RNS Daily Digest

c. 1996 Religion News Service Southern Baptist leader Charles Stanley’s wife drops divorce suit (RNS)-Television preacher and prominent Southern Baptist pastor Charles Stanley appears to no longer be in danger of losing his pulpit now that his wife has dropped a divorce suit against him. Anna Stanley filed for divorce nearly three years ago, but […]

NEWS FEATURE: Modern-day meditators rediscover ancient technique

c. 1996 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS (RNS)-Aimee Dominique walked slowly over the footpath in the semi-darkness, eyes down, hand over her heart, lost in thought. Gregorian chant and candlelight filled the room. Sally Gale walked a similar path a few feet away, to her enormous surprise weeping quietly but not self-consciously. Sister Adele Lambert, […]

NEWS STORY: Catholic Church vows fight against euthanasia

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS)-U.S. Roman Catholic bishops will mount a campaign against assisted suicide comparable in scope and intensity to their fight against abortion, Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston said Wednesday (March 20). Law, chairman of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Pro-Life Activities, made his comments during a telephone […]

COMMENTARY: Worshiping the American dream

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Samuel K. Atchison is an ordained minister and has worked as a policy analyst and social worker to the homeless. He currently is a prison chaplain in Trenton, N.J.) (RNS)-Nearly 50 years ago, a book titled”The God That Failed”described how communism fell short of its egalitarian ideals. As seen through […]

COMMENTARY: Memories of two Seders, bitter and sweet

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) (RNS)-I always look forward to the Passover Seder and to the stories, prayers, foods and songs of this festive family meal. But when Passover begins on Wednesday evening (April 3), I will be looking back. The year […]

COMMENTARY: One man works, another man begs

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Frederica Mathewes-Green is a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church. She is the author of the recent book”Real Choices,”is active in the National Women’s Coalition for Life and is a frequent contributor to Christianity Today magazine.) (RNS)-Six lanes go east and six go west, and they go and go; cars […]

Watchdog group says Texas church got political

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS)-A church-state watchdog group has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate Houston’s Second Baptist Church-an influential, 22,000-member Southern Baptist congregation-for allegedly engaging in partisan political activities in violation of the federal tax code. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said Tuesday […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1996 Religion News Service Mayors: Hate crimes not major part of urban crime woes (RNS)-The U.S. Conference of Mayors said Tuesday (March 19) a survey of 172 of its member-cities showed hate crimes are not considered a major part of most cities’ crime problem.”Nearly half of the cities surveyed view hate crimes as a […]