NEWS STORY: Christian Coalition unveils legislative agenda for new Congress

c. 1997 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The Christian Coalition, the leading advocacy group of the religious right, Thursday (Jan. 30) unveiled an ambitious agenda for the new 105th Congress, featuring a legislative package intended to combat poverty and crime while getting minorities and Democrats to work with it. The package includes proposals for a […]

COMMENTARY: The real mission of the church

c. 1997 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 _ A recent incident involving one of my inmate congregants sheds light on the need for the church to concentrate […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Court says landlords can refuse renting to unmarried couples (RNS) A federal court in Alaska has ruled that landlords who believe that sex outside of marriage is a sin may refuse to rent their properties to unmarried couples. In a case involving three landlords who argued that renting to unmarried […]

NEWS STORY: Episcopal seminary relaxes policy on sexual behavior

c. 1997 Religious News Service UNDATED _ An Episcopal Church seminary with deep roots in the evangelical wing of the denomination has relaxed its 25-year-old policy barring students and faculty from sex outside of marriage and homosexual behavior. The board of trustees of Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va., voted Jan. 22 to tuck their […]

NEWS FEATURE: Buddhism American-style leaves out the Buddha

c. 1997 Religion News Service BOSTON _ For the last 20 years, Catherine Barley has been seriously engaged in what she calls a”mish-mash”of meditative practices gleaned from a variety of Buddhist schools of thought. She engages in sitting meditation, walking meditation, chanting meditation and mindfulness meditation. The latter is a technique intended to keep her […]

NEWS STORY: Taped jailhouse religious confession ruled illegal

c. 1997 religion News Service SAN FRANCISCO _ A federal appeals court has ruled that jail officials in Eugene, Ore., violated the religious rights of a local Roman Catholic priest by secretly taping the sacramental confession a murder suspect had given the clergyman. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court […]

NEWS FEATURE: A new Age of Aquarius dawns

c. 1997 RELIGION NEWS SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO _ Three decades after a hippie musical heralded the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, a pair of Californians, using the Internet as a bulletin board, staged a global event Thursday (Jan. 23) to mark the dawning of the real Age of Aquarius. Under the banner of the”GaiaMind […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Pope to visit Sarajevo, possibly Lebanon (RNS) The Vatican announced Wednesday (Jan. 22) that Pope John Paul II would realize his dream of praying in Sarajevo, possibly this spring, and said it is preparing the groundwork for a separate papal pilgrimage to Lebanon, which would mark the pope’s first visit […]

COMMENTARY: Why good kids do bad things

c. 1997 Religion News Service (Dale Hanson Bourke is author of “Turn Toward the Wind” and publisher of Religion News Service. She is the mother of two boys.) UNDATED It hardly surprises us anymore when a kid from a poor, inner-city neighborhood goes astray. A steady diet of poverty and violence often seems to beget […]

NEWS STORY: Abortion opponents call for quick action on late-term procedure ban

c. 1997 Religion News Service WASHINGTON Tens of thousands of abortion opponents gathered Wednesday (Jan. 22) in the shadow of the White House to condemn President Clinton’s veto of a ban on a controversial abortion procedure and to urge its quick congressional reconsideration. Not far away, supporters of abortion rights also met, although less visibly. […]