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Oregon AG makes second child porn bust

February 28, 2013 --

By Oregon Attorney General


Catalin voda Dulfu, 54, was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison after the Eugene resident was convicted two weeks ago of multiple counts of first- and second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse.

Dulfu was found guilty by a jury in Lane County Circuit Court of 15 counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse and 15 counts of second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse.

Dulfu was also fined $5,000. The money will go to a fund established for a young victim who appeared in some of the images found in Dulfu’s possession

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Parental rights & school health clinics

February 27, 2013 --

Parents-rights-in-educationBy Lori Porter
Former middle school teacher,
Parents’ Rights in Education

A new school-based health center is scheduled to open within the next few weeks at Century High School. Should parents be excited or apprehensive?

Since 2011, districts across Oregon have received more than $7 million of federal money to create or improve SBHCs. While many of the services they offer are benign and uncontroversial, when it comes to the issue of reproductive services for minors and the rights of parents, a district has the duty to proceed with great caution. Parents need to consider the advice or type of services their minor child might receive once he/she leaves their classroom, walks down the halls of their school and enters the SBHC.

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Bill addresses Pledge in classrooms

February 26, 2013 --

Bill addresses Pledge in classrooms
By Faith News Note,

Below is a bill to require the Pledge of Allegiance to be recited every day in Oregon schools.

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Dalai Lama to visit Portland

February 25, 2013 --


By University of Portland

Maitripa College and University of Portland are honored to co-sponsor His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, on the University of Portland campus on May 9, 2013 for the first of two public events in Portland as part of The Dalai Lama Environmental Summit on May 9 and May 11, 2013. Maitripa College, the first and only Tibetan Buddhist college in the Pacific Northwest, is host of the summit.

The Environmental Summit includes three days of enlightening teachings and conversations with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and distinguished leaders of the Pacific Northwest environmental, scientific, policy and faith communities. Tickets for public events on both May 9 and May 11 are priced from $25, and will be available starting February 25, 2013 at 10 a.m. For more information go to

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60 Minutes profiles amazing Mercy Ships

February 24, 2013 --

60 Minutes did a great story on an incredible ministry giving aid to Africa called Mercy Ships. This is one remarkable ministry all on one big boat.

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Billy Graham group starts “Ultimate Mission”

February 23, 2013 --

ultimate-missionErik Ogren,
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has launched their latest initiative aimed at helping children grow in their faith and share their beliefs with their friends and family. The Ultimate Mission, a 12-session Bible study developed for ages 6-10, was announced this week at the annual Children’s Pastors Conference in San Diego, Calif.

The Ultimate Mission introduces students to characters Jacob and Jordan, missionary kids who take the children through three books (each book containing four lessons) on the topics of God’s Great Gift, Walking with God, and Sharing God’s Gift. Through the study, the students will get an understanding of sin and redemption from a biblical perspective, learn from the examples of people who walked with God, and ultimately become equipped to share the Gospel of Jesus with others.

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Study: Social Media helping kids better than parents?

February 22, 2013 --

John Yeager,
World Vision,

According to a new World Vision study, conducted online earlier this month by Harris Interactive on behalf of World Vision, more than half of teens (56%) say social media sites (Facebook, Twitter) have made them more aware of the needs of others. This is a huge increase from 2011, when just over 4 in 10 (44%) said their use of social media made them more aware.

According to the online study, more than 2 in 3 teens (68%) say that, when it comes to helping those in need, adults don’t do enough to set a positive example for teens. From now until April, some 200,000 teens will go hungry as part of World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine (30HF) to raise funds and hunger awareness. 30HF has more than 31,000 Facebook friends. Since 1992, 30HF has raised more than $150 million to fight world hunger. This is the first time 30HF funds are being designated to fight hunger here in the United States. According to the survey, most teens feel it is primarily the responsibility of churches or other religious organizations (76%) to help address hunger in the local community, with as many as 2 in 3 teens (66%) also indicating that the responsibility lies with them.

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Oregon “Mystery Illness” girl holds on to her faith

February 21, 2013 --

A Monmouth girl was hospitalized for an unkown illness that took her legs. Doctors say it was a miracle that she is still alive. She said, “Just to have faith because I know it’s gotten me through all of this, and God has really chosen me because he knew I was strong enough and I didn’t even know I was strong enough.” Watch the KATU-TV 2 News Story below.

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Trends show how abstinence effects teen life

February 20, 2013 --

Part 3 of a three-part series
Oregon Family Council

In the last series we discovered that abstinence-only education does work—teens do listen to and heed its message. But is actual sexual abstinence really important? What difference does it make whether a person starts having sex before marriage or waits?

Well, 91 percent of parents (who want teens to save sex until after high school) are right, and for good reason. Studies show that early sexual involvement is associated, not only with risk of HIV and other STDs, as well as unwanted pregnancy, but also with reduced psychological and emotional well-being, lower academic achievement, bleaker economic futures, and lower success in marriage.

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OSU: God & Big Bang

February 19, 2013 --


BY Oregon State University Socratic Club

The Socratic Club at OSU will sponsor a lecture by Henry F. Schaefer on the topic, “Stephen Hawking, The Big Bang, and God,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, in the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus.

Schaefer will discuss leading theories about the beginning of time and space and the story of life’s existence. From his perspective as a scientist and a Christian, Professor Schaefer will explore the far-reaching implications of the theory of the Big Bang, suggesting that it shapes not only our understanding of the origin of life but of the nature of God as well.

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