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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | December 15, 2000
BEIJING - Members of at least 40 Protestant congregations on China's southeastern coast are looking to celebrate Christmas elsewhere this year after local officials destroyed their churches and places of worship. The demolition campaign is part of a crackdown that has claimed not only churches but also hundreds of privately built local temples for folk worship in Zhejiang Province, Chinese officials and state-run newspapers say. Most of the destruction appears to have occurred in the past month.
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November 27, 2013
The 11th season of the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center's cold-weather shelter program got underway last week and will continue through March 30 at alternating Howard County faith communities. The shelter program is designed for people who cannot find emergency shelter when Grassroots is full. Grassroots is located at 6700 Freetown Road in Columbia. For information, call 410-531-6006, or go to http://www.grassrootscrisis.org. The 24-hour crisis hot line is 410-531-6677.
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By Fred Rasmussen | January 14, 1996
Within the next week, please send old photos of people outside places of worship to Sun Magazine, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278. You must include caption information and your daytime phone number. Also, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you'd like your photo returned. If your photo is your only copy, please send a good-quality duplicate, not the original. No faxes or newspaper clippings, please.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 8, 2006
NEW DELHI -- Bomb blasts in a crowded Hindu temple and a railway station left at least 12 people dead and dozens seriously wounded yesterday in the holy city of Varanasi, government officials said. One explosion rocked the Hindu Sankatmochan temple complex, one of the ancient city's oldest Hindu places of worship, as hundreds of people were gathered inside. The second bomb detonated minutes later at 6:35 p.m. in a railway station's second-class waiting room, police said. An express train bound for India's capital, New Delhi, was waiting at a nearby platform for a scheduled departure in 10 minutes.
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By Alec MacGillis and Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF | August 5, 2001
Howard County officials thought they were saving themselves a lot of trouble when they exempted places of worship from new zoning rules passed this spring. Instead, they may have created a new headache - having to find the fine line between religious practice and academic instruction at the county's growing number of parochial schools. The unanticipated effect of the new rules has caused problems for the proposed expansion of a school run by Lubavitch of Howard County near U.S. 29 at Broken Land Parkway.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 8, 2006
NEW DELHI -- Bomb blasts in a crowded Hindu temple and a railway station left at least 12 people dead and dozens seriously wounded yesterday in the holy city of Varanasi, government officials said. One explosion rocked the Hindu Sankatmochan temple complex, one of the ancient city's oldest Hindu places of worship, as hundreds of people were gathered inside. The second bomb detonated minutes later at 6:35 p.m. in a railway station's second-class waiting room, police said. An express train bound for India's capital, New Delhi, was waiting at a nearby platform for a scheduled departure in 10 minutes.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | March 26, 1997
The Rev. John R. Scamehorn is all for economic development in Hampstead. But he draws the line at microbreweries next door to his Main Street church, St. John's United Methodist.Scamehorn's concern stems from a request by Hampstead Mayor Christopher M. Nevin that a provision limiting the distance between microbreweries and churches be dropped from a locally sponsored bill before the General Assembly.Nevin said the restrictions -- which require that microbreweries be more than 300 feet from places of worship -- would hinder Hampstead's downtown revitalization efforts.
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | June 28, 1998
BEIJING -- In a country where some are jailed for their beliefs, President Bill Clinton attended services this morning at Beijing's largest Protestant church where he called for religious unity around the globe, but did not criticize China's policies on religion."
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By Cal Thomas | December 18, 1996
WASHINGTON -- When Ebenezer Scrooge meets a group of Londoners collecting for the poor in Charles Dickens' classic ''A Christmas Carol,'' he dismisses personal responsibility for his fellow men by asking if there are not enough poorhouses and debtors prisons in the country.Flash forward to 1996 and the state of Maryland, where last week a group of religious leaders told Gov. Parris Glendening that the government -- not the church -- is primarily responsible for helping the poor. Religious leaders, they said, are overburdened with their soup kitchens and other programs and can assume no additional responsibilities.
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By JUSTIN FENTON and JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER | January 29, 2006
Following a stunning incident in which a gunman robbed worshipers during a church service, the Harford County Sheriff's Office has issued suggestions to improve security at other places of worship that include installing closed-circuit cameras and painting height markers on doorways. A packet titled "Crime Prevention for Churches and Places of Worship" is being distributed by police to churches in the county. It offers several common-sense suggestions, such as keeping doors locked and paying extra attention to the collection plate.
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By JUSTIN FENTON and JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER | January 29, 2006
Following a stunning incident in which a gunman robbed worshipers during a church service, the Harford County Sheriff's Office has issued suggestions to improve security at other places of worship that include installing closed-circuit cameras and painting height markers on doorways. A packet titled "Crime Prevention for Churches and Places of Worship" is being distributed by police to churches in the county. It offers several common-sense suggestions, such as keeping doors locked and paying extra attention to the collection plate.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | July 7, 2002
A Mardi Gras-style dance party on church grounds might seem like an ethical contradiction, but that's how Rockland United Methodist Church in Ellicott City promoted the grand opening celebration of its amphitheater last month. The Rockland theater is one of a growing number of showcases for popular music, theatrical productions and visual arts being run by churches or by outside organizations renting church space in the Baltimore region. "It's kind of a new trend," said Joanne Juskus, a Columbia folk singer who runs a 9-month-old eclectic music series called "The Bottom Floor" at St. John's United Methodist Church of Hamilton in Baltimore.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | February 17, 2002
For the third time in its nearly 150-year history, St. John Catholic Church in Westminster will break ground on a new house of worship - a $6.5 million building that will become the largest parish church in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Cardinal William Keeler will officiate at a March 3 ceremony blessing a vacant plot of land along Route 140 near Sullivan Avenue, where a 20,000-square-foot church will stand in about 15 months. The new church will accommodate a growing congregation that could reach 15,000 people by 2005.
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By Allison Klein Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Sarah Koenig and Allison Klein Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Sarah Koenig,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | September 17, 2001
NEW YORK -- Faced with the most daunting task of their careers yesterday, religious leaders in and around New York tried to give solace to the inconsolable and make sense of the death and destruction that have dominated the lives of all Americans, especially those closest to the World Trade Center tragedy. Houses of worship in and around the nerve center of devastation have been flooded with the religious and nonreligious, all searching for answers through the teachings of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
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By Alec MacGillis and Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF | August 5, 2001
Howard County officials thought they were saving themselves a lot of trouble when they exempted places of worship from new zoning rules passed this spring. Instead, they may have created a new headache - having to find the fine line between religious practice and academic instruction at the county's growing number of parochial schools. The unanticipated effect of the new rules has caused problems for the proposed expansion of a school run by Lubavitch of Howard County near U.S. 29 at Broken Land Parkway.
NEWS
By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | December 15, 2000
BEIJING - Members of at least 40 Protestant congregations on China's southeastern coast are looking to celebrate Christmas elsewhere this year after local officials destroyed their churches and places of worship. The demolition campaign is part of a crackdown that has claimed not only churches but also hundreds of privately built local temples for folk worship in Zhejiang Province, Chinese officials and state-run newspapers say. Most of the destruction appears to have occurred in the past month.
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By Sara Engram and Sara Engram,Universal Press Syndicate | June 22, 1992
Q: I enjoy your column very much. I am in the process of making arrangements for death and dying. I am 60 years old and so far very healthy, but have always believed in pre-planning.I think a subject that should be addressed in your column is one that speaks to people making arrangements in advance, but their children not agreeing to such matters. My husband and I have written down all details -- cremation, no "ceremony," no casket or urn. Our children think that for the family's grieving process, some memorial service should take place.
NEWS
By Jay Merwin and Jay Merwin,Staff Writer | February 13, 1992
'Green Card Day' for immigrantsA local Jewish immigration aid agency sponsored a "Green Card Day" for recent Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union so that they could apply for their residency cards earlier than usual.Officers of the Immigration and Naturalization Service at HIAS offices on Park Heights Avenue interviewed 193 immigrants seeking green cards, which show permanent residency status in this country. The service was sponsored by the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society, the immigration service agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.
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By Andrew Gumbel | February 27, 2000
SAN FRANCISCO -- Every Sunday for the past 29 years, a storefront church in the heart of San Francisco has swayed to the mellifluous tones and odd rhythms of jazz legend John Coltrane, in the name of divine worship. The music is not a prop but the very key to the Almighty. For this is no ordinary house of God, but the St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church, the first place on earth to turn a jazz saxophone player into an object of religious devotion. Jazz fans have been quietly coming for years, as have local aficionados bedazzled by the mystic allure of Coltranes sleeve notes for his 1964 album, A Love Supreme.
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