RELIGIOUS EVENTS IN HISTORY

On May 24, 1689, the Parliament of England allows “nonconformists” the freedom to worship with the passing of the Toleration Act of 1688. Protestants who had dissented from the Church of England, including Baptists, Congregationalists or English Presbyterians - known as “nonconformists” - were given the freedom to worship, allowed to own their places of worship and allowed to have their own schoolteachers as long as they accepted certain oaths of allegiance. The Toleration Act intentionally didn’t apply to Roman Catholics, nontrinitarians and atheists who were excluded from holding public office and were not permitted to assemble and pray. Dissenters were required to register their meeting houses and were forbidden from meeting in private homes. Any preachers who dissented had to be licensed. The Act was later repealed by the Promissory Oaths Act of 1871.

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RELIGION CALENDAR

May 21: Ascension Day (Christian)

May 23: Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)

May 23: Eid al-Fitr (Islam)

May 29: Shavout (Jewish)

June 7: Trinity Sunday (Christian)

June 11: Feast of Corpus Christi (Roman Catholic)

June 14: Race Unity Day (Baha’i)

June 14: All Saints Day (Eastern Orthodox Christian)

June 16: Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib (Sikh)

June 19: Feast of the Sacred Heart (Roman Catholic)

June 20: Litha (Pagan and Wiccan)

July 10: Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)

GOOD BOOK?

“Fields of Joy” by Ruth Chou Simons

From bestselling author and creator of “GraceLaced” comes a book combining Scripture and affirmations to inspire you to rejoice in all things. With 58 specially selected scriptures, each accompanied by hand-painted artwork and a short, heartfelt truth to direct your thoughts to find joy in your Savior. 

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THE WORD

Devi: Pronounced “DEE-vee.” In Hinduism, the female aspect of the divine. For some, she is the power of Brahman, the unqualified absolute. Typically translated as “goddess.”

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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

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

- Protestant: 54.9%

- Roman Catholic: 18.8%

- Mormon: 16.9%

- Worship Centre: 2.8%

- Other Christian: 3.6%

- Other: 2.9%

- None: 0.2%

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