April 19, 2005 |
A woman was convicted of murdering her neighbor with a hatchet, striking the 83-year-old Pearl Harbor veteran nearly 70 times as he begged for his life. Prosecutors in Lock Haven said that Shonda D. Walter, 25, carried out the attack on James Sementelli because she wanted to join a gang, and one of the initiation requirements was to commit a crime. She also stole $500 and a car from the victim.
December 5, 2001
Re "Terrorism Spurs Push for Prayer in Schools," Dec. 2: I do not feel it is appropriate to have group recitation of religious prayer in schools. Any child of any religion is free to pray during any quiet moment at school. Growing up Catholic in the 1930s and '40s with mostly Jewish and Protestant friends, I experienced great feelings of unease during the teacher-led Protestant version of the Lord's Prayer. There were two problems. First, I felt I was being coerced to recite the Protestant, much-longer prayer, which was not the prayer I learned in my church.
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February 27, 1998
The updated wording of the Lord's Prayer (Feb. 21) is wonderful. For this age, it is more user-friendly (and I challenge anyone to say that that was not the Lord's intention), as well as more on point theologically. I would make one additional change to eliminate the sexism: "Our father in heaven" should read, "Our loving parent in heaven"; it would be unscriptural to suggest that the creator is exclusively male. Bishop David Stancliffe says his own diocese would be satisfied with the old version but that the new one is easier to teach, especially to those new to the faith.
November 25, 1994
In the news: Today marks the first official shopping day of the Yuletide season, says comedy writer Alan Ray: "Customers will search for that elusive item--a friendly sales clerk. And stores will be festooned with the traditional signs of Christmas: Batteries Not Included and Some Assembly Required ." Comedy writer Michael Connor, on the GOP welfare reform plan: "It's a classic! In fact, it's based on the teachings of Ebenezer Scrooge."
August 5, 1994 |
The pastor--tall and dapper in a double-breasted white suit--stands before his flock and intones, "Praise the Lord . . . are you all as nervous as I am?" Not your usual message from the pulpit, but the Rev. Cheviene Jones is no ordinary preacher. He's here this Sunday afternoon at Bethel AME Church in South-Central to sing and dance. In the name of the Lord, of course.
October 18, 1988 |
Jesus probably did not create the Lord's Prayer or teach it to his disciples, although certain phrases in Christendom's central prayer may have been used by him, according to an ongoing national seminar of biblical scholars. A majority of the two dozen scholars believed that the Lord's Prayer was composed by the early church a number of years after Jesus was crucified.