TOP STORY: THE CHANGING NATURE OF FAITH: Mainline churches seek marketing help to fill empty pews

c. 1996 Religion News Service GRESHAM, Ore. _ It’s 9 a.m. on Sunday, and the sanctuary of Gresham United Methodist Church is empty. Row after row of pews, made in 1959 with the finest of Oregon timber, sit like sculpture in the dark. They are monuments to a bygone era when Americans flocked to mainline […]

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TOP STORY: A THOROUGHLY IRISH TRAGEDY

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The death of Michael Collins, the Irish revolutionary leader who is the subject of the current Neil Jordan film of the same name, is not only one of the great tragedies of the 20th century. It is also one of the great mysteries. Collins was a”master of mayhem”in the […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 1996 Religion News Service Israeli law would invalidate non-Orthodox conversions to Judaism (RNS) Israel’s Orthodox Jewish political parties announced plans Thursday (Oct. 31) to introduce legislation to invalidate Reform and Conservative conversions to Judaism in Israel. The Orthodox parties say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government supports the measure, the Jerusalem Post reported. Netanyahu so […]

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COMMENTARY: Reflections on a pope named Roncalli and a church that used to be

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 http://www.agreeley.com or contact him via e-mail at agreel(at)aol.com.) COLOGNE, Germany _ As tourists and pilgrims wander through this city’s great cathedral, I sit […]

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NEWS STORY: Episcopal Church rocked by Penthouse allegations of priestly orgies

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The Episcopal Church said Thursday (Oct. 31) it will thoroughly investigate allegations in the current issue of Penthouse magazine that priests in the denomination’s Long Island diocese performed and participated in same-sex marriage ceremonies and engaged in homosexual orgies involving young men from Brazil. At least two priests, the […]

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