Briefs: Religion Briefs June 13, 2009

Summer solstice celebrated at Unity

• A summer solstice celebration will take place June 20-21 at Unity Church, 3205 N. 12th St. Spiritual Director Melanie Porter will conduct a two-day celebration of the longest day of the year beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
There will be music, dance, storytelling and art. All participants will make a beaded cosmic rosary bracelet. Cost is $55 at the door. Pre-register to receive a $5 discount by June 14. For information, call 270-7091.

Twin Peaks camp accepts reservations

• Twin Peaks Bible Camp is now accepting reservations for the summer season. Camp takes place each week in July by age group. Cost is $155 per week.
A $20 deposit is required two weeks in advance. Pre-registration and a physical are required.
Free physicals may be available. Send registration to Twin Peaks Bible Camp, P.O. Box 907, Grand Junction 81502. Call 523-9077 or visit

Hawthorne to have baptism service

• The Hawthorne Park Community Church will celebrate a global communion and baptism service at 5 p.m. June 28 at 755 N. Fourth St. The church will simultaneously baptize and share communion with hundreds of churches across the globe. Dinner will precede the event at 4 p.m. Dinner reservations are required. For information, call 242-2184.

Unitarians to have garage sale today

• The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Valley will have a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at 1022 Grand Ave. A wide variety of items will be for sale.

Baptist women to have conference

• The American Baptist Women has its annual state conference June 12-14 at First Baptist Church in Grand Junction. Featured speakers will be Jan DeWitt of Sioux Falls, S.D., and missionary Kristi Engel who is a nurse serving in the Dominican Republic. They will speak at 10:15 a.m. Sunday. For information, call 242-5645.

Joe Henschel to have free concert

• Christian entertainer Joe Henschel will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. June 19 at Calvary Chapel of Grand Junction, 492 Morning Glory Lane. For information, call 243-2579.

Wikipedia bans Scientology, critics

• LOS ANGELES — Popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia has banned Scientology’s more vocal friends and foes from editing articles about the religion, a move that worries some in the Internet community.
Wikipedia has blocked contributions from computers at the Church of Scientology’s Los Angeles headquarters, as well as some critics of the religion.
The move is aimed at diminishing a long-running war of words between the two groups, said Dan Rosenthal, a spokesman for English Wikipedia.
Some bloggers worry the site is stifling free speech. Rosenthal said it is standard practice to ban users found violating rules designed to keep people with an agenda from propagandizing.
The decision to shut out the Scientology computers was made after hundreds of articles became virtual battlefields. The case was reviewed by Wikipedia’s arbitration committee, a body of volunteer editors elected by users to resolve disputes. Several Scientology computers and about 40 users from both sides of the debate were locked out.

UCLA grad can personally thank Jesus

• LOS ANGELES — A University of California, Los Angeles student can thank Jesus in a personal statement to be read during graduation ceremonies, even though an administrator initially barred use of the Christian reference, the university said.
The university supports “the First Amendment and in no way intended to impinge upon any students’ rights,” senior campus counsel L. Amy Blum wrote in a letter.
Students in the Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology Department were asked to submit short statements that will be read as they cross the stage to receive their degrees today.
Student Christina Popa’s statement read, in part, “I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Court rules on courthouse monument

• DENVER — A federal appeals court has ruled that a Ten Commandments monument outside the Haskell County, Okla., courthouse endorses religion based on public comments made by county commissioners after it was installed.
A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the monument, which is part of a historical display, “has the primary effect of endorsing religion” when taken in context with the small community of Stigler, Okla., where it sits.
They sent the case back to Muskogee, Okla.-based U.S. District Judge Ronald A. White so he could issue a new ruling consistent with their ruling. In August 2006, White rejected arguments that the monument promotes Christianity at the expense of other religions.


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