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UCTV to Air UCR Lecture on Religion and Politics

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The debate about the relationship of politics and religion in the United States is set on the wrong course, Ivan Strenski, distinguished professor of religious studies and Holstein Endowed Chairholder at the University of California, Riverside, says in a lecture that will air on UCTV in August.

“The Christian Right has simply been looking in the wrong places for evidence of the importance of religion in the American founding,” he says.

“It is not to core Christian beliefs that we should look to understand the transcendent values founding our nation. It is to historically accidental facts about Latin Christianity … that we should look in the search for the sources of our dedication to republican constitutionalism.”

Strenski’s lecture, “Why Our Politics Cannot Be Freed from Religion: The State as Transformed Church,” will premiere on Monday, Aug. 17, at 2 a.m. and at noon. UCTV is a 24-hour educational channel that broadcasts interviews, lectures, documentaries, and performances from the campuses and national laboratories of the University of California. It is available on Charter Communications digital channel 95, the EchoStar DISH Network, Nationwide channel 9412, and on the Internet at www. u c t v . t v / s e a r c h - details.aspx?showID=16933.

The program also will air on Aug. 18 at 8 a.m., Aug. 19 at 3 p.m., Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Aug. 21 at 11 a.m., Aug.  22 at 5 a.m. and Aug. 23 and 5 a.m.

Redlands Church Of Christ Announces Back To School Soles4Souls Fundraiser

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Every 13 seconds, Soles4Souls Inc. gives away another pair of shoes to someone in need. The shoe charity has earned glowing endorsements from Hollywood stars and professional athletes, but the people who truly make the non-profit organization effective are those who partner with Soles4Souls in its mission of Changing the World One Pair at a Time ™.

That’s where local students are getting involved—by becoming the hands and feet of Soles4Souls in Redlands. In addition to helping Soles4Souls reach needy people around the world, Redlands Church of Christ youth group is also raising critical funds for their own programs.

“At this time of year, when we are scrambling to buy back to school items for our kids, we thought this fundraiser would be a good way to raise awareness about those in need of the most basic living essentials. Not only does it help a great cause, but it is a unique way to fundraise for our youth group. We are looking forward to this service project.  We’re hoping that while people shop for back to school clothes and supplies they can donate five to ten dollars to help a child somewhere who cannot afford shoes,” says Jeff Partain, Youth Minister, Redlands Church of Christ.

Like many other schools and organizations, Redlands Church of Christ often utilizes fundraising programs to generate critical revenue for its operations and goals.

The Soles4Souls program provides an innovative alternative to traditional fundraisers, so students are able to raise money while making a significant difference in the lives of others.

Here’s how the program works:

·        Students collect monetary donations from family, friends, teachers and neighbors for the purchase of new Soles4Souls clogs or flip-flops.

·        Soles4Souls ships the shoes directly to people in need, domestically and internationally.

·        For every pair of $5 flipflops or $10 clogs sponsored, the school organization receives 40% of the proceeds in the form of a check from Soles4Souls, along with unique incentives for students and the programs they are representing.

“We are excited to host the BACK TO SCHOOL SOLES4SOULS FUNDRAISER at Redlands Church of Christ,” states Partain. “With this program, we are hoping to further plant the seed of philanthropy in our youth, congregation and community.”

To participate or find out how you can make a difference, visit the website at WWW.RedlandsCoC.org.

Teen Girls Guilty Of Murdering Lake Elsinore Woman

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Two teen girls were convicted today, Aug. 3, 2009, of the 2007 murder of a Lake Elsinore woman during a carjacking so they could go to a Halloween-related event at Knott’s Berry Farm.

Dayana Cordova, 18, of Lake Elsinore and Anna Alejandra Salinas, 17, of Perris were found guilty of the Oct. 17, 2007, murder of 20-year-old Angelina Arias as well as counts of carjacking, kidnapping and child endangerment.

The night of the murder, the two girls had been at a Lake Elsinore restaurant where the victim worked as a waitress.

Arias kindly offered to give the girls a ride home before being shot twice by Salinas, pushed out of her Chrysler 300 and then left for dead as the girls drove off with the victim’s baby still in the car. The baby was later found safe on the porch of a home in Perris.

The gun used to kill the victim belonged to Cordova’s father and was loaded by Cordova before she took it from the house. The stolen car, which Salinas was driving, was later stopped by a Riverside County sheriff’s sergeant in Perris.

The two-jury trial was held in front of Judge F. Paul Dickerson in Dept. S304 at the Southwest Justice Center, 30755-D Auld Road, Murrieta.  Both juries deliberated about a day before returning their verdicts.  The case, SWF023165, was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Daniel DeLimon.

“Angelina Arias and her young daughter deserve justice and the 30 members of our community who served as trial jurors and returned guilty verdicts on all counts have delivered it,” DeLimon said. “These verdicts reflect that the crimes committed against both victims by both defendants for such trivial reasons are unforgivable.”

The defendants are scheduled to return to court on Sept. 11, 2009, to be sentenced. Both face life sentences.

High-Efficiency Toilets Saving Millions

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City of Riverside officials are touting recently installed high-efficiency toilets as modern day misers of water. They are saving millions of precious gallons in a program aimed at multi-family dwellings and hotels.

The Western Municipal Water District’s high-efficiency toilet installation program ended in June.

“Riverside Public Utilities urged some of their biggest water customers to take advantage of this program before it ended,” said City Councilmember Rusty Bailey.

“Eight of their customers installed 976 toilets in 13 different locations. The savings will be more than 13 million gallons with the first year and it didn’t cost the city or the customers anything.”

Customers included the Mission Inn, the University of California – Riverside, Mount Rubidoux Manor and the Quality Inn of Riverside.

Councilmember Bailey estimated that the total annual dollars savings for these customers will be $40,000.

“With that 40K, businesses can reinvest in their companies, make some capital improvements and create jobs,” he said.

It’s estimated that the toilets will save 270 million gallons of water over the next 20 years.

“It’s not only water we’re saving. It may also be saving a future for the next generation,” Councilmember Bailey added.

Donate Blood at Canyon Springs Dental, Riverside

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LifeStream invites all healthy residents to give the gift of life Saturday, August 15, 2009, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Canyon Springs Dental, 2878 Campus Pkwy #C-1 in Riverside. For every lifesaving donation, participants receive a complimentary cholesterol screening, complimentary dental exam and home teeth-whitening kit courtesy of Canyon Springs Dental and points as part of the “Gift of Life” Donor Loyalty Program that may be redeemed for items through LifeStream’s online store. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.LStream.org or call LifeStream at 1.800.879.4484.

Healthy individuals at least 15 years of age may donate blood, those 15 and 16 years of age must provide LifeStream with written parental consent. Parent consent forms are available at any donor center or community blood drive. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donors receive a free mini-physical as part of the donation process.

Donating blood takes about an hour, yet gives someone a lifetime.

For additional information, please contact LifeStream at 1.800.879.4484 or visit www.LStream.org.

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