THE SALINA JOURNAL RELIGION SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2001 B5 T FAITH MATTERS For the people includes everyone ;:inAr. FaithTbased plan has •groups shunning others already Easter Sunday is April 15, which also happens to be Tax Day in America. That's probably just a coincidence. Then again, maybe President Bush is even more serious than we thought about his controversial faith-based initiative. ., He isn't the only one. < The next April 15 Easter won't occur until 2063, but .r.the way things are going, church and state may be celebrating Tax Day together long before then. Bush hasn't even taken his ; :,faith-based initiative out of : 'his desk drawer yet. Already, religious groups are lining up at the White House door for a chance to compete for federal funds to provide social services. Already, religious leaders are arguing about which groups should be allowed to get in line for tax dollars and which shouldn't. According to The New York Times, Baptists, Methodists and Catholics aren't the only groups preparing proposals to bid for tax dollars. Hare Krish- nas, Moonies and Scientol ogists are, too. The Rev. Pat Robertson called that an "intolerable situation." And if anyone knows intolerance, it's Pat Robertson. The Rev. Jerry Falwell told Beliefnet.com that "Islam should be out the door before they knock. ... When persons are clearly bigoted toward other persons, they should be disqualified from government funds." Falwell didn't say if he DAVID WATERS Scripps Howard News Service was disqualifying himself. The Anti-Defamation League is lobbying to block federal funds from the Nation of Islam, led by Louis Farrakhan. Bishop G.E. Patterson, presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, said Bush's initiative could earn him the African-American vote in 2004. If the faith-based initiative works, "then there will be no reason for black people to not vote for him in four years," Patterson said. Maybe campaign finance reform should include churches. Richard Land, a leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, said religious groups should be careful about raising objections about each other's fitness for federal funds. "A government permitted to discriminate against Hare Krishnas today may very well discriminate against Baptists or Catholics tomorrow," Land wrote for Be- liefnet. Let's not forget whose government it is. The Pew Research Center has released a new national survey about Bush's faith- based initiative. It shows that most Americans favor Bush's idea of letting faith-based groups provide social services with taxpayer funding. It also shows that most Americans oppose giving federal funding to non- Judeo-Christian groups. I could be wrong, but wouldn't that be discrimination? April 15 — the normal deadline for filing federal tax returns — falls on a Sunday this year. That means we'll get an extra day to file our taxes and render unto Caesar. David Waters may be reached by e-mail at wa- email@example.com or by mail at The Commercial Appeal, P.O. Box 334, Memphis. T EASTER Churches work together on universal Easter date This year, Eastern and Western churches celebrate on same day By NAOMI KOPPEL The Associated Press GENEVA — Christians everywhere will celebrate Easter on the same day this year because of a calendar quirk, a coincidence that has revived interest in trying to set a universal date for the observance. Both Western and Eastern churches agree that the date should be based on a principle set in the year 325, which states that Easter falls on the Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox. However, the dates vary because Protestant and Catholic Churches follow the 16th-centu ry Gregorian Calendar, while Orthodox churches use the older Julian Calendar The two currently differ by 13 days. Easter can be between March 22 and April 25 for the Western Christian churches, while the range for Orthodox Easter extends from April 4 to May 8. "Especially in regions where Christians of the Western and Eastern traditions live closely together and may even constitute a minority, as for example in the Middle East, this situation is extremely painful," said a statement Monday from the World Council of Churches. The council includes non-Catholic Christian churches, including Orthodox faiths, from across the world. This year, by chance, both calendars set the same day for the spring equinox and the full moon following it, meaning Eastern and Western churches wUl celebrate Easter on the same day Church leaders have pondered the idea of a single date for Easter for decades. In 1975, the Roman Catholic Church proposed the date should be fixed on "the Sunday following the second Saturday of April." The idea was later dropped because it could not be accepted by all Christian faiths. In 1997, at a meeting in Aleppo, Syria, participants agreed that Easter should be set according to the method established in 325, using accurate astronomical data to establish the date of the spring equinox. SPECIAL EVENTS ; • The Great Easter vigil ,will be at 7 p.m. today at Christ Cathedral, 138 N. Eighth. The Easter Eucharist will be at 10 a.m. The guest preacher and celebrant will be Right Rev. Vernon Strickland, bishop of the Diocese of Western Kansas. • Orthodox Christian Paschal Services will begin at 11 p.m. today. The traditional "breaking of the fast" party follows. There will be no services Sunday at the All Saints Orthodox Church, 2818 Scanlan. The Agape Vespers begins at 4 p.m. Sunday. • Trinity Lutheran Church, Ninth and Crawford, will have an Easter sunrise service beginning at 6:30 Si '.m. There will be a breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.; two festival services, at 8:30 and 11 a.m., and an Easter evening service at 7 p.m. • University United Methodist Church, 1509 S. Santa Fe, will have an Easter sunrise service at 6:45 a.m. at the Indian Rock shelter. There will be a breakfast there following the service. There will be only one Easter service at the church, at 10 a.m. Call 825-9505. • Grand Avenue United Methodist Church, 304 W. Grand, will have an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. in the vacant lot west of the church parking lot. A breakfast will follow in Sherwood Hall. The church's annual rummage and bake sale will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in Sherwood Hall. • First Baptist Church, 843 Lewis, will have a sunrise service at 7 a.m. at Lakewood Bark at the shelter house at the south end of the park by • GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION the playground. There will be a 9:30 a.m. worship service at the church, followed by a 10:30 friendship gathering. • Belmont Boulevard Christian Church, 2508 Belmont, will have a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m., followed by a breakfast sponsored by the Disciple Men's Fellowship. Reservations for the breakfast are encouraged. Call 827-4882. The regular worship service will be at 10:30 a.m. • Dan and Gerilyn Diederich will perform at the 10:15 a.m. service Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 308 S. Eighth. • The choir of Fellowship Baptist Church, 600 W. Prescott, will present the Easter cantata, "The Master of Miracles" by Frank and Gloria Garlock at 11 a.m. Easter. The public is invited. • Immanuel Lutheran Church, 255 S. Seventh, will have services of Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday The adult choir will provide special music at both services. The youth of the congregation will serve breakfast from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in fellowship hall. • Pastor Ted Haggard of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., will speak on "Breaking the Strongholds of our Lives!" at 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Abilene Brethren in Christ Church. Call (785) 263-1289 or (785) 263-1700. • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 845 S. Ohio, will have a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss humanitarian projects and help for needy people throughout the world. Clothing and bed ding, especially blankets, will be accepted. • The Lutheran Women's Missionary League of Trinity Lutheran Church, Ninth and Crawford, will sponsor a special guest night assembly meeting Thursday at Trinity Hall beginning with a salad supper at 6:30 p.m. Call Phyllis Von Fange at 827-3184 by Monday for reservations or if you need child care. The guest speaker will be Salinan Sandra Lee, accompanied by her husband, Jim, and her seeing-eye dog. Jitters. • Issues of abortion, eu-. thanasia and assisted suicide will be discussed at a Life Workshop April 21 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Herington. Dr. James Lamb, executive director of Lutherans for Life in Nevada, Iowa, will be the guest speaker The opening session on abortion will be at 3 p.m. There will be a light supper at 5:30, followed by the session on euthanasia and assisted suicide at 7 p.m. Donations will be accepted. Dr. Lamb will conduct adult Bible class at 9 a.m. April 22 and will deliver the sermon at the 10:30 a.m. service. • McPherson First Church of the Brethren will be the site of the Global Women's Project benefit dinner and program April 21. There will be a gourmet dinner and awareness activities from 5 to 7:15 p.m. in the church social room, followed by a variety and music program in Mingenback Theatre at McPherson College at 7:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted for the meal and Global Women's Projects. Pope kneels to Christ's suffering Unable to wall< well, pope was able to carry cross only a short way By The Associated Press ROME — A frail Pope John Paul II knelt down to watch tli^, traditional Good Friday procession in Rome's ancient Colosseum, for the first time not walking the half-mile route in the rite that evokes Christ's suffering and death. The 80-year-old pontiff viewed the procession from a podium erected on the Palatine hill outside the 2,000-year-old arena, which was bathed in golden torchlight against Rome's clear, night sky John Paul, who has trouble walking and suffers from the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, was expected to carry the light wooden cross for only the final two stations of the cross, which chart Christ's last hours before being crucified. Pilgrims from Italy, Rwanda, Thailand and the Dominican Republic carried the cross for the initial 12 stations. At the start of the ceremony, one of the most solemn in POPE Until this year, the pontiff had walked the entire length of the circuit, which begins inside the Colosseum amid the marble and stone relics where gladiators once dueled. Christianity, John Paul blessed the crowd that gathered inside and outside the Colosseum, one of ancient Rome's greatest monuments. In an opening prayer to the faithful, his voice was strong and clear. John Paul has scaled back his participation in the annual rite in recent years, first in 1995 after hip replacement surgery forced him to carry the cross for only part of the procession. Until this year, however, the pontiff had walked the entire length of the circuit, which begins inside the Colosseum amid the marble and stone relics where gladiators once dueled and then moves to a square outside and up to the Palatine Hill nearby The Vatican announced this week, hov/ever, that in deference, to John Paul's health and age, the pontiff would watch the procession while kneeling, and would carry the cross only for the last two stations. Bishop Piero Marini, the pope's master of ceremonies, said the decision was made to spare the pope from climbing a steep stone stairwell up to the Palatine terrace, which gave John Paul trouble last year John Paul has had a rigorous Holy Week, presiding over a Holy Thursday Mass, hearing confessions of 12 faithful Friday morning and saying the Passion Mass Friday afternoon. Today, he is expected to lead the candlelit Easter vigil in St. Peter's Square and celebrate Easter Mass Sunday. After that, John Paul, who turns 81 May 18, will have a busy spring. On May 4, he leaves for a six-day tour of Greece, Syria and May and later in the month presides over a major meeting of the College of Cardinals, summoned to Rome to discuss church strategy in the new millennium. In June, he is going ahead with a delicate trip to Ukraine, facing protests by the Russian Orthodox church but hoping his efforts for better relations with other Christians can pave the way for a historic trip to Moscow. •J Your Total News Source I "" Salina Journal Connecting rommunitics loilh iT\formalion THE LORD IS RISEN! 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist CHRIST C athedral EPISCOPAL 138 S. Elijhth St. Symbols oj Salvation In the days before Easter, many of us shop for new clothes which we wear on Easter Sunday. Have you ever wondered why? Easter is always in the springtime when flowers bloom anew and robins raise their new chicks. Is this a coincidence? No, this is no coincidence, for it is the time we celebrate renewal of life...Jesus rising from the grave...His rebirth and Ascension into Heaven. 1 Peter 1:3 assures us, "By His [God's] great mercy we have been bom anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." Yes, Jesus paid the price for our sins when He was crucified on the cross so that we might start anew. 1 Corinthians 5:17 explains, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come." This Easter Sabbath, let us praise God for the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, and may we dedicate our lives anew in service to the Lord. Best wishes for a beautiful Easter day. Monday "Riesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Luke Luke 1 Corinthians 1 Corinthians 1 Corinthians 1 Peter 2 24:13-35 24:36-53' 15:1-11 15:12-34 15:35-58 1:1-12 Scriptures Selected by the American Bible Society Copyright 2000, Keister-Willlams Newspaper Services, P.O. 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