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Jesus film series close to breaking crowdfunding records

August 31, 2018 --

By VIdAngel,

VidAngel, the market-leading entertainment company celebrated for offering parents technology empowering families to skip and mute unacceptable scenes on Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, Roku, Apple TV, and Fire TV, and for its original, family-friendly content created through VidAngel Studios, is announcing another milestone in its bid to become the #1 provider of premium, brand safe content for the 52 million-strong U.S. values audience. The Chosen, the first original scripted series to be distributed by VidAngel, is now the #4 crowdfunded series in entertainment history, and is on-pace to become #1.

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Portland Archbishop issue abuse crisis letter, video

August 29, 2018 --

By Oregon Faith News Note,

On August 20, 2018, Portland Archbishop Alexander K. Sample has issued both a lengthy written statement and video called a Healing Mass homily concerning the latest reports of clergy abuse.  The letter rolls out four positive steps to take to address the current situation as well as to address future allegations.

– You can see the entire letter and video below.
– Please note the video sound is echoed and hard to hear only for the first 26 seconds.

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Meditation beach labyrinths sweep Oregon

August 27, 2018 --

By Faith News Note,

The meditation beach labyrinth ministry made the front page of the state’s largest newspaper “‘Circles in the Sand’ inspires crowds on the southern Oregon coast” and the local TV stations this weekend.  Since 2011 Denny Dyke has been working on his beach labyrinth ministry by creating meditative mazes and artistic circles on the beach. He calls them Sacred Journeys.

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Debunking myths, lies in PA abuse case

August 24, 2018 --

Bill Donohue, Ph.D.
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

Unlike most commentators and reporters, I have read most of the Pennsylvania grand jury report. The purpose of this statement is to debunk many of the myths, and indeed lies, that mar the report and/or interpretations of it.

Myth: Over 300 priests were found guilty of preying on youngsters in Pennsylvania.

Fact: No one was found guilty of anything. Yet that didn’t stop CBS from saying “300 ‘predator priests’ abused more than 1,000 children over a period of 70 years.” These are all accusations, most of which were never verified by either the grand jury or the dioceses.

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I struggled to watch this Mormon mocking play

August 22, 2018 --

By Allen Alley,
Lake Oswego resident,

I had the opportunity to attend the musical, “The Book of Mormon” in Portland. On the surface, it was one of the most dynamic, entertaining, hilarious, magnificently well-performed productions I have ever seen. Watching the show, I joined the rest of a packed house and laughed, cheered, applauded and even choked back a tear at times.

As the show progressed, and the cheers and applause grew louder with every scene, I began to reflect more on what I was experiencing. I’m not Mormon, but my family tree has extremely diverse ethnic and religious roots spanning just about every major religion from Catholic and Protestant to Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist and Bahai. This diversity in my close family has made me inherently curious about, and generally accepting of, people who don’t share my ideas and philosophy.

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Oregon students serve in Rwanda

August 21, 2018 --

By Olivia Lovern
Multnomah University, Portland

After working with Africa New Life Ministries (ANLM) in her home country of Rwanda for some time, Global Development and Justice student Lilian Uwase decided it was time to pursue her master’s degree so she could learn how to better serve communities in Rwanda and beyond.

Last summer, Lilian had the opportunity to intern with ANLM in a new capacity, engaging in community research among those being served by ANLM’s programs. Through her research among the Kageyo and Bugesera communities, she evaluated the programs available to them while utilizing participatory methods she learned through the  Applied Field Research Methodology course in the MAGDJ program.

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National PR Campaign: ‘It’s legal to pray in school’

August 17, 2018 --

Pacific Justice Institute Press Release,
For more than 50 years, Americans have been confused about the issue of prayer in school and students’ rights to pray in school.   Congress never passed any law prohibiting prayer or the free exercise of religion as stated in our U.S. Constitution / First Amendment. … “Congress shall make no law establishing a religion or denying the FREE EXERCISE THEREOF.”
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Christian baker charged again, this time on transgender cake

August 15, 2018 --

Oregon Faith News Note,

Within weeks of winning at the Supreme Court, Christian baker, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, is being targeted again by the same local government on new charges of discrimination. The new charges are based on an attorney calling Masterpiece Bakery and asking him to create a cake celebrating a sex transition. The attorney wanted the cake to be pink on the inside and blue on the outside. Jack Phillips declined citing his religious beliefs. Jack Phillips has gone as far as to respond with a federal lawsuit against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Phillips says he is being targeted as part of a campaign to destroy him.

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Dual Eugene sex trafficking leads to arrest


US Attorney, Oregon District, Press Release

Anthony Ballard Jones, 36, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison for the interstate transport of individuals for prostitution and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Jones will serve a five year term of supervised release upon the conclusion of his prison sentence.

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Christian athletes struggle with fame, fortune

August 13, 2018 --

By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministry
An Oregon based ministry

Over the years, I’ve spoken at a number of NFL chapels with the great benefit of having Nanci, my football-loving wife, sometimes attending the chapel, and always coming with me to the games. In recent years, God has given me the opportunity to give input to and mentor a number of professional athletes, especially football players.

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