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Local Clergy Discuss Controversial Evangelist's Rapture Prediction

Judgement Day happens Saturday, May 21 according to followers of Harold Camping.

Apparently, Family Radio evangelist Harold Camping's widely publicized prediction that the end of the world is near - Saturday, May 21 to be exact, hasn’t reached Storrs.

So say Rev. Nathan Speck-ewer of and Rev. Gregory Mullaney of at the .

Have the reverends been receiving phone calls, e-mails and visits from worried parishioners? 

"No parishioner has come to me expressing any concern,” said Mullaney. The same goes for Speck-ewer. “I haven’t had any parishioners concerned about it,” he said.

A Huffington Post story Thursday detailed Camping’s warnings about "The End." He and his followers believe that at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2011 the ground will shake, graves will open and the saved will ascend to Heaven. Those left behind will be doomed to live among the fallen until God annihilates the Earth on October 21. The full story can be found here.

Camping has predicted Judgement Day before, too. A similar prediction in 1994 came and went.

So how are religious leaders in Storrs taking the news?

“Personally I’m not making any special preparations for Saturday the 21st,” said Mullaney. “We have Confirmation here [at St. Thomas] that morning, so we’re getting ready for Confirmation and hoping that we’ll have a nice day and everything will go smoothly, and that’s about it really."

Life as usual.

"I don’t take credence in it,” Speck-ewer said. “Honestly Judgment Day has come already, and it’s that .”

Geri Brenia May 21, 2011 at 11:41 AM
The religious event is just a hoax. Camping is like a politican running for office (more garbage). Basically he shut his mouth, he doesn't know what he is talking about. Maybe throw some eggs at his billboards. The 21st is just another day. That was like ten or twenty years ago when people started to believe in a comet comming to earth. They waited to be taken off earth, never happen. GO ON AN LIVE YOUR LIVES THE WAY YUOUR SUPPOSE TO. He should be in a Nursing Home . Mother Earth Is Alive And Still In Full Bloom.
Terri Takacs May 21, 2011 at 12:32 PM
I woke up this morning thinking about this prediction. The first thing that came to mind is it is hard to fault Mr Camping when we, along with churches and religious organizations have messed up the simple message of Christ from day one. "For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16. It's about His love for all of mandkind that is vast and deep. One day He will come and though I believe we will sense the season is at hand, none will know the hour but God himself.

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