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    Merging faith and action in 2015

    December 31st, 2015 by Hostess

    By Anthony Moujaes

    In the last 12 months, the United Church of Christ celebrated a monumental moment for marriage equality, continued speaking out against racism and xenophobia, and entered into a full communion agreement with the United Church of Canada in fulfillment of Christ’s final prayer “that they may all be one.”

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    Commentary: Enough is enough

    December 31st, 2015 by Hostess

    By Bentley de Bardelaben

    This is the time of year when many people are more likely to extend love, peace, and grace to others. In this “season of giving,” we stand with and not against our brothers and sisters.

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    Race, sex, politics garner headlines in 2015

    December 31st, 2015 by Hostess

    By Bob Allen

    Baptist minister Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard (left) was a plaintiff in one of four cases taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court challenging state bans on marriage between same-gender couples. The court's decision in June paved the way for Blanchard and his partner, Dominique James (right), to marry later that month. (Facebook photo)
    Here’s a recap of some of the stories covered by Baptist News Global in 2015.

    By Bob Allen

    Race, sexuality and politics emerged as recurring themes in daily news coverage by Baptist News Global in 2015.

    nbcsummit warnock mugRaphael Warnock, senior pastor of Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, challenged black and white Baptists to move beyond comfort zones of race and theology toward a “covenant community” characterized by “creative and redemptive agitation” at the Jan. 14-15 New Baptist Covenant Summit in Atlanta. In July someone left four Confederate flags on Ebenezer Baptist Church’s church property.

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    Via:: https://baptistnews.com/ministry/organizations/item/30798-race-sex-politics-garner-headlines-in-2015

          

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    Pope's prayer intentions for January 2016

    December 31st, 2015 by Hostess

    The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for January 2016.

    His universal intention is: “That sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths … …read more

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    Pop Artist. Provocateur. Catholic. Who was Andy Warhol?

    December 31st, 2015 by Hostess

    Washington D.C., Dec 31, 2015 / 05:54 am (CNA).- Chances are you’ve heard of the phrase “15 minutes of fame.” And you’ve probably seen the neon-colored canvases of Campbell soup cans or Marilyn Monroe’s face – even if you don’t know the artist behind them.

    For those who’ve never studied Andy Warhol and his prolific body of work, they’ve still most likely encountered it in many of the pop icons of the late 20th Century.

    But while Warhol may be known best for the his visionary depiction of fame and popular culture, his art can also be understood as iconic …read more

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    An Unprecedented Media Blitz for the Ark—Starts New Year’s Eve on Fox!

    December 31st, 2015 by Hostess

    By Ken Ham

    AiG is launching a branding campaign on the Fox News Channel and its coverage of New Year’s Eve and the ball drop at Times Square in New York City. …read more

    Via:: https://answersingenesis.org/ministry-news/ark-encounter/media-blitz-for-ark-starts-new-years-eve/

          

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    2015 delivered battering to the church — but also blessings, ministers say

    December 31st, 2015 by Hostess

    By Jeff Brumley

    Syrian refugees wait in line to register with the Greek government. Efforts to ban Syrian refugees in the United States has boosted support for ministries that serve internationals. (Creative Commons photo by Freedom House)
    Along with challenges to churches, ministries and clergy during the year, there seemed to be corresponding benefits, observers say.

    By Jeff Brumley

    Churches, ministries and clergy faced plenty of challenges in 2015.

    The “nones” and the “dones” were on the rise and church attendance continued to drop. Meanwhile, the number of Christians declined sharply in the overall population while other faiths seemed to surge, researchers found.

    In spite of all of that and more — and even because of it all — some say the year was one of the best on record for churches, ministries and clergy.

    Those reporting silver linings range from …read more

    Via:: https://baptistnews.com/culture/social-issues/item/30796-2015-delivered-battering-to-the-church-but-also-blessings-ministers-say

          

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    Background: papal message for January 1, the World Day of Peace

    December 31st, 2015 by Hostess

    On January 1, the Church commemorates the 49th World Day of Peace.

    Pope Francis’s message for the day is entitled “Overcome Indifference and Win Peace.”

    In his … …read more

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    Uruguay's cardinal appeals for flexibility as nation implements new drunk-driving law

    December 31st, 2015 by Hostess

    Appealing to “common sense,” Cardinal Daniel Sturla of Montevideo called for flexibility for priests as the nation implements a new law against drunk driving.

    Under the new … …read more

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    Syrian patriarch decries Obama administration policy in Middle East

    December 31st, 2015 by Hostess

    The head of the Syriac Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, told The National Catholic Register that “the Obama administration has done … …read more

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