WEEK IN RELIGION

In a controversial move, President Donald Trump recently announced his plans for the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Facing a Dec. 4 deadline to fulfill a campaign promise, Trump announced that the American Embassy will also be moved to Jerusalem. Despite the announcement, Trump will sign a national security waiver to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv for an additional six months. “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said during the announcement. “After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and Palestinians.” Arab leaders and French President Emmanuel Macron contacted Trump prior to the announcement to express their concerns over the move. The move is expected to take several years.

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STUDY SAYS

Most think religion is important in one’s life

According to a Pew Research Center study, 53 percent of Americans believe in the importance of religion in one’s life. About a quarter of Americans said that it was “Not too important” or “Not at all important.”

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GOOD BOOK?

“In the Middle of the Mess: Strength for This Beautiful, Broken Life” by Sheila Walsh

In her long-awaited new book, Sheila Walsh equips women with a practical method for connecting with God’s strength in the midst of struggle. From daily frustrations that can feel like overwhelming obstacles to hard challenges that turn into rock-bottom crises, women will find the means to equip themselves for standing strong with God. Using the spiritual applications of confession, prayer, and meditation on Scripture to form a daily connection to Jesus, women will learn how to experience new joy as a child of God who is fully known, fully loved, and fully accepted. 

— Thomas Nelson

THE WORD

Did al-Adha: Pronounced “EED-uhl-ad-ha.” Known as the Feast of Sacrifice, it concludes the annual observance of the pilgrimage to Mecca known as hajj.

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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Lithuania is:

— Roman Catholic: 77.2 percent

— Russian Orthodox: 4.1 percent

— Old Believer: 0.8 percent

— Evangelical Lutheran: 0.6 percent

— Evangelical Reformist: 0.2 percent

— Other: 0.8 percent

— None: 6.1 percent

— Unspecified: 10.1 percent

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