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a priest, a rabbi and an imam step onto a football field in minneapolis...


stop reading if you've heard this one before: a priest, a rabbi and an imam step onto a football field in search of a pickup game.only this time, there's no punchline.as part of an effort to combat homelessness, the leaders of more than a dozen local houses of worship gathered on the campus of augsburg university friday to film a football-themed video promoting unity across faiths, races and politics.members of the muslim, hindu, christian, jewish and unitarian faith communities attended the hourlong shoot, hosted by the minnesota super bowl host committee.archbishop bernard hebda, clad in white and purple robes, a purple bishop's miter on his head, stood in one corner of the cramped locker room, carefully applying eye-black on his cheekbones, with only partial success. maybe he was just o






black, white congregations in mississippi gather in faith for easter


the pastors of the two churches want to send a hopeful message with a joint service.       






bishop says texas shooting shows need for church security


st. paul, minn. (ap) — a northern minnesota bishop says the shooting at a texas church has made congregations more aware about the need for security plans.larry wohlrabe is the bishop for 228 congregations of the evangelical lutheran church in america. wohlrabe tells minnesota public radio that while most churches have plans for floods or tornadoes, many churches never finish planning or implementing security plans.more than two dozen people were killed in the texas attack. wohlrabe says the deaths brought about a new sense of urgency around church security.there have been more than a dozen shootings in places of worship in the u.s. over the past decade. some churches in minnesota have hired professional security, turned to church members who are law enforcement professionals or trained vo






downtown new orleans download


download download downtown new orleans continues to shine as one of the city's crowning jewels with more and more people choosing to work, eat, play and live downtown and this app well help you stay informed and discover all it has to offer. this app provides information such as a feed of important alerts regarding downtown and a feed of upcoming events. it also contains helpful tools. the safewalk feature provides instant access to calling or texting a ddd public safety ranger for a courtesy escort anywhere in the downtown area, while the map lists out a number of interesting places downtown. you can use the "report a problem" tool to share information with the ddd about issues of safety, cleanliness or other concerns.






how vacation bible school drove millennials away from church


it’s that time of year again, when congregations across the country implement a summertime cultural ritual. the happy t-shirts and foam-board crafts; the upbeat, canned music; the knock-off theme of last summer’s movie mega-hit—all of it comes together in that annual event known as vacation bible school, or vbs.seen as a critical tool for outreach, the eternal hope is that congregations will recruit little salespeople as kids go home celebrating all the fun things they did at that church up the street. unchurched parents, meanwhile, with faint memories of grandma’s faithful church attendance, love the free child care. rarely does a biblical image so singularly justify a church practice as the seed imagery does for vbs, because as an outreach strategy, vbs is usually a flop, but still the c






los gatos: interfaith thanksgiving service planned


thanksgiving offers a brief respite before holiday mania takes hold, which is why local faith leaders are inviting the community to the annual los gatos interfaith thanksgiving service. the service rotates among churches annually; this year’s service is set for 7:30 p.m. nov. 21 at st. mary’s of the immaculate conception at 219 bean ave.the service is sponsored by the los gatos interfaith clergy council and is open to all religious organizations. in addition to st. mary’s, participating congregations include st. luke’s episcopal church, the presbyterian church of los gatos, the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, congregation shir hadash, baha’i faith of los gatos, faith lutheran church, los gatos methodist church and the unitarian universalist fellowship of los gatos.chaplains fr






immigrants find sanctuary in growing austin church network


austin, texas — senior minister meg barnhouse knows she'll need beds, a dresser, chairs and a mirror to make the classroom at the first unitarian universalist church of austin feel more like a home for a mother and her young daughter who are still deciding whether they will become the latest immigrants seeking sanctuary from deportation by moving into a church.it would be the second time barnhouse's congregation had offered sanctuary. she was hesitant in 2015 because of the unknown legal and insurance risks, but this time she agreed immediately.there is growing fear in the city's immigrant community as president donald trump's immigration and executive orders go into effect. and as more than 50 austin area residents were detained in u.s. immigration and customs enforcement deportation raid






lutherans bridging cultures, continents after 500 years


take a guess: on any given sunday, where do you find the most lutherans in church?the answer: ethiopia and tanzania.the two nations, with nearly 8 million and 6.5 million lutherans respectively, are now the second- and third-largest lutheran communities in the world. germany, the homeland of martin luther, is still no. 1 with 12 million, but most lutherans there aren’t regular sunday churchgoers.the numbers point to the direction of luther’s namesake faith in the 21st century. as the denomination erodes in europe and the united states, which now has about 4 million members, it’s embraced by thousands of new followers each year in countries shaking up the old rituals.the trend is reshaping congregations in minnesota, the lutheran capital of the nation. africans are bringing rich voices to c






immigrants find sanctuary in growing austin church network


austin, texas (ap) — senior minister meg barnhouse knows she’ll need beds, a dresser, chairs and a mirror to make the classroom at the first unitarian universalist church of austin feel more like a home for a mother and her young daughter who are still deciding whether they will become the latest immigrants seeking sanctuary from deportation by moving into a church.it would be the second time barnhouse’s congregation had offered sanctuary. she was hesitant in 2015 because of the unknown legal and insurance risks, but this time she agreed immediately.there is growing fear in the city’s immigrant community as president donald trump’s immigration and executive orders go into effect. and as more than 50 austin area residents were detained in u.s. immigration and customs enforcement deportation






why trump's executive order on religion won't change how some pastors preach


some pastors from across the usa say president trump's executive order aimed at relaxing restrictions on politicking from the pulpit won't affect how they preach to their congregations.        






sanctuary movement for unauthorized immigrants in colorado may strengthen now th


with two women taking refuge in denver churches in the months since donald trump was elected president, the city is getting noticed as a place where the revived sanctuary movement for people in the u.s. illegally has firmly taken root — and could soon spread.denver’s sanctuary cases, involving two mothers of american children, represent a third of all known cases nationwide, according to the washington, d.c.-based church world service. that has prompted one immigration expert to cite denver as a city on the vanguard of a movement that soon could blossom across the country, especially if the trump administration continues to hold its hard-line stance.“i would definitely characterize denver as a hot spot in the sanctuary movement,” said rev. noel andersen, a national grassroots faith coordin






elgin faith leaders call out u46 school board member for critique of religion as


elgin-area faith leaders criticized school district u46 board member jeanette ward's comments over a homework assignment about religion.last week, ward shared via social media an assignment her sixth-grade daughter brought home. the assignment featured an article in which the author argues that despite differences among christianity, judaism and islam, they all worship the same god. students were assigned to answer questions on the text.on her social media page, ward took offense to the assignment, saying the article was "utterly incorrect and false on many levels." she said her daughter would not complete the assignment."do you know what your children are being taught: muslims believe in the same god as christians and jews?" ward wrote.noting her critique of the assignment, four faith lea






seattle families need a new downtown high school


there are more than 1,900 children 18 and under now calling downtown home.if you’ve spent time in downtown recently, you have undoubtedly seen the bustling sidewalks on weekdays and weekends. look a little closer and you’ll notice that many of the people out and about are families with children. they’re playing in westlake park, enjoying the aquarium, the pike place market and the waterfront. what you might not know is that these children are just as likely to be residents of downtown than visitors from out of state. our two families chose to raise our children downtown because of the neighborhoods’ incredible diversity and family-friendly amenities. and we’re not alone. in fact, children are the fastest-growing demographic in our center city. more than 1,900 children live west of i-5 in d






bishop mathes leaving san diego's episcopal diocese


the right rev. james r. mathes is resigning as bishop of the episcopal diocese of san diego. his last day in the post will be july 1, when he will preach and preside over a service at st. paul’s cathedral in downtown san diego.mathes will then cross the country to become associate dean of students and chaplain at virginia theological seminary in alexandria. although the bishop and his wife, teresa “terri” mathes, had recently bought and renovated a house in point loma, he could not resist returning to his alma mater.“when he saw this opportunity,” said hannah wilder, a diocesan spokeswoman, “he jumped at it."mathes, 58, became the local diocese’s fourth bishop in 2005. a 1991 virginia theological semninary graduate, he was ordained in 1992 and became an assistant minister at mclean hospita






clergy recruits educators to reduce stigma of opioid addiction


the rev. eric olsen, pastor of good shepherd lutheran church in plainview, is co-chair of the plainview-based long island congregations, associations and neighborhoods. a substance abuse conference his group is organizing partly aims to reduce the stigma in schools, so that students feel comfortable talking about addiction, and educators are equipped to help them, he said. photo credit: steve pfost by david olson  [email protected] november 5, 2017 7:05 am print see commentsshare share tweet share emailwhen funeral homes in recent years called pastor eric olsen to preside over services for young people who died of opioid overdoses, olsen was struck by how parents were too ashamed to hold the funeral at their home churches.“the stigma is so great, to expose yourself to the trus






most st. paul mayoral candidates seek more safety, amenities downtown


the number of people living in downtown st. paul has grown rapidly in recent years and restaurants have proliferated, but candidates competing for mayor said more must be done to improve the city's commercial heart.the city needs to tackle crime in the skyway system and make sure businesses feel appreciated, mayoral hopefuls said monday at a "downtown live" event, which was sponsored by such organizations as the downtown district council and the building owners and managers association.the candidates drew the most applause when they talked about issues related to downtown livability, such as adding parks and keeping housing affordable.st. paul has had a plan to expand pedro park on the north end of downtown by getting rid of a police training building, but city leaders recently started loo






residents should feel safe in downtown elgin, police chief says


there could be many reasons elgin senior citizens don't come to the downtown area regularly, said elgin chief of police jeff swoboda to a room full of seniors thursday."don't let safety be one of them," swoboda told nearly 300 residents at the elgin township triad's spring safety academy.cherie aschenbrenner, the police department's senior liaison, said she asked swoboda to speak at the event about downtown crime — or the perception of downtown crime — because of concerns she had heard from seniors."there is a stigma of downtown," aschenbrenner said. her own mother-in-law, age 76, has the same perception — that it is an unsafe place, aschenbrenner said.she also asked a spokesman from the downtown neighborhood association to speak, to let seniors know what is available in retail and restaur






gridlock in downtown constuction zone


elizabeth flores – star tribunegallery: construction crew worked on the interstate leading into the lowry hill tunnel, monday, june 26, 2017 in downtown minneapolis, mn.






lutheran news


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downtown safety plan: more cops, outreach on hennepin


minneapolis city, business and nonprofit leaders said thursday they will debut a concerted effort this weekend to solve the tricky problems of crime, homelessness and general unpleasantness on hennepin avenue.police and the downtown improvement district will post people on each of five blocks along hennepin avenue during commuter hours, nonprofits will step up outreach to young people and the homeless, and they will start april 1, rather than waiting until memorial day as they have in past years.“our aim is to get out early, set a positive tone right from the start, and sustain it all through the year on hennepin avenue and have that carry over to all of downtown,” said steve cramer, the ceo of the minneapolis downtown improvement district and president of the downtown council.the new plan






alabama town looks to georgia for downtown inspiration


prattville, ala. (ap) — people working to revitalize downtown in the alabama community of prattville are looking to a georgia city for inspiration.prattville’s iconic landmark, the “gin shop,” is the foundation for ongoing efforts to revitalize the downtown historic district.but already plans are being made to branch out in the revitalization plan.the montgomery advertiser reports that backers of the effort see more businesses locating downtown. more pedestrian and bike traffic. even a zip line across the mill pond. it’s all on the wish list.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the inspiration is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east, in columbus, georgia.___information from: montgomery advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com






downtown safety plan: more cops, outreach on hennepin


minneapolis city officials and representatives of downtown businesses and a raft of nonprofits said thursday they will this weekend debut a concerted effort to solve the tricky problems of homelessness and general unpleasantness on hennepin avenue.the effort will be focused on eliminating the public intoxication and catcalling that businesses in the area say are damaging the downtown minneapolis experience, but the cops won’t be swooping in and arresting everyone.police and the downtown improvement district will post people on each of five blocks along hennepin avenue during commuter hours to interact with visitors and residents. and they will start april 1, rather than waiting until memorial day to step up efforts as they have in past years.“new this year is an early start,” said steve cr






after texas mass shooting, chicago-area churches seek balance between hospitalit


the rev. kurt hartrich doesn’t know what more he can do to keep his parishioners safe. they already must cross two thresholds and pass muster with security guards before they can enter the worship space at st. peter’s in the loop catholic church to pray.still, some parishioners frown on the idea of a security guard clearing them for worship, even if it’s for their own protection.“people say ‘you’re a church. why do you have these security people?’ ” said hartrich, a franciscan friar who oversees five masses every weekday at the downtown church. “we certainly want everybody to feel welcome. … at the same time, if the security guards really feel it’s a possible security risk, they would take care of that.”alarmed by the mass shooting at a small southern baptist church in south texas, chicago






have a hard time parking in downtown olympia? it could be easier soon.


olympia plans to provide bus passes to some downtown employees, conversion of coin-only parking meters, a “shared-parking” pilot for evening events and the hiring of a parking supervisor to oversee the process.parking in downtown olympia soon could be easier to find as the city takes steps to free up spaces downtown.the city is embarking on the first phase of a strategy that will include providing bus passes to some downtown employees, conversion of coin-only parking meters, a “shared-parking” pilot for evening events and the hiring of a parking supervisor to oversee the process.this first phase, approved by the city council on tuesday, would gather the low-hanging fruit of downtown parking, said karen kennerson, of the community planning and development department. future phases would req






plane towing lady antebellum banner lands on interstate in downtown nashville


wayne mansfield was circling downtown nashville in a small airplane saturday afternoon when he felt the engine sputter.        






glen cove city council rejects zoning request for downtown area


advertisement | advertise on newsdayglen cove's downtown area, including the city's movie theater on school street, is seen nov. 6, 2016. (credit: jeff bachner) the glen cove city council has rejected a company’s proposed zoning change for the downtown area that opponents fear would have led to overly dense development.the 3-3 vote — with councilman joseph capobianco absent — held june 27 was a rare defeat for mayor reginald spinello.the developer, 115 glen street property owner llc, applied for a zoning change for the entire downtown area...






teardownapolis? buildings in downtown minneapolis and st. paul don't last long


american downtowns vividly illustrate the impermanence of architecture.in the twin cities, thousands of downtown buildings have come and gone over the years, some of them leading only the briefest of architectural lives. to be sure, there are methuselahs such as the 131-year-old lumber exchange in minneapolis and the 128-year-old pioneer building in st. paul, but they fall into the realm of notable exceptions. star tribune file the first national bank building, built in 1906, was replaced eight years later by the first national bank-soo line building. the average life span of downtown buildings in the twin cities is probably 50 years, which is about what it is in other american cities. in chicago, described by one writer as “arguably the world capital of architectural obsolescence,” a stud






bay area 'solidarity network' aims to protect undocumented immigrants


san jose — building on a national movement to protect immigrant communities, faith leaders and local and state politicians on friday pledged their support to undocumented immigrants who fear deportation under the trump administration.during a press conference at city hall, the grassroots organization pact — people acting in community together — launched a “solidarity network” to protect targeted community members.the network includes 70 congregations throughout santa clara county. some have pledged to offer sanctuary to families at immediate risk of deportation while others will provide various forms of support to these individuals, such as connecting them to legal resources. others will participate in pact’s rapid response team, a group of volunteers that plans to show up to the scene of






bay area 'solidarity network' aims to protect undocumented immigrants


san jose — building on a national movement to protect immigrant communities, faith leaders and local and state politicians on friday pledged their support to undocumented immigrants who fear deportation under the trump administration.during a press conference at city hall, the grassroots organization pact — people acting in community together — launched a “solidarity network” to protect targeted community members.the network includes 70 congregations throughout santa clara county. some have pledged to offer sanctuary to families at immediate risk of deportation while others will provide various forms of support to these individuals, such as connecting them to legal resources. others will participate in pact’s rapid response team, a group of volunteers that plans to show up to the scene of






gary pastors pray for growth of congregations


"we can focus on job training and working with students to come here for after-school programs."but harris knows the glory days are long gone. "we're in a new age and we can only look forward."even as his congregation has dipped to 10 to 15 parishioners each sunday, harris said he walks in faith and doesn't expect his church to see the fate of several other churches in the city, being forced to close. but he will know if his time comes to close the doors to his church. "if we get to the point where we can't pay nipsco, we'll close."despite the troubles they face, harris and other pastors said they will not be deterred and are committed to spreading the gospel in gary."i'll be here until god calls me home," harris [email protected] @javontea






sw idaho city authorizes police to shoot downtown crows


nampa, idaho (ap) — officials in nampa in southwestern idaho have authorized the city’s police force to use pellet guns to shoot crows in the downtown area through sunday night.mayor bob henry approved the discharging of firearms in the downtown area that is otherwise prohibited.officials say the crows feed in fields during the day and return to the city in the evening where it’s warmer, partly because of the street lights.officials say the crows create a mess downtown that can cause a health hazard.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.nampa officials are also exploring using a bird repellent hazer that nearby caldwell used when crows created a problem in that city several years ago.






council member jacob frey proposes boosting police presence in downtown minneapo


minneapolis city council member and mayoral candidate jacob frey released a plan friday to curb downtown crime, with a focus on hiring more police officers to patrol the heart of the city.the plan comes amid a mayoral race in which public safety has been a persistent issue. frey's plan cites a dramatic rise in violent crime downtown, and places responsibility for the increase on mayor betsy hodges."the significant uptick in violent crime, and specifically shootings, necessitates a real, concrete and specified plan," frey said.the 17-point "eight-and-a-half block plan to combat downtown crime" focuses on the center of downtown. it outlines ideas for directing more law enforcement resources toward downtown safety, including putting more officers on smaller beats, better enforcing truancy and






chance the rapper holding free surprise concert in downtown san jose


san jose — rap fans were lining up on first street in downtown san jose after grammy-winning recording artist chance the rapper announced a free surprise concert in downtown san jose set for tuesday evening.the rapper made the announcement on facebook on tuesday morning, and posted that free tickets will be given away at 2 p.m. at temple bar and lounge on first street between santa clara and san fernando streets.the free show is part of the facebook f8 developers conference currently being held downtown, and will be at the same venue: the city national civic.reading this on your phone? stay up to date with our new, free mobile app. get it from the apple app store or the google play store.






monster fire blazes in downtown raleigh


raleigh -- firefighters are battling a huge five-alarm fire in downtown raleigh, cbs affiliate wncn reports.the fire appears to have begun at a building under construction, but has spread to other buildings, according to raleigh fire officials. no injuries are yet reported.  the fire could be seen from the wncn tower cam, which is north of the city’s downtown. the flames were visible against the city’s skyline.wncn chief meteorologist wes hohenstein reports the smoke from the blaze is appearing on radar:






downtown safety plan: more cops, outreach on hennepin


minneapolis city, business and nonprofit leaders said thursday they will debut a concerted effort this weekend to solve the tricky problems of crime, homelessness and general unpleasantness on hennepin avenue.police and the downtown improvement district will post people on each of five blocks along hennepin avenue during commuter hours, nonprofits will step up outreach to young people and the homeless, and the efforts will start april 1 rather than memorial day as they have in past years.“our aim is to get out early, set a positive tone right from the start, and sustain it all through the year on hennepin avenue and have that carry over to all of downtown,” said steve cramer, ceo of the minneapolis downtown improvement district and president of the downtown council.the new plan, announced






the curtis unveils massive, “irresistible” new murals throughout downtown denver


the murals -- more than 1,600 square feet in total -- decorate the glass-enclosed elevator vestibules off the downtown hotel's parking garage.






downtown safety plan: more cops, outreach on hennepin


minneapolis city, business and nonprofit leaders said thursday they will debut a concerted effort this weekend to solve the tricky problems of crime, homelessness and general unpleasantness on hennepin avenue.police and the downtown improvement district will post people on each of five blocks along hennepin avenue during commuter hours, nonprofits will step up outreach to young people and the homeless, and the efforts will start april 1 rather than memorial day as they have in past years."our aim is to get out early, set a positive tone right from the start, and sustain it all through the year on hennepin avenue and have that carry over to all of downtown," said steve cramer, ceo of the minneapolis downtown improvement district and president of the downtown council.the new plan, announced