NEWS FEATURE: Winter’s Bleak Beauty Can Restore Spirit and Soul

c. 2003 Religion News CLEVELAND _ Where does one achieve spiritual nirvana in January? Forget about going to the highest mountains in Tibet, or living a hermitlike existence amid the desert sands of North Africa. Nor will spiritual wholeness likely be achieved lounging around the beaches of Florida or Southern California sipping mai tais from […]

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c. 2003 Religion News Service Southern Baptist Execs Oppose City’s Proposed Gay Rights Ordinance (RNS) Southern Baptist Convention executives, opposed to a proposed Nashville, Tenn., ordinance that would increase homosexual rights, say they could change their plans to hold their annual meeting in that city in 2005. Jack Wilkerson, vice president for business and finance […]

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NEWS STORY: Church Leaders Step Up Criticism of Looming War with Iraq

c. 2003 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Two major religious leaders _ Pope John Paul II and the head of the U.S. Episcopal Church _ on Monday (Jan. 13) criticized the looming U.S. war against Iraq. The new statements came as the United States beefed up its deployment of troops in the Persian Gulf region and […]

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c. 2003 Religion News Service Heresy Charges Filed Against Chicago United Methodist Bishop (RNS) Official charges have been filed against the liberal United Methodist bishop of Chicago, accusing him of heresy and abandoning the Christian faith. Twenty-eight people say Bishop Joseph Sprague should renounce his views or resign his office for not believing in traditional […]

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c. 2003 Religion News Service Mosque Apologizes for Christmas E-mail TORONTO (RNS) A Somali mosque here has apologized for a Christmas Day message that said wishing someone Merry Christmas is comparable to congratulating them for committing murder or engaging in adultery. “The board (of Khalid Bin Al-Walid Mosque) sincerely apologizes for the distress that this […]

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c. 2003 Religion News Service Agency Recommends Driver Training for Vans Often Used by Churches WASHINGTON (RNS) The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that states require special training for drivers of 15-passenger vans after investigating accidents involving vans used by churches. The agency also recommended more stringent measures for detecting tire pressure since pressure […]

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NEWS FEATURE: At West Point Graham Grandson Marches To Different Drum

c. 2003 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Three decades ago, West Point awarded the Rev. Billy Graham its highest civilian honor _ the Sylvanus Thayer Award. Today, the evangelist’s grandson Edward Graham looks forward to his West Point graduation and a military commission for active duty at a time when war seems imminent. In an interview […]

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c. 2003 Religion News Service Poll: Active Churchgoers More Likely to Express Life Satisfaction (RNS) Americans’ views about life satisfaction are shaped by their faith and religious practice, a Barna poll shows. Pollsters questioned people with an active faith _ those who attend church, read the Bible and pray during a typical week _ and […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Agnostic Questions if AA Is the Way

c. 2003 Religion News Service TOLEDO, Ohio _ Lou Peters accepts that he was wrong for driving drunk three years ago. But he cannot accept that God is the answer. Peters, 59, is an agnostic. So when a judge ordered him to attend Alcoholics Anonymous, the former hobby shop owner chose 30 days in jail […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Teen Twins Fill Niche With Original Line of Christian T-Shirts

c. 2003 Religion News Service MADISON, Ala. _ Even though identical twins Alina and Ariana Xicotencatl are only 15, they’re already world travelers. And businesswomen. The twins were born in California but spent more than two years living in the United Arab Emirates, a tiny country on the Persian Gulf near the southeast tip of […]

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