Monday, November 26, 2007
More people have sought spiritual succor online than have gone to gambling Web sites, participated in online auctions, traded stocks online, or done online banking. "The Internet fills many niches for religious people," said Elena Larsen, a Research Fellow for Pew Internet Project and the principal author of the report. "It is a helpful reference and communications tool for those who are active in their church. Converts to new faiths can find volumes of information. People who feel their religions are unpopular can meet others safely online. People who do not belong to religious communities can find resources and experiences that might not otherwise have been available to them."Visit Beliefnet for more details on the report
Friday, November 23, 2007
"Nothing taken for granted; everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace."
"You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink."
"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
PALMDALE - The Antelope Valley's population growth is driving the region's economic engine, adding more households with spending power and fueling local job growth.
Nearly 2,150 additional households a year have moved to the Antelope Valley since 2005, and the average household income of those living in the region less than four years is $67,900 - 3.5 percent higher than the overall area's average household income, a study has found.
"It's household economic stimulus to the economy and the job market," said Alonzo Pedrin, who led the study. "Every dollar spent by new households generates $1.28 in economic activity in the Antelope Valley."
Since 2000, the number of residents joining the work force has grown 1.56 percent annually; job growth has gone up 1.78 percent annually in the same period.
"You are adding local jobs at a faster rate than you are adding workers," Pedrin said.
The figures were part of a $55,000 labor market study done by Anaheim-based Alfred Gobar Associates for the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance, or GAVEA, a nonprofit economic development organization supported by local cities and businesses and other government agencies.
Monday, November 19, 2007
They are Garcia and Rodriguez and a third Latino surname, Martinez, nearly edged out Wilson for 10th place.
Garcia moved to No. 8 in 2000, up from No. 18, and Rodriguez jumped to No. 9, from 22nd place. The number of Latino surnames among the top 25 doubled, to six.
The number of Hispanics living in the U.S. grew by 58 percent in the 1990s to nearly 13 percent of the population.
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Friday, November 16, 2007
So what happens when John Stuart posts his daily devotions on his blog, “Heaven’s Highway”?
People write to him from
Folks from his congregation say things like, “That’s not what I believe,” or “I never thought about that,” and conversations begin.
And, as an added bonus, a teacher from a local high school is having students download his sermon podcasts. The students are preparing for an upcoming production of the musical “Brigadoon,” and their teacher wants them to get it right.
“They’re copying my accent,” Stuart, pastor of Erin Church in
There is no blueprint to Web 2.0, but the simple truth is this. Presbyterians — like lots of other folks — are using Web-based technology more and more. They find it freeing, a doorway to discipleship, a way to creatively meld words and music and images and ideas.