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Re: “Are You There, God? It's Me, Vermont: Finding Religion in the Most Godless State

It seems prejudiced that you left out the Catholic Church. Pope Francis is an outspoken environmental and ecological activist, a social justice leader, and an animal welfare/rights advocate. But I don't expect you to know that, or even want to know that. Your staff should read this: https://w2.vatican.va/content/dam/francesco/pdf/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si_en.pdf
Thanks for attempting to write a good article.

Maura Kelley
(Native Vermonter)

Posted by MMK on 03/06/2019 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Bible Study on Aisle Three: Church's 'Pushy' Tactics Spook Vermont Shoppers

They're wasting their time in Vermont when the real sinners are in New Hampshire.

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Posted by Christopher W. on 03/05/2019 at 1:06 AM

Re: “Bible Study on Aisle Three: Church's 'Pushy' Tactics Spook Vermont Shoppers

I am surprised she would give them her phone number. She should have given them a fake number at least.

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Posted by Lisa Ackel Judge on 03/04/2019 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Bible Study on Aisle Three: Church's 'Pushy' Tactics Spook Vermont Shoppers

If there was no money in religion I would bet that ot would disappear in a moment. People who approach you want something from you and its your faith but only of your money come with that.

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Posted by justahuman on 03/03/2019 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Bible Study on Aisle Three: Church's 'Pushy' Tactics Spook Vermont Shoppers

Street preachers and enthusiastic door-to-door evangelists often provoke interesting discussions. I remember as a kid, home early from school, encouraging two Jehovah Witnesses to return that evening to talk with my parents. (I couldn't be there.)

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Posted by John Briggs on 03/01/2019 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Bible Study on Aisle Three: Church's 'Pushy' Tactics Spook Vermont Shoppers

I've heard of multiple exchanges with folks from this church that border on harassment! Glad to see some reporting on it!

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Posted by Ben Zelvis on 03/01/2019 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Bhutanese Christian Congregations Grow in Vermont

Glad to see this kind of news.

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Posted by Aaron Clark on 11/29/2018 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Last Rites? Burlington Catholics Regroup Ahead of Downtown Church Sale

Harlow sadly is an unbalanced priest who needs to look to the Vatican and the Pope for a little more guidance...he has often found himself, in my opinion as a practicing Catholic- on the wrong side of charitable and all inclusie behavior. As for the sale- seriously- this is a question? I am assure they will build and wont't be the Burlington Brothel.

Posted by Sean Moran 1 on 07/02/2018 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Last Rites? Burlington Catholics Regroup Ahead of Downtown Church Sale

Miro will make sure that who ever buys the property will get a sweetheart deal when it comes to zoning and tax breaks . Stand by for more over-development and overcrowding in Burlington. Just wait until our Real Estate Grifter mayor gets his fangs into the property of Memorial Auditorium. Then things will become much worse.

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 05/19/2018 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Last Rites? Burlington Catholics Regroup Ahead of Downtown Church Sale

Quite apart from what the story says about the cathedral, it's worth pointing out that its architect was Edward Larrabee Barnes (d. 2004) who left his mark in a number of US museums, colleges and universities here and abroad. I think his only other Vermont building is a dormitory at Middlebury.

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Posted by Nicholas Clifford on 05/19/2018 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Last Rites? Burlington Catholics Regroup Ahead of Downtown Church Sale

My late mother instilled in me that we have to "distinguish between faith and the establishmen." I've always remembered that.

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Posted by Austin Cahill on 05/18/2018 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Last Rites? Burlington Catholics Regroup Ahead of Downtown Church Sale

For an interesting novel of ideas about the 1970s Burlington church burnings, see L. E. Smith's TRAVERS' INFERNO. Quite a read.

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Posted by Marc Estrin on 05/17/2018 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Last Rites? Burlington Catholics Regroup Ahead of Downtown Church Sale

It would be good for a low-income housing project for the elderly but if Sinex bought it Miro would talk him into building another ridiculous project like he did the mall

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Posted by Gi Grape on 05/17/2018 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Last Rites? Burlington Catholics Regroup Ahead of Downtown Church Sale

Well, money is god in America.

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Posted by Cyndy Hutchins on 05/17/2018 at 6:27 AM

Re: “Last Rites? Burlington Catholics Regroup Ahead of Downtown Church Sale

Oh, goody, maybe the diocese will sell the land to Sinex, who will "miraculously" manage to retain non-profit status for the 18-story monstrosity he'll construct.

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Posted by Oleander on 05/16/2018 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Eckankar Followers Chant 'Hu' in Burlington

This article says "the group follows, but does not worship, the Minneapolis-based Harold Klemp as the Living Eck Master" but this is not True. The Eck website says this, which is smart PR, but a quick read of any Eck publications reveals the opposite. On every page of Klemp's books, he reminds Eckists that he is the Master. After reading a few pages, it is all too obvious that worshiping Klemp is the most important part of Eck. Klemp writes about himself more than he writes about anything else. Almost every page tells Eckists to think of Klemp and to imagine Klemp in 'spiritual exercises' (aka: brainwashing). He writes about himself like this "Only through the Mahanta, the Living Eck Master, can you obtain the Golden Coin and gain access to the kingdom of Heaven". It is not healthy to idolize a man in such a way. The latest Klemp books contain almost no spiritual wisdom... in 100 pages it mentions "the Master" about 500 times and contains about 40 exercises focusing on Klemp. Often the exercises say to stare into the eyes of a photo of Klemp. Never do the exercises say to imagine God's Love, or a loved one, or family member - it's all Klemp all the time. Older Eck books, including the 'Eck Bible' contain flat-out spiritual curses to keep members worshiping the Mahanta - The wrath of the ECK crashes down upon anyone who deserts the Master." (Klemp, The ECK Satsang Discourses) or to hide that initiations are pointless here is another spiritual curse Whosoever shall divulge the secrets of his initiation shall be deprived of his sight and tongue in order to never again be able to say anything about the degrees of initiation in ECKANKAR (Twitchell, Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad Book II). Worshiping a man is what separates a 'spiritual path' or true religion from a CULT, and theses curses and spiritual threats further prove that Eck is spiritually dubious.

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Posted by Truth Seeker on 02/28/2018 at 9:09 AM

Re: “"Father Rich" Brings Catholics Back to the Fold

I just read about this priest, it's really too bad that he has a problem
Like that, it's bad enough that the clergy abuse scandle is out there,
Now Fr.Rich has the spending problem. I'm so sorry to hear that, it
Sounds like he's a great guy I hope that the lord helps him through his
Problem. I love priests, they are our religious heroes. I see that he gets
People back to the church. God bless him for that. I'm pulling for him, he
Will recover and maybe one day be able to do his job again.

Posted by peppermint princess on 04/24/2017 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Jewish Genesis: A New Congregation Is Born in Burlington

How can I get in touch with this group? Thanks!

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Posted by Peg Tassey on 10/28/2016 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Retiring Rabbi Joshua Chasan Reflects on a Controversy-Courting Career

Truly amazing leader who exemplifies the very best of any religion. We are not at OZ (nor raised Jewish) but made a donation a few years ago after Chasan's courageous leadership regarding the unconscionable basing of the F-35 fighter jet in Vermont's most densely populated area. Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, meh. . .

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 01/22/2016 at 12:18 AM

Re: “Retiring Rabbi Joshua Chasan Reflects on a Controversy-Courting Career

Great story of a man who transcended his congregation to impact not only the Jewish community but the entire spiritual community of Vermont . One issue left untouched is his replacement . Who will take over from Rabbi Chason ?

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Posted by Rich ard on 10/15/2015 at 10:19 PM

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