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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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 […]

NEWS DIGEST: Religion in Canada

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 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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c. 2003 Religion News Service Bush Petitions Supreme Court to Hear Pledge Case WASHINGTON (RNS) The Bush administration has formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule a lower court decision and allow the Pledge of Allegiance to include the words “one nation under God.” U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson said last summer’s ruling by […]

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 […]

NEWS STORY: Dwindling Numbers Force Nuns to Sell Monastery

c. 2003 Religion News Service NEWARK, N.J. _ For 121 years, nuns have prayed for the troubled world outside the stone walls of the Monastery of St. Dominic here, living almost unknown to their neighbors. Although more than 100 nuns have spent their years in cloistered contemplation at the monastery since 1882, it has been […]