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Mike Rowles, a “voice for the homeless,” will be honored with memorial service Wednesday

Local leaders, social service advocates and the homeless community will gather Wednesday morning to honor the life of Mike Rowles, a local and homeless advocate who addressed the critical needs faced by men and women living on the streets.

The memorial will be at 9 a.m. at House of Charity, 32 W. Pacific Ave.

Speculation about Mandela’s fate seen as cultural taboo

JOHANNESBURG (RNS)  Will native son and national hero Nelson Mandela survive his latest bout with illness? That is the single question dominating headlines, speeches, Twitter and conversation throughout South Africa.

It’s an unusual situation in a country where death is an off-limits topic due to local culture.

BRIEF: Whitworth Institute of Ministry to feature nationally-recognized theologians

The Whitworth Institute of Ministry will present its 38th annual program for pastors and their families July 8-12.

This year’s theme, “For Such a Time as This: Ancient Christian Wisdom for Postmodern Times,” will focus on current transitions in the life of the church, according to a press release.

Visitors say Benedict XVI is in declining health

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Just months after becoming the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign, reports are surfacing that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is in poor health with diminished stature and energy.

After a brief hiatus at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Benedict returned to live in a converted monastery on the edge of the Vatican gardens last month.

Central UMC

Central United Methodist Church in downtown Spokane.

ELCA Lutherans elect first openly gay bishop

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has elected its first openly gay bishop, the Rev. R. Guy Erwin, to oversee churches in Southern California, four years after the church allowed openly gay men and lesbians to serve as clergy.

Southern Baptist Richard Land passes baton to Russell Moore

WASHINGTON (RNS) In a generational changing of the guard, Southern Baptists are gaining a new advocate for their values in Washington and around the country as Russell Moore, a media-savvy theologian, takes the helm of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

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