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Eugene helps Ethiopia build kids hospital

September 30, 2013 --


By Holt International
Eugene based charity

On Monday morning, the community of Eugene, Oregon rallied to fill two shipping containers full of donated medical equipment, and get those containers traveling toward Shinshicho, Ethiopia, where Holt is helping to build a maternal-child hospital.

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When Holt began family strengthening projects in Shinshicho six years ago, the only clinic in the area was run-down and understaffed, with not a single full-time doctor on staff.  As a result, many mothers were forced to gamble on their health, and the health of their children — especially when undergoing a difficult childbirth. Facing complications, they could try to make the 12-mile journey by foot to the nearest hospital in Durame, or hope they would be OK. Seeing the tremendous need for better medical care, Holt helped Shinshicho revamp the run-down clinic in their town, and more than 50,000 people received care the first year. Still, the clinic couldn’t treat more advanced conditions, including birthing complications, or those requiring surgeries or X-rays.

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Priest website gets makeover

September 28, 2013 --

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Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers,
Portland, Oregon
Catholic Speaker & Founder of Dynamic Deacon

Check out the new look for the Vocation Boom! website, voted the number one vocation website by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops! If you or someone you know or love is thinking about the priesthood, this is the place to go!

Vocation Boom! was founded by my good friend Jerry Usher. Maintaining a deep love of the priesthood and a desire to promote vocations, Jerry created and launched Vocation Boom in 2009. I am truly honored to serve on the Vocation Boom! Board of Advisors.

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Former polygamy wife speaks out

September 26, 2013 --

The woman involved in a sex abuse case involving a Texas polygamous sect was interviewed by the Today Show on her new book. Please view. (Please note: the sect as the center of the criminal story is an independent movement and not associated with other religious organizations)

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Reed College criticized over rowdy gods festival

September 25, 2013 --

Reed College criticized over rowdy gods festival
By Faith News Note:

Before the first lecture of the Humanities 101 class, a required course for all Reed College freshmen, a group of juniors and seniors gather outside the building yelling and gesturing, some dressed as gods, some naked, to demand libations be poured out to the gods to assure luck in the coming academic year. Freshmen are to pour their coffee or other drinks on the ground in response.

The decade-long ritual by students at Reed has come under investigation as a possible violation of Title IX, which prohibits sexual discrimination at public institutions. In an email to students, staff and faculty, Reed President, John Kroger, disclosed the investigation.

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Portland pastor on “12 years as Slave” film

September 23, 2013 --

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Imago Dei Portland Church

A few words from Pastor Eric Knox on an upcoming film:

I’m excited about Brad Pitt’s film 12 Years a Slave for sentimental reasons. I was one of those athletes that did the bare minimum in college. If the academic standard to stay eligible was a 2.0, I’d shoot for a 2.25 and be straight! I was lazy academically, and then I got caught plagiarizing on a term paper in my black history class of all subjects (sheesh).

After this minor infraction, all that I ever worked for up to this point of my young hoop career hung in the balance. But the professor, who happened to be white, spared me. She said, “I’m giving you one more chance to right the ship, young man, but this is it. You will write a 10 page report, single space, 1 inch margins, on how this book impacted your life.”

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Comedy Central’s tasteless Catholic jokes

September 21, 2013 --

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By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights

Bill Donohue comments on the September 16 edition of “The Daily Show”:

Jon Stewart offered his thoughts on Pope Francis. “I love this guy! So, to sum it up, let me get this straight: gays are cool, priests can get married, and you don’t even have to believe in God to get to Heaven!”

This is all in good fun. Stewart should have stopped there.

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They call him the new Tim Tebow

September 19, 2013 --

amukamaraNew York Giants football cornerback Prince Amukamara is being hailed as America’s latest role model in the image of Tim Tebow.  Some refer to him as the black Tim Tebow.   He was featured on The Drudge Report and CBS News.  See some of his highlight quotes from this month.

CBS New York states,
“…he never drinks alcohol, and is committed to staying celibate.With that has come a nickname.“Yeah, some people call me the black Tim Tebow,” the 24-year-old told the magazine. “I am a virgin. I’m not ashamed to say that.” The Super Bowl XLVI champion is engaged, and he met his fiancee when he was out dancing at SL in the Meatpacking District – although it took some encouragement from his peers.”

Long Island Newsday,

“I grew up Catholic, so it just started out as one of those things. I’d think, ‘If I do this, maybe I can get to heaven,’ so I said no drinks, no sex, all the big things. As I grew up, I realized that’s not what it’s about. It’s about having a relationship with Jesus. It’s not about ‘Don’t do this. Don’t do that.’ But still, it’s just one of those things I haven’t done, and I don’t see any benefit to doing it. You’re always reading about people getting DUIs. So many bad things that happen and wind up in the paper are alcohol-related, so by not drinking, it saves me, my team, and my family a lot of trouble. I told my fiancé that I’ll probably take my first drink at my bachelor party,” Amukamara said. “I don’t know if I will.”

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What Christian Left can learn from Christian Right

September 18, 2013 --

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By Tom Krattenmaker

 Award-winning Portland-based writer
Recent book: The Evangelicals you Don’t Know
– Article Also featured on..USA Today

On most Mondays this summer, protesters have been congregating in North Carolina to raise a moral voice against the actions of elected officials in the Tar Heel state. Beginning at the Capitol last spring, and spreading to other North Carolina cities with the legislative session finished for the year, the protests have attracted gatherings as big as 10,000 and captured the nation’s attention.

Led by a minister and operating under the catchy moniker “Moral Mondays,” the protests call to mind Jerry Falwell and the Moral Majority from days gone by. But apart from rhetoric that appeals to Scripture and morality, Moral Mondays bear little in common with the Christian right, a movement of evangelical conservatives who used to enjoy a monopoly on politics of this sort. Concerned with legislation falling hardest on the poor, minorities and women, the Moral Mondays forces appear as solidly liberal as the Christian right is conservative.

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Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast saved

September 16, 2013 --


By Christian News Northwest
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Although there was some uncertainty in recent weeks due to fiscal challenges, an annual big prayer breakfast here will go ahead next month as scheduled.
A report in the August Christian News Northwest told how financial support was slow in arriving for the 11th annual Clark County Mayors’ and Civic Leaders’ Prayer Breakfast.
But event organizer Stewart Kent said in late August that some fresh sponsorship dollars have come in to cover the big cost of holding the breakfast and that it definitely will take place Friday, Oct. 25 at the Vancouver Hilton.

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How is the media treating the Pope? — 6 month lookback

September 13, 2013 --

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By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights

Bill Donohue analyzes the way the print media reacted to Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis after their first six months as pontiff:

We looked at the editorials in 15 of the nation’s largest newspapers to see what they said about the current pope, and his predecessor, after their first six months in office (Pope Francis will celebrate his first six months on September 13).

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