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Uganda may drop death penalty on anti-gay bill

The Ugandan parliamentarian behind an anti-homosexual bill that attracted worldwide condemnation says the most controversial part of the proposed legislation — the death penalty provision — is likely to be dropped. David Bahati says if the committee the bill currently sits before recommends that the provision be removed, that he would concede the issue.

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ABC on Narnia

These lectures will look at some of the most important themes in the novels and ask how far Lewis succeeds in giving new life to traditional Christian ideas about sacrifice, forgiveness and resurrection, doubt and faith, the divine presence in Jesus and the final goals of human life.

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More education = less religion?

An additional year of education leads to a 4-percentage-point decline in the likelihood that an individual identifies with any religious tradition; the estimates suggest that increases in schooling can explain most of the large rise in non-affiliation in Canada in recent decades.

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Diocese of VA back in court

A years-long dispute between the Episcopal Church and several breakaway congregations … will likely be decided on mundane aspects of real estate and contract law.

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The Ordinariate: not that big a deal

The British press is covering the development of the Ordinariate as though each person who leaves the Church of England for Rome deserves his or her own personal news story. But in the normal course of things, much larger numbers of people go back and forth between denominations all of the time.

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Kansas says no to Section Four of the Covenant

Imposing penalties for actions or decisions deemed incompatible with the Covenant is inconsistent with our traditional understanding of covenants, as reflected in the marriage covenant or the baptismal covenant. … The deputation believes that the inclusion of such penalties would be antithetical to any covenantal relationship.

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Saving St. Cyprian’s

On the heels of our last item about closing small churches, comes this item on saving small churches. Thanks to Sally Hicks at the Duke Divinity School’s online magazine Faith & Leadership for pointing us to this package of stories by Bob

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