Public television to air documentary on Bernardin

William Bole |

UNDATED _ Even though spirituality has managed recently to filter through the realm of popular TV dramas and sit-coms, producers of in-depth documentaries that explore the soul have, with such rare exceptions as Bill Moyers’ specials, found it harder to break the secular prime-time barrier. Now, two independent filmmakers hope to convert network brass with […]

NEWS FEATURE: Historic chaplaincy program expands at trucking firm

c. 1998 Religion News Service DECATUR, Ga. _ One of the nation’s pioneers in the field of industrial chaplaincy has become an international leader in blending practical Christian ministry with the busy workplace. Allied Systems of Decatur, Ga., is the largest auto-hauling company in the world, with over 10,000 employees, more than 5,300 hauling rigs […]

NEWS STORY: Lutherans agree to lift anti-Catholic condemnations

c. 1998 Religion News Service UNDATED _ The Lutheran World Federation, in an historic vote aimed at healing a 450-year-old rift with the Roman Catholic Church, has voted to lift the Reformation-era condemnations and anathemas Martin Luther and other Reformers hurled at the pope and Catholicism. Meeting in Geneva, the LWF Council _ the governing […]

NEWS ANALYSIS: Prayer votes shows strengths, limits of religious right’s political clout

c. 1998 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The fax machines of the legions of religious right groups that steadily churn out reaction and opinion on virtually every twist of inside-the-beltway policymaking were eerily quiet in the hours following Thursday’s legislative rebuke of one of conservatism’s most cherished political goals _ a constitutional amendment to rework […]

NEWS STORY: House rejects school prayer amendment

c. 1998 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ After some five hours of debate, the House of Representatives on Thursday (June 4) failed to approve by the required margin a controversial constitutional amendment strongly backed by Christian conservatives that would have allowed organized prayer in public schools. The vote was 224 to 203 in favor of […]

NEWS FEATURE: New Smithsonian exhibit showcases black church diversity

c. 1998 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ An exhibit exploring the diversity of the African-American religious experience _ its churches, temples and home altars _ has opened for an 18-month showing at the Smithsonian Institution.”Speak to My Heart: Communities of Faith and Contemporary African-American Life”fills a wing of one of the city’s top tourist attractions […]