Over the past several years, there has been great interest and concern for people who are defined as religiously non-affiliated. My interest lies in the numbers of non-affiliated people in the United States who were identified in studies by the Pew Research Center.

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Williamsport – Senior citizens are one of the most targeted groups for scammers. Reps. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming/Union) and Jeff Wheeland (R-Lycoming) will host a Senior Scam Seminar on Friday, Nov. 1, from 1 - 3 p.m., at the River Walk Senior Center, located at 423 E. Central Ave., South Wi…

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are recognized by all faiths as the most significant holidays observed by Jews. Days after praying and meditating for forgiveness by God and humanity, the “next” holiday begins. This holiday is Sukkoth (Tabernacles).

Recently, Montoursville High School and its athletic department have come under fire. It’s not a typical high school sports complaint of ineligible players or excessive coaches. Instead, this complaint stems from a team prayer held before the district championship baseball game.

House Bill 1600 is attempting to bring sanity back to high school sports in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. After years of complaints from public schools about the blatant recruiting advantages held by private schools, the state government is taking action.

If honoring our veterans is important to you, you owe it to them to inform yourself about current issues in Congress relating to the Veteran’s Administration and its ability to serve our veterans.

Christians, Jews and Muslims share a relationship with Abraham who they trace back to the common link in their faiths. Christians and Jews track it through Isaac, while Muslims track it through Ishmael. Ishmael was the first-born son of Abram, by Sari’s handmaiden, Haggar. The promise of the…

Adventure awaits. “Morning has broken..., God’s recreation of a new day.” These hymn lyrics, penned by British author Eleanor Farjean almost 90 years ago, are based on Psalm 118 verse 24. We so often hear these words in the opening to worship. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoi…

Like many Pennsylvanians, I have been watching with great interest the debate surrounding the future of nuclear power.  Proposed legislation currently circulating within the Pennsylvania General Assembly would require electric utilities to purchase as much as 50 percent of customer demand fr…

 Many Christians have been celebrating Mardi Gras, and on Wednesday we will be celebrating Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. This season of Mardi Gras is celebrated from the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, February 2nd, until “Fat Tuesday,” the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The h…

The Apostle Paul was speaking to the Corinthians in I Cor 15:42-50, about the resurrection of the body. The Apostles Creed states we believe in the resurrection of the body. In my understanding of the term, it does not mean that when I die I am going to be absorbed into a big mass of a being…

 It was the late 1970's, and there I stood on the Williamsport Area High School track for the dreaded gym class. The mission: run the mile in twelve minutes, which was about four times around. The problem: I had failed to make the time the year before and was uncertain how I was going to man…

   Blessings to you in this new year! Is it really possible that we have started another new year? People always say, “the older you get, the quicker time seems to fly.” I can attest to that! However, I have talked lately with many people who are much younger than I am, and they also agree t…

Concerning the opinion by Mary Kilgus (1/22/19) that domestic violence (DV) victims are bullied in court, she is absolutely correct.

Admittedly, criminal court is not something most people visit every day, and so policies and procedures of the District Attorney’s Office may be unknown to most of us. An issue has arisen, however, which I think the electorate needs to know about. In 2016, Pennsylvania Courts ruled in Common…

The lectionary’s suggested Hebrew lesson for this week comes from the book of the Prophet Isaiah, chapter 62, verses 1-5. If we extend this passage one additional verse, then the periscope is bookended by the prophet’s announcements to not cease to remind God of God’s promise of redemption.  

Sometimes we all wonder if what we do makes a difference, not only to the people around us but in the general scheme of life.

A little while before Christmas this year, I received a card from someone with a picture of the Magi (aka the Three Kings) from the second chapter of Matthew’s gospel and the words “Wise men still seek him.” What a clever turn of phrase for the Christmas season! Those of us who follow Jesus …

  “I’m gettin’ nuttin’ for Christmas ‘cause I ain’t been nothin’ but bad.” For some reason, this song has been getting more than normal air time on the radio stations. Could it be because of the “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” scandal? Or could it be concern with “Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer?” O…