Religion News: Farrakhan declares ‘new beginning’ for Nation of Islam
At a speech Sunday in Chicago, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan stressed unity among religions while still preaching a message of black empowerment.
According to wire reports, Farrakhan covered topics including immigration, public schools, violence and morality. Farrakhan renewed a call for many to get back to the basic tenets of Islam, while still encouraging black pride.
Farrakhan did not lay out any specific plans for the "new beginning," but he offered his opinion on many topics and made a plea for understanding with immigrants south of U.S. borders.
While the Nation has espoused black nationalism and self-reliance since it was founded in the 1930s, in recent years members have reached out to other groups. For instance, the Nation has a Latino liaison and has become involved in immigrant rights rallies and marches.
German rabbinical seminary feeling economic crunch
The global financial crisis is threatening the existence of the first rabbinical seminary to be established in central Europe since the Holocaust.
The Abraham Geiger College, which belongs to the University of Potsdam near Berlin, relies largely on American and European donors and sponsors to finance its programs.
Staff members said many of the sponsors can’t afford to support the seminary, and it is short 250,000 euros.
The college was founded in 1999, and in 2006 it became the first institution to train rabbis for ordination in Germany since the Holocaust.
According to a Pew Forum survey taken Oct. 16-19:
As in previous elections, differences in voting patterns by religion are amplified when church attendance is taken into account. Barack Obama has made no headway among white evangelical Protestants who attend church at least once a week; just 17 percent of this group supports him. By contrast, 37 percent of white evangelicals who attend services less frequently support Obama.
-- Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
“Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict” by Tsultrim Allione
Allione brings an 11th-century Tibetan woman's practice to the West for the first time with this book, an accessible and effective approach for dealing with negative emotions, fears, illness and self-defeating patterns.
Allione -- one of only a few female Buddhist leaders in this country -- bridges this ancient Eastern practice with today's Western psyche. She explains that if we fight our demons, they only grow stronger. But if we feed them, nurture them, we can free ourselves from the battle.
Through the clearly articulated practice outlined in “Feeding Your Demons,” we can learn to overcome any obstacle and achieve freedom and inner peace.
Get to Know … Saint Anne
Saint Anne (also Ann or Anna) was the mother of the Virgin Mary, according to Christian tradition. Her name is the Greek rendering of the Hebrew name Hannah.
Mary's mother is not named in the canonical Gospels. According to the apocryphal Gospel of James, Anne and her husband, Joachim, after years of childlessness, were visited by an angel who told them that they would conceive a child. Anne promised to dedicate the child to God's service.
In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, Anne is ascribed the title Forbear of God, and both the Birth of Mary and the Dedication of Mary to the Temple are celebrated as two of the Twelve Great Feasts.
In Western iconography, Anne may be recognized by her depiction in red robe and green mantle, often holding a book. Images may also be found depicting Anne holding a small Mary who in turn holds an infant Christ.
Anne is the patron saint of Quebec, Brittany, women in labor and miners.
Venial sin: Within the Roman Catholic church, a minor transgression against God, the church or another human. The consequences of a venial sin can be compensated for through good works.
Religion Around the World
Religious makeup of Barbados
Protestant: 63.4 percent (Anglican: 28.3 percent, Pentecostal: 18.7 percent, Methodist: 5.1 percent, other: 11.3 percent)
Roman Catholic: 4.2 percent
Other Christian: 7 percent
Other: 4.8 percent
None or unspecified: 20.6 percent
- CIA Factbook
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