Family Helps Newborn Complete Bucket List, Theologian Backs Out

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Here’s what you need to know in news for Oct. 10:

Family Helps Dying Newborn Complete Bucket List

Jenna and Dan Haley helped their newborn son, who only lived a few hours, complete a bucket list.

The Haley’s son was diagnosed at 13 weeks with anencephaly, a condition in which babies are born without part of their brain and skull.

“When we found out that Jenna was expecting, we would often talk about all of the places that we wanted to go as a family after Shane was born,” Dan told “Good Morning America.” “After his diagnosis and understanding that almost 100 percent of babies with anencephaly die shortly after birth, we decided to start visiting the places we had wanted to go with him while he was living in his mother’s womb.”

The couple began traveling and enjoying things such as Philly cheesesteaks and baseball games.

“He’s still our little boy and even though he’s been given such a short life expectancy because of anencephaly, we wanted to make sure that we gave him a lifetime worth of adventures and love while he’s with us,” Dan added. “One thing we would want people to take away is that each human life is so valuable and that it’s so important to live each day to its fullest potential. We honestly just can’t wait to hold Shane in our arms and show him how much we love him. It’s all in God’s hands we will accept His will, but we just can’t wait to finally hold and hug our little man!”

Theologian Backs Out of Lecture Series Amid Scandal

Theologian Stanley Hauerwas has backed out of a scheduled lecture at New York’s General Theological Seminary.

Hauerwas’ decision comes as eight faculty members have resigned. Two weeks ago, the eight faculty members quit teaching until they were given a meeting with the Board of Trustees.

Hauerwas, who is professor emeritus of divinity and law at Duke Divinity School, said he didn’t want to take sides.

“I was looking forward to going because I’ve known of General for my whole academic life, but I had never been there. At one time, it represented a commitment to an Anglo-Catholic tradition with which I’m very sympathetic,” said Hauerwas, who attends an Episcopal church in Chapel Hill, N.C. “I think the situation is one of deep pathos; it’s just pathetic. I’m sorry that I’ve gotten caught in it.”

Refugees Dying While Crossing Mediterranean Sea

More than 3,000 refugees have died in the past year while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea and reach safety.

According to Christian Today, Amnesty spokesman Nicolas Beger said: “As the EU builds its walls higher and higher, migrants and refugees are increasingly taking to the Mediterranean waters in a desperate bid to reach safety and sanctuary in Europe. Tragically they are increasingly paying the highest cost, losing their lives at sea.”

“Facing these challenges requires renewed commitment to share the responsibility to protect and to ensure legal and secure access to Europe for those in need of protection,” CCME General Secretary Doris Peschke stated.

Religious leaders are gathering for a Weekend of Resistance in Ferguson, MO.

Staff and clergy with the faith-based Live Free campaign are putting on the event.

“The courageous stance of black youth in Ferguson has challenged the church to stand with them against police brutality,” Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, Freeman Fellow with the Fellowship of Reconciliation, said in a press statement. “They are the leaders we have been waiting for. We are called to Ferguson to stand with the people because anything less is heresy.”

The Weekend of Resistance is from Oct. 10 – 13 and will include a march on the District Attorney’s office, rallies and music events.

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