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Oregon MTI ministry helps Filipino typhoon victims

September 30, 2009 --

Medical Teams International Helps Filipino Typhoon Survivors
Portland, Ore.,

More than 500,000 people are homeless and at least 141 people are confirmed dead since Typhoon Ketsana roared across the Philippines this past weekend. Medical Teams International is accepting cash contributions now to help.  “We have medicines on the way to the scene and are in touch with two of our Global Relief Alliance partners who are responding in the field. 

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Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu win Fetzer award

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Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu to be Awarded First Fetzer Prize for Their Work to Advance Love, Forgiveness and Compassion

Fetzer Institute will present each a $100,000 prize at 2009 Peace Summit in Vancouver, Canada. is Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will be awarded the Fetzer Institute’s Prize for Love and Forgiveness this Sunday at the 2009 Peace Summit in Vancouver. Each will receive a $100,000 monetary prize to support their work and a handcrafted, inscribed journal. The Archbishop Emeritus’ daughter, the Reverend Mpho Tutu, will accept the prize on his behalf.

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ACORN Getting Church Funds

September 28, 2009 --

Institute on Religion and Democracy — The highly controversial and scandal plagued Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has received multiple grants from Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) agencies, according to The Presbyterian Layman. Both houses of the U.S. Congress recently voted to defund ACORN amid allegations of voter fraud and openness to under-age prostitution.

Among those ACORN projects receiving Presbyterian money were:
-$7,500 from the Presbyterian Hunger Program for “general support”
-$10,000 to the ACORN New Orleans office for “community organizing”
-$35,000 from the PCUSA Self Development of People fund “to address the issue of security”

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Discovery: Egyptian coins with biblical Joseph name

September 27, 2009 --

Archeologists have discovered ancient Egyptian coins bearing the name and image of the biblical Joseph

The Jerusalem Post reports, “Excerpts provided by MEMRI show that the coins were discovered among a multitude of unsorted artifacts stored at the Museum of Egypt.According to the report, the significance of the find is that archeologists have found scientific evidence countering the claim held by some historians that coins were not used for trade in ancient Egypt, and that this was done through barter instead.The period in which Joseph was regarded to have lived in Egypt matches the minting of the coins in the cache, researchers said.”A thorough examination revealed that the coins bore the year in which they were minted and their value, or effigies of the pharaohs [who ruled] at the time of their minting. Some of the coins are from the time when Joseph lived in Egypt, and bear his name and portrait,” said the report. ”  Continue Reading.

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Faith-Film Review: Surrogates

September 26, 2009 --

Faith and family film review of Surrogates PG-13
Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting

Generally intriguing futuristic thriller, set in an America where people live their lives through ideal-looking robotic surrogates that they remote-control by their thoughts, follows an FBI agent (Bruce Willis) and his partner’s (Radha Mitchell) investigation of a high-profile murder as well as his struggle to reconnect with his wife (Rosamund Pike) who refuses to interact with him except via her mechanical alter ego. Director Jonathan Mostow’s adaptation of Robert Venditti’s graphic novel is a cautionary tale about the perils of technology, especially its potential to cut us off from human contact and the world of nature, and an exploration of the values undergirding a successful marriage. Considerable action violence, drug use, brief sexual situations, a couple of uses of profanity and a few crude and crass terms.A-III — adults. (PG-13)2009. Full Review

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Faith-Family Film Review: Pandorum

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Faith-Family Film Review: Pandorum – R
Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting,

Pandorum — Complex and deeply cliched sci-fi horror excursion in which two astronauts (Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster) awaken from an eight-year hypersleep to learn that their spacecraft, a sort of Noah’s Ark designed to keep life from Earth in existence, has a balky power plant and a violent past. Director Christian Alvart serves up a heaping helping of pesky mutants with ninja skills, but the largely routine proceedings are somewhat redeemed by a surprisingly upbeat double-twist ending. At least one rough term, occasional profane and crass language, and some martial arts and knife violence. A-III — adults.(R) 2009
Full Review

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Courts wrestle over gay, x-gay discrimination

September 25, 2009 --

D.C. Judge issues a mixed decision in “ex-gay” discrimination case
By Oregon Faith Report,

A Washington D.C. Superior Court judge ruled back in June that people who consider themselves “ex-gays” are protected from discrimination under the sexual orientation provision of the city’s Human Rights Act.  However, in the same ruling, Judge Maurice Ross also ruled that the Washington, D.C. based National Education Association (NEA) did not violate the Human Rights Act by refusing to allow Parents & Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) to participate with an information booth at the NEA’s 2002 convention.

The case originated after PFOX filed a complaint with the Office of Human Rights (OHR) in Washington, D.C., against the NEA after they were denied the opportunity to rent booth space at NEA’s 2002 exhibition fair.  The NEA had claimed the rejection was due to limited space, but PFOX claimed it was due to discrimination against the group’s sexual orientation.  The OHR sided with the NEA, so PFOX filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn that 2005 OHR decision.

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NW Pastor fights nudist neighbors

September 24, 2009 --

From KOMO News Washington comes a story about an Issaquah pastor fighting for road rights on a new road that is connected with teh nearby nudist camp.  Here is the story;

“An Issaquah pastor wants the road less traveled, but he’s the only one. He says he owns the private road that connects Issaquah Hobart Road with the Fraternity Snoqualmie, a nudist camp.The camp has been there for 63 years, and they have always paid to maintain the gravel road.Pastor Eddy Fowler-Lindner moved in five years ago, and has fought the easement rights of the camp and other homeowners ever since.”   Continue Reading.

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Local help needed for Christmas in Korea project

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Brighten the life of a child in Korea this Christmas
Holt International, Eugene, Oregon

Holt needs volunteers to sign up for this year’s Gift Team trip to Korea. Every December volunteers on Holt’s Korea Gift Team deliver gifts and host celebrations for the children, foster mothers and caregivers at the Ilsan Center and Jeonju Babies’ Home—A tradition that the children look forward to every year.All year long the children, of all ages, make gifts and practice songs and skits as they prepare to entertain for the Gift Team’s arrival.

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Catholics host David Gergen, 1000 biker breakfast

September 23, 2009 --

By Oregon Faith Report,

David Gergen, CNN newsman and presidential adviser to Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton will share his thoughts on the intersection of church and state in reducing poverty  at the 2009 Catholic Charities gathering Sept. 24-26 in Portland.   Also, free pancakes, doughnuts and coffee will be handed out to an expected 1,000 bikers along Hawthorne Bridge between 7-9am Wed. Sept. 23rd.  This is to raise awareness on poverty.  The breakfast is team effort of Catholic Charities and the bicycle organization Shift. Find out more here.

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