Briefs: Local Religion September 13, 2008

Mayor setting holiday display policy before case begins

• GREEN BAY, Wis. — The city of Green Bay could have a policy in place for Christmas displays even before a federal judge rules on whether the city violated the Constitution.
Mayor Jim Schmitt has met with clergy to get their ideas on a city policy. They agreed that the city should stick with secular decorations and leave the religious displays to area churches and synagogues.
Schmitt said he hopes to present a policy to the city council in October.
That means new rules could be in place before U.S. Judge William Griesbach rules on a lawsuit filed against the city by the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation over the city nativity scene installed last Christmas.
Oral arguments in the lawsuit are set to begin Monday .

Speaker, singers to be in GJ

• The Christ Center will have noted speaker Josh McDowell and singer Jeremy Riddle will perform with Five Face Down on Friday at the Avalon Theatre.
Two sessions will take place, one at 6:30 p.m. and another at 9:30 p.m., which is free for those 25 and under.  Tickets are $25 and are available at The Christ Center, Canyon View Vineyard Church, Connection Bookstore, Sonlight Christian Bookstore, Cool Beans Bookstore at Fellowship church and the Genesis Bookstore in Montrose.
For information, call 243-8848 or visit

Gay rights walk planned

• The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley will have a peaceful demonstration for gay rights, “Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights,” beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
The walk will be down Main Street to the Mesa County Courthouse and to City Hall. For information, call 589-4197 or visit

Student to be guest speaker

• Two Rivers Center for Spiritual Living, 3150 Lakeside Drive, No. 103, will have guest speaker Robert Brzezinski at 10 a.m. Sunday . His service is titled “The Journey to the Divine.” Brzezinski is a ministerial student at Holmes Center in Denver. For information, call 210-0989.

Baptists to host study session

• An interdenominational Bible study, “How we got our Bible,” will take place at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Monument Baptist Church. Child care is available. For information, call 434-3258.

Catholic bishops to publish Quinceanera blessing

• WASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is publishing a ritual blessing for the Quinceanera, the coming-of-age celebration for Hispanic girls on their 15th birthday.
The Rev. Allan Deck, head of the bishops’ cultural diversity office, said the ritual aims to help “Latino Catholics celebrate their cultural heritage and build new bridges to other Catholics.”
About one-third of U.S. Catholics are Latino, and the percentage of Hispanic Catholics in the country is expected to increase, according to surveys.
The ritual can include a Mass and a presentation of religious articles to the teenager from her baptismal godparents or others.


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