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Yes, this is Sunday Mass in Toronto
On Sunday mornings in Toronto, most millennials are lining up for brunch, not communion. The city’s steepled brick churches are slowly being converted into condos, and the 6 God has more disciples than, well, actual God.
yesterday by jeffhammond
How “Christianity is the white man’s religion” feeds the damaging disconnect between the Diaspora and Africa | Dilara K Uskup | Black Youth Project
..As a result of the spread of Islam and the Arab conquest of North Africa, Christianity began to almost exclusively thrive on the continent of Europe from the seventh century onward. This leads many to solely identify Christianity with Europe. This also led to the misconception that has persisted even up to the present day that Christianity is “the white man’s religion,” and that the spread of Christianity in Africa is the exclusive result of modern European missionary work.

The identification of Christianity with Europe and not Africa was propagated by white European scholars in modernity. After all, how could European colonists find biblical reason to enslave a “dark continent” that was “uncivilized” if Christianity’s true developmental, doctrinal, and theological history was revealed to be out of Africa? The truth is that Africa civilized Europe. However, Europe’s manifest destiny relied on the exploitation of Africa(ns) was concealed as “civilizing.” In The History and Heritage of African American Churches: A Way out of No Way, Dr. L. H. Whelchel contends: “thus, Africans, the historical parents of Christianity, now become the children.”
Africa  Christianity  Europe  Churchistry 
2 days ago by AfroMaestro
Imam recites call to prayer at Blackburn Cathedral
An imam has sparked controversy by reciting the Muslim call to prayer in a Church of England cathedral without permission.
A video recording of the man wearing a white robe was filmed on Saturday last week at Blackburn Cathedral and posted on the internet. It was performed for an audience of about 400 people as part of a concert to commemorate the armistice.
Peter Howell-Jones, the dean of Blackburn Cathedral, told The Sunday Times: “I don’t think this should have happened here. If people are going to call for my resignation there’s nothing more I can say or do to people to pacify them because actually I agree with their arguments.”
The call to prayer was performed as part of a performance of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man (A Mass For Peace) in the nave of the cathedral.
The second movement, which is sometimes omitted, is a traditional Muslim adhan recited in Arabic. The call to prayer is preceded by the declarations: “Allah is the greatest; I bear witness that there is no other God but Allah; I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
Press_Column  Christianity  Islam  religion  Race/Immigrants  might_write 
2 days ago by seatrout
Alice Roberts’ Humanists campaign sparks faith schools family row
Her daughter’s campaign as the incoming president of Humanists UK also caught both Wendy and her husband by surprise. Speaking from the couple’s home in the Bristol area yesterday, Wendy said: “I only heard about this humanism thing last weekend with your article.”
Asked if she and Alice had discussed it since, she laughed and said: “No, I am not going to discuss this with her. Not at all. Alright. I think we are on a battle. Let’s say there is inflexibility there. So no, I can’t do that. I didn’t realise she was so antagonistic and I don’t really know why.”
She was at pains to emphasise that she and Alice’s father, a former church warden, are far from zealots and instead represent the quiet voice of the shires. “My husband is an aeronautical engineer. His grounding is science. We’re not sure what we believe really desperately, but we believe the Christian way of bringing up children is a good benchmark.”
Press_Column  Christianity  might_write 
2 days ago by seatrout
'We feel weak': Rocked by Asia Bibi blasphemy protests, Pakistan's tiny Christian community is on high alert
hen furious protestors gathered around Pakistan late last month in the wake of Asia Bibi's acquittal for blasphemy, a senior police officer visited the Islamabad slum of France Colony.
It might be best, the policeman advised, if the mainly Christian residents closed their shops, went home and laid low in case there was trouble.
As the decision sparked off nationwide protests that brought the country to a halt for three days, the slum's new church was closed and services cancelled, while the congregation warily watched the demonstrations unfold.
Press_Column  Christianity  Islam  religion  Race/Immigrants  might_write 
2 days ago by seatrout
Bullying claims at Oxford ‘medieval fiefdom’ take toll on reformist dean
A formal complaint has been filed against the Very Rev Martyn Percy with the college’s governing body. Few people know details of what is being alleged, or who is behind the move. Even Percy is largely in the dark, according to his friends.
The complaint is believed to centre on issues of governance; no one is suggesting improper personal conduct. It will be heard by a tribunal, which could dismiss Percy. A date for a hearing is yet to be set.
Press_Column  Christianity  might_write 
2 days ago by seatrout
Can You Trust Thomas Merton? | Catholic Answers
If, as Daoism and Zen Buddhism suggests, there are no distinctions between beings or things, then there would be no need for Christ’s Passion, for there would be no "us" for "him" to save.
Pope Benedict XVI has expressed serious concerns regarding the appropriateness of approaches such as Merton’s. In fact he predicted that Buddhism, with its "autoerotic" type of spirituality, would replace Marxism as the principle antagonist of the Catholic faith, for the very non-dualist ideas it espouses deny the Christian belief in a Creator who is separate from His creation. The transcendence that Zen Buddhism offers is one of non-distinction, a state free from, as Benedict notes, the imposition of religious obligations. In the end, to turn to the ideas of Zen is to turn away from any need for a personal savior. We save ourselves in Buddhism, but only Christ saves in Christianity.
christianity  buddhism 
3 days ago by rbhlms
Kitchen Table Cult
"Kitchen Table Cult unpacks all the things Kieryn and Hännah learned at the kitchen tables of their childhoods in conservative Christian homeschooling families. Every week we take your questions and drill down on various topics about Quiverfull, the Religious Right, and our childhoods in high-demand groups (otherwise known as cults).

We’re not surprised about the rise of Trump, Christian fascism, or evangelical white women voting for someone like Mike Pence, and we want to take you back through the beginning of it all to explain why."

[Kieryn and Hännah on Twitter and elsewhere online:

Kieryn Darkwater

Hännah Hettinger ]

[Fascinating conversation with harrowing experiences. One apprehension (from Episode 1): seems to oversell public (and private) school education and doesn't mention the many, many terrible outcomes that come from it. ]

[Some other episodes of note:

Episode Three: Diligently Taught
"Hännah and Kieryn discuss the intersections of homeschooling, race, privilege, and children's rights."

Episode Five: What is HSLDA? (lots of refs in post)
"Hännah and Kieryn talk with Kathryn Brightbill, Legislative Policy Analyst at CRHE about the Homeschool Legal Defense Association – what their role is in the current state of things, where they came from, and why they’ve managed to win so far."

Episode 10: Educational Neglect
"Kieryn and Hännah delve into the negative aspects of their homeschool educations, and why they are so passionate about advocating for homeschool reform. When homeschooling goes wrong, it can go very very wrong..." ] ]

[more from Kieryn ]
homeschool  education  evangelical  school  schooling  learning  neglect  unschooling  howwelearn  christianity  children  parenting  2018  fundamentalism  girls  stayathomedaughters  women  gender  hslda  sexuality  politics  religion  hännahettinger  kieryndarkwater  christofascism  resistance  activism 
5 days ago by robertogreco
Former Nuncio Viganò sentenced to pay compensation to his brother
Archbishop Carlo Maria and his brother Don Lorenzo, a scholar of Mesopotamian civilization, jointly held their substantial family assets, which in 2010 included real estate for an estimated value of about 20 million euros plus a significant cash sum of more than six million euros. The inheritance had always been managed by archbishop Viganò, for a long time Delegate for the papal representations, then secretary of the Vatican Governorate and finally apostolic nuncio to Washington after breaking off relations with the Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone and with Pope Benedict XVI himself.  
The former nuncio, according to the sentence, had continued to receive the real estate revenues and the cash availability, obtaining a total of “transactions for a net amount of 3,649,866.25 euros”. Half of this amount will now have to be paid to his brother Don Lorenzo. The priest was sued by the archbishop on the eve of Vatileaks, when Viganò tried to remain in the Vatican by writing to Benedict XVI that he could not take up the post of apostolic nuncio to the United States because of the illness of his brother whom he had to take care of.
Press_Column  Catholic  Schism  Christianity 
5 days ago by seatrout
Acting Liturgically - Nicholas Wolterstorff - Oxford University Press
1: What is Liturgy?
2: On Following a Liturgical Script
3: With One Accord: The Communal Dimension of Liturgical Enactments
4: On Bended Knee: the Bodily Dimension of Liturgical Enactments
5: What Are Those without Faith Doing in Liturgical Enactments?
6: On the Liturgical Reading and Singing of Scripture
7: Liturgical Repetition and Reenactment
8: Liturgical Commemoration
9: The Liturgical Present Tense
10: God's Liturgical Activity
11: Does God Know What We Say to God?
12: Liturgical Love
13: Justice and Injustice in Christian Liturgies
christianity  theology  liturgy  calvinism  philosophy  books 
7 days ago by benjekman

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