Originally created 08/11/01

Faith digest

Missionaries to speak

John and Ruth Bloom, missionaries to the Navajo Indians of Teec Nos [filtered word], Ariz., will speak at 11:15 a.m. Sunday at Bethany Chapel, 401 Milledge Road. Lunch will follow.

Praying moms

Teams for Moms in Touch, women who pray together an hour a week to support their children's schoolmates and teachers, are open to volunteers for the 2001-02 school year.

The Poway, Calif., organization currently boasts some 119,284 teams in more than 90 countries.

Moms from the area can call Debby Rosenbauer, regional director, at (706) 556-8000 for more information.

Time Out

Time Out, a luncheon break from the work-a-day world, will be held at First Baptist Church of Evans, Washington Road at Belair Road, at 11:50 a.m. Thursday.

Lunch is $5. Reservations are due noon Wednesday. For more information, call 863-1228.

Gospel concert

Heaven Bound, a Southern gospel quartet, will perform at 7 tonight at Christ's Sanctified Holy Church, 136 Belair Road in Evans.

Women's fellowship

Delores Tabor, a former president of Aiken Aglow Community Lighthouse, will address the women's fellowship at the Aiken County Recreation Center on U.S. Highway 1 in Graniteville at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Seeking protection

A fellowship of churches in more than 100 countries is exploring ways to protect Palestinian Christians and ease Mideast violence.

Two or three Palestinian Christian families leave the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem each week because of the fighting there, the World Council of Churches estimates.

Palestinian Christians now comprise barely 2 percent of the roughly 3 million Palestinians in the territories, according to Palestinian experts.

A delegation from the World Council of Churches visited Israel and the Palestinian territories and issued their report on Monday.

The fear that the holy sites of Christianity may become museums with no local congregation "is a very real one," the delegates said.

The study's authors have asked the church organization to consider creating an ecumenical team to protect victims of the violence and monitor and report on the situation in the territories.

Other suggestions include helping local churches and supporting "alternative and moderate" voices on both sides of the conflict.

The recommendations will be reviewed by leaders of churches in Jerusalem, religious and human rights delegates to the United Nations, and officials with the World Council of Churches, which represents 342 churches from several Christian traditions.

Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, the spiritual leader of 73 million Anglicans worldwide, visited Jerusalem last month and urged Christians there to remain in the Holy Land.


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