NEWS STORY: Modern Day Magi Recreate Ancient Christmas Trek

c. 2000 Religion News Service BETHLEHEM, West Bank _ As the sun sets over Bethlehem on Christmas Day of the new millennium, “Wise Men” from distant lands are set to ride into the town astride camels, bearing “gifts” of goodwill for the residents of an ancient city, mired in modern political turmoil. The caravan of […]

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NEWS STORY: Modern Day Magi Recreate Ancient Christmas Trek

c. 2000 Religion News Service BETHLEHEM, West Bank _ As the sun sets over Bethlehem on Christmas Day of the new millennium, “Wise Men” from distant lands are set to ride into the town astride camels, bearing “gifts” of goodwill for the residents of an ancient city, mired in modern political turmoil. The caravan of […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Scholars Debate Origin, Number of Three Wise Men

c. 2000 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Each Christmas, Christians around the world sing the beloved carol “We Three Kings of Orient Are.” However, according to religious scholars, there could have been as few as two or many more “kings,” or wise men, as they are called in the Scriptures. Dr. Mervyn A. Warren, professor of […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Scholars Debate Origin, Number of Three Wise Men

c. 2000 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Each Christmas, Christians around the world sing the beloved carol “We Three Kings of Orient Are.” However, according to religious scholars, there could have been as few as two or many more “kings,” or wise men, as they are called in the Scriptures. Dr. Mervyn A. Warren, professor of […]

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COMMENTARY: TV’s Image of Jews Threatens Vital Pluralism

c. 2000 Religion News Service (Rabbi A. James Rudin is the Senior Interreligious Adviser of the American Jewish Committee.) (UNDATED) Because television plays a defining role in shaping our national values, important questions are constantly being raised regarding the images TV transmits about America’s ethnic, racial and religious groups. In 1999 the American Jewish Committee, […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Japanese Rabbi A Hanukkah Lesson in Resisting Assimilation

c. 2000 Religion News Service GREAT NECK, N.Y. _ This week, Rabbi Ted Tsuruoka is busy preparing his sermon for Friday’s (Dec. 22) Shabbat service, which is also the second night of Hanukkah. Hanukkah, the eight-day festival that commemorates the victory of a band of Jews over their Hellenistic rulers more than 2,000 years ago, […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Japanese Rabbi A Hanukkah Lesson in Resisting Assimilation

c. 2000 Religion News Service GREAT NECK, N.Y. _ This week, Rabbi Ted Tsuruoka is busy preparing his sermon for Friday’s (Dec. 22) Shabbat service, which is also the second night of Hanukkah. Hanukkah, the eight-day festival that commemorates the victory of a band of Jews over their Hellenistic rulers more than 2,000 years ago, […]

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NEWS STORY: Eastern Orthodox Bishops Call for Spiritual Reawakening

c. 2000 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Declaring that “the church is not a museum and we are not her curators,” the leaders of the nation’s 6 million Eastern Orthodox Christians called for a widespread spiritual reawakening and a commitment to evangelizing the “mission territory” of North America. The bishops of the eight ethnic Orthodox churches […]

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NEWS STORY: Eastern Orthodox Bishops Call for Spiritual Reawakening

c. 2000 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Declaring that “the church is not a museum and we are not her curators,” the leaders of the nation’s 6 million Eastern Orthodox Christians called for a widespread spiritual reawakening and a commitment to evangelizing the “mission territory” of North America. The bishops of the eight ethnic Orthodox churches […]

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NEWS STORY: Religious Leaders Issue Christmas Messages

c. 2000 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Editors: Here the texts of the Christmas messages issued by a number of U.S. and international religious leaders: The Rt. Rev. Frank T. Griswold Presiding Bishop, the Episcopal Church “O come thou Wisdom from on high. All is neither calm nor bright as we once again celebrate the Savior’s […]

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