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Memorial service held for China quake victims

Original post made on May 19, 2008

About 300 people gathered at Stanford's Memorial Church at noon Monday for a memorial service for the thousands of people who died last week in the earthquake in China. Photos by Don Feria/Palo Alto Weekly.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 19, 2008, 2:05 PM

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Posted by julie
a resident of Midtown
on May 19, 2008 at 2:14 pm

I thought Christianity was illegal in China,

Any way the service was an important gesture in the right direction

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Posted by Free Tibet
a resident of Stanford
on May 19, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Chinese tyranny in Tibet. China supporting the slaughter in Darfur. Could the earthquake be God's way of telling China to act in a more civil manner? Just a thought

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Posted by Danny
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 19, 2008 at 3:31 pm

This seems like a really inappropriate place to insinuate that "God's fury" was responsible for a natural disaster that killed thousands of innocent men, women and children. Aren't we allowed to mourn the loss of human life without some political or religious extremist acting like mass death is a GOOD thing? The comment above sounds more like something a member of Al Qaeda would say than any self-respecting human being I know. People suffered tragically - show a little soul. If it had been you or a loved one stuck beneath crumbled rock to die alone of dehydration, you may not be so quick to imply God's judgment.

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Posted by Casey
a resident of Midtown
on May 19, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Free Tibet, I thought Jerry Falwell had passed away. And the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake was God telling us what?

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Posted by julie
a resident of Midtown
on May 20, 2008 at 4:23 pm

As the ruling Communist Party seeks to maintain a staunch front of unity and stability after the quake, the incipient protests by parents could be troublesome, for many of them blame official graft and laxity, more than nature, for the deaths.

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Posted by stanford student
a resident of Stanford
on May 21, 2008 at 11:03 am

I went to Tibet last year and I saw peaceful and happy Tibetan there.

There are many churches in China and several were destroyed in the earthquake, including a famous one which is about 100 years old. It is no use for us to relate politics with this earthquake now. Let us pray for the victims sincerely.

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Posted by julie
a resident of Midtown
on May 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm

"And the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake was God telling us what?"

That life is fleeting and you never know when your time will come,

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

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Posted by julie
a resident of Midtown
on May 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Full context from book of common prayer

In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to Almighty God our brother <name>; and we commit his body to the ground; earth to earth; ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
The Lord bless him and keep him, the Lord make his face to shine upon him and be gracious unto him and give him peace.

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