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Congregation turns an eye to Oakland’s sex slavery crisis

Thursday, March 8, 2012

by rebecca rosen lum, j. correspondent

At an age when some Oakland girls are preparing for their bat mitzvahs, others are being forced by child traffickers to have sex with strangers.

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Religious leaders show faith in Occupy movement

By Rebecca Rosen Lum
Fog City Journal

 

March 14, 2012

More than 40 years after the Civil Rights movement, religious leaders still have their eyes on the prize.

They are not leading Occupy Wall Street as they led the Civil Rights movement. And if churches served as a vital network for communication and planning during the days of the sit-ins, that role today has been usurped by Facebook and Twitter.

But in sanctuaries and on the streets, faith has both fueled a passionate commitment to the Occupy Wall Street movement and a passionate debate about its methods.

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‘Survivor’ booby prize helps finance church hall

By Rebecca Rosen Lum
Contra Costa Times
The first person to be booted from the television show “Survivor” has parlayed her $2,500 consolation prize into a cache large enough to finance the expansion of a Walnut Creek church.

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Juvenile hall chaplain out to ‘rebuild the kid’

By Rebecca Rosen Lum
Contra Costa Times
It was Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1995, and the Rev. Charles Tinsley brought films on the civil rights movement to Juvenile Hall to show to the teens in lockup.

The sight of Birmingham police turning dogs and firehoses on peaceful demonstrators enraged a 15-year-old named Darrell Jobe. He lashed out at the white inmates in the audience, blasting them with profanities.

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King’s work permeates campaign debate about race, faith

By Rebecca Rosen Lum
Forty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., another preacher has ignited a national discussion about race.

This time, the preacher is Sen. Barack Obama‘s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who recently retired from the 8,000-member Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

Many whites heard Wright’s cries of “God damn America” — in a 2003 sermon — as combative and incendiary, but for African-Americans, the language sprang from the gospels and the sermon from a tradition of pulpit political oratory.

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Play takes on agony of gay Mormons

By Rebecca Rosen Lum
Contra Costa Times
At the beginning of her new play, “Facing East,” Walnut Creek writer Carol Lynn Pearson places her main characters, a middle-aged Mormon couple, in a cemetery. Their gay son has killed himself.

“This is the grave of my son, Andrew Isaac McCormick,” says his father, Alex. “None of us … knew him.”

The play – opening off-Broadway in New York City this summer – takes on the divide between Mormon family loyalty and the faith’s belief that homosexuality offends God.

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Book details grim abuses suffered by cult’s children

By Rebecca Rosen Lum

David Berg was a small-time circuit preacher whose flocks ran thin until the late 1960s, when the sexual revolution and the Jesus movement bloomed at once.

He wove the two into a double helix, drawing from the remnants of hippie life – people with nothing to lose, nowhere to go, and no Christian background to serve as a compass while in the thrall of a man who purported to live by Scripture.

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‘Emerging Church’ seeks the justice Jesus sought

Contra Costa Times
June 5, 2008 Thursday

By Rebecca Rosen Lum

In an apartment a few steps below street level in San Francisco’s Mission District, several people — most in their 20s — sat in a horseshoe of couches and considered the meaning of service.

In black high-tops, Crocs, hoodies and jeans, they looked much like the hipsters who wait in line Sunday mornings for a table at Boogaloo’s a few blocks away on Valencia Street.

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Hitchens goes off the rails in debate over religious faith with Hedges

by Rebecca Rosen Lum
Contra Costa Times

The tipoff came moments before the debate between authors Christopher Hitchens and Chris Hedges got underway when the emcee asked the Berkeley audience to restrain from heckling.

She forgot to address that comment to Hitchens, who heckled both his opponent and audience members, and staggered off the stage before the event ended.

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Atheist groups ‘springing up all over’

by Rebecca Rosen Lum
Oakland Tribune

When Richard Golden put the word out that he was starting a group for atheists in suburban Walnut Creek, about a dozen people showed up.

Two years later, 80 are dues-paying members and several more drop in on twice-monthly meetings to chew on everything from particle physics to court cases.

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