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Ramadan is an opportunity for Christians as well, especially evangelicals...

Opinion: How evangelicals can support Muslims this Ramadan

Ramadan in Pakistan

by: Kevin SingerMay 7, 2019 (RNS) — Sunday (May 5) marked the beginning of Ramadan, the most important month of the calendar for Muslims. During daylight hours, observant Muslims will abstain from eating and drinking as they devote their time to prayer to commemorate Allah’s giving the first verses of the Quran to Muhammad in A.D. 610. Ramadan is an opportunity for Christians as well, especially evangelicals, as in recent polls evangelicals stand out for their unfavorable opinions of Muslims. White evangelicals are more than three times as likely toRead More


Pastor Derek Rogers opened the ceremony by introducing confirmands to the congregation.

New Aurora church celebrates first youth members

First youth members at Flowing Forth UMC

AURORA, Ill., May 6, 2019–Flowing Forth United Methodist Church in Aurora, formed in October, confirmed its first youth members Sunday.   During worship services at Aurora Christian School, Pastor Derek Rogers opened the ceremony by introducing confirmands to the congregation. Welcomed were Jason Howard, brothers Ethan and Seth Tarver, Olivia Parmelee and Taylor Bode, all Batavia residents.    The ceremony culminated two years of classes taught by Flowing Forth congregant Ron DeBaum of Batavia. In the Christian Church, confirmation is the rite at which a baptized person, especially one baptized asRead More


Vanier, a Catholic who believed people with developmental disabilities were intrinsically worthy...

‘Intrinsically worthy’: Jean Vanier’s legacy to people with disabilities

by: Yonat ShimronMay 7, 2019 (RNS) — Jean Vanier’s ministry to people with developmental disabilities began with a simple gesture: He invited three men who had spent the majority of their lives in a large institution to come and live with him. The four settled into a house in the small village of Trosly-Breuil in France in 1964. Soon more homes opened, and L’Arche, a worldwide network of homes where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers, was born. Vanier, a Catholic who believed people withRead More


"Fantastic news that Asia Bibi appears to have left Pakistan safely," [British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt]

Asia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy, leaves Pakistan

Asia Bibi

by: Kathy GannonISLAMABAD, May 8, 2019 (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has left for Canada to be reunited with her daughters, Pakistani officials and others involved in the case said Wednesday. Aasia Bibi was convicted of blasphemy in 2009 after a quarrel with a fellow farmworker. The Supreme Court overturned her conviction last year, and she had been in protective custody since then. Islamic extremists have rioted over the case and threatened to kill her. The same radicalRead More