easterHere are some top talkers from the weekend. If you’re sick of everything Easter, skip down to 6.

1. Church planting took a whole new meaning yesterday: Easter shared the calendar with a pot-lover’s highest holiday: April 20. Here’s how churches embraced the opportunity. As we’ve reported, faith leaders are wrestling with the growing support for marijuana. 

2. In his Easter message, Pope Francis made calls for world peace, especially in troubled lands, such as Syria, Ukraine and the Middle East. As an unrelated-to-Easter-side-note, here’s a piece on why how Pope Francis rides matters.

3. The Obama family celebrated Easter at the Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins’ Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. with 250 other congregants. By the way, is church dress getting tacky? Some are concerned. Plus, for many black women, dressing up for church, especially with a fabulous hat, has been essential. But society and fashions have changed.

4. In quirky Easter news, NPR spotlights the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, a church across the street from Walt Disney World with no permanent members, hosted tens of thousands of worshipers on Easter. By the way, during Lent, a part-time youth minister in Texas dressed like a convict for 40 days to highlight the obstacles inmates face on returning to society.

5. Final Easter-related story: American Atheists, in an effort to raise awareness and attract new members, held their annual conference over Easter weekend in the home of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

6. “Heaven Is for Real,” produced by megachurch pastor T.D. Jakestook in an estimated $21.5 million over Easter weekend, Hollywood’s fourth overtly faith-based hit of the year. For conservative Christians, however, the film is “the theological equivalent of feasting on marshmallow Peeps and calling it Easter,” writes Cathy Grossman. Other films like “Noah,” “Son of God” and “God’s Not Dead” have already performed quite well in the box office, and even more religious-themed movies on the way. “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is scheduled for December.

7. Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice said anti-Semitic leaflets distributed in Ukraine were “utterly sickening” and that Obama has expressed his disgust. Ukraine’s prime minister vowed to punish people behind fliers ordering Jews to register.

8. Obama could grant clemency to “hundreds, perhaps thousands” of people locked up for nonviolent drug crimes, a number not seen since former President Gerald Ford extended amnesty to Vietnam draft dodgers in the 1970s.

9. Buddhist monks have cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest. The disaster has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal’s ethnic Sherpa community, which could critically disrupt the Everest climbing season.

10. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said the Church of England still holds an indirect investment in short-term loan company Wonga, even though he branded its activities “morally wrong” nine months ago. He says he doesn’t have the authority to tell the church’s investment arm to sell it. Welby also spoke in interview on the anguish he feels over same-sex marriage and the Anglican divide. Speaking of that divide, a friendship has formed between two ministers is considered an intriguing development in a feud that has split the Episcopal Church since the denomination elected an openly gay bishop a decade ago.

And here’s a tweet from the weekend:

Easter pot? * Heavenly Hollywood * Obama’s clemency: Monday’s news roundup

easterHere are some tip talkers from a weekend. If you’re ill of all Easter, skip down to 6.

1. Church planting took a whole new definition yesterday: Easter common a calendar with a pot-lover’s top holiday: Apr 20. Here’s how churches embraced a opportunity. As we’ve reported, faith leaders are wrestling with a flourishing support for marijuana. 

2. In his Easter message, Pope Francis made calls for universe peace, generally in uneasy lands, such as Syria, Ukraine and a Middle East. As an unrelated-to-Easter-side-note, here’s a square on why how Pope Francis rides matters.

3. The Obama family celebrated Easter during a Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins’ Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. with 250 other congregants. By a way, is church dress removing tacky? Some are concerned. Plus, for many black women, sauce adult for church, generally with a fanciful hat, has been essential. But multitude and fashions have changed.

4. In quirky Easter news, NPR spotlights a Basilica of a National Shrine of Mary, Queen of a Universe, a church across a travel from Walt Disney World with no permanent members, hosted tens of thousands of worshipers on Easter. By a way, during Lent, a part-time girl apportion in Texas dressed like a convict for 40 days to prominence a obstacles inmates face on returning to society.

5. Final Easter-related story: American Atheists, in an bid to lift recognition and attract new members, held their annual conference over Easter weekend in a home of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

6. “Heaven Is for Real,” constructed by megachurch priest T.D. Jakestook in an estimated $21.5 million over Easter weekend, Hollywood’s fourth sincerely faith-based strike of a year. For regressive Christians, however, a film is “the theological homogeneous of feasting on marshmallow Peeps and job it Easter,” writes Cathy Grossman. Other films like “Noah,” “Son of God” and “God’s Not Dead” have already achieved utterly good in a box office, and even some-more religious-themed cinema on a way. “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is scheduled for December.

7. Obama’s inhabitant confidence confidant Susan Rice said anti-Semitic leaflets distributed in Ukraine were “utterly sickening” and that Obama has voiced his disgust. Ukraine’s primary apportion vowed to punish people behind fliers ordering Jews to register.

8. Obama could grant clemency to “hundreds, maybe thousands” of people sealed adult for pacifist drug crimes, a series not seen given former President Gerald Ford extended freedom to Vietnam breeze dodgers in a 1970s.

9. Buddhist monks have cremated a stays of Sherpa guides who were buried in a deadliest avalanche to strike Mount Everest. The disaster has stirred calls for a climbing protest by Nepal’s racial Sherpa community, which could critically interrupt a Everest climbing season.

10. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby pronounced a Church of England still holds an surreptitious investment in short-term loan association Wonga, even yet he branded a activities “morally wrong” 9 months ago. He says he doesn’t have a management to tell a church’s investment arm to sell it. Welby also spoke in talk on a anguish he feels over same-sex matrimony and a Anglican divide. Speaking of that divide, a friendship has formed between dual ministers is deliberate an intriguing growth in a argument that has separate a Episcopal Church given a description inaugurated an plainly happy bishop a decade ago.

And here’s a twitter from a weekend: