Faith Briefs

Whole Life Ministries opens Southern cafe


Honey From the Rock Cafe has opened, just in time for the hoards of golf fans who pass Whole Life Ministries on their way to the Augusta National Golf Club. The cafe serves Southern-style food three times a day, although it'll only open for breakfast and lunch after the Masters. Dinner will be added later, said Cindy Jones, a staff member at the church.

Ex-ASU coach heads Christian athletes

Greg Wilson's title change is official. He's no longer coach, but director. The longtime Augusta State University women's basketball coach started his new job last week as the head of the Greater Augusta Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

He spoke Tuesday for the group at the annual Augusta Golf Breakfast at Warren Baptist Church. Mr. Wilson said he aims for every high school in the association's 12-county region to have a "huddle," where Christian athletes can meet for fellowship and Bible studies. Mr. Wilson resigned as coach of the Lady Jags in March.

Decline leads to move by Carmelite Sisters

INDIANAPOLIS --- The shrinking number of women called to Roman Catholic religious vocations has caught up with the Carmelite Sisters of Indianapolis. They're giving up their monastery and moving in with another order 60 miles away.

The Carmelites, who have maintained a presence on Indianapolis' northwest side for 75 years, are moving this summer to the southeastern Indiana town of Oldenburg to live alongside the Sisters of St. Francis.

The Carmelites' numbers have fallen off to just nine sisters from 12 four years ago, and their average age has grown to the mid-70s. Efforts to recruit members have produced few takers.

Minister will cut back on duties at church

KANSAS CITY, Mo. --- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat who is also a Methodist minister, says he will be taking a smaller role at the church he has led for more than 35 years.

The Rev. Cleaver said April 6 that the Rev. Emanuel Cleaver III, will become a co-pastor at the St. James United Methodist Church on July 1. The younger Rev. Cleaver is expected to become senior pastor in two years.

The Rev. Cleaver, a first-term congressman, has tried to balance serving as a pastor and lawmaker, but said the congregation needs a full-time pastor.

"You deserve somebody who is going to be here all the time," he said.

The congregation says it has more than 2,000 members and holds services in a 1,000-person sanctuary. The Rev. Cleaver, 63, was a two-term Kansas City mayor and earned a master's degree in 1974 from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City.

Transit authority pulls video with pope doll

WASHINGTON --- The Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority has voluntarily pulled a promotional video from YouTube after the Archdiocese of Washington complained about the star -- a Pope Benedict XVI bobblehead doll.

The video was intended to encourage people to use public transportation to next week's papal Mass at Nationals Park, but the archdiocese says the bobblehead pontiff was not wearing authentic attire. Archdiocese spokeswoman Susan Gibbs says that many people would not have been comfortable with the video.

The video shows the bobblehead riding a Green Line train and buying a special one-day Metro pass for the Mass. The Metro media relations director, Lisa Farbstein, came up with the idea for a video and bought the bobblehead on eBay.

-- From staff and wire reports



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