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Titanic 100 — Event honors Christian legacy

March 31, 2012 --

Titanic 100: International Event to Celebrate Christian Legacy of Titanic’s Sinking

As the world pauses this April to remember the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, one group will gather to celebrate the sacrifice of the men and boys on board the ship who gave their lives so women and children might live. Titanic 100: An International Centennial Event will be held on April 13-15 in Branson, Missouri, and is unique as an anniversary commemoration in focusing on the Christian doctrine of “women and children first” that was displayed in the midst of Titanic’s tragic sinking.

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50-State survey: Prison chaplains, religious extremism, conversion behind bars

March 30, 2012 --

By Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

From the perspective of the nation’s professional prison chaplains, America’s state penitentiaries are a bustle of religious activity. According to “Religion in Prisons: A 50-State Survey of Prison Chaplains,” a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, more than seven-in-ten state prison chaplains (73%) say that efforts by inmates to proselytize or convert other inmates are either very common (31%) or somewhat common (43%). About three-quarters of the chaplains say that a lot (26%) or some (51%) religious switching occurs among inmates in the prisons where they work. Many chaplains report growth from religious switching in the numbers of Muslims and Protestant Christians, in particular.

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OSU Debate: Has science made God irrelevant?

March 29, 2012 --

OSU Socratic Club 

The Socratic Club at OSU will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Have Science and Technology Made God Irrelevant?” on Monday, April 9, in Gilfillan Auditorium on the OSU campus, at 7 p.m. The speakers are Kenneth Funk (Engineering) and Mark Walsh (Mathematics).

We live in a world where the technology exists to banish poverty and dramatically improve the lives of all. Yet for so many, our daily burdens are becoming heavier, while technology itself often seems to be an enemy. How do we make sense of this extraordinary contradiction?

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Church teen arson suspect heads to court


Below is a KPTV news video on the latest development on the Tualatin church arson case where one of the suspects heads to court. See video below.

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Christian dating scam hits Bend resident

March 28, 2012 --

Oregon Faith News Note:

Bend Police issued an alert on online dating scams after a resident met someone on a Christian dating website and sent over $12,000 to a supposed romantic prospect. The prospect turned out to be a scammer. The scammer kept claiming to need financial help to visit the target and make car payments. Central Oregon residents have been subjected to a large number of phone and Internet scams over the last few weeks, including a popular one in which the scammer targets an elderly person. Claiming to be the target’s grandchild who has just been imprisoned in a foreign country and needs four thousand dollars in bail money right away transferred via Western Union, the scammer plays on the target’s emotions and often gets the money he wants. Another scam, this one online, plays on a target’s more romantic feelings.

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Oregon Ecumenist of the Year announced

March 27, 2012 --

EMO honors Mary Jo Tully with “Ecumenist of the Year” award
By Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

Mary Jo Tully, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, will be named “Ecumenist of the Year” on May 8, 2012, at the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) Annual Community Awards & Celebration Dinner. The award is presented in recognition of leadership and commitment to fostering the love of Christ through ecumenical dialogue, witness and ministry.

Tully is the first laywoman to fill the chancellor position at the Archdiocese in Portland and was the former director of religious education for the Archdiocese of Chicago. She is the author of a major Catholic religious education textbook series and a weekly column for the Catholic Sentinel. She continues to write and lecture on the subject of catechetics and spirituality.

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Charity applauds bill signed by governor


Holt Employee Testiifes for Proposed Legislation on Cleft Lip and Palate Surgeries
by Ashli Keyser
Holt International

An adoptive father and longtime Holt employee recently traveled to Oregon’s capital city to testify on behalf of a bill that would increase insurance coverage for cleft lip and palate surgeries in Oregon. His story can be found on the front page of the Register Guard.

Dean Hale, Holt’s director of services for India, and his wife, Cindy, adopted their daughter, Lydia, from Korea in 1993. Born with a cleft palate, Lydia required many intensive surgeries after coming home to Eugene – surgeries that often involved orthodontic work and weren’t covered by insurance.

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Where the media gets its religion information

March 26, 2012 --

Georgene Rice of KPDQ-FM interviews Dan Gainer, VP of the Culture and Media Institute, to discuss a survey in the American Journalism Review showing that the anti-Christian Huffington Post and Daily Kos are in the top 5 blogs where media goes to get their information on religion. These are ahead of the one conservative site Dan Gainer talks about what this study reveals about reporters and its implications.

Georgene: In your review of political reporters, how meaningful is it that journalists tend to go to these liberal, anti-Christian sites as a source of information or inspiration?

Dan: The blogs influence on reporters is huge. It is important because the blogs are where ideas are manufactured. Reporters work a lot on copy-cat journalism. They just replicate the source. An article that runs in the New York Times gets picked up by the Washington Post, then on the nightly news. The Huffington Post at this point is an accepted part of the press corps. So if journalists are reading it as their favorite blog, it says they are getting ideas from them.

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60 Minutes: Ireland Archbishop becomes whistleblower

March 25, 2012 --

The Archbishop from Dublin has gained international attention and great inter-church struggle over his efforts at bringing to light child abuse within his district. Below is a 60 Minutes video on how Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is creating reform and great public attention.

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Parent Alert for Hunger Games

March 23, 2012 --

The Hunger Games and Children: Playing with Fire

The first installment of Suzanne Collins’ riveting, blockbuster trilogy, “The Hunger Games,” hits theaters nationwide, but what many parents don’t know is that this is ultimately a story about child sacrifice. In Collins’ twisted dystopian world, kids kill kids in gladiator-style “games” imposed by the Capitol to prevent rebellion among starving districts. Impotent or voyeuristic adults acquiesce and watch. Americans were horrified recently when a 17-year-old boy shot and killed students at an Ohio high school, yet middle schools across the country will take students on field trips to see this movie in which kids slaughter kids to survive.

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