NEWS DIGEST: Religion in Canada

c. 2003 Religion News Service Anglican Priests Charged for Defying Bishop Over Gay Unions VANCOUVER, British Columbia _ Seven Anglican priests who have been at odds with their church’s stand on same-sex marriages have been charged with a variety of ecclesiastical offenses in an issue that continues to cause turmoil in the worldwide Anglican Communion. […]

NEWS STORY: Prayer Groups Proliferate on Capitol Hill

c. 2003 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Congresswoman Denise Majette has a lot of reasons to pray. “As a freshman member of Congress in the minority party, I need to be constantly connected to the Holy Spirit to stay strong,” Majette, a Democrat from Georgia, said. Before they debate issues that affect millions of Americans’ […]

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c. 2003 Religion News Service United Methodist Gay Pastor Will Likely Face Trial (RNS) A United Methodist pastor in Washington state who told her bishop she is a lesbian will likely face trial for flouting the church’s ban on “self-avowed practicing” gay clergy. The church’s highest court ruled Monday (Oct. 27) that two lower panels […]

COMMENTARY: Dialogue with Danny

c. 2003 Religion News Service (Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C., is author of “Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World,” published by Polity Press.) (UNDATED) I have never seen _ nor do I intend to ever see _ the video of the […]

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c. 2003 Religion News Service Muslim Leaders Seek More Discussions With Bush Administration WASHINGTON (RNS) As other Muslims planned to mark Ramadan at a dinner at the White House, the leaders of several Muslim organizations urged the Bush administration to have more substantive conversations with Muslims. “Basically, we feel that this administration has not dealt […]

COMMENTARY: Issues in the Robinson Consecration

c. 2003 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is a writer and computer consultant, managing large-scale database implementations. An Episcopal priest, he lives in Durham, N.C.) (UNDATED) Until a business trip intervened, I planned to attend the Rev. V. Gene Robinson’s consecration as Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire next Sunday. I wanted to voice my Yes […]

NEWS FEATURE: Icons: Windows of the Soul Onto Heaven

c. 2003 Religion News Service PARMA, Ohio _ Jesus, Mary and John are everywhere. Walk inside Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Parma, and dramatic depictions of the Gospel story follow you through the temple. Turn one way, and the severed head of John the Baptist cries out. Turn another, and one sees a portrayal of […]

COMMENTARY: Hard Times and Traditional Values

c. 2003 Religion News Service (Samuel K. Atchison is an ordained minister and has worked as a policy analyst and social worker to the homeless. He currently is a prison chaplain in Trenton, N.J., and a fellow of the George H. Gallup International Institute in Princeton, N.J.) (UNDATED) Several years ago, I preached at the […]

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c. 2003 Religion News Service Donations to Nation’s Charities Decline for First Time in 12 Years (RNS) Donations to the nation’s largest charities dropped in 2002, a first in 12 years, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported. Contributions decreased 1.2 percent, compared to an average annual increase of 12 percent in the previous five years, the […]