NEWS STORY: Methodists vote to strengthen ties with other denominations

c. 1996 Religion News Service DENVER (RNS)-Representatives of the United Methodist Church, meeting here for the denomination’s quadrennial General Conference, voted Tuesday (April 23) to deepen ecumenical ties with a number of other Protestant denominations. Church leaders also continued to debate the issue of homosexuality, which has stirred strong emotions in the 8.9 million-member denomination. […]

Church of the First Born practices a strict faith

c. 1996 Religion News Service ALBANY, Ore. (RNS)-It is written in the Bible’s book of Esther and again in Ezra that the people fasted by the river so they might merit protection from the Lord. More than 100 members of the Church of the First Born gathered this week (April 21-27) in Brownsville, Ore., to […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1996 Religion News Service Church should add religious insights to scientific advances, bishops say (RNS)-The U.S. Catholic bishops have issued a statement on genetic testing, declaring its importance but noting that some of its uses”invite serious moral reflection.” The statement, called”Critical Decisions: Genetic Testing and Its Implications,”was developed by the National Conference of Catholic […]

Trial highlights collision of faith and modern medicine

c. 1996 Religion News Service (RNS)-Leukemia strikes a 7-year-old Oregon boy. His parents treat him with prayer instead of medicine. The boy dies. Some accuse the parents of ignorance and abuse, writing them off as backward believers in hocus-pocus. The Linn County district attorney accused Loyd and Christina Hays of something worse: manslaughter and criminally […]

COMMENTARY: Resurrecting the spirit of the village

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Paul C. Fox is a practicing physician and a member of the Bruderhof Communities. He lives in Farmington, Pa. He is also editor at large of Plough magazine, the quarterly publication of the Bruderhof Communities.) (RNS)-It takes a child to raise a village. This sentence is not a misprint. Nor […]

NEWS STORY: Christian Coalition offers reward in church arsons

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS)-The Christian Coalition today (April 22) offered a $25,000 reward to anyone who can prove that racism motivated a series of arsons of African-American churches in the South and called on government officials to strengthen their probes of the fires.”Terrorism practiced against the church-any church-is the ultimate act of […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1996 Religion News Service NAACP leader calls for bringing young blacks and Jews together (RNS)-Jewish and African-American leaders need to work together to help young Jews and blacks better understand the history of pain and cooperation shared by the two communities, the head of the NAACP said Monday (April 22). NAACP President and CEO […]

NEWS STORY: Bishops, pope seek land-mine ban as U.N. takes up issue

c. 1996 Religion News Service (RNS)-The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are asking the Clinton administration to”act boldly”and quickly to ban the production, sale and use of anti-personnel land mines.”The United States should move quickly and unambiguously to ban the production, sale and use of anti-personnel land mines,”Bishop Daniel P. Reilly of Worcester, Mass., said in […]

NEWS FEATURE: Missionary in India lives in fear of Hindu extremists

c. 1996 Religion News Service NEW DELHI (RNS)-American Christian missionary Max Strong has been stalked by tigers and rogue elephants, and had to kill a 13-foot king cobra while clearing 100 acres of jungle in a malaria-infested district on the India-Nepal border. But Strong, 81, says the greatest danger he has faced has not been […]

COMMENTARY: Clinton should speak out on Kuwaiti persecution case

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Charles W. Colson, former special counsel to Richard Nixon, served a prison term for his role in the Watergate scandal. He now heads Prison Fellowship International, an evangelical Christian ministry to the imprisoned and their families. Contact Colson via e-mail at 71421.1551(AT)compuserve.com.) (RNS)-President Clinton has shown admirable solidarity with beleaguered […]