Here are the Mid-Columbia religion briefs for March 3, 2012:
Series of talks offered on practical Christianity
RICHLAND -- All Saints' Episcopal Church is offering a series of Thursday evening talks focusing on practical Christianity.
Each Thursday in March, the group will talk about different spiritual practices and ways they may be easily incorporated into daily life. This is a hands-on program so come prepared to ask questions, offer insight and try things on for size.
The programs will begin at 7 p.m. at the church, 1322 Kimball Ave. in Richland, three blocks west of the Uptown shopping center.
For more information, call 943-1169, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aglow plans meeting today in Kennewick
KENNEWICK -- Aglow will meet at 10 a.m. today at High Point Church of God of Prophecy, 718 S. Gum St., Kennewick.
The speaker will be Bre Norens of Walla Walla, who is studying for a master's of divinity degree with a focus on messianic Jewish studies. She is researching the Jewish roots of the Christian faith and is also learning more about the gifts of healing and deliverance.
Aglow is an international Christian organization.
For more information, call 619-6000, or send an email to email@example.com.
Couples urged to shun artificial procreation
VATICAN CITY -- Speaking at the end of a three-day Vatican conference on diagnosing and treating infertility, Pope Benedict XVI reiterated church teaching that children should be conceived only through sex between a husband and a wife.
"The human and Christian dignity of procreation, in fact, doesn't consist in a 'product,' but in its link to the conjugal act, an expression of the love of the spouses of their union, not only biological but also spiritual," Benedict said.
He cautioned the science and fertility experts in his audience against "easy income, or even worse, the arrogance of taking the place of the Creator," an attitude he indicated underlies the field of artificial procreation.
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