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c. 1999 Religion News Service Religious groups react to passage of teen abortion bill (UNDATED)(RNS) Religious groups cheered and condemned the House of Representatives’ approval of a bill that aims to restrict the transportation of minors to other states to seek an abortion. The Child Custody Protection Act passed Wednesday (June 30) by a vote […]

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c. 1999 Religion News Service Presbyterians again pondering gay ordination issue (RNS) A key committee at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted to recommend striking the so-called”fidelity and chastity”amendment to the denomination’s rule book, the Book of Order. If approved by the full assembly, the action could open the way for […]

NEWS FEATURE: Skateboard ministry reaches troubled kids

c. 1999 Religion News Service NEWPORT, Del. _ A year ago, 15-year-old Fritz Dallago was poised for a ride on the fast-track to nowhere. He had adopted the all-black Goth look; he idolized Marilyn Manson; he had a bad attitude and little respect for authority, making life difficult for his aunt who was raising him. […]

NEWS STORY: Adults urged to keep sending the message on teen sex

c. 1999 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ Amid falling teen pregnancy rates, a national advocacy group is telling religious organizations to stick with their message on teen sexuality, whether it’s condoms or abstinence _ because against all expectations, teens seem to be listening. Parents and pastors may feel overwhelmed by the celebration of early […]

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c. 1999 Religion News Service Lutherans pledge $300,000 to fiscally troubled church council (RNS) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will make a one-time allocation of $300,000 to the financially troubled National Council of Churches to help the ecumenical agency overcome a deficit of some $3.5 million. The action by the ELCA’s Church Council was […]

NEWS STORY: Dalai Lama urges interfaith harmony in the Middle East

c. 1999 Religion News Service JERUSALEM _ Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, made a personal appeal Monday (June 14) to rival religious groups in the Middle East to end centuries of hostility and recognize their shared destiny in the land that is holy to the three religions that practice monotheism. Tenzin Gyatso, the […]

NEWS FEATURE: New View of Botticelli _ As Illustrator of Dante’s “Divine Comedy’’

c. 2000 Religion News Service ROME (RNS) _ Sandro Botticelli, the Renaissance painter best known for his Venus, his angels and his flowery allegory of springtime, emerges in a new role in a unique Holy Year exhibit: as illustrator of Dante’s religious and literary masterpiece, “The Divine Comedy.” Botticelli’s style is as unexpected as his […]

NEWS FEATURE: Christian Singer on the Verge of Stardom

c. 2000 Religion News Service ATHENS, Ala. _ Debbie White was ecstatic as she walked out of the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville after performing in front of a crowd of several thousand people and millions of television viewers for the Christian Country Music Association’s annual Awards Show in November. Out of the view of […]