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Oregon dropping God oath

March 30, 2016 --

courtBill passes dropping “So help me God” requirement from courtroom oaths as a way of helping the faith community.
Oregon Faith News Note,

Senate president, Peter Courtney-D (Dist. 11) sponsored a bill allowing lawmakers to administer non-religious “affirmations”—as contrasted to sworn oaths—which exclude the phrase “so help you God.” Senate Bill 1595 passed in a 52-3 vote and was enacted as an emergency declaration.  The bill had support among some faith leaders who view oaths as something sacred between God and not to be used in a secular courtroom.

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UofP hosts Women of the Bible concert

March 29, 2016 --

University-of-PortlandBy University of Portland

University of Portland presents Women of the Bible concert in Chapel of Christ the Teacher, April 2

The University of Portland will present the concert, Women of the Bible, on Saturday, April 2, at 7 p.m., in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher on the University campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. The concert is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

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Catholic bashing sit-com a flop

March 25, 2016 --

Bill Donohue comments on why “The Real O’Neals” is faltering:

ABC is in a jam and they know it. Even they must admit that last night’s episode of “The Real O’Neals” was just plain stupid. The ratings show it: once again, it trailed the competition on CBS and NBC. After all, only the intellectually challenged would find it entertaining to see a gay pride flag in the vice-principal’s office of a Catholic school.

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NW Monk attacked, mistaken for Muslim

March 22, 2016 --

mnkhdrvrA Washington monk is assaulted during his visit to Hood River
By Faith News Note,

Kozen Sampson, A Washington Buddhist monk, Kozen Sampson, was attacked during a trip to Hood River. Kozen said he was attacked unexpectedly. He said, “I pulled over, someone ran up and yelled. I turned around, they kicked the door, hit me in the side of the face and knocked my head into the frame of the car,” Sampson said. “I do remember [him yelling] an F bomb [about] Muslims, and that was it.”
Kozen has extended forgiveness to the stranger. The attack has made headlines in newspapers across the nation.

Hood River held a candlelight vigil to celebrate peace and tolerance. Kozen added, “I can’t think of anything more important than to be peaceful and to remind each other we are what makes a country and a world.”

You can see how the town of Hood River held a Peace rally on the KATU-2 TV Clip below.

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Faith part of GOP & Dem brother bond

March 21, 2016 --

capitolFaith part of GOP & Dem brother bond
By M. Martin,

The Oregonian has featured a wonderful story about Oregon Democrat State Representative, David Clem, falling into an unlikely abiding friendship with Republican State Representative, Vic Gilliam. Once political opponents who tussled over issues now find a rare friendship with one of the connecting bonds is their faith. Such faith was needed as Clem wrestled with retiring early from politics and Vic Gilliam battling the unforgiving and debilitating ALS disease.

Early discussions over politics, family and faith were at the beginning of their friendship, and continue to this day. as The Oregonian reports:

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George Fox kicks off Spring Break Serve campaign

March 19, 2016 --

By George Fox University

George Fox University will continue its tradition of sending students to serve diverse populations during the school’s weeklong spring break March 18-27. About 50 students are joining employee leaders for the university’s annual Spring Serve in five locations.

This year, volunteers will travel to Yakima, Seattle and the Yakima Reservation in Washington – as well as to Los Angeles and to a camp for families in the disability community – to work on service projects in various cross-cultural settings.

The following are descriptions of the five trips:

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Capitol faith campaign win over ISIS

March 18, 2016 --

ird-institute-religion-democracyInstitute for Religion and Democracy

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that Islamic State (ISIS) action against Yazidis, Christians and other minority groups in Iraq and Syria constitutes genocide.

The announcement comes on the day of a Congressional-imposed deadline, specified in December’s Omnibus spending bill, for the State Department to make a determination that genocide has or has not occurred against these people groups.

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Pastor to bring dinosaurs to Oregon coast

March 16, 2016 --

dnsrscstBy Christian News Northwest

Visitors here might soon be forgetting about looking for sand dollars, driftwood or seaweed during their beach outings. They’ll be too distracted by the dinosaurs.

That’s the hope of Steve Hudgik, pastor of Cannon Beach Bible Church, who in 2018 hopes to open the Dinosaur Tracker Field Station, a creation museum, at the church.

Hudgik, who last year moved from Tualatin to become the church’s pastor, also heads up a mnistry called Move to Assurance ( The ministry recently received a donation from Crowley’s Granite Concepts in Tualatin for the purchase of computer hardware for the museum.

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Death Row chaplain speaking tonight

March 14, 2016 --

spkrnknwnBy University of Portland

Florida death row chaplain Dale Recinella: “The Biblical Truth About America’s Death Penalty,”
March 14

University of Portland’s Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture will present “The Biblical Truth About America’s Death Penalty,” a lecture by Dale Recinella, on Monday, March 14, at 7:15 p.m., in Franz Hall Room 120 on campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Concerns over Young Messiah film

March 11, 2016 --

Film Trailer followed by Press Release

Defending the Bible
Press release,

Bible scholars know little about the early life of Jesus but that hasn’t stopped filmmakers from blending fact with fiction. The upcoming March 11th release of “The Young Messiah” is no exception yet it’s unfair to paint all productions with this brush. “The Jesus Film” (1979) and some portions of “Jesus of Nazareth” (1977) accurately depict the angelic visitation to Mary as well as Jesus’ three-day temple court experience (Luke 2:41-50). After Jerusalem, the Bible tells us little about Jesus until the age of thirty (See Luke 2:51-52).

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