Monday, November 06, 2006

Contemporary Religious History right here in Pittsburgh

From Rebecca Denova:

Two upcoming events in Pittsburgh should be of interest to our students. In
many of our classes, we deal so much with "history," that we sometimes need
to be reminded of contemporary issues in the interplay of religion and

On Thursday, November 9, at 7:00 pm, The Rev. Jozo Zovko will be at SS. John
& Paul parish in Franklin Park. Rev. Zovko was the pastor of the small
church where the visions of Mary first appeared to children in Medjugorje,
in the former Yugoslavia. For his defense of their story, the communist
authorities arrested him and kept him in jail for three years. As a
continuing site of pilgrimage, and because the visions continue to this day,
the Catholic Church has not officially ruled on whether or not they are
real. (You can find directions to the church on the internet.)

On Wednesday, November 15, at 9:00 am, the Rev. Janet Edwards, a
Presbyterian pastor (and a pastoral associate of the Community of
Reconciliation in Oakland) who sanctioned a marriage between two women, will
be put on "trial" by the Presbytery in The Priory, a small hotel located on
the North Side. She has sent out personal invitations, but has also
indicated that she wants "the whole world to come." This should be an
interesting event, and is of importance to the Presbyterian Church
nation-wide. (Again, you can find directions on the internet.)

Dr. Denova

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