NEWS STORY: Falwell Leads Effort to Plant Urban Megachurches

c. 2000 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Even as he attempts to regain his political kingmaker status with a campaign to register 10 million new voters, the Rev. Jerry Falwell knows he was a pastor before becoming a political powerbroker. He knows the importance of planting new churches _ he started his own church 43 years […]

NEWS FEATURE: `Eco-Judaism’ Catches on as Earth Day Turns 30

c. 2000 Religion News Service (UNDATED) At the Shalom Institute Camp in the Malibu mountains of California, Rabbi Arthur Waskow sits before a group of environmental professionals, scientists, health practitioners, rabbis and educators. He outlines his plan: a strategy for making the end of global warming a Jewish imperative. Waskow, a leader in the Jewish […]

NEWS FEATURE: `Eco-Judaism’ Catches on as Earth Day Turns 30

c. 2000 Religion News Service (UNDATED) At the Shalom Institute Camp in the Malibu mountains of California, Rabbi Arthur Waskow sits before a group of environmental professionals, scientists, health practitioners, rabbis and educators. He outlines his plan: a strategy for making the end of global warming a Jewish imperative. Waskow, a leader in the Jewish […]

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Harry Potter Wins a Vote of Approval From Opus Dei (RNS) Harry Potter, the young wizard-in-training whose adventures top best-seller lists but have been denounced by conservative religious groups, has won a vote of approval from the Roman Catholic Opus Dei association. The magazine Studi Cattolici (Catholic Studies), closely associated […]

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Harry Potter Wins a Vote of Approval From Opus Dei (RNS) Harry Potter, the young wizard-in-training whose adventures top best-seller lists but have been denounced by conservative religious groups, has won a vote of approval from the Roman Catholic Opus Dei association. The magazine Studi Cattolici (Catholic Studies), closely associated […]

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Southern Baptist Membership Increases After One-Year Drop (RNS) Membership in Southern Baptist churches increased again in 1999 after a decline in 1998 that marked the first drop in more than 70 years. The 1999 total stands at 15,851,756 members, according to the denomination’s Annual Church Profile. That is an increase […]

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Southern Baptist Membership Increases After One-Year Drop (RNS) Membership in Southern Baptist churches increased again in 1999 after a decline in 1998 that marked the first drop in more than 70 years. The 1999 total stands at 15,851,756 members, according to the denomination’s Annual Church Profile. That is an increase […]

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Vatican offers to help return Elian Gonzalez to his father (RNS) The Vatican confirmed Thursday (April 13) that at the request of the United States it has offered its embassy in Washington to serve as a neutral site for the return of 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez to his father. “At the […]

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Vatican offers to help return Elian Gonzalez to his father (RNS) The Vatican confirmed Thursday (April 13) that at the request of the United States it has offered its embassy in Washington to serve as a neutral site for the return of 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez to his father. “At the […]

NEWS FEATURE: Call to Renewal Unites Diverse Groups to Fight Poverty

c. 2000 Religion News Service (UNDATED) At the height of the longest economic boom in the nation’s history, there are 34.5 million people living below the official poverty line _ $16,660 for a family of four. The seeming contradiction of poverty amid prosperity has propelled the Call to Renewal, a 5-year-old alliance including liberal Protestants, […]