Religion News: Singers visit gospel music's birthplace
A Chicago church known as the birthplace of gospel music recently opened for the first time since a fire two years ago ravaged the structure.
The historic Pilgrim Baptist Church played host to members of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs in Chicago for their annual convention, according to wire reports. The group toured the salvaged part of the church.
The building was designed as a synagogue by Chicago architects Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, and built in 1890 and 1891. A Baptist congregation moved into the building in 1922, forming Pilgrim Baptist Church.
The church is credited as the birthplace of gospel music in the 1930s. Thomas A. Dorsey, the "Father of Gospel Music," was the music director at Pilgrim Baptist for decades. Albertina Walker, Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Sallie Martin, James Cleveland, The Staples Singers and The Edwin Hawkins Singers are among those who have sung at the church.
Arizona court: No religious right to marijuana
The Arizona Court of Appeals recently ruled that there is no religious right in that state to possess marijuana.
According to wire reports, the judges rejected arguments that the First Amendment allowed an Arizona resident, Daniel Hardesty, to use marijuana as a "sacrament" of his church. They said the state has the power to ban possession of the drug because of its known harmful nature.
According to wire reports, Appellate Judge Sheldon Weisberg said the First Amendment encompasses two protections: the right to believe and the right to perform or abstain from certain acts for religious reasons. But the judge said though the first is absolute, the second is not.
The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life analyzed the coverage of religion in the campaign through the majority of the primary season, a 16-month period from January 2007 through April 2008.
The study found that when coverage of the “horse-race” aspects of the campaign is excluded, religion emerges as a relatively prominent topic, accounting for 10 percent of the non-political-process coverage during the 16 months studied. In fact, religion garnered nearly as much coverage as race and gender combined (11 percent), even though the frontrunners for the Democratic presidential nomination were a black man and a woman.
“Fear Not: Learning To Love, Trust and Obey God” by Lisa D. Bell
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“Fear Not” will teach you how to overcome your fears by embracing the idea of placing faith in God and not in the power of your own attributes and abilities. Author Lisa Bell's engaging style, coupled with the easy-to-apply self-help diagrams, will readily encourage you to love, trust and obey God.
The book encourages its reader to stop and think about the choices he or she makes prior to taking action, to avoid causing injuries to self, others, or one's Christian reputation.
Get to Know … Saint Joseph Freinademetz
Saint Joseph Freinademetz (April 15, 1852 – Jan. 28, 1908) was a Roman Catholic priest and saint, and, as a member of the Society of the Divine Word, was a missionary in China.
Freinademetz was born in the Dolomites, which was then part of Austria and now part of Italy. He studied theology in the diocesan seminary of Brixen and was ordained priest July 25, 1875.
After receiving training as a missionary, he and his confrere John Baptist Anzer boarded a ship to Hong Kong, where they stayed for two years. In 1881 they moved to the South Shantung province. There were 12 million people living in this province, of which 158 had been baptized.
Freinademetz was very active in the education of Chinese laymen and priests. He wrote a catechetical manual in Chinese, which he considered a crucial part of the missionary effort. When his bishop had to leave China for a journey to Europe in 1907, the administration of the diocese was assigned to Freinademetz.
He was canonized on Oct. 5, 2003, by Pope John Paul II.
Heterodox: Greek for "other opinioned." Beliefs that deviate from accepted doctrines. Antonym of orthodox. It is important to realize that one group's orthodoxy is another group's heterodoxy. -- Religioustolerance.org
Religion Around the World
Religious makeup of Macau
Buddhist: 50 percent
Roman Catholic: 15 percent
None and other: 35 percent
- CIA Factbook
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