February 28, 2009 - Supreme Court upholds 10 Commandments park case

Weekend National News Focus: US Supreme Court Upholds the Public Display of the Ten Commandments in Public Parks.  In a landmark 9-0 decision, the Court ruled the City of Pleasant Grove, Utah does not have to remove a Ten Commandments display from a public park. This paves the way for […]

February 27, 2009 - Is it OK to pray for animals? Hmmmm.

A Christian Viewpoint on animals and God. By Jeannie St. John Taylor, Oregon author of Culture Proof Kids I had to resist a strong urge to rush across the Atlantic and adopt the badly burned koala found in a charred Australian forest after I saw her photo on the news. […]

February 26, 2009 - From Oregon to the war zone and back

By Judith Stroman, Faith Reporter, Jewish Federation co-chair makes humanitarian visit to southern Israel. A detailed report of local Oregonian Michael Weiner’s whirlwind 26 hour trip to the war zone in southern Israel, north of Gaza, in January was the subject of a recent article in the Jewish Review. Mr. […]

February 25, 2009 - Ash Wednesday: Oregonians offer aid to European churches

By Traci Scott, Faith Reporter, The Oregon Catholic Church is encouraging parishioners to donate generously for the 2009 Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe on Ash Wednesday, February 25.  The theme of this year’s collection is “Believe in the Power of the Spirit of Love,” and is […]

February 24, 2009 - Luis Palau returns to Guatemala for major outreach

By Doris Christian, Faith Report Writer, Beaverton-based evangelist Luis Palau is planning a big public festival to reach Guatemala in their time of need. As a people, many wallowing in poverty, drug and alcohol abuse amid daily violence, the citizens of Latin America are seeking answers.  Overwhelmed and emotionally downtrodden […]

February 23, 2009 - Bishop Tutu coming to Oregon

The 40th annual Collins Lecture, presented by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO), is scheduled for the evening of Monday, May 4, 2009, at the University of Portland, Chiles Center. The theme is “The Transformative Power of Reconciliation in Society.” Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus from Cape Town, South Africa, will be […]

February 22, 2009 - Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke talks about God

Weekend national news focus: Mickey Rourke may have resurrected his career with his amazing performance in The Wrestler, but in an interview with RELEVANT magazine, Rourke opens up about an even more significant turnaround in his life–one that happened in a church. The interview can be found in the March/April […]

February 21, 2009 - New book 'Play to Win' combines football and faith

Weekend national news focus: There comes a single moment in many people’s lives that defines who they have been and who they are destined to become. For some people it comes at the most unexpected of times. For Jerry Glover it came at a moment that was one of the […]

February 20, 2009 - How the color red stirs up religious antagonism

By Jeannie St. John Taylor Oregon Author of You Wouldn’t Love Me If You Knew I’m an artist, so I’ve long recognized red as the color of passion. I recall one art teacher suggesting a touch of red in every painting “just to liven it up.” Red stimulates the appetite […]

February 19, 2009 - Ashland Church Stops Signing Heterosexual Marriage Licenses

Allison Brandow, Faith Reporter, Four clergy from an Ashland, Ore., church are refusing to sign marriage licenses for heterosexual couples, indicating they will resume signing licenses when same-sex couples can also legally marry.  The Rev. Pam Shepherd of First Congregational United Church of Christ, along with three retired clergy, declared […]