Daily Archives: July 20, 2011

(RNS) Hindus Sue Restaurant over Meat Mistake

A group of Hindus can sue an Edison restaurant for money to travel to India, where they say they must purify their souls after eating meat, a state appellate court panel ruled Monday (July 18).

The decision reinstates a lawsuit filed against Moghul Express, the restaurant that admitted it accidentally served meat-filled pastries to 16 Hindus whose religion forbids them from eating nonvegetarian food.

The diners said the mix-up has harmed them spiritually and monetarily, and that to cleanse themselves of their sin””even though it was committed unknowingly””they must participate in a purification ritual in the Ganges River.

Read it all.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Asia, Dieting/Food/Nutrition, India, Law & Legal Issues, Religion & Culture

(USA Today) Colleges get creative to cut costs

When students and professors return to budget-slashing colleges this fall, they might notice things missing, such as limitless piles of food on their plates, land-line phones and trash pickup.

At Penn State University, “all you can eat” meals have been slimmed down to “all you care to eat,” and two fewer dining halls offer them, spokeswoman Annemarie Mountz says. The marketing change is to encourage gastronomic restraint.

It may be hard to swallow, but budget-cutting is the new normal at the nation’s 6,700-plus post-secondary schools.

Read it all.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Consumer/consumer spending, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Education, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--

George Conger and Kevin Kallsen discuss recent Anglican developments on Anglican TV

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, - Anglican: Commentary, - Anglican: Latest News

(Vatican Radio) Joining forces to promote peace in the Holy Land

The segment description is as follows:

A joint conference of Catholic and Anglican experts on the Middle East, taking place at Lambeth Palace in London, has been hearing first hand accounts of the struggles of the Christian community in the Holy Land today. The two day meeting, organised by the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols aims to raise greater awareness of the difficulties facing the minority Christians in Israel and the Palestinian territories and find practical ways of supporting the Churches there. At the opening of the meeting on Monday, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal and his Anglican counterpart Bishop Suheil Dawani joined some young Palestinian Christians in speaking of the human face of the continuing conflict and occupation. Philippa Hitchen spoke to Patriarch Twal to find out what he hopes this conference can achieve

Listen to it all (about 6 1/2 minutes).

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Archbishop of Canterbury, Middle East, Religion & Culture

From Anglican minister to Catholic priest – a historic first for Scotland

Religious history has been made with the first ordination of a former Anglican clergyman in Scotland into the Catholic priesthood.

Father Len Black, 61 and a grandfather of two, was ordained into the priesthood this weekend, at a ceremony at St Mary’s Church in Greenock performed by Bishop Philip Tartaglia of Paisley.

Father Black was an Episcopal minister for 30 years before converting to Catholicism. Until recently he was the minister at St Michael and All Angels in Inverness and was also the regional dean of Forward in Faith, the leading group of traditionalist Anglicans.

Read it all.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, England / UK, Ministry of the Ordained, Other Churches, Parish Ministry, Roman Catholic, Scotland

(Independent) Who will rid us of turbulent PR man George Pitcher?

For a man who wrote a seminal book on the shadowy nature of public relations entitled The Death of Spin, there is something rather ironic about the fact that George Pitcher ”“ the Archbishop of Canterbury’s public affairs secretary ”“ has been dismissed for what appears to have been a spin too far.

Mr Pitcher, a former industrial correspondent turned Anglican priest who styles himself as the vicar of Fleet Street, is to leave his post as Rowan Williams’ chief spin doctor after just nine months in the job.

The official reason given by Lambeth Palace is the termination of what was only ever a year-long contract. But sources within the Church of England and Westminster say Mr Pitcher’s departure was the endgame of a political fallout that began with Archbishop Williams’ damning critique of the Government’s cuts and ended with an offhand joke about canapés

Read it all.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Anglican Provinces, Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of England (CoE), England / UK, Media, Religion & Culture

Notable and Quotable (I)

Marriage is very difficult. It’s like a 5000-piece jigsaw puzzle, all sky.

–Cathy Ladman, as cited in Reader’s Digest, August 2011 edition, page 173

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, Humor / Trivia, Marriage & Family

George Grant–Is Britain's decline and fall unavoidable?

Though we retain the potential and many of the assets necessary to operate as a global power, a number of the enablers that we depend upon to project and sustain that influence are being eroded away, if not deleted outright. At the heart of the problem is the fact that the UK does not possess a proper national strategy, and has not done so since at least 1989.

National strategy is what enables a country to have real direction and strength. National strategy seeks to further the national interest through the effective coordination of all instruments of power, be they economic, political, cultural, military or diplomatic. It is guided by a clear understanding of what the country stands for, what sort of power it wants to be in the world, and what it understands about the geopolitical environment in which it operates….

The government will claim it has a national strategy, the National Security Strategy (NSS) released in October 2010, but that does not constitute a real national strategy, and nor can it.

Read it all.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Economy, England / UK, History, Politics in General

Lambeth Conference on Christians in the Holy Land – speeches from Yesterday

The following speeches are a selection of those made on the second day of the Conference on Christians in the Holy Land, and include an audio recording of the Archbishops’ comments at the concluding press conference.

Read and listen to it all.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Archbishop of Canterbury, Middle East, Religion & Culture

(Time) Teen Moms Are Taking over Reality TV. Is That a Good Thing?

“This is the happiest day of my life!” So says Maci Bookout, according to a recent cover of OK! magazine, where the 19-year-old Teen Mom star and rumored bride-to-be flashes a beauty-queen smile. Sharing cover space with Bookout ”” and sporting a bikini, plus a baby on each hip ”” is Leah Messer, 19, whose dream wedding was featured in last spring’s season finale of Teen Mom 2. (One month later, she filed for divorce.) Elsewhere in the celebrity mediasphere, one might find Teen Mom’s Farrah Abraham, 20, staging a photo op for paparazzi on a Florida beach, or Abraham’s castmate Amber Portwood, 21, posing for photographers outside her latest court hearing; she was recently sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to felony domestic battery against the father of her child.

A spin-off of MTV’s popular reality series 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom recently entered its third season. With more than 3 million viewers each week, it’s the network’s top-rated show after Jersey Shore, and its subjects provide endless fodder for the tabloids.

Ugh–read it all.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, Children, Marriage & Family, Movies & Television, Teens / Youth

Lambeth Conference on Christians in the Holy Land – more speeches from the first day

The following speeches are a selection of those made on the first day of the Conference on Christians in the Holy Land, hosted by Archbishop Rowan Williams and Archbishop Vincent Nichols.

Read and listen to it all.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Archbishop of Canterbury, Middle East, Religion & Culture

Gallup–Underemployment Year over Year Shows No Improvement as of Mid-July

Underemployment, a measure that combines the percentage of unemployed with the percentage working part time but wanting full-time work, is at 18.3% in mid-July — precisely the same as at the end of June and in mid-July 2010.

Read it all.

Posted in * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, America/U.S.A., Economy, Labor/Labor Unions/Labor Market, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--

There is no place here for Sharia, says New South Wales Police Commissioner

The NSW Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione, made it clear where he stood on Islamic law as practised in Australia. ”When it comes to sharia ”¦ I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There is no place in Australia for sharia law, full stop,” he said.

But the reality for Muslims might not be so clear cut. From the religious requirements for divorce to issues around seeking a loan, the detailed religious regulatory system of all aspects of life is practised by many in the diverse Islamic community.

Read it all.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Australia / NZ, Law & Legal Issues, Religion & Culture

A Prayer to Begin the Day

Give unto us, O Lord our God, the spirit of courage. Let no shadow oppress our spirit, lest our gloom should darken the light by which others have to live. Remove from our inmost souls all fear and distrust, and fill us daily more completely with thy love and power; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Spirituality/Prayer

From the Morning Bible Readings

And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attali’a; and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled. And when they arrived, they gathered the church together and declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. And they remained no little time with the disciples.

–Acts 14:25-28

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture