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July 3 - Rick Warren Believes Church 'Most Powerful Weapon' to Fight AIDS
Article: Social Gospel
pastor Rick Warren said Sunday that in the fight
against AIDS the "single fastest way to mobilize at the grassroots level
around the world" is through local churches.
In an opinion piece for CNN Sunday, Warren outlined reasons why
he believed the church to be the
"world's most powerful weapon against AIDS."
First, he pointed out that
the church has the largest distribution network on
are more churches in the world than all the Wal-Marts, McDonald's and
Starbucks combined. The church was global 200 years before anyone else
thought of globalization. We could take you to thousands of villages
around the world where the only institution to speak of is a church,"
Secondly, Warren wrote that
the growth rate of the church is faster
than the HIV/AIDS infection rate. The church gains 35,000
converts daily in China alone while there are 7,000 new people infected
with HIV/AIDS every day.
"these church members have a non-profit motivation to serve,"
added Warren. "We are commanded by Jesus Christ to 'love your neighbor
evangelical pastor said his Southern California megachurch, Saddleback
Church, has already sent 14,869 of its
members to 195 nations in the world to test a Christ-centered
humanitarian program called the P.E.A.C.E. Plan.
The acronym for the plan is based on the
five actions Jesus modeled: Promote
reconciliation; Equip servant leaders;
Assist the poor; Care for the sick; and Educate the next
Warren has said in previous remarks that
his ultimate goal is to mobilize 1
billion Christians worldwide to participate in the P.E.A.C.E.
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June 30 - A broader church
Article: Emerging Church
AT LEAST 25 Christian
music festivals are held each summer in America, but they have never
catered for theological liberals. Until
this year, that is, when the Wild Goose Festival-named after a Celtic
symbol for the Holy Spirit-kicked off on June 23rd
on 72 wooded acres in eastern North Carolina, not so far from the
intellectual hub of Raleigh-Durham.
The idea, seven years in the making, was
based on Britain's Greenbelt Festival in Cheltenham, which draws
20,000 people a year.
About 1,500 people came to the American version, which explicitly
pitched its appeal to artists and
musicians, nonconformists, post-Christians, non-Christians, disaffected
evangelicals and a liberal evangelical subset known as the "emergent"
of Bible studies, there were labyrinth walks. Instead of
praise-and-worship music, there was hymn-singing in a beer garden and a
bluegrass liturgy presided over by a tattooed female Lutheran minister.
Visitors were greeted with buckets of water in which
to baptise themselves, and tubs of mud to remind them that "dust thou
art". (In Britain, the mud is usually underfoot.)
Lecture topics ranged from sex trafficking and
social justice to authority in the church and interfaith relations.
Visitors could learn from Tom Prasada-Rao, a singer,
how to chant "Om" and "Hallelujah Hare
Krishna", or hear Paul Fromberg, a pastor from San
Francisco, talking about his 2005
wedding to another man. "God is changing the church through the bodies
of gay men," Mr Fromberg told a packed session on human sexuality. Also
under discussion was "religious multiple belonging"-in other words,
belonging to a clutch of different faiths at once.
"We're a laboratory for justice, spirituality and
art in the way of Jesus," explained Gareth Higgins,
the festival director and a peace activist from Belfast who has worked
with Greenbelt and now lives in North Carolina. He and other organisers
managed, miraculously, to recruit 150 musicians and speakers, none of
whom charged for their services. They
hope that the emergent cohort will rise from the ashes of an
evangelicalism ruined by right-wing politics. As 78-year-old Phyllis
Tickle, author of several books on emergent Christianity, put it, "We're
at the start of a 500-year upheaval in culture and the church."
Protestants, however, seemed delighted by the festival, and may well
latch on to the emergents to shore up their shrinking numbers.
Buoyed by their success, Wild Goose's organisers are planning to repeat
the festival next year in the same bucolic place.
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July 3 - Church services need to be shorter, says bishop
most people torn between using Sunday mornings to go shopping or lie
in bed, the prospect of spending 90 minutes in church has an
increasingly limited appeal. There is a simple
answer to this problem, according to one senior bishop who
has urged clergy to cut the length of
services in an effort to reverse declining levels of attendance.
The Rt Rev Jonathan Gledhill, the Bishop
of Lichfield, said worship has
become too complicated and time-consuming, leaving people who are
not regular churchgoers feeling confused and excluded.
He said that services
have become too long, recommending clergy should aim to keep them to
no more than 50 minutes and make sure they are careful not to preach
for too long.
"One of the reasons for our recent decline in churchgoing is we
are not making the occasional worshipper feel welcome,"
he said. "You have got to be
quite tough to come to some of our services if you are not a
He said services, which used to
last for 50 minutes are now taking an hour and a half, adding:
"Sometimes I find myself thinking that
this is a good way of saying 'Go away' to
young people who come to visit us." The
bishop said that clergy need to
make sure that their sermons are not too long, arguing that
people's "attention spans aren't what they used to be".
He said that an added problem was
that many churches are now holding Holy Communion services,
which can last for as long as two hours.
"Holy Communion is very important, but you need a lot of stamina
to get through these. If you're trying to attract newcomers,
these services need to be much shorter. We are excluding people
who we should be welcoming."
the Vatican last year told Catholic clergy
to keep their sermons under eight minutes to cater for people
who found it hard to concentrate for long periods.
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June 28 - Taliban issues chilling threats against TEN targets in UK, U.S. and France to avenge bin Laden
Artcle:Wars And Rumors Of Wars
The Taliban has issued
a chilling threat
to carry out a series of attacks against 10
targets in Britain, America and France to avenge the death of Al Qaeda
leader Osama bin Laden.
'Soon you will see attacks against America and Nato countries, and our first
priorities in Europe will be France and Britain,' deputy
Pakistani Taliban leader Wali-ur-Rehman said in a videotape aired on Al
Arabiya over the weekend.
The Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP), or Taliban Movement of Pakistan, which swears
allegiance to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, is
blamed for many of the suicide bombings across the
country and remains highly dangerous despite a series of army offensives
against its strongholds in the north-west of the country, on the Afghan
The video showed Rehman, described as more sober and experienced than
other TTP leaders, flanked by armed followers walking through rough mountain
terrain. He said: 'We selected 10 targets
to avenge the death of bin Laden.'
The United States has been leaning hard on Pakistan to
crack down on militancy since it was discovered that bin Laden may have been
living in the country for years. More Pakistani cooperation is needed as
Washington seeks to wind down their war effiorts in Afghanistan and defeat
Al Qaeda, and its allies. But Pakistan's generals are furious because the
United States kept them in the dark over the bin Laden raid.
The Pakistani and Afghan Taliban move easily across the porous frontier and
provide each other with shelter and intelligence,
complicating efforts to root out militancy in the region U.S. President
Barack Obama has described as 'the most dangerous place in the world'.
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July 5 - Reported Visions of Virgin Mary Draw Hordes of Pilgrims to Bosnian Village
Article: Signs And Wonders
The warm surf of La
Jolla, Calif., isn't a setting people associate with the Virgin Mary.
But on many days, there is a surfer whose passion for the perfect wave
is nothing compared to his head-over-heels love for the Holy Mother.
Today he is the Rev. Donald Calloway, the surfer priest.
Ten years after he
was ordained, he finally made the pilgrimage to Medjugorje, the place in
his mother's book. It is the biggest
ongoing apparition site in the world: "Catholic Woodstock," in
Calloway's words. In the past three decades, nearly 40 million people
have come to experience the reported monthly apparitions of Mary to six
The story is that
almost 30 years ago, two teenagers named Mirjana and Ivanka -- they are
now 46 and 45, respectively -- were on a rocky hill behind the village
when Ivanka noticed a bright light and said,
"Look, it's Our Lady."
"I saw in the middle
of the hill, one lady in the long dress, with the little baby in the
hands. ... She present herself, she said,
'My dear children, don't be afraid of me, I am
Queen of Peace,'" Mirjana said.
"We ask her childish
question," Mirjana recalled. "We ask her,
'How is possible that you are so beautiful?' And
she smile and she said, 'Because I love. If you want to be beautiful,
"After 25 or 30 years ... the church can have a
pretty good idea about whether this is of God, or whether it's of Satan.
The message is very sound. The spiritual fruits are undeniable,"
The Vatican has never
approved an ongoing apparition for fear
that the visionaries might prove themselves frauds or insane.
But the Vatican hasn't condemned it, either, so the
faithful continue to come. Many believe that Mary called them through
signs and miracles.
"I asked the Blessed
Mother to show me a sign of whether I should come or not," one woman
said. "And my rosary turned gold, so I
took that as a sure sign. ... Well, it's gold color anyway."
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July 8 - In U.S., 3 in 10 Say They Take the Bible Literally
Article: Unbiblical Christianity
Three in 10
Americans interpret the Bible literally, saying it is the actual word of God.
That is similar to what Gallup has measured over the last two decades,
but down from the 1970s and 1980s.
A 49% plurality of Americans say the Bible is the
inspired word of God but that it should not be taken literally, consistently
the most common view in Gallup's nearly 40-year history of this question.
Another 17% consider the Bible an ancient book of stories recorded by man.
These results are based on a
May 5-8 Gallup poll. The high point in the percentage
of Americans favoring a literal interpretation of the Bible was 40%,
recorded in 1980 and 1984. The low point was 27% in 2001.
Belief in a literal
interpretation of a Bible declines as educational attainment increases.
Forty-six percent of Americans with a high school education or less take the
Bible literally, compared with no more than 22% of Americans with at least
some college education. The majority of Americans with at least some college
education believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God.
Gallup has consistently
found strong differences in views of the Bible as the "actual word of God"
by religiosity and education. The current poll also finds significant income
differences, with 50% of lower-income respondents
believing the Bible is the actual word of God, compared with 27% of
middle-income and 15% of high-income respondents. These income differences
are larger than what Gallup has measured in the past, with a higher
percentage of low-income Americans believing the Bible is literally true.
those who identify themselves as "Christian" but not Catholic or Mormon) are
the most likely religious group to believe the Bible is literally true.
Forty-one percent of Protestants hold this
view, while a slightly larger 46% take the Bible to be the inspired word of
Two-thirds of Catholics believe the Bible to be the
inspired word of God, while 63% of those without a religious affiliation
think the Bible is not the word of God at all. Other
U.S. religious groups are too small in number to reliably estimate from a
The percentage of Americans taking a literal view of
the Bible has declined over time, from an average of 38% from 1976-1984 to
an average of 31% since. However, highly religious
Americans -- particularly those of Protestant faiths -- still commonly
believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible.
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July 4 - Global race on to match U.S. drone capabilities
At the most recent Zhuhai air
show, the premier event for China's aviation industry, crowds swarmed around a
model of an armed, jet-propelled drone and marveled at the accompanying display
of its purported martial prowess. In a video and map, the thin, sleek drone
locates what appears to be a U.S. aircraft carrier group near an island with a
striking resemblance to Taiwan and sends targeting information back to shore,
triggering a devastating barrage of cruise missiles toward the formation of
is known about the actual abilities of the WJ-600 drone or the more than two
dozen other Chinese models that were on display at Zhuhai in November. But the
speed at which they have been developed highlights how U.S. military successes
with drones have changed strategic thinking worldwide and spurred a global rush
for unmanned aircraft.
More than 50 countries have purchased surveillance drones, and many have started
in-country development programs for armed versions because no nation is
exporting weaponized drones beyond a handful of sales between the United States
and its closest allies.
"This is the direction all aviation is going," said
Kenneth Anderson, a professor of law at American University who studies the
legal questions surrounding the use of drones in warfare.
"Everybody will wind up using this technology because it's going to become the
standard for many, many applications of what are now manned aircraft."
No country has ramped up its research in recent years faster than China.
It displayed a drone model for the first time at the Zhuhai air
show five years ago, but now every major
manufacturer for the Chinese military has a research center devoted to drones,
according to Chinese analysts.
Israel, the second-largest drone manufacturer after the United States,
has flown armed models, but few details are available.
India announced this year that it is developing ones that will fire missiles and
fly at 30,000 feet. Russia has shown models of drones with weapons, but there is
little evidence that they are operational.
Pakistan has said it plans to obtain
armed drones from China, which has already sold the nation
ones for surveillance. And Iran last summer unveiled
that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the "ambassador of death" but
whose effectiveness is still unproven, according to military analysts.
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July 10 - New Evangelization Council Convenes Prelates
Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days
Eleven archbishops from
across Europe will meet in Rome on Monday with the
leaders of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New
Fisichella, president of the dicastery, said the
meeting seeks "to promote a renewed missionary project that has
the Christian communities of every place as its reference."
"will put together experiences and future initiatives of evangelization in
the context of the current pluralistic and secularized societies,"
a Friday press release from the office of the Archbishop of Barcelona
Among the participants is
the archbishop of Barcelona, as well as the ordinaries of
Budapest, Brussels, Dublin, Cologne, Lisbon,
Liverpool, Paris, Turin, Warsaw and Vienna.
"Starting from the experiences that have been had up
to this point in various cities in the 'new evangelization,' these cities
have been chosen for an exchange of experiences, keeping in mind the
diversity of cultural contexts and the common problems,"
the statement added.
2012 there will be a synod on the new evangelization.
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