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Under New Rules, Mo. Church with Gay Pastor Readmitted to ELCA

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) A Missouri bishop has lifted the public censure of a church that hired a lesbian priest in 2000 — believed to be a first since the nation’s largest Lutheran denomination removed a ban on gay clergy last summer. Bishop […]

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Sweat Lodge Guru Attorneys Argue Against $5M Bail

posted by mconsoli

PRESCOTT, Ariz. – An Arizona judge said Wednesday that he will modify the conditions of release for a motivational speaker charged with manslaughter, but will wait to issue a written order on the matter later this week. Attorneys for James […]

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Pieces of Rare Biblical Manuscript Reunited

posted by mconsoli

JERUSALEM – Two parts of an ancient biblical manuscript separated across centuries and continents were reunited for the first time in a joint display Friday, thanks to an accidental discovery that is helping illuminate a dark period in the history […]

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Chaplains Keep Wary Eye On Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell Repeal

posted by mconsoli

c. 2010 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) As Congress and the Pentagon grapple with a proposal to allow gays to serve openly in the military, some chaplains — especially evangelicals — worry the change will infringe on their religious beliefs. […]

Study: Catholic Students More Prone to `Hook Up’ at College

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Women at Catholic colleges engage more frequently in sexual “hook ups” than women at secular colleges, a new study shows, and researchers suspect alcohol may be the reason. The study defines a “hook up” as “a physical encounter between […]

Black Churches Team Up to Tackle Problems Facing Black Men

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) The leaders of three black Methodist denominations are joining together — for the first time in 45 years — to address unemployment, crime and other problems that disproportionately affect black men. “`When people talk about us being in […]

Photographer Had Rare Access to Fundamentalist Mormons

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) This month’s National Geographic magazine cover story “The Polygamists” offers a rare look inside the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a polygamous off-shoot of the mainstream Mormon Church. The story wouldn’t have been the same without […]

Lutherans Seeing Fallout Over Gay Clergy Issue

posted by nsymmonds

Until a few weeks ago, the Rev. Gail Sowell was pastor at two Lutheran churches in the small Wisconsin town of Edgar. That was before members of both congregations jumped headfirst into the simmering debate over gay clergy in the […]

Jewish Groups Agree to Civility Despite Differences

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) Jewish agencies have resolved to handle internal disagreements over Middle East policy, health care reform and other polarizing issues calmly and respectfully, while banding together to confront what one leader called “a growing, global campaign to delegitimize Israel.” About […]

ACLU Files Suit Over USAID’s Abstinence Programs

posted by nsymmonds

WASHINGTON (RNS) The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the U.S. Agency for International Development for not providing information about “religiously infused” abstinence programs the agency has funded. The lawsuit, which was filed Thursday (Feb. 18), follows a […]

Clergy Seek IRS Probe of D.C. Boarding House

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) A group of 13 Ohio clergy is asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a Washington boarding house used by conservative members of Congress that claims a tax exemption as a church. The C Street Center, a red […]

Black Churches Team Up To Tackle Problems Facing Black Men

posted by mconsoli

The leaders of three black Methodist denominations are joining together — for the first time in 45 years — to address unemployment, crime and other problems that disproportionately affect black men. “`When people talk about us being in an economic […]

Dalai Lama Gets His Own Official Twitter Page

posted by mconsoli

Twitter’s founder says the Dalai Lama laughed at the thought of using the social networking service. But the Tibetan spiritual leader now has an official Twitter site – and more than 68,000 followers. Twitter founder Evan Williams posted a message […]

Dalai Lama Doesn’t Fault Obama for Low-Key Meeting

posted by mconsoli

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The Dalai Lama says he doesn’t fault President Obama for his low-key reception in Washington because he recognizes that the president must juggle ties to the Tibetan spiritual leader with concerns about angering China. The Dalai […]

Israel Adds West Bank Shrines to Protected Sites List

posted by nsymmonds

JERUSALEM (RNS) A decision to include two West Bank shrines in a list of Jewish heritage sites slated for preservation has been praised by religious and right-wing Jews and scorned by Palestinians and their supporters. Speaking at a Sunday (Feb. […]

The Economy’s Immoral and People are Angry, But then What?

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) Ever since the Great Recession began in the fall of 2008, Christians and other faith leaders have criticized the speculative excess and greed that led to the crisis. A consensus on what to do about it, however, has yet […]

Wife of Televangelist Benny Hinn Files for Divorce

posted by nsymmonds

ORANGE, Calif. – The wife of televangelist Benny Hinn has filed for divorce from the high-profile pastor, whose reputation as an advocate of prosperity gospel has attracted millions of followers and criticism from lawmakers and watchdog groups over his lavish […]

EEOC Settles Claim Between UPS, Rastafarian

posted by nsymmonds

WASHINGTON (RNS) Shipping giant UPS will pay $46,000 in damages to a Rastafarian employee who was fired after he refused to cut his hair or trim his beard, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday (Feb. 17). According to the […]

Only 5 of Top 25 U.S. Churches Report Membership Growth

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) U.S. membership has increased in the Catholic Church — the nation’s largest Christian body — but the No. 2 Southern Baptist Convention, along with most mainline protestant denominations, reported continuing decline, according to new figures released by the National […]

Dissidents Unveil New Rival North American Lutheran Church

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) Saying they’re done with efforts to reform the nation’s largest Lutheran body, dissidents unveiled blueprints Thursday (Feb. 18) for a rival denomination, the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). The new body, which will hew to a more traditional line […]

Muslim Women to Mosque: Tear Down this Wall

posted by aroan

(RNS) The walls that segregate Muslim men from women inside many American mosques took a long time to go up, and it could be a long time before they come down. On Saturday (Feb. 20), Fatima Thompson will find out […]

Critics Pleased as Obama Meets with Dalai Lama

posted by aroan

WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama met with the Dalai Lama on Thursday (Feb. 18), four months after critics questioned his commitment to human rights when Obama declined a one-on-one meeting with the exiled leader of Tibetan Buddhism. Religious freedom advocates hailed […]

Catholics Ask Pope to Suspend Sainthood for Pius XII

posted by aroan

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholic historians and theologians are urging Pope Benedict XVI to suspend the sainthood process for the controversial World War II pontiff, Pius XII, until further research clarifies Pius’ record during the Holocaust. “Holy Father, we implore you, […]

Wiccan Chaplain Battles for State Recognition

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) A volunteer Wiccan chaplain is headed to a federal appeals court in an attempt to get California to hire prison clergy outside five religious categories. Supported by interfaith scholars and church-state separationists, the Rev. Patrick McCollum argues that the […]

Haiti Judge to Free Some Detained US Missionaries

posted by mconsoli

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A Haitian judge said some of the 10 U.S. missionaries arrested on charges of child kidnapping would be released Wednesday, nearly three weeks after they were caught trying to take a group of children out of the […]

Vatican Putting Wartime Archives on Internet

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican plans to make some of its World War II archives available on the Internet soon to calm down the controversy over Pope Pius XII’s actions during the Holocaust. The Vatican’s newspaper announced the plan, saying […]

Obama Names Envoy to Muslim Nations

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday (Feb.16) officially introduced the Obama administration’s new special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, 31-year-old White House lawyer Rashad Hussain. Hussain is the American-born son of Indian Muslim immigrants; he […]

Pope Condemns ‘Heinous Crime’ of Sexual Abuse

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI concluded an unprecedented two-day crisis management session with Ireland’s Catholic bishops on Tuesday (Feb. 16), denouncing the sexual abuse of children as “not only a heinous crime but also a grave sin.” Benedict and […]

Clinton Prosecutor Kenneth Starr Named Baylor President

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel whose long-running probe led to the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton, has been named the new president of Baylor University, the world’s largest Baptist university. Starr, who has been the dean of the […]

Dalai Lama Says He’s Happy to Meet Obama this Week

posted by mconsoli

DHARMSALA, India – The Dalai Lama says he is happy about meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington later this week. The Tibetan spiritual leader left for New Delhi on Tuesday from the northern Indian town of Dharmsala where he […]

For Some, AA’s ‘Higher Power’ is Step in Wrong Direction

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) By the end of January, plenty of New Year’s resolutions have been broken. For those who have ignored pledges to hit the gym every day, or stay away from “American Idol,” a broken resolution is little more than an […]

As Olympics Begin, a Prayer for Snow

posted by mconsoli

Toronto (RNS/ENI) As the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, open on Friday (Feb. 12) many are focused on praying for the athletes, for the community hosting the event, and, just as passionately, for snow. The British Columbia cities of […]

Episcopal Head Reflects on Devastated Haiti Diocese

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) The most populous diocese in the Episcopal Church doesn’t sit along the Eastern seaboard; it’s not a notch on the Bible Belt; and it lies nearly 3,000 miles from California’s golden shores. Actually, it’s in Haiti, a fact that […]

Canada’s Housing Agency Approves Islamic Mortgages

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) A report for Canada’s national housing agency says Shariah-compliant mortgages would pose no legal problems. Neither would other Islamic financial products, states the 88-page study, done for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. “Islamic financial products should not present […]

Poll: Young Catholics Anti-Abortion, Pro-Pluralism

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Young American Catholics largely support their church’s teachings against abortion and euthanasia, while taking a relativistic attitude to religion and morality in general, according to a new poll. According to a poll released on Thursday (Feb. 11), two thirds […]

White House Faith Office Answers Critics

posted by mconsoli

The White House’s faith-based office is defending itself against critics who complain that not much has changed since president bush was in office. In recent weeks, the complaints against the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships have mounted. The 25-member […]

Archbishop of Canterbury Laments `Chaos’ Over Women, Gays

posted by mconsoli

LONDON (RNS) Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams warned Anglican clergy on Tuesday (Feb. 9) that their debate about female and gay bishops is causing “chaos” that must be resolved if the Church of England is to be unified. In a […]

U.S.-Islam Summit Comes at Delicate Time

posted by mconsoli

2010 Religion News Service (RNS) “Talk with as many people as you can. Talk vertically, talk laterally.” That’s the advice of the Rev. Welton Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance, for attendees of the US-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar. […]

Irish Sex Abuse Victims Ask Church for $1 billion

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Irish victims of clerical sex abuse have asked Pope Benedict XVI for over $1.37 billion in compensation, in a letter that the head of Ireland’s Catholic Church will hand-deliver to the pope next week. Cardinal Sean Brady […]

FLDS has New President, but Is Jeffs Still Their Prophet?

posted by mconsoli

Feb. 6–A new president has been called to lead a controversial polygamous sect, replacing jailed leader Warren S. Jeffs in that post. Wendell Nielsen, 69, is now president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and of […]

No Consensus for Obama Advisers on Tricky Church-State Issues

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) The 25-member council advising the White House on faith-based issues has voted on two contentious issues for religious charities that receive government funds. By a vote of 13-12, the council members said the government should require houses of worship […]

Vatican Official Calls for ‘Ecumenical Catechism’

posted by mconsoli

A senior Vatican official called on Monday (Feb. 8) for “an ecumenical catechism” setting forth the common beliefs of the Catholic and major Protestant churches. Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, announced the proposal […]

Baptist Leaders Urge Obama to Help Haiti Missionaries

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Southern Baptist leaders have appealed to President Obama to assist in the release of 10 American missionaries charged with kidnapping children in Haiti. “We do not know all of the facts of this case, but we are concerned that […]

Leading U.S. Catholic Bishop Denounces Gay Group

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) The top U.S. Catholic bishop has denounced a Maryland-based gay ministry that has advocated on behalf of same-sex marriage, saying the group “confuses the faithful” and does not speak on behalf of the church. Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, […]

On Free Jewish Trips to Israel, Love Is In the Air

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) When Jodie Arbesman and Dan Williams flew to Tel Aviv with hundreds of other college students 10 years ago, they looked forward to a fun, free trip offered by a new program for Jewish young adults. They had no […]

NCC Head Challenges Goldman Sachs on Bonuses

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) The head of the National Council of Churches is challenging investment giant Goldman Sachs to use half of its $20 billion bonus pool to help rebuild Haiti after its devastating earthquake. Haiti’s entire gross domestic product (the basic measure […]

Vatican Drops Condoms-AIDS Study

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican office responsible for health care matters said Friday (Feb. 5) that it had stopped work on a long-expected study of condoms and AIDS, and that “nothing serious” had been done on the project. “There was […]

Colts Coaches, Players Carry Deep Faith Into Super Bowl

posted by mconsoli

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (RNS) It’s easy to see why, if there are no atheists in foxholes, there are also few on a field where huge, strong men collide at tremendous speeds. Football players who gather at midfield to pray together […]

Attorney: 10 US Baptists Charged with Child Kidnap

posted by nsymmonds

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Ten members of a U.S. missionary group who said they were trying to rescue 33 child victims of Haiti’s devastating earthquake were charged with child kidnapping and criminal association on Thursday, their lawyer said. Edwin Coq said […]

Obama Challenges Evangelicals on Uganda, Citizenship

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) President Obama chided conservative religious and political leaders at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday (Feb. 4), condemning an anti-gay bill in Uganda and challenging them not to question his faith or his citizenship. “We may disagree about gay marriage, […]

Obama, Dalai Lama to Meet in February

posted by nsymmonds

WASHINGTON – The White House says President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama will meet at the White House this month. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs confirmed to reporters Thursday that the meeting would be in February but didn’t specify a […]

Self-Help Speaker Charged in Sweat Lodge Deaths

posted by mconsoli

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Months after authorities focused a homicide investigation on James Arthur Ray, the motivational speaker was indicted on manslaughter charges that could land him in prison and topple his self-help empire. Ray was arrested Wednesday in Prescott, Ariz., […]

Clergy Blast Supreme Court Ruling on Election Spending

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) A coalition of religious leaders from a variety of faiths on Wednesday (Feb. 3) blasted the Supreme Court’s ruling that allows large corporations unlimited financial support of candidates during elections. The group of more than 200 leaders, many […]

Ore. Parents Guilty in Son’s Faith-Healing Death

posted by mconsoli

OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Jurors sent a clear signal Tuesday (Feb. 2) that parents who rely solely on faith healing to treat their children face prison if a child dies. Jeffrey and Marci Beagley were found guilty of criminally negligent […]

Calif. Church Gets into the Game With Super Bowl Doritos Ad

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) As debate swirls around Tim Tebow’s anti-abortion views being aired in a $2.5 million Super Bowl ad, a church in Pasadena, Calif., is taking a completely different tack. A commercial created by Mosaic, a congregation that’s home to many […]

Graham Tops List of Most Influential Preachers

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) The Rev. Billy Graham was named by U.S. pastors as the country’s most influential living preacher, according to a recent survey by LifeWay Research. The study, conducted last November, interviewed more than 1,000 Protestant pastors by telephone. The participants […]

Gay Groups Pressure Obama Over Prayer Breakfast

posted by nsymmonds

WASHINGTON (RNS) Progressive religious leaders on Tuesday (Feb. 2) unveiled plans to hold a multi-city event to protest Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast because of its sponsor’s alleged ties to an anti-gay bill in Uganda. The alternative American Prayer Hour will […]

China Says Opposes Obama Meeting with Dalai Lama

posted by nsymmonds

BEIJING – Any meeting between President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama would harm bilateral relations, China warned Tuesday while repeating Beijing’s refusal to discuss Tibet’s status with the spiritual leader’s envoys. An Obama meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader […]

Haiti Says Baptists May Be Tried In US

posted by mconsoli

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haiti’s prime minister said Monday it’s clear to him that the 10 U.S. Baptists who tried to take 33 children out of his quake-ravaged country without permission “knew what they were doing was wrong.” But Prime Minister […]

Murdered Abortion Doctor’s Church Prays for Peaceful Sanctuaries

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) The Wichita, Kansas, church where abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was shot to death reacted to the guilty verdict Friday (Jan. 29) in the killing by praying that houses of worship be places of peace. “While these proceedings will […]

Germany Proposes Formal Education for Imams, Islamic Scholars

posted by mconsoli

BERLIN (RNS) German political and religious leaders appear mostly supportive of a proposal to provide training for imams and other Islamic scholars at German universities. The recommendation, issued Friday (Jan. 29) after two years of study by the German Council […]

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