Religion Briefs, Jan. 15, 2011

Financial program to start Jan. 25

Financial Peace University, a 13-week program taught by Dave Ramsey, will begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 25, at the Christ Center, 1235 Bookcliff Ave.

Call Victoria Tucker at 243-8848 for information or to register.

Parenting seminar to be at Living Hope

Living Hope Church will offer a parenting seminar by Dr. David Pacini M.D., “Health Tips Every Parent Should Know,” at 6:30 p.m. Friday at 2840 B 1/2 Road.

Dr. Pacini is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious disease and will discuss common childhood problems; what parents need to know to deal with these common problems; when to call the doctor and what to do before you call.

Child care will be provided.

Call 243-0402 for information.

Pro-life candlelight vigil planned

A pro-life candlelight vigil to remember those affected by the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.

After the vigil, participants will proceed to the St. Joseph Parish Hall for a chili dinner.

Call Colleen, president of Mesa County Right to Life, at 639-2533 for information.

Leaders seek to reduce N.Y.C.‘s abortions

NEW YORK — Archbishop Timothy Dolan is calling for efforts to make abortions in New York City “rare.”

Dolan gathered with other Protestant and Jewish leaders to draw attention to the city’s high abortion rate. The city health department last month released statistics that showed 41 percent of pregnancies were terminated in 2009, although the numbers have declined in the last decade.

Dolan said the practice is unlikely to end but that it was important “to tell people what is happening.”

The religious leaders also criticized public schools sex education programs that include condom distribution.

Court won’t review land-use dispute

BOULDER —The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Boulder County’s request that it review a land-use dispute with a church.

County officials said Monday that the court has decided against weighing in on the matter.

The county was appealing a federal court decision backing plans by the Rocky Mountain Christian Church in Niwot to nearly double the size of its 128,000-square-foot campus. The church challenged the county’s denial of the plans, citing the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

The law protects churches from discriminatory land-use laws.

Boulder County has said it treated the church’s application the same way it treated others and that it was denied because it would violate land-use codes.


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