Imam Sharip-Hashim Hassan leads prayer Monday in Fargoâ€™s Islamic Center.
From a story in today’s Forum:
As passionate voices continue to wrangle over the planned mosque near the site where the World Trade Center towers fell, Muslims in Fargo-Moorhead are contemplating an expansion of their own in a more serene setting.
Friday gatherings at the Fargo mosque are already crowded, said Ahmer Qarni, who has twice served as president of the mosque. But the larger mosque and community center facilities theyâ€™d like to have will have to wait.
Hawley (Minn.) Lutheran Church, a congregation of more than 1,100 baptized members, could take the first step Sept. 19 toward breaking with its denomination.
The congregation has scheduled a â€œspecial meetingâ€ that day to vote on whether to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Congregation President Clayton Lilleby confirmed the meeting via e-mail Tuesday.
To leave the ELCA, a congregation must pass two votes separated by at least 90 days.
R. Albert Mohler Jr. writes in “The Christian Post:”
Francis Collins stands at the very summit of the scientific community. He successfully led the massive effort to map the entire human genome, bringing the project to completion ahead of time and under budget. He now serves as director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) …
“… Harvardâ€™s Steven Pinker declared that Collins is â€œan advocate of profoundly anti-scientific beliefs.â€ Other leading scientists said far worse. Why?
“As The New Yorker reports this week, Dr. Collins is ‘a believing Christian.’ As writer Peter J. Boyer explains, ‘The objection to Collins was his faith-or, at least, the ardency of it. Collins is a believing Christian, which places him in the minority among his peers in the National Academy of Science. (Of its members, according to a study, only seven percent believe in God.)’
Delegates to the national convention of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Houston, Texas, voted overwhelmingly Jutoday to continue cooperative work with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) "with theological integrity," according to an ELCA press release.
Delegates also "asked that its leaders assess and report on the current state of cooperation in one year," the release states.
"Resolution 3-03, ‘Cooperation in Externals with Theological Integrity’ was adopted with minor amendments, 961-175, following a lengthy discussion by delegates," the release states.
Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will prepare a revised 2010 budget and spending plan for consideration in August, and they will create a plan to restructure the churchwide organization in 2011 in response to continuing declines in income, said the Rev. M. Wyvetta Bullock, ELCA executive for administration, in a June 21 e-mail to churchwide staff.
Bullock explained that the reasons for income declines include a 30-year trend in declining revenues, the struggling U.S. economy and declines in congregational income due to the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly’s decisions on human sexuality.
I’ll be blogging right here Friday and Saturday live from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Northwestern Minnesota Synod Assembly. We’re also planning a preview story on the assembly in Thursday’s Forum. I’ll post a link here when it runs.
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