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A new report cosponsored by the Episcopal Church says U.S. President George W. Bush’s plan to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would endanger the human rights of the 7,000 Gwich’in people, most of whom are Episcopalian, who live in 15 villages in northeastern Alaska and Canada. (RNS)

Evangelical Christian bloggers held their first national conference of “God Bloggers” this fall at Biola University, La Mirada, Calif. A small affair, it emphasized how evangelical Web logs, called blogs, should be distinct from conventional, secular blogs. Workshops covered topics such as “Blogging Christian Philosophy,” “Christian Political Blogging,” and “Intelligent Design and Blogging.” (RNS)

New regulations aimed at house churches in Cuba have provisions that, if enforced, will be extremely repressive, according to house church leaders. One provision restricts house church meetings to three per week. “When you consider that most of our churches meet twice every day to fast and pray, you realize that we are not going to be able to comply with these rules,” said one pastor. (Compass Direct)

The World Alliance of Reformed Churches warned recently that unlesss dramatic steps are taken to find new financial resources for the group, which represents 75 million Reformed Christians world-wide, it will “ have no future.” The Christian Reformed Church in North America is a member of WARC. The allliance’s general secretary, Rev. Setri Nyomi, said, “If every church paid the annual contribution… there would be no deficit.”(ENI)

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