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Public divided over council plans to help rebuild Christchurch Cathedral

“Some of the opposing submissions state that the Anglican Church is a rich institution, a private organisation and not a public body, and should pay for the restoration itself.
But people stating this view are forgetting that the Church did not want to restore the building – it wanted to replace it with a cheaper, contemporary structure.” – Ric Stevens in The Post

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Union Theological Seminary holds faith discussions with 92-percent-Christian Congress

On Tuesday, the 92-percent-Christian-identified Congress (see recent Pew study and graphic below) participated in a one-day “faith orientation” organized by Union Theological Seminary, including three closed sessions – “Faith & Politics vs. Church & State,” “How to Talk About Your Own Faith” and “How Policy and Faith Interact” – and an open-to-the-public panel including members of Congress.
Reported in the Huffington Post:

Congress members joining the event included Democrats Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, Representatives James Clyburn of South Carolina, Emanuel Cleaver […]

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Why the Chinese government fears a vibrant church

Giles Frasier talks about how Christianity is growing fast in China and why the government is threatened by that fact.

…while the Chinese government has been delighted with its world-beating economic performance, it has little idea how to deal with the unexpected and unwanted rise of religion. Indeed, it scares the bejeezus out of it – not least because there are now more Chinese Christians (around 100 million) than there are members of the CPC (85 million). For just as the […]

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Members of Congress go back to school

The head of the US Jesuit Conference has written to the Congressional alumni of Jesuit schools, urging them to do more on immigration reform, and live up to the principles they were taught in school.

The Jesuits specifically called for an end to deportations, and more aid for the victims of human trafficking, and unaccompanied minors who came to this company seeking asylum. The letter was sent to 12 Republicans and 31 Democrats in the House who were Jesuit-educated, and […]

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