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 July 10 - Scientists control worms with nanoparticles, next step 'whole animal'
 Article: Miscellaneous

PHYSICISTS at the University of Buffalo in the US have discovered a way to remotely control animal behaviour. By introducing clusters of magnetic nanoparticles into the cell membranes of tiny worms, researchers then showed they could control the worms' movements.

"We could use this method to make them go back and forth," assistant professor of physics Arnd Pralle said. "Now we need to find out which other behaviours can be controlled this way."

He said the next step was to adapt the technology to a "whole animal" approach, which could lead to "innovative new pharmaceuticals".

However, the university's research has drawn comment from detractors claiming it's a dangerous step towards giving "nanobots" the capacity to control the minds of humans.

Prof Pralle says the true value in the findings lay in its potential to manipulate specific cells, which could lead to innovative new cancer treatment techniques or diabetes therapies. The nanoparticles could be sent to target and kill specific cells, or used to control insulin release.

Wired.com posed the question as to where the nanoparticles could used on the human body to control it in a similar way to the worms. It claims the same recoil response was evident in fingers, causing them to "jump back when we touch something too hot". "But little is known about other places where this happens in the body," it said.

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