COMMENTARY: Real charity means giving the poor spiritual help, too

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.) (UNDATED) At the recent Republican National Convention, much attention was paid to the work of individual Americans who have dedicated their […]

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TOP STORY: MODERN MARTYRS: Before death, slain monk left a love letter for his killers

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) After seven kidnapped French Roman Catholic monks were reported slain by rebels in Algeria in May, their superiors in the Trappist order headed to the strife-torn nation to arrange their burial. A grisly discovery awaited them: The killers had returned only the severed heads of their victims. But despite […]

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TOP STORY: JEWISH HIGH HOLY DAYS: COMMENTARY: Begin the new year by thinking about what God needs

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Rabbi Eli Hecht is vice president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He is the director of Chabad of South Bay in Lomita, Calif., and has been involved in counseling and outreach programs for more than 25 years. Contact him via e-mail at rabbieh(at sign)aol.com.) (UNDATED) Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish […]

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MEDICAL STORY: More grants to help doctors understand spirituality

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The National Institute for Healthcare Research awarded its second annual round of grants Tuesday (Aug. 27) to medical schools offering courses that train doctors to be aware of the connections between spirituality and clinical care. The curricula do not aim to turn physicians into chaplains, but rather help […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 1996 Religion News Service New York court rejects special district for Hasidic Jewish community (RNS) A school district specially created by the state of New York to accommodate the handicapped children of the Hasidic Jewish village of Kiryas Joel, is illegal, a state court ruled Monday (Aug. 26). The law creating the special district […]

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TOP STORY: MEMOIR: At work in the `bookfields’ of the Lord

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) I still enjoy the reaction I get when I tell people I once sold Bibles. Most folks give a quick squint of skepticism and an uneasy grin as they replay in their minds Ryan O’Neal and little Tatum flim-flamming their way across America in the movie “Paper Moon.” I […]

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BODY & SOUL: Picture the cosmos, teeming with life

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Body & Soul is a regular column exploring the interplay between spirituality and psychology. Pythia Peay is the author of”Putting America on the Couch,”to be published by Riverhead Books in 1997.) (UNDATED) Science, for many of us, has been strictly a secular pursuit _ disciplined, rational and devoid of God, […]

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COMMENTARY: Following a God who votes like us

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is an Episcopal priest, author and former Wall Street Journal reporter living in Winston-Salem, N.C. Contact Ehrich via e-mail at journey(at sign)interpath.com.) (UNDATED) As the political year proceeds and moral issues take center stage, the word”Christian”will be worked overtime. Diverse coalitions of Christians will do battle with each […]

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COMMENTARY: Rhetoric and reality on crime

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.) (UNDATED) One of the more sustained cloudbursts of […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 1996 Religion News Service Muslim groups seek greater political involvement (RNS) Muslim Women for America, a new organization aimed at increasing the political influence of Muslim women, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced plans Monday (Aug. 26) to register Muslims to vote and get more Muslims to the voting booth on Election Day. […]

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