COMMENTARY: America has become a plutocracy

c. 1997 Religion News Service (Andrew M. Greeley is a Roman Catholic priest, best-selling novelist and a 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) UNDATED _ In these dog days of summer, the only news seems to be […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1997 Religion News Service Rhem found guilty of sexual misconduct at church trial (RNS) A local jurisdictional body of the Reformed Church in America has found the Rev. Richard Rhem guilty of”gross sexual conduct”and has removed him from the ordained ministry of the denomination. The verdict, rendered by the Muskegon Classis of the RCA, […]

NEWS FEATURE: African-rooted churches springing up in America

c. 1997 Religion News Service UNDATED_For generations, Christian missionaries from the United States journeyed to Africa to teach their religion. Now, however, amid an explosion of Christianity in Africa, churches there are sending thousands of missionaries overseas to preach the Christian message in their own unique style. And many of those missionaries are coming to […]

NEWS FEATURE: Ecumenical institute seen as `new way’ to be Christian

c. 1997 Religion News Service SEATTLE _ As popes, prelates and church commissions pursue the delicate diplomacy of Christian unity, here in the Northwest, 10 Protestant denominations and one Catholic school have simply rolled up their sleeves and made it happen _ with a path-breaking program in which Protestants and Catholics train together for the […]

COMMENTARY: Learning about faith from Carl Sagan

c. 1997 Religion News Service (Robert A. Seiple is President of World Vision U.S., one of the largest privately funded Christian relief and development organizations in the world. He lives outside Seattle.) UNDATED _ Are science and faith mutually exclusive? For three years, I was privileged to debate that question with one of the 20th […]

COMMENTARY: The routines of vacation and the routines of God

c. 1997 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is an Episcopal priest in Winston-Salem, N.C., an author and former Wall Street Journal reporter. E-mail him at journey(at) UNDATED _ My broken wristwatch is being repaired. I have no idea of the time as I awaken at my father-in-law’s farm in southern New Hampshire on the first […]