Religion

Issue of married Catholic priests gains traction under pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) — As the Vatican copes with the growing clergy sex abuse scandal and declining number of priests worldwide, it is laying the groundwork to open formal debate on an issue that has long been taboo: opening up the priesthood to married men in parts of the world where clergy are ...

Grass or weeds?

Five years ago, I was talking to a friend about our lawn. He is in the lawn care business and he offered me this timeless advice, “There are two ways to have a nice lawn. One way is to remove all the weeds. The other is to grow your grass so thick there is no room for weeds.” When he said ...

Annual fair trade fair chance sale

The annual fair trade fair chance local and global sale will be held at Bread of Life Lutheran Church, Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bread of Life is located at 1415 17th Avenue SW in Minot. This sale benefits women’s craft cooperative of SERRV International from around the ...

First Baptist Church XYZ to meet Oct. 25

First Baptist Church XYZ, a non-denominational adult ministry for people in the 50-plus age group, will meet at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at First Baptist, 200 3rd Street SW in Minot. Karen Atwood and Trish Hinkel will present the musical program “Beloved Hymns - The Music and Stories Behind Them.” ...

Family seeking sanctuary in church plan to go back home

OLD LYME, Conn. (AP) — Seven months after taking sanctuary in a church to avoid deportation, a family from Pakistan is returning to their Connecticut home and resuming operations of their pizza shop as they await a ruling on their residency status. The First Congregational Church of Old ...

Reflections: Tripping hazards

On August 21, I received a new right knee. The morning after surgery I was expected to sit in a chair to eat breakfast and dress with the help of an occupational therapist. After that I walked down the hall and began to exercise the knee with skin held together by 27 staples so that I could ...

Vincent United Methodist bazaar to be held Oct. 27

The annual fall bazaar at Vincent United Methodist Church, 1024 2nd Street SE, will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A lunch of creamed turkey on biscuits, salad, cranberries, dessert and beverage will be served from 11 a.m. until gone. Other features of the bazaar will be ...

Mormon leader: Nicknames for faith are ‘victory for Satan’

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The president of the Mormon church reiterated Sunday that he wants members, the media and others to use the faith's full name, saying nicknames are "a major victory for Satan." Addressing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' twice-yearly conference in Salt ...

Fall blessings

Growing up in North Dakota, I took for granted living in a part of the world where we truly can experience all four seasons. I didn’t realize how much I would miss the seasons and the changes associated with them until my wife and I lived five years in Kansas City. There we certainly had ...

St. Paul Lutheran in Garrison to hold German supper and silent auction Oct. 6

St. Paul Lutheran Church, located at 622 5th Street NE in Garrison, will hold a German supper and silent auction from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 6. The supper will include knoepfla, kraut and sausage, knoepfla soup, German chocolate cake, and kuechen bars. Free will offerings will be taken to ...

Open house for Pastor Larry Borud on Oct. 6 at Northland Harvest Church

Northland Harvest Church will hold an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Northland Harvest Church, located at 140 Souris Drive, in Minot, to honor Pastor Larry Borud for his years of faithful service. There will be a short program at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Minot Christian Women’s Luncheon on Oct. 9

The Minot Christian Women’s Luncheon Happy Harvest Gathering will be held from 12:15 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Grand Hotel. The cost is $13 inclusive. A silent auction of garden produce, baked goods, crafts, gift baskets, quilted pieces, home canned jams, and pickles will be held. ...

Pope defrocks Chilean priest at center of abuse scandal

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked a Chilean priest who was a central character in the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his "supreme" authority to stiffen an earlier sentence because of the "exceptional amount of damage" the priest's crimes had caused. In a ...

Installation service for Rev. Dr. Richard Davis at Our Savior Lutheran

A special installation service is planned for Sunday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary at Our Savior Lutheran Church, located at 3705 11th Street SW in Minot. The Rev. Dr. Richard Davis will be installed as Intentional Interim Minister for Our Savior Lutheran Church. Following the ...

President of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod to speak in Fargo

The Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Faith in Action Mercy Conference on Oct. 27 in Fargo. This one-day event, held at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, 7151 15th St. S., Fargo, will bring Lutherans together to ...

Starting over

Karl Pillemer is a gerontologist at Cornell University. In 2011, he and his team interviewed 1,500 adults over the age of 65, asking them what haunts them the most about their life choices. He then wrote a book called “30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest ...

India bans instant divorce by Muslim men

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government on Wednesday approved an ordinance to implement a top court ruling striking down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce. The government decision came after it failed to get approval from Parliament a year after the court ruled that the ...

Why Humpty Dumpty? Part II

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty back together again.” What was Humpty Dumpty pursuing that led him to scale a dangerous wall? Was he in avid pursuit of popularity? Money and possessions? ...

Men’s Winter Refuge seeks volunteer nurse

The Men’s Winter Refuge is seeking a licensed nurse who is available to volunteer four to five hours per week at the men’s homeless shelter. The shelter is open for six months, from Nov. 1 to April 30. Duties would include giving breathalyzer tests and doing intake interviews with new ...