A member of the North East of England African Community Association at the newly unveiled plaque commemorating the third century North African troops who formed part of the Roman garrison at Aballava, which is now the site of St Michael’s Church in Burgh-by-Sands.
Photo Credit: Diocese of Carlisle

Cumbrian church is site of Britain’s first African settlement

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Researchers from the BBC’s history unit have identified a north Cumbrian church – in the extreme north west of England – as being on the site of the first ever recorded settlement of African people in Britain.

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Is it I, Lord

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Miguel De La Torre, professor of social ethics and Latino/a studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO has an opinion piece up at Baptist News Global where he asks; “As I witness the Evangelical Religious Right rush to present a non-Christian as a God-faithful servant, I cannot help but wonder if we are pimping the Body to the highest political bidder?”

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The girl’s softball team, the AR – 15 rifle and the priest

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A little over a week ago a girl’s softball team in the Willamette OR area decided to raise $6000 by raffling an AR – 15 rifle. The 15 girls are age 14 – 18, are from 3 local high schools (Centennial, Gresham, and Milwaukie) and are raising the funds to represent Oregon in the West Regional Tournament. The tournament is to be held in Lancaster CA starting today, 23 JUL, and running through the 27th.

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New Russian Federation anti-extremism laws will have profound effect on citizen’s lives

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In June of this year the Russian Federation’s Duma approved a finalized version of anti-extremist/anti-terrorist legislation. Vladimir Putin signed the bill 7 JUL. The new law was scheduled to go into effect 20 JUL 2016 and would have a profound affect in the religious lives of many Russian citizens.