NEWS STORY: NCC unveils interfaith effort to combat global warming

c. 1998 Religion News Service UNDATED _ The National Council of Churches, in an attempt to bring a”religious and moral consensus”to an international effort aimed at decreasing the effects of global warming, has unveiled an interfaith initiative urging the United States to adopt a controversial treaty designed to reduce the greenhouse gas emission levels of […]

NEWS FEATURE: Catholic social action: thinking globally, acting locally

c. 1998 Religion News Service CLEVELAND _ Earlier this summer, in urging passage of a statement calling on Roman Catholic schools to aggressively promote social concerns, Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, Wash., told U.S. bishops that Catholic social teaching is “unfortunately our best-kept secret.” But not in some churches in Northeast Ohio, says Gerard […]

COMMENTARY: Leaks from the grand jury in the sky

c. 1998 Religion News Service (Dale Hanson Bourke is publisher of Religion News Service.) UNDATED _ The following transcript of tape recordings was leaked by an unnamed angel close to the Special Prosecutor’s office. We cannot confirm its authenticity. God: You’re still ticked off about Job, aren’t you? Satan: Nah. I got over him centuries […]

COMMENTARY: Human pain has no half life

c. 1998 Religion News Service (Eugene Kennedy, a longtime observer of the Roman Catholic Church, is professor emeritus of psychology at Loyola University in Chicago and author most recently of”My Brother Joseph, published by St. Martin Press.) UNDATED _ In an old photograph, the first president of this century, Theodore Roosevelt, sits with his favorite […]

NEWS FEATURE: Sacred Dance Guild melds prayer with movement

c. 1998 Religion News Service SALT LAKE CITY _ Annette Kearl’s face has a look of rapturous abandon as she joyously beats a large taiko drum with sticks representing greed, anger and ignorance. Carla DeSola drapes herself in a blood-red coverlet, suggesting the flames that engulfed a medieval mystic burned for heresy. Rebecca Wright Phillips […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1998 Religion News Service Researchers link elderly religious activity to lower blood pressure (RNS) Researchers have found that elderly people who study the Bible, attend religious services or pray every week were 40 percent less likely to have high blood pressure than those who did not take part in such religious activities. The study, […]