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  • 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 – […]

  • Published
    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 […]

  • Published
    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 […]

  • Published
    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.

  • Published
    March 27, 2010

    Faith groups asked to help spread gospel of census

    Trusted leaders share information about the relevance of the process to congregants' daily lives.

  • Published
    March 27, 2010

    Reflections: Celebrating God’s might in our lives

    When the Jews were in Egypt, they suffered under the cruel pharaoh. The people cried out to God, who struck Egypt with the 10 plagues and performed the wondrous miracle of splitting the Red Sea, guiding his people through the desert. Each year, Jews remember these events of the Hebrew Bible on the holiday of […]

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