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EDITORIAL: Women of Kireka set worthy example

Posted: 12/02/05

EDITORIAL:
Women of Kireka set worthy example

Before long, Time magazine will unveil its Person of the Year for 2005. The editors probably have made their selection already, or at least they have narrowed the field to a group of finalists. If not, they would do well to consider the women of Kireka, Uganda.

Reporter Bruce Nolan of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans told their story on Thanksgiving Day. The Dallas Morning News repeated it in an editorial last week.

Kireka is a slum overlooking Kampala, Uganda's capital city, in west-central Africa. It's a one-industry town: The men strip-mine boulders from quarries on the hillside. The women pound the boulders into stones the size of walnuts, which are used for construction. They work by hand, pulverizing stone by stone. They earn $1.20 per day.

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Falls Creek encampment cancels Texas Week after 2006

Posted: 12/02/05

Falls Creek encampment
cancels Texas Week after 2006

By Ken Camp

Managing Editor

The 2006 Texas Week at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center marks the end of a tradition spanning more than four decades.

International Mission Board seeks to tie tongues

Posted: 12/02/05

International Mission Board seeks to tie tongues

By Robert Marus

Associated Baptist Press

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (ABP)--The International Mission Board no longer will appoint Southern Baptist missionaries who use a "private prayer language"--a controversial practice related to speaking in tongues and previously practiced by board President Jerry Rankin.

Lower Jordan River is open sewage canal, environmentalists say

Posted: 12/02/05
In an event called the "Big Jump," mayors and members of local governments from Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority join hands to call for the rehabilitation of the polluted Jordan River. Friends of the Earth Middle East--a partnership between Israelis, Palestinians and Jorda-nians--has recently stepped up efforts to bring the Jordan River's pollution to world attention. (Photo by Itamar Grinberg, courtesy of Friends of the Earth Middle East/RNS)

Lower Jordan River is open
sewage canal, environmentalists say

By Michele Chabin

Religion News Service

DEGANYA, Israel--At the Alumot Dam on the edge of Kibbutz Deganya, a cooperative community located a couple of miles south of the Sea of Galilee, visitors can smell the Jordan River long before they see it.

Kansas school board at center of intelligent design debate

Posted: 12/02/05

Kansas school board at center
of intelligent design debate

By Bobby Ross Jr.

Religion News Service

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (RNS)--At the Sirloin Stockade, the state school board chairman leading an assault on "neo-Darwinian biological evolution" bowed his head and prayed aloud before eating his buffet lunch.

 
 
 
 
 
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