Wednesday assortment

1. U.S. Ban on HIV-positive visitors expires

2.Do sanctions kill babies?

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Assorted links

1. Moses, a Ugandan man seeking asylum in the U.S., hid his face Tuesday at a news conference in Washington to announce the formation of The American Prayer Hour. The event will call for nations including Uganda to decriminalize homosexuality. Posner has more.

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1. Anglo-Catholic Bishop of Fulham hoisted on own petard. Provincial autonomy is a marriage of convenience; intra-provincial autonomy for those opposed to the ordination of women is not. But which is a communion and which is a church, bishop?

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1. Will Walmart save the small farm and make America healthy?

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1. Back in TIME (1965), AKA The Annals of Original Meaning - "The Episcopalians, for example, are committed to help weaker Anglican churches abroad through a "mutual responsibility [and interdependence]" program that was proposed at the Toronto Anglican Congress in 1963." How soon we forget what the "I" in MRI really means.

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Brains, beards, sex, bias and more.

1. Working with in the youth program at church? Read the teenage brain.

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1. Pope to retire imminently. But don't tell anyone. Oh, did I say which Pope?

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There's a common thread -- lying, cheating, moral superiority.

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Topic of the day: race.

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1. A tradition of African art that has for centuries looked at, evaluated and selectively embraced the West.

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1. Did you check "agree" when you installed that last program on your computer? You may have sold your immortal soul.

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1. Askers and Guessers

This terminology comes from a brilliant web posting by Andrea Donderi that's achieved minor cult status online.

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1. Human males aren't the only species that use the it's not safe out there deception strategy.

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1. Who said it yesterday? "The South to South Encounter of non-Western churches in Singapore ... proved to be what every other Anglican gathering has been in the past decade: in addition to faithful witness and counsel, also a time for political maneuver, secretive changing of agendas at the last moment, North Americans coming in and grabbing the microphones and running meetings, disagreements over this and that strategy and doctrine."

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1. "When an Empire and its exponents can no longer exercise control by might, an option is to feint, double-talk, and manipulate." - Marc Andrus, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, in response to the ABC's Pentecost letter.

2. Murdoch loses faith in Belief.net. But Mark Silk has faith in Belief.net.

3. “When was the last time you had sex?” all candidates for the seminary are asked. (The preferred answer: not for three years or more.)

4. Africa was set up to fail the Millennium Development Goals. Boring, but important if you care.

Assorted links - Church of England edition

UPDATE: Thinking Anglicans has the Presiding Bishop's UK itinerary here. She is currently in the UK after having spoken to the Canadian General Synod yesterday. There are clearly signals being sent to the ABC by these hosts.
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Today's theme: News of or about the Church of England.

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1.Pastors, watch your downspouts.

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1. The New Statesman interviews Rowan Williams about the role of religion in society.

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A globetrot from Freetown to Osaka to Jerusalem to the virtual house of worship and elsewhere. All your catholic tastes could desire.

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A basket of links for this moment in religious tolerance

Rev. Janet Vincent, rector of St. Columba's, Washington, D.C., this week told PBS Newshour's Jeffrey Brown that the Christian-Muslim religious tension in this country is all about 9/11, it's not going away, and not building the proposed mosque isn't going to help.

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1. Holy roller burns Bible.

2. In 2004, the top twenty-five hedge fund managers combined appear to have earned more than all of the CEOs from the entire S&P 500. And, how did that come to be?

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1. Simon Sarmiento reflects on the Papal visit.

2. Should they have let the guy's house burn down? (It seems he'd regularly paid in the past, but forgot to pay this year.)

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Assorted links on relationships and sexuality

1. Marriage is down because of the recession? Not.

2. Gays more likely to have multiple partners? Guess again. (Plus other interesting comparisons.)

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Random links - Religiously-themed video game edition

... The September rollout of a web-based game called The Bible Online prompted some very pertinent questions (among other things, about the nature of scriptural revelation and patriarchy) from Rachel Wagner. (Warning: You lose faith points when your character sleeps. Really.)

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1. Baroness Denise Kingsmill, a member of the House of Lords, on how her country was dealing with gays serving openly in their military since 2000. [H/T Thinking Anglicans.]

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IHOP v. IHOP, Polygamy and drinking, Tea Party astro-turfed, New Humanist takes on L. Ron Hubbard, biggest return to education starts at birth.

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Managing the lists on December 31st

Everybody goes list-crazy on December 31st. Seeing as how it's the end of a year whose digits terminate in "10," we seem to have gone list-crazy for the decade as well. No one with a web site is immune, as evidenced by the fact that even the Café editorial staff couldn't help putting in its $0.02 as to what mattered the most to the Anglican Communion in 2010.

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1. Missing mandate from Rome.

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More religion miscellany:

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1. WaPo's On Faith blog has a new daily anchor. It's Julia Duin, formerly of religion writer for the Washington Times.

2. A Casper, Wyoming church serves as an emergency shelter (ENS also). Thank you to churches across the country who are doing the same.

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Assorted links, Episcopal edition

The links today relate to The Episcopal Church or the Anglican Communion.

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Assorted links on religion - behavioral edition

1. While fervent believers benefit from their involvement, those with weaker beliefs are actually less happy than those who do not ascribe to any religion. These results may help explain why an increasing number of people are abandoning their faith.

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Thursday's Ingathering

On evangelical campuses, rumblings of gay acceptance
RNS: “Clearly attitudes are changing,” said David Gushee, director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Georgia.

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The White House Easter Egg Roll was started by an act of Congress.

Prison Population Rates per 100,000 of the national population. USA USA!

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Thursday's links ingathering

1. Pope makes former Anglican bishops monsignori. They can update their wardrobe here.

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Thursday links ingathering

Uncommonly common hymns; pole dancing for Jesus; Rowan Williams - Android Market; progressive taxation

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Thursday links ingathering

Muslim rights, escalators and virtue, earliest Christian writing in existence or fakes?, the best schools use erasers, envy as a source for good.

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1. After individual contributions, the second most important source of income for congregations.

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Taking the long view

T minus 2 days until liftoff AKA rapture. A little time left for a roundup of stories on taking the long view.

Rapture Fail. You can participate in this social media event. Details. Envy those on or near the international date line.

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Thursday links

Church of England Newspaper scores unintentional self-parody award: MP’s fear that Jerusalem will become a ‘gay’ hymn: The Church of England Newspaper, May 27, 2011 p 3.

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Thursday's links

From a member of the Church of England: If Nigeria et al had concentrated all their efforts on ousting Canada rather than the US would we treat those nice cuddly Canadian Anglicans the same way we’ve treated those nasty brash arrogant Amerikan Anglicans?

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Assorted links, Ethics edition

Teachers cheating, abortion used as sex selection, team performance improves linearly with the number of women, what morals are hard?, what do Cafe readers think about the receiving a man as priest if he has a sex abuse past?

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Recalled Papal Nuncio to Ireland transferred, Uganda fast-tracks anti-gay bill, Church Union against assisting Ordinariate, Apostle Philip's tomb?, God's job approval

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Assorted links: tacky Christian consumerism edition

Would Jesus prefer to have his name on a yoga DVD or a very long roll of strawberry flavored gum?

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Assorted lists: Lone Star pumpkin edition

Seeing as how Texas is the fourth leading state in commercial pumpkin production, it only makes sense that Episcopalians there would seek to create a revenue stream from them.

So. Who's selling pumpkins this year?

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Assorted links: divine inspiration edition

Assorted links: Advent inspiration edition

Some wonderful Advent calendars have been web-published from Trinity Wall Street ("light breaks") and Episcopal Relief and Development (which takes the narrative approach).

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Christmas gifts for the Episcopalian on your list

Last-minute shoppers, take heart - you still have time to order great gifts online for the Episcopalian on your Christmas list (and anyone who might appreciate a bit of sacred inspiration). A few suggestions:

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