The Common Good
April 2006

News Bites

by Rose Marie Berger | April 2006

Dish it Up. The employees of Windows on the World restaurant, which was destroyed in the Sept.

Dish it Up. The employees of Windows on the World restaurant, which was destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, have opened Colors, Manhattan’s first worker-owned-and-operated restaurant. Start-up money came from Catholic sisters, an Italian cooperative, and a nonprofit fund.
Teen Values. Sixty-eight percent of American teens highly value religion in their lives, according to a recent study by Teenage Research Unlimited. However, among the 67 percent who say they find it hard to connect with their religion, 68 percent say it would be easier “if there were a more meaningful and less conventional way to do so.”
Green Tee. Maggie’s Organics clothing company, a Nicaragua-based sewing cooperative called Maquiladora Mujeres, and independent silk-screen shop called VG Kids are producing “Faith in Action” T-shirts to educate church groups about the chain of production in the garment industry. The project was organized by the East Ohio United Methodist Church and Society Committee.
Jesus World. Israel said no to a $50 million contract with U.S. evangelist Pat Robertson after he implied that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s stroke in January was God’s retribution for Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza. Robertson represented a coalition of investors who planned to build a Christian theme park at the Sea of Galilee.
Bible Hero. Jason Peters, an English major doing research at the University of Manitoba, found a first-edition King James Bible hidden in the library stacks. Dating to 1611, it is only the second known to exist in Canada and is valued at more than $400,000.

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