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c. 2003 Religion News CLEVELAND _ Where does one achieve spiritual nirvana in January? Forget about going to the highest mountains in Tibet, or living a hermitlike existence amid the desert sands of North Africa. Nor will spiritual wholeness likely be achieved lounging around the beaches of Florida or Southern California sipping mai tais from […]

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c. 2003 Religion News Service Southern Baptist Execs Oppose City’s Proposed Gay Rights Ordinance (RNS) Southern Baptist Convention executives, opposed to a proposed Nashville, Tenn., ordinance that would increase homosexual rights, say they could change their plans to hold their annual meeting in that city in 2005. Jack Wilkerson, vice president for business and finance […]

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c. 2003 Religion News Service Heresy Charges Filed Against Chicago United Methodist Bishop (RNS) Official charges have been filed against the liberal United Methodist bishop of Chicago, accusing him of heresy and abandoning the Christian faith. Twenty-eight people say Bishop Joseph Sprague should renounce his views or resign his office for not believing in traditional […]

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c. 2003 Religion News Service Mosque Apologizes for Christmas E-mail TORONTO (RNS) A Somali mosque here has apologized for a Christmas Day message that said wishing someone Merry Christmas is comparable to congratulating them for committing murder or engaging in adultery. “The board (of Khalid Bin Al-Walid Mosque) sincerely apologizes for the distress that this […]

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c. 2003 Religion News Service ADL: Anti-Jewish Incidents Up 25 Percent on Campuses (RNS) The number of anti-Jewish incidents in the United States increased slightly from 2001 to 2002 but similar incidents reported on campuses rose 25 percent in 2002, the Anti-Defamation League reported in its annual audit. The total of anti-Jewish incidents reported against […]

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c. 2003 Religion News Service `Best Christian Places to Work’ Survey Results Announced (RNS) Organizations ranging from the Evangelical Christian Credit Union in Brea, Calif., to Colorado-based Group Publishing have been named some of the “Best Christian Places to Work” in a new survey commissioned by Christianity Today magazine. The look at Christian workplaces was […]

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c. 2003 Religion News Service Presbyterians: Jesus is True, But Not Necessary for Salvation (RNS) Nearly three-quarters of Presbyterians believe that the “absolute truth for humankind is in Jesus Christ,” but fewer than half say that only Christians will be saved, according to a new church survey. The periodic poll of members of the Presbyterian […]

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c. 2003 Religion News Service Wheaton College Adds Dancing, Faculty Drinking to Community Covenant (RNS) Wheaton College, an evangelical school in Wheaton, Ill., will allow dancing and permit faculty to drink alcohol and use tobacco products off campus according to its new “community covenant.” “On-campus dances will take place only with official college sponsorship,” according […]