BODY & SOUL: Religious leaders abuse power, followers unwisely surrender it

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Body & Soul is a regular column exploring the interplay between spirituality and psychology. Pythia Peay is the author of the forthcoming”Putting America on the Couch,”to be published by Riverhead Books.) (UNDATED) There is a deep wound in the soul of American religious communities: the sexual misconduct of Catholic priests, […]

Blessed are the peacemakers, but who will win the prize?

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Norway’s Nobel committee chose the winner of the 1996 Peace Prize Wednesday (Oct. 2), but won’t announce until Oct. 11 which of the 120 candidates won. The committee does not divulge the names of nominees, but several have been made public by those making the nominations. Here are some […]

NEWS FEATURE: BUDDHIST PEACEMAKER: Among Nobel contenders, a monk who sought to defuse hatred

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When the Nobel committee met Wednesday (Oct. 2) to decide who will be awarded the coveted Peace Prize to be announced Oct. 11, the list of nominees was a closely guarded secret. Nevertheless, word leaks out, mainly from those who have nominated. This year, several high-profile religious leaders and […]

TOP STORY: CHURCH AND STATE: In Colorado, `Murphy’s law’ would end church tax exemptions

c. 1996 Religion News Service COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. _ Colorado voters are no strangers to touchy church-state battles. And in November they’ll vote on the nation’s first state referendum on the complex and emotional issue of whether states should tax the property of churches, charities and nonprofit organizations. Amendment 11 would change the state constitution […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service United Church of Christ to enter the hotel business (RNS) The United Church of Christ has unveiled plans to build a seven-story, 93-room commercial hotel in downtown Cleveland that it hopes will help the 1.5 million-member denomination not only save but make money. “Having our own hotel could produce an […]

COMMENTARY: In the former East Germany, no place for God

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Andrew M. Greeley is a Roman Catholic priest, best-selling novelist and sociologist at the University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center. Check out his home page at or contact him via e-mail at agreel(at) DRESDEN, Germany _ God may be alive and well on the banks of the Rhine, […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service Refugee group urges continued sanctions on Burundi (RNS) The U.S. Committee for Refugees says the international community should continue to press Burundi’s Tutsi-dominated government to begin negotiations with ethnic Hutu rebels.”African nations should continue to impose economic sanctions, with support from Western governments, until negotiations occur,”the non-profit agency said in […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service Children’s Sabbath to be marked across the nation (RNS) In Alaska, members of Fairbanks Lutheran Church will pray for each child in their community by name. In Florida, sixth-graders at the Hebrew School of Temple Judea in West Palm Beach will raise money for a shelter for abused children. In […]

Translating Genesis with an open mind _ and an ear for a good story

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Stephen Mitchell’s”Genesis: A New Translation of the Classical Biblical Stories”(HarperCollins) is anything but a chapter-and-verse retread of the canonical Genesis. He presents the tales of the Bible’s first book with an open heart, an open mind, and an ear for a good story. This attitude has consequences that are […]