By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

SAVANNAH--Members of diverse faith communities gathered Oct. 30 at Congregation Agudath Achim in Savannah to commemorate the victims of the Oct. 27 attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pennsylvania.


Prompted by the shooting of eleven Jewish congregants at the synagogue in Pittsburgh, also known as the L’Simcha, the conservative congregation in Savannah welcomed both its Jewish and non-Jewish brothers and sisters to stand together in solidarity against the attack and other acts of religious intolerance. 


By: Father Michael J. Kavanaugh
Originally Appeared in : 9715-7/20/17

In October 1999, the Lutheran World Federation and the Vatican signed an agreement titled the “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.”  In this document, which was the result of decades of dialogue, the World Lutheran Federation and the Catholic Church expressed a shared understanding of the doctrine of justification; that is, how we are made righteous in God’s eyes. This question – how God removes the guilt of sinners and welcomes them back into communion with him– had been one of the major causes of the division between our Church and Lutherans.  


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