NEWS STORY: Church bells, drums to mark millennium in Canada

c. 1999 Religion News Service VANCOUVER, British Columbia _ A sound wave of church bells will begin on the Atlantic coast at noon on Jan. 1, 2000, and roll across Canada’s time zones to conclude with a crescendo of Haida drumming on the Pacific Coast. The cross-country “joyful noise” is one of the special ways […]

COMMENTARY: Out of control

c. 1999 Religion News Service UNDATED _”We need more boxes!”says my wife. The first three dozen boxes are filled. My son goes out for another stack. My parents, visiting from Indiana, wrap our wedding china in paper towels. My wife clears shelves. I help pack, but mostly I continue my preparations for an upcoming business […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1999 Religion News Service TenPoint is CQ in item on black clergy Southern Baptist president predicts eventual division (RNS) Southern Baptist Convention President Paige Patterson has predicted that some kind of division is in the offing for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, but he expects less than a tenth of SBC churches will actually […]

RNS Daily Digest

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 […]

RNS DAILY Digest

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 […]