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Church mourns for lost teen who died at Mt. Hood

January 31, 2012 --

Mt. Hood snowboarder teen who died last week had strong church ties
By Oregon Faith News Note:

17 year old, Taylur DeWolf, died in a snowboarding accident on Mt. Hood last Friday. Taylur DeWolf was active in the Sandy Assembly of God Church. Her pastor and friends comment on her life on a KATU-TV report below. The funeral for Taylur DeWolf will be held Friday, February 3 at 1:00pm at the Church. Information on where to contribute on behalf of Taylor’s family will be posted at the church website soon.

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Priest holds vigil at Portland shopping mall

January 30, 2012 --

By Oregon  Christina Post,

In an act of charity that would make St. Dominic proud, The Catholic Sentinel reports that Father Antoninus Wall holds vigil six days a week at the Lloyd Center Mall. At 86 years old, he knows how to wait patiently and listen well. He is instantly recognizable as a priest in his black clerical garb. As former head of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, Calif., and a longtime missionary, Father Wall knows his stuff. He can talk wisely about any topic, from humor to family to sickness and death. He regards his parish as his arena of evangelization, and he simply waits in the Mall. Many people, even those who have never talked to a priest before, approach him. His message has to do with the Catholic faith, and he emphasizes the love of God manifested through human lives.

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Top Hollywood stars casted for audio Bible

January 29, 2012 --

Top Hollywood stars casted for audio Bible 
By Voice the Voice

You already know the familiar voices of Oscar winner Marisa Tomei playing “Mona Lisa Vito” in My Cousin Vinny, or of Jim Caviezel in “The Passion of the Christ” and the new CBS series thriller, “Person Of Interest.” But you can now hear them portraying the voices of Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ! You can hear Jason Alexander as “George Costanza” of Seinfeld fame, in his outstanding portrayal of Mary’s husband, Joseph. And now, hundreds of celebrities have joined the cast of Voice The Voice, the long-anticipated, just-released audio Bible project. Lou Diamond Phillips, Stacy Keach, Richard Dreyfus, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Lou Gossett Jr., Luke Perry, Michael York, Rebecca St. James, Ernie Hudson and many more have all committed to this dramatic audio-theater reading, helping to create a cinematic audio representation of the Bible — clocking in at just over 20 hours.

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Author of "God of Antimatter" to speak at George Fox

January 28, 2012 --

World-renowned Harvard professor speaks at George Fox University Feb. 20
by georgefoxnews

Dr. Gerald Gabrielse, Harvard’s George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics, presents free public lecture, ‘God of Antimatter’

NEWBERG, Ore. – A world-renowned Harvard University physics professor will visit George Fox University in February to introduce his research on antimatter and explore the role of faith in a scientist’s life.

Dr. Gerald Gabrielse, Harvard’s George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics, will present “God of Antimatter” beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in Wood-Mar Auditorium on George Fox’s Newberg, Ore., campus. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

Dr. Gabrielse will speak on what it means to be a human being working in the sciences and address questions such as “What role does faith have in a scientist’s life?” and “Is there more to our world than science can say?” The event, hosted by the university’s Department of Biology and Chemistry, is the second installment of the school’s Dalton Lecture Series, an annual lecture featuring eminent scientists who are Christian.

“Dr. Gabrielse is an internationally known physicist who led one of the first teams to develop antiprotons, so we in the department of biology and chemistry are obviously excited to have him,” said Paul Chamberlain, PhD, George Fox’s professor of organic chemistry. “This is an excellent opportunity for our students – and anyone who has a keen interest in science – to hear from a leading scientist in his field. He will also share about the interaction between his science and his Christian faith.”

Dr. Gabrielse has won Harvard’s Levenson Prize for exceptional teaching and the school’s Ledlie Prize for exceptional research. In addition, he has received the Lilienfeld Prize and the Davisson-Germer Prize of the American Physical Society, Italy’s Tomassoni Prize, and Germany’s Humboldt Research Award. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and is currently chair of the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics of the American Physical Society. He has more than 165 scientific publications. His research group at Harvard engages in a variety of atomic, optical, elementary particle, plasma and low temperature physics experiments.

To learn more about his visit, contact Jane Sweet in the Department of Biology and Chemistry at 503-554-2710.

The Dalton Lecture series is named for John Dalton (1766-1844), a world-renowned Quaker scientist best know for the development of the modern atomic theory. Following the lecture, a reception and student research poster session will take place in the school’s Edwards-Holman Science Center.

This marks the second installment of the lecture series. Last February, the school hosted Dr. Kent Thornburg, director of Oregon Health & Science University’s Heart Research Center, for the first Dalton event.

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The pilot who saw an Angel on his wings: Stories from Oregon

January 27, 2012 --

From the book “Our Stories, God’s Glory
A collection of real life inspiration stories from Oregonians
Read more  stories or submit your own here

During World War II, I flew a special P38 plane on daily spy missions to Germany from an air base in England. My plane was fully equipped with cameras to monitor enemy troop movements on the ground.

One cloudy day as I flew back to the base, the flight instruments on my plane quit working. I tried everything to keep the plane from stalling, but it quickly tipped downward in a 500 mile-per-hour nosedive into the city of London.

My heart sank. I knew I was flying over a heavily populated area. Frantically, I tried to pull up the nose of my plane to stop its steep dive.

When the plane finally broke through the clouds about a hundred feet above London, it suddenly switched directions and headed back up in the clouds at a 45-degree angle. I didn’t know why the plane had changed directions so quickly—until I looked out the window.

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Homeschoolers clash with Obama's school attendance proposal

January 26, 2012 --

By Home School Legal Defense Association

In the State of the Union address President Obama called on all states to raise their school compulsory attendance age to 18, unnecessarily adding to bureaucratic requirements for homeschoolers.

Homeschool advocates at the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) are dedicated to protecting the educational relationship between parents and their children. Parents — not the federal government and certainly not the president — are the ones who should decide how children are educated and when they’re ready to graduate from high school.

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Portland Archbishop: Teach, Bless, Serve


“Teach, Bless, Serve” – The 2012 Archbishop’s Appeal
By Portland Archdiocese

The 2012 Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal has chosen the theme “Teach, Bless, Serve.” The theme reflects the mission of the Church in western Oregon. The Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal provides support for more than 25 areas of ministry in the Archdiocese of Portland. As Archbishop John G. Vlazny notes “our work can only be accomplished when all of us in the Archdiocese pool our resources and work together.” The financial goal for this year’s Appeal is $3,640,000. It is hoped that all parishioner households in the Archdiocese will provide a pledge to support these many valued ministries.

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UofO has twist to evolution origins

January 25, 2012 --

University of Oregon has twist to evolution origins
By Oregon Christian Post

Fish crawled out of their ponds into a flooded forest, not a sandy desert, says a geologist at the University of Oregon. The best part: evolution favored the fish with “more flexible necks.” The Journal of Geology has published these speculative findings as a “study” displacing the desert theory that has been popular since the 1940s.

The new theory has water quickly rising to cover forested regions. When it receded a short time later, it left an environment with many tree limbs and pools. The fish that survived were able to move around, through the branches, and eventually turned into amphibians capable of living on land most of the time.

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Lawmaker speaks on Oregon human trafficking efforts

January 24, 2012 --

State Representative Bruce Hanna
Oregon House co-speaker

January Focus: Human Trafficking PreventionRep. Bruce Hanna Representative Bruce Hanna: Human Trafficking Prevention January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. I wish raising awareness about this issue was not necessary, but that’s simply not the case. The reality is a sad one.

Few Americans realize how prevalent human trafficking is throughout the U.S. and right here at home. A January 2010 article in the Oregonian disclosed that Portland had become a hub of human trafficking activity.

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Ruling on Ministers: What the Supreme Court said & didn't say

January 23, 2012 --

Teachers as Ministers
By Barran Liebman,
Oregon law firm

The U.S. Supreme Court in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, held that the “ministerial exception” bars a school teacher from bringing employment discrimination claims against her religious employer. The Court’s ruling clearly grants religious institutions the freedom to employ (and terminate) employees who act as ministers of their faith. Yet the Court’s decision does not clearly delineate how a religious organization (or their employees) determines who is and who is not a “minister.”

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