NEWS STORY: Black Baptist group to pick successor to jailed Lyons

c. 1999 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Five months after the resignation and imprisonment of the Rev. Henry J. Lyons, a slew of candidates are in the running to succeed him as president of the National Baptist Convention, USA. Eleven candidates remained in the running as of Wednesday (Aug. 25), ranging from well-known pastors and […]


c. 1999 Religion News Service Presidential candidates drawn into creationism vs. evolution debate (RNS) Vice President Al Gore has become the latest presidential hopeful to become caught up in the controversy over the teaching of evolution and creationism in public schools. Speaking through a spokesman, Gore said he thinks local school boards have the right […]

COMMENTARY: The nonsense of theological fads

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Andrew M. Greeley is a Roman Catholic priest, best-selling novelist and a sociologist at the University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center. Check out his home page at or contact him via e-mail at agreel(at) UNDATED _ Theologians always come to the latest intellectual fads a little late and […]

RNS News Digest

c. 1999 Religion News Service Reno pledges to investigate potential flammable devices at Waco (RNS) Attorney General Janet Reno vowed Thursday (Aug. 26) to”get to the bottom”of why it took the FBI six years to acknowledge that agents may have fired potentially flammable devices at the end of the 1993 standoff with the Branch Davidian […]

COMMENTARY: Keeping an eye on the synagogue door

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) UNDATED _ The upcoming Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are times of festive family gatherings, special synagogue services and personal introspection. They provide a yearly chance to review relationships with God, family […]

HOLIDAY FEATURE: Praying for the ability to pray

c. 1999 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Michael Fischer is a 46-year-old Los Angeles resident whose yearly synagogue attendance is generally limited to a few hours on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the Jewish High Holy Days. It is not a particularly edifying experience. Fischer, the son of a Conservative rabbi, goes to synagogue “basically […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1999 Religion News Service ELCA delegates vote to maintain stance on homosexuality (RNS) Delegates to the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to maintain the denomination’s stance forbidding the ordination of practicing homosexuals. The delegates, called voting members, adopted a resolution”to decline to propose at this assembly any change in […]

COMMENTARY: The foolish Bodhisattva

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Les Kaye is the abbot of Kannon Do, the Zen Meditation Center in Mountain View, Calif., and author of “Zen at Work” (Crown, 1997). He teaches meditation in Silicon Valley.) UNDATED _ The Saturday was sunny and mild. But I was in traffic school because I did something foolish. Approaching […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1999 Religion News Service Lutherans take up social issues (RNS) After approving closer ties with both the Episcopal and Moravian churches, voting members at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Churchwide Assembly have turned their attention to more worldly matters, including the farm crisis and women and children in poverty. The delegates, by an […]