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Fun Festivus: Top Religion Stories of 2011 & See You Next Year!

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Thanks to everyone who made it out last week to the Religion Newswriters Association & Religion Communicators Council networking event at The Huffington Post. Looking forward to more RNA/RCC gatherings; it’s a great way to talk faith-related news and get […]

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RIP Christopher Hitchens: In Heaven, Hell, In Between or Nowhere in Particular

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Prolific writer and ascerbic atheist Christopher Hitchens died yesterday, more than a year into his public battle with esophageal cancer. Kicking, screaming and ‘blaspheming’ until the end, surrounded by friends and prayed for (despite his indifference) by supporters? It’s a comforting […]

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Fun Friday: What GOP Hopefuls & NY Middle Schoolers Have in Common

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Six GOP presidential hopefuls schlepped for votes Wednesday at a candidates forum hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition (insert your own SNL Coffee Talk joke here). Background notes: Jews make up less than 2 percent of the U.S. population and vote overwhelmingly […]

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Religion News Porridge: Too Hot, Too Cold, Just Right?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

My ancestors defined the “golden mean” as the middle ground between extremes; moderation in all things. A few thousand years later, Goldilocks and three bears made a similar discovery about ideal food temperature and furniture comfort. This Greek philosophy seems to […]

Coming to NYC Religion Media Networking Event?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Please RSVP by 3 p.m. Dec. 6 EST if you plan to attend the religion media networking event in Manhattan next week: RNA/RCC Happy Hour The Huffington Post, 6th Floor, 770 Broadway (at East 9th Street) 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14 […]

Freaky Friday: Saudis Fear Letting Women Drive Would Lead to ‘No More Virgins’

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Oh dear: Saudis fear there will be ‘no more virgins’ and people will turn gay if female drive ban is lifted (Daily Mail) But hey, look on the bright side: if there aren’t any more virgins in this life, all […]

Fun Friday: Colbert’s Reax to Mass Changes, Israel Backs Off Un-Kosher Ads & Religion Reporters Ready to Mingle

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Catholic comedian Stephen Colbert devoted a “Yahweh or No Way” segment to the new English translation of the Roman Missal (Mass). Only Colbert could work in references to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and They Might Be Giants’ “Istanbul (Not Contantinople)” […]

Notes From Jewish Lecture on Aid to Africa

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Top five points I took away from last night’s “Can Foreign Aid Really Help Africa?” talk in Seattle, featuring American Jewish World Service president Ruth Messinger and University of Washington Prof. Dan Chirot: 1) Faith-based organizations are strongly motivated to […]

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Fun Friday: Atheist Temple Planned for UK's Nonbelievers
Author Alain de Botton has announced plans to build an Atheist temple in the United Kingdom, presumably so nonbelievers have a place to gather and share their philosophies. Um... isn't that what Starbucks is for? Also, I can't wait to see ...

posted 2:53:42pm Jan. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Alaska Airlines: High Payers No Longer Offered Sky Prayers
Alaska Airlines, now the country's seventh-largest airline, has announced it will stop offering prayer cards with its in-flight meals. (It's just raining religion news in the great unchurched Pacific Northwest lately.) I've flown Alaska ...

posted 11:07:56am Jan. 26, 2012 | read full post »

Washington's Gay Marriage Debate: Clergy vs. Clergy
I reported for Reuters at the Washington state Capitol yesterday, covering the public hearings on a gay marriage bill -- and in between, the breaking news that the state Senate now has enough votes to pass the bill. (The House already had ...

posted 11:24:39am Jan. 24, 2012 | read full post »

What Israel's Domestic Policy & Santorum Supporters Have in Common
Hope everyone had an introspective Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, whether observed as a faith-related holiday, a nice break from the work week or something else entirely. Check out this story from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly about how ...

posted 1:32:44pm Jan. 18, 2012 | read full post »

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