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Top religion stories of 2000

A poll of religion reporters from national newspapers — conducted by the Religion Newswriters Assocation — selected the following as the top 10 religion stories in 2000.

1. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, was selected as the Democractic vice presidential candidate.

2. Pope John Paul II traveled to the Middle East, mourning the Holocaust and meeting with Yasser Arafat and Holocaust survivors.

3. Violence erupted in the Middle East, and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process crumbled.

4. Reform rabbis decided to bless same-sex unions, and the state of Vermont allowed benefits for same-sex couples. Mainline Protestant churches continued to fight over the role of gays and lesbians.

5. The Southern Baptist Convention voted to exclude women from becoming pastors.

6. The Vatican issued Dominus Iesus, a controversial theological document that says only Roman Catholic churches hold the "fullness of salvation" and non-Catholic churches are "deficient."

7. Some Southern Baptist state conventions cut their financial contributions to the national church, and President Jimmy Carter cut his ties because of the church's "rigid" doctrines.

8. The pope asked for forgiveness for the Roman Catholic Church's sins over the past 2,000 years.

9. The ELCA and The Episcopal Church entered into a full communion relationship, an agreement that allows the churches to share clergy and common mission projects.

10. Vashti McKenzie, an African Methodist Episcopal pastor, became the first woman elected bishop in a predominantly black denomination.



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