NEWS FEATURE: Pentecostal Flock Treasures 106-Year-Old Bishop

c. 2003 Religion News Service CLEVELAND _ At age 106, Bertha Mable Massey has no living descendants. For many elderly people, that would be a problem. Massey, though, is being lovingly cared for in a Cleveland home where she is treated like royalty. The dressy suits she favors for everyday wear have been moved here, […]

NEWS ANALYSIS: Ten Commandments Symbolize the Sacred for Evangelicals

c. 2003 Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ To Alabama’s dominant evangelical Christian population, the Ten Commandments stand as a powerful symbol of the sacred, not a quaint myth about the origins of law. “Evangelical Christians, particularly here in Alabama, have a strong conviction that it’s part of biblically inspired Scripture,” said Don Hawkins, president […]

COMMENTARY: Commandments Not Written in Stone

c. 2003 Religion News Service (UNDATED) There’s one little problem with the Ten Commandments that Roy Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has been fighting to keep in the lobby of the state judicial building in Montgomery. The commandments aren’t numbered on the 21/2-ton, jukebox-size granite monument that Moore moved secretly into the […]

NEWS FEATURE: Baptist Pastor Counsels Would-Be Spouses in New Book

c. 2003 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Peggy McMickle came home on the subway from working all day in downtown Manhattan to prepare dinner. Her husband, Marvin, a graduate student, was relaxing on the couch watching Walter Cronkite and the nightly news. At the end of the show, he walked into their small kitchen and told […]

COMMENTARY: Near-Future of Catholicism in America Is a Close Call

c. 2003 Religion News Service (David Gibson, former religion writer for The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., is author of “The Coming Catholic Church” (HarperSanFrancisco), to be published June 30.) (UNDATED) More than a year after the Catholic hierarchy gathered in Dallas to try to head off the galloping clergy sexual abuse scandal, and in the […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2003 Religion News Service Bishops’ Labor Day Statement Appeals for Migrant Workers WASHINGTON (RNS) The annual Labor Day statement by the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops appeals for fair treatment for migrant farm workers who “still have a claim on our conscience.” Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, chairman of the bishops’ domestic policy committee, said […]

NEWS STORY: Religious Comfort in a Time of War _ Online and Off

c. 2003 Religion News Servic (UNDATED) At an online “prayer chapel” of the United Church of Christ, military relatives are sharing prayer requests for the safe return of their loved ones. The Jewish Federation of Rockland County, N.Y., has started “Operation Matzo Meals” to send care packages to Jewish troops who may celebrate Passover in […]

COMMENTARY: Rape No Therapy for Trauma of Rape

c. 2003 Religion News Serice (The Rev. Marie M. Fortune is editor of the Journal of Religion and Abuse and founder of the Seattle-based Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence. She is the author of “Is Nothing Sacred? The Story of a Pastor, the Women He Sexually Abused, and the Congregation He […]