WE present to you, dear reader, some creationist news from Religion Briefs, which appears in the Keene Sentinel of Keene, New Hampshire. This comes from the “Religion” section of the paper, in a feature listing the activities at regional churches.
Keene seems to be a happy place, a picture postcard New England town, blessed with an abundance of churches offering a variety of activities. We’ll tell you briefly about a few of them, for context, before we get to the creationism item. The bold font was added by us:
Harvy Nystrom will present the service “The Uses of Tragedy” on Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m., at the Walpole Unitarian Church. Nystrom is a guest leader from All Souls Church in Brattleboro. Nystrom will stage a brief reading from “Oedipus Rex” and explain how its ancient story can help modern viewers achieve a heightened moral sense.
Gasp! Pagan literature in church? Do the congregants know what Oedipus did to anger the gods? Well, they’re Unitarians, so they can probably handle it. Let’s read on:
“See the Epiphany Star Today” is the topic for this Sunday’s services at Trinity Lutheran Church in Keene, with Rev. James Berry speaking on the second part of his sermon series.
Okay. We continue:
The Sunday service at Stoddard Congregational Church begins at 10 a.m. with the ringing of the church bell in the steeple. Rev. Brian Ayres will deliver the sermon, titled “Goodness” …
“Goodness” is good, and a church bell in the steeple is very New England. Here’s more:
Keene First Baptist Church will celebrate the new year and Epiphany by saying a prayer for the homeless in the community.
Very thoughtful. That should help the homeless.
But we’ve kept you waiting long enough. Let’s skip several other items and go right to what attracted us in the first place:
Emmanuel Baptist Church will host “Jurassic January,” a month of creationism at the 6 p.m. Sunday service. Dave Woetzel of Concord will lead the session this Sunday, which focuses on the topic “Should creation be taught in the public schools?”
Wow! “Jurassic January,” a month of creationism — a whole month! That’s exciting.
And so, dear reader, as the winter snow is falling and the steeple bells are ringing, as the Unitarians are reading Sophocles and the Baptists are preaching creationism, we take our leave of the town of Keene, New Hampshire. All is well.
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