Faith digest

Pipe dreams


Organist and recording artist Peter Richard Conte will perform works from Bernstein, Kreisler, Franck and others at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. John United Methodist church, 736 Greene St. A reception will follow.

The event is part of the Concerts With a Cause Series and benefits Sacred Heart Cultural Center. Call (706) 724-9641.

Let's talk

Communication at home will be the topic at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, and 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Family Bible Church, 124-B Commercial Blvd. in Martinez. Brad Hambrick, of Crossroads Counseling Center; Devon Harris, of Full-Circle Refuge; Dr. Edward Watke, of Revival in the Home Ministries; and Bob Corbin, of Corbin Home Ministries, will be the presenters. Call (706) 650-8707.

Catholic trends

VATICAN CITY - The Roman Catholic Church experienced its greatest growth in Africa and Asia from 2004 to 2005 .

In Africa, the Catholic population increased 3.1 percent, and the number jumped 2.7 percent in Asia, the Catholic News Service reported Monday. The rise in the number of Catholics in the Americas was 1.2 percent.

At the end of 2005, the worldwide Catholic population was about 1.1 billion, a 1.5 percent increase from the previous year, the Vatican said.

Scandal aftermath

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Leaders of New Life Church will hold what they're calling a "day of hope" Sunday to discuss the claims of drug use and gay sex that led to the downfall of founding pastor Ted Haggard.

The Rev. Haggard was forced out as senior pastor at the 14,000-member New Life Church last year, and he resigned as the head of the National Association of Evangelicals after a Denver man, Mike Jones, came forward alleging the pastor had paid him for sex and sometimes used methamphetamine when they were together.


SEATTLE - Complaints of religious discrimination at jobs and schools in Washington state are at their highest in the past 15 years, with confrontations about when and where people pray, how they dress or what hours they work.

According to filings with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, complaints in the state rose 60 percent between 2002 and 2006, compared to a nationwide 30 percent increase.

Employers are prohibited from discriminating against people because of their religion in hiring, firing and other terms of employment under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments.


Contact Tharon A. Giddens, features editor, at (706) 823-3347 or



Imam Daoudi: Islamic calendar begins new year

Today, I would like to shed light on the Islamic calendar, also known as the lunar calendar.

Arabs used to follow a lunar calendar that... Read more