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    Gun rights group, and Vermont governor, oppose senate gun bill

    Gov. Shumlin says state laws need not mirror feds
    01/28/2015 07:40 PM EST
    Montpelier>> Gun Owners of Vermont President Ed Cutler thinks there are already too many gun laws in Vermont, and he strongly opposes background check legislation introduced in the Senate last week. The overarching issue for Cutler and many gun rights' proponents, who gathered at the Statehouse on Tuesday wearing blaze orange clothing, is that they view any new gun law as a step toward 
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    Countywide consortium meets Sunday to discuss key needs
    01/23/2015 10:12 PM EST - PITTSFIELD, MASS. >> A countywide consortium of clergy, lay leaders and their regional affiliates will gather on Sunday to forge a grassroots approach to solving key areas of need in the county: Transportation and food security. The meeting will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark Catholic School at 400 Columbus Ave. Full Story

    UN meeting challenges world to stand up to anti-Semitism
    01/23/2015 10:11 PM EST - EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The first U.N. General Assembly meeting on anti-Semitism on Thursday sparked calls for global action to combat the rising hatred of Jews and a surprising denunciation from the world's 57 Islamic nations of all words and acts that lead "to hatred, anti-Semitism, Islamaphobia. Full Story

    Religion News in Brief
    01/23/2015 10:11 PM EST - Sunday, July 25 Worship at First Congregational BENNINGTON >> Put aside your busyness and worship at Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, this Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Jesus' call to his disciples in Mark's gospel is the theme of this week's readings and worship, as the congregation wonders and discusses together how they respond to such a call. Full Story

    Pope strongly defends church teaching against contraception
    01/16/2015 09:08 PM EST - MANILA, PHILIPPINES >> Pope Francis issued his strongest defense yet of church teaching opposing artificial contraception on Friday, using a rally in Asia's largest Catholic nation to urge families to be "sanctuaries of respect for life." Francis also denounced the corruption that has plagued the Philippines for decades and urged officials to instead work to end its "scandalous" poverty and Full Story

    Protests in Muslim countries condemn Charlie Hebdo cartoon
    01/16/2015 09:06 PM EST - KARACHI, PAKISTAN >> Demonstrators clashed with police Friday in Pakistan, Jordan and Algeria as anger flared among Muslims over a French satirical weekly's latest caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. A photographer with Agence France-Presse was shot and wounded, one of four people hurt in the Pakistan melee. Full Story

    Mormon who runs website for faith questions faces discipline
    01/16/2015 09:06 PM EST - SALT LAKE CITY >> A lifelong Mormon well-known for running a website that provides a forum for church members questioning their faith said Thursday he is set to be kicked out of the religion. John Dehlin of Logan said a regional church leader informed him Wednesday night that a disciplinary hearing is scheduled for Jan. Full Story

    Religion News in Brief
    01/16/2015 03:44 PM EST - Sunday, Jan. 18 Worship at Second Congregational BENNINGTON >> All are invited to join in worship this Sunday morning at Second Congregational Church, UCC, as its welcomes the Rev. Kathleen S. Clark to its pulpit. Clark, who is pastor of the Federated Church of East Arlington, was a member of Second Congregational Church when she discerned her call into ministry, so we are welcoming her Full Story

    Former Orthodox educator builds life as woman in Jerusalem
    01/16/2015 09:05 PM EST - JERUSALEM >> Twenty-five years ago, Yiscah Smith was a man who ran a Jerusalem educational center for Chabad — a religious group that helps bring unaffiliated Jews closer to their faith. These days, she is doing a different sort of outreach — as a transgender activist and educator who preaches a message of truth and tolerance. Full Story

    In Islam, a long tradition against depicting the prophet
    01/16/2015 03:38 PM EST - CAIRO >> It's not mentioned in Islam's holy book, the Quran, but the religion's ban on depicting the Prophet Muhammad — even favorably — has run firm through the centuries. Religious traditions built over the years have prohibited such depictions out of respect for Muhammad and to discourage idolatry, according to Muslim scholars and clerics. Full Story

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    Miranda Lambert leads ACM Awards with 8 nominations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Miranda Lambert is continuing her reign as contemporary country queen with eight nominations at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. Full Story