May 31, 2012 - Two views on WA gay marriage measure

Oregon Faith News Note: Earlier this year Washington’s legislature and Governor signed a bill allowing same-sex marriage in Washington. Since that vote a referendum petition drive has started with the filing deadline in June. Over 120,000 signatures are needed to stop the law from being enacted and instead refer the […]

May 30, 2012 - Oregon medic injured by IED in Afghanistan

Oregon Medic Heidi Olson, a 2010 George Fox University graduate, injured by IED in Afghanistan By George Fox University Heidi Olson, a 2010 George Fox University graduate from Springfield, Ore., was one of three U.S. Army medics seriously injured May 8 in an IED explosion in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Olson has […]

May 28, 2012 - Memorial Day, The Bible & the American Opt-In

Stephen Prothero is the author of the book “The American Bible: How our words unite, divide and define a nation” and “Religious Literacy and God Is Not One”, and also a professor of religion at Boston University. His recent essay was featured in the Wall Street Journal. At the beginning […]

May 27, 2012 - Photo: Cross that survived Joplin tornado inspires

In May of last year, a terrible tornado ripped through Joplin Missouri killing over 100 people.  The tornado destroyed the local St. Mary’s Catholic church.  All that remained was the cross.   This week during the anniversary, Joplin residents gathered around the cross to reflect, remember and renew their spirits.

May 26, 2012 - ABC pulls show after family pressure

ABC’s GCB Gets Canceled Because of Conservative Christians By Movie Guide, LFor family and child advocate Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, ABC/Disney’s cancellation of its “bigoted” show “GCB,” which mocked and ridiculed Christians, was a “victory for faith and values.” […]

May 26, 2012 - 124th Annual Memorial Day Masses Scheduled

Memorial Day Masses By Portland Archdiocese, Masses will be held at the two Archdiocesan Catholic Cemeteries on Memorial Day, May 28. Archbishop John G. Vlazny will celebrate Mass at Mount Calvary’s Altar Garden (333 SW Skyline Blvd, Portland). Monsignor Dennis O’Donovan will celebrate Mass in the Chapel at Gethsemani Cemetery […]

May 25, 2012 - Girls only prom hosted by Muslim student

Girls only prom hosted for Muslim student A Muslim High School in Michigan, Tharima Ahmed, found a way to attend prom without violating her customs that restrict interactions with boys.   Her solution was to host an all-girls prom.   It turned out to be a success as over 120 students participated.   […]

May 24, 2012 - Pro-Choice support falls to record lows (chart)

From Gallup, “The 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as “pro-choice” is down from 47% last July and is one percentage point below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009. Fifty percent now call themselves “pro-life,” one point shy of the record high, also from […]

May 24, 2012 - Church facing heat over car camping

By Oregon Faith News Note: The City of Portland spent a lot of time and public discussion over creating rules to allow churches to house homeless campers in their vehicle in the church parking lot. The rules were fine tuned to allow four cars per parking lot. The first church […]