Health & Spirit

Light Notes: Trooper remembers run toward Air Force Base shooting

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The shots rang out. In the midst of calm, terror took its place. But where would one run in the heart of chaos?

"Everyone else is running away and we're running into it," retired Washington State Patrol trooper Bill Dingfield said as he thought back to June 20, 1994 at the Spokane Fairchild Air Force Base hospital. "I remember trying to get ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Prone to wander? Expect God's love and grace upon your return

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Recently I heard the old hymn, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, sung in a clear soprano voice.

As I often do with music and scripture, I listened with my eyes closed. I could feel the soaring tune carry the deep passion and reality expressed in a particular phrase: "prone to wander, Lord, I feel it ... ."

Isn't that the truth at various ...Read more

Haiti 'just completely blew up,' NC pastor says of stranded mission team

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Friday was to be their last night of a week-long mission trip to Haiti. But as violent protests over sharply rising fuel prices shook the island nation, a dozen members of North Albemarle Baptist Church still took refuge Monday in an orphanage outside the capital city.

The Stanly County residents were among several church ...Read more

Australian archbishop handed year's detention for abuse cover-up

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CANBERRA, Australia -- Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson, the most senior Catholic official in the world to be convicted of concealing child sexual abuse, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 months of detention for covering up the crimes of a pedophile priest in the 1970s.

Newcastle Local Court magistrate Robert Stone sentenced Wilson to 12 months of...Read more

Spiritual Life: Halfway to the goal? Never give up on your 'assignment'

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Finding yourself midway through physical rehab, or halfway through the reconciliation of a broken marriage can be a highly uncomfortable place to be (something like straddling a fence where your feet don't quite touch the ground). You might very well feel like a loser.

But you could be wrong. You don't really know. You're only halfway. There's ...Read more

Light Notes: This slice of Americana is a picture of gratitude

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It was a day to celebrate America. Flags fluttered in the breeze. Families gathered around the picnic table. Fireworks would soon light the night sky.

This was a slice of Americana on the Fourth of July; a picture that could have been one of Norman Rockwell's nostalgic scenes. A summer day I vividly remember, captured forever in my heart.

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Light Notes: A serendipitous bluebird gives wings to a grieving heart

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Grief fluttered about like a wisp of blue; a sadness that often appeared without notice. And even though the promise of summer always gave wings to the woman's heart, happiness eluded her ... until a serendipitous moment.

Some might call this moment a "wink" from God, while others will label it as only a coincidence. But for Nancy Ewert, the ...Read more

Religious groups and leaders call Trump's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy sad, sinful and immoral

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A day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible to defend the Trump administration's immigration policies and the separation of children from their families, many faith-based leaders are forming coalitions, signing letters and issuing sharply worded statements against the policy.

"I would like to cite to you the Apostle Paul and his ...Read more

Pence at Southern Baptists' meeting: Light on the prayer, heavy on the politics

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DALLAS -- When Vice President Mike Pence, famously evangelical himself, addressed the Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday, he erred heavily on the side of politics and only dabbled in the Bible.

The stumplike speech confirmed the fears of many at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas, who felt that inviting Pence would...Read more

Spiritual Life: Leave a positive 'thumbprint' on others in their stressful times

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Why is it that we tend to clearly remember and may be influenced by something that happens when we are under stress?

We may never forget the comforting arm and gentle word when we wept, or the shove and harsh word. The cool touch on a feverish brow or cold sneer at misfortune. The encouraging or discouraging word when the future, or even just ...Read more

Do politics belong in Southern Baptist Convention? Some say vice president's visit too divisive

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DALLAS -- The topics on the first official day of the Southern Baptists' annual meeting Tuesday spanned from the fate of a seminary's trustee board to whether to withdraw an invitation to Vice President Mike Pence.

The meeting here is the best reminder that the Southern Baptist Convention is a voluntary affiliation of local churches without a ...Read more

Pope accepts resignations of 3 Chilean bishops tied to sex abuse scandal

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SANTIAGO, Chile -- Victims of a sexual abuse scandal by clerics in Chile's Roman Catholic Church applauded Pope Francis' decision Monday to accept the resignations of three bishops -- including a prelate at the epicenter of cascading allegations of sexual abuse, cover-ups and impunity.

Anti-abuse activists called the move the Vatican's first ...Read more

Prayers and protests: Welcome to the Southern Baptists' meeting in a #MeToo world

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting will descend upon Dallas this week in the aftermath of the fall of one of its longtime leaders due to his alleged mishandling of sexual abuse allegations.

The gathering officially begins Tuesday morning at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a ...Read more

Supreme Court bemoans 'hostility' to religion in wedding cake case, but what about Trump's 'Muslim ban'?

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court resolved the case of a Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple by ruling the government may not show "hostility" to religion.

As Justice Anthony M. Kennedy put it: "The Free Exercise Clause (of the First Amendment) bars even 'subtle departures from neutrality' on matters of ...Read more

Light Notes: Her husband gave away the first blooms. Then she received a true gift

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When a special occasion marks the calendar, a colorful gift bag or a box wrapped with a cheery bow often finds its way to a doorstep, an office desk or a mailbox. But once in a while a present arrives at an unexpected moment -- no holiday, no birthday -- as a reminder someone is thinking about us.

Wanda Anderson of Richland, Wash., remembers ...Read more

Paige Patterson's 'break her down' email taken out of context, his lawyer says

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- The lawyer for Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson said he has "not found one credible" allegation against his client, including accusations that he told an alleged rape victim it was "good" she was raped and that he told another not to report what happened to police.

Patterson was fired from Fort Worth's Southwestern ...Read more

Settlement reached between Twin Cities archdiocese, sex abuse victims

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Attorneys representing clergy abuse victims appear ready to announce the long-awaited settlement in the Twin Cities archdiocese bankruptcy case Thursday that they say will be the largest ever and will involve more than 400 victims.

St. Paul lawyer Jeff Anderson, who has represented clergy abuse victims around the country, ...Read more

Southwestern Baptist seminary cuts all ties with Paige Patterson

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has terminated Paige Patterson entirely over his handling of a sexual abuse case at another institution, according to a statement released Wednesday.

Patterson will not receive compensation or be the theologian in residence and is no longer president emeritus, the statement said...Read more

A California church flirts with an unusual social experiment: to never call police again

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Standing on the front steps of First Congregational Church of Oakland in late April, Nichola Torbett issued a declaration.

"We can no longer tolerate the trauma inflicted on our communities by policing," Torbett, a white church volunteer, said in front of churchgoers who held photos of African-Americans shot dead by law ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Caught with your 'pants down'? Take a moment to find grace

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I'm not sure who was more surprised, but I have a pretty good idea who was more embarrassed. They were. You would be too -- if you had been caught with your pants down.

Running up a steep, rocky and unfamiliar wilderness trail, I came over a rise and there they were -- the man on the right side of the trail and the woman on the left. Both with ...Read more

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