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  • Published
    April 10, 2010

    Look inward for what you really need

    Distractions abound. They are thrust upon us, and we cannot help but submit to their allure. We are bombarded by advertisements and information, marketing and media. We can go nowhere, do nothing, without being sold some thing or idea we are told is of utmost importance to our happiness and well-being. Every company seeks to […]

  • Published
    April 10, 2010

    Religion Calendar

    Today Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship, 8:30 a.m., breakfast meeting with guest speaker Seth Aumock of Bangor. American Legion Hall, 17 Dunn St., Westbrook. For reservations, call 774-6416 or 799-7140 before Wednesday. The cost is $8; $6 for seniors. Men, women and teenagers are welcome. “A Remarkable Mary,” 2 p.m., the story of Mary Magdalene, […]

  • Published
    April 10, 2010

    Dutch Christian party ordered to accept women in leadership

    AMSTERDAM — A fundamentalist Christian political party led entirely by men was told by the Netherlands’ Supreme Court on Friday that it must accept women in leadership roles. The Political Reformed Party, known by its Dutch acronym SGP, has consistently held two or three seats in the country’s 150-member national parliament since the 1920s but […]

  • Published
    April 10, 2010
    CATHOLIC-FEWPRIESTS

    Priests scarce as Catholics surge in N.C.

    Burgeoning parishes find themselves borrowing help and parceling out priestly chores to laymen.

  • Published
    April 3, 2010

    Religion Calendar

    Today Joyful Easter Celebration, 9 to 11 a.m., pancake breakfast and performance of original Easter skits created by the tweens and teens group of Joyful Harvest. Held at Second Congregational Church, 19 Crescent St., Biddeford. Free and open to all. For details, call Joyful Harvest at 286-9105.   Sunday Easter sunrise services Biddeford Pool – […]

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    April 3, 2010

    Bishops urge worshippers to scrutinize candidates

    LONDON — Senior Catholic bishops are urging British worshippers to carefully consider candidates’ policies toward marriage and abortion when they vote in the looming national election – a move likely to benefit the opposition Conservatives. In a guide to the election Wednesday, Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols urged voters to back lawmakers who “support marriage […]

  • Published
    April 3, 2010

    Worship Spotlight

    ADDRESS: 3 Gray Road DENOMINATION/AFFILIATION: United Church of Christ HISTORY: At the time the church was organized in 1806, it was part of a parish that was supported by taxes levied on the townspeople. This practice ended when Maine became a state in 1820. The parish was dissolved in 1945, and the properties were given […]

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    April 3, 2010

    Reflections: Glimpses of the glories in this life

    SOMETIMES, I THINK, we are so familiar with our Christian writings that they cease to get our attention. Do we truly grasp the reason for the celebrative sounds of Easter? That God raised Jesus from the dead – is that in fact a source of comfort and possibly a basis for laughter for us who […]

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    April 3, 2010

    Religion Dispatches

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. Presbyterian Church trying to trim headquarters staff The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), struggling financially, is offering severance packages to about 30 employees at the denomination’s Louisville headquarters. The Courier-Journal reported that the denomination has been dealing with losses in members and churches over the last decade and now has sustained investment return losses. Church […]

  • Published
    April 3, 2010
    Pope Benedict XVI

    Pope’s preacher: Abuse furor equivalent to anti-Semitism

    Jewish and victims’ groups express dismay, and the Vatican distances itself from the remarks.

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