NEWS FEATURE: Program brings sex education into black churches

c. 1999 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Unlike most teens, Chalon Lockett has received more sex education from her church than anywhere else.”It wasn’t weird learning about sex in church,”said Lockett, 14, who recently completed one of 25 pilot programs aimed at introducing sex education to teen-agers in the nation’s black churches. African-American teens are […]

COMMENTARY: The need for a church’s welcoming presence

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is a writer and computer consultant, managing large-scale database implementations. He lives in Durham, N.C.) UNDATED _ Eight weeks in Europe leave me tired and disoriented. Tired, because eight weeks of business travel is tiring. Disoriented, because I return from hotel living in Italy and Spain to a […]

NEWS STORY: Greek Orthodox musicians debate conversion to English

c. 1999 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Whenever Greek Orthodox Christians have taken their religion to other countries, they have translated their liturgy and conducted religious services in the local vernacular. Yet when they came to the United States, immigrant congregations tended to retain the Greek language _ only slowly, and often reluctantly, switching to […]

NEWS FEATURE: Catholic hospitals face union, bottom-line tensions

c. 1999 Religion News Service CHICAGO _ A hospital with a name like”St. John’s”may conjure up images of a peaceful, prayerful place where the healing is more than physical. Serenity, though, has lately been in short supply in the fiercely competitive business of health care. Even religious institutions find themselves bowing to the bottom line. […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1999 Religion News Service Eds: Check RNS StoryPix from the week of July 19 for photos of Falun Gong protest at the Chinese embassy in Washington to accompany first item of Digest. Update: China’s crackdown on Falun Gong sect continues (RNS) China’s crackdown on a popular meditation sect intensified over the weekend following the […]

COMMENTARY: Did anyone tell Kennedy the truth?

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Dale Hanson Bourke is publisher of RNS.) UNDATED _ Amid the investigation of and speculation about the cause of the crash of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s airplane, another theme has emerged. Even if the crash wasn’t caused by pilot error, the consensus seems to be that the young Kennedy was […]

NEWS FEATURE: Amish Turn to Trade as Land Grows Dear

c. 1999 Religion News Service WILMOT, Ohio _ For more than four decades Abe Keim raised his family and ran a 91-acre farm and woodworking shop following the tradition of his Amish ancestors in this agricultural community in the northeastern part of the state. Now the 73-year-old Old Order Amish man manages the Wooden Toy […]

COMMENTARY: A hollow victory for Jewish muscle

c. 1999 Religion News Service (National Correspondent Ira Rifkin covers Jewish and Muslim issues for Religion News Service.) WASHINGTON _ Score another victory for American Jewish political muscle. Muslim activist Salam Al-Marayati has been removed from the National Commission on Terrorism following a barrage of criticism over his appointment from Jewish community groups who perceive […]