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Evangelical Church Installs Transgender Bishop

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America installed its first openly transgender bishop in a service held in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral on Saturday. The Rev. Megan Rohrer will lead one of the church's 65 synods, overseeing nearly 200 congregations in Northern California and northern Nevada. "My call is ... to be up to the same messy, loving things I was up to before," Rohrer told worshippers. "But mostly, if you'll let...

What Constitutes A “Sincerely Held” Religious Exemption To A Vaccine Mandate?

CBS NEWS – Sweeping new vaccine mandates could force millions of vaccine holdouts to become inoculated against COVID-19, but individuals with earnest religious beliefs or disabilities that interfere with inoculation may still be exempt from getting jabbed. It is new territory for many employers navigating the issue, given how risky a proposition it is to allow unvaccinated employees to mingle with, and possibly infect, colleagues in the workplace. Many large corporations already require COVID-19 vaccination to...

Death Row Inmate Seeks ‘Laying On Of Hands’

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas death row inmate set to be executed today for killing a convenience store worker more than 17 years ago in a robbery that garnered $1.25 is asking that his pastor be allowed to lay hands on him as he dies by lethal injection. The request by John Henry Ramirez, 37, is the latest clash between death row inmates and prison officials in Texas and other states over the presence...

Religious Exemptions For Vaccine Mandates

NBC NEWS – Religious exemptions could prove to be the latest legal battlefield of the pandemic, as Americans opposed to the coronavirus vaccines try to find ways around employer and government vaccination mandates. Some evangelical pastors are reportedly providing religious exemption documents to members of their churches, and right-wing forums are sharing strategies to skirt vaccination requirements. Religious freedom groups are sending threatening letters to states, schools and employers and preparing legal challenges to fight...

Top US Priest Caught Cruising Gay Bars, Exposing Catholic Culture War

(THE CONVERSATION) It had all the hallmarks of a sensationalist tabloid sting. On July 21, 2021, an article appeared alleging that a senior U.S. priest, Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, had used the hook-up app Grindr, with data from the app placing him at a number of gay bars. Burrill, the now former General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, promptly resigned. But the report was not published by an outlet that many Americans would...

Pandemic-Weary Americans Seek Psychiatric Help

A third of psychologists said they are seeing more patients since the start of the pandemic. It seems likely that an increase in use of psychiatric medications -- which have substantial side-effect risks -- would follow.  CNBC – Coronavirus has rocked the nation with a year of restrictions, lockdowns, missed gatherings and events, isolation and a staggering loss of more than half a million American lives. As the pandemic stretches into a second year, Americans struggling...

Colo. Murder Spree Suspect Has Major Mental Health Issues

Law enforcement officials and former associates of a 21-year-old accused of killing 10 people at a Colorado supermarket described the suspect as someone prone to sudden rage who was suspended from high school for a sudden attack on a classmate that left the student bloodied.

Catholic Bishops To Gay Youth: God Is On Your Side

NEW YORK (AP) — Declaring "God is on your side," a Roman Catholic cardinal, an archbishop and six other U.S. bishops issued a statement Monday expressing support for LGBT youth and denouncing the bullying often directed at them. "All people of goodwill should help, support and defend LGBT youth," said the statement released by the Tyler Clementi Foundation, named for the Rutgers University student who took his own life in 2010 after being recorded on...

World’s Oldest Denomination To Ignore Closure Orders

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's powerful Orthodox Church is rebelling against a government order to briefly close places of worship under a weeklong drive to tighten virus restrictions before the planned reopening of schools. The conservative Church's ruling body issued a statement Monday directing priests to admit worshippers during indoor services for Wednesday's feast of the Epiphany. The Holy Synod said it "does not accept" the new restrictions, in force from Jan. 3-10, and would send...

Nashville Bomber’s Intentions Were Known To Police

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than a year before Anthony Warner detonated a bomb in downtown Nashville on Christmas, officers visited his home after his girlfriend told police that he was building bombs in an RV trailer at his residence, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. But they were unable to make contact with him, or see inside his RV. Officers were called to Pamela Perry's home in Nashville on Aug. 21,...

Pandemic Pushes Divorce Rate Up

WebMD – The coronavirus pandemic is straining many marriages -- some to the breaking point. There are signs that the divorce rate is rising as couples struggle with the emotional and economic fallout of the past 11 months. Divorce filings rose dramatically in China after the COVID lockdown ended there in March. In the U.S., sales of online self-help divorce agreements rose by 34% this spring compared to last year, and family lawyers surveyed in...

Left Can No Longer Ignore Feinstein’s Mental Decline

 “The staff is in such a bad position. They have to defend her and make her seem normal.” – Refinery29, Dec 10, 2020 Feinstein’s missteps raise a painful age question among Senate Democrats Dec 10, 2020 The New Yorker – In a hearing on November 17, Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who, at eighty-seven, is the oldest member of the Senate, grilled a witness. Reading from a sheaf of prepared papers, she...

Pastor Reacts To Fire At Historic NY Church

"God is God, yesterday, today, and tomorrow." Predawn fire guts old church housing New York's Liberty Bell NEW YORK (AP) — A historic church in lower Manhattan that houses New York's Liberty Bell and whose congregation dates to the city's earliest days was gutted by a massive fire early Saturday that sent flames shooting through the roof. The Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village burned before dawn after a fire spread from a five-story vacant building...

When Alzheimer’s Patients Get Lost

Understand wandering and how to address it Nov 30, 2020 Mayo Clinic –  Wandering and becoming lost is common among people with Alzheimer's disease or other disorders causing dementia. This behavior can happen in the early stages of dementia — even if the person has never wandered in the past. If a person with dementia is returning from regular walks or drives later than usual or is forgetting how to get to familiar places, he or she...
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