Friday, January 28, 2005

This 'n' That

Yale is disaffiliating the church on its campus from the UCC.  Not because we're so liberal, but because they'd like it to become non-denominational.

We didn't even know they had a church on the Yale campus.

More on this later:  Talking Donkeys picks up on an interview with Tony Campolo on the subject of marriage.  We appreciate where he's coming from, but some of facts & figures are pretty suspect.

Here's some stats from Christianity Today:

  • 14%--Average increase in requests for emergency food assistance in 25 U.S. cities from 2003 to 2004.

  • 8%--Improvement in the U.S. employment rate from November 2003 to November 2004.

  • 35%--Americans who have divorced.

  • 34%--Married born-again adults who divorced after they became Christians.

  • 42%--Americans of low personal religiosity who perceive Islam as violent.

  • 65%--Americans of high personal religiosity who perceive Islam as violent.

Black Baptists have been meeting in Nashville to forge a common strategy for the next few years.  We loved this exchange:

But Rev. Jesse Jackson warned delegates Thursday to watch out for political trickery. Thousands of hands shot into the air when Jackson asked who wanted a higher minimum wage, stable Social Security, affirmative action and an end to the war in Iraq.

No hands went up when he asked how many churches had blessed a same-sex union. "How did that get in the middle of our agenda?" Jackson asked. "That's called a wolf in sheep's clothing. Beware."

Last link:  

"A lot of people have told me my whole life I should just be a pretty girl and have a boob job, and I was like, 'No, I'm going to keep on writing and not get a boob job!'"

-- actress JULIE DELPY, on receiving her first Oscar nomination, for co-writing "Before Sunset."


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