NEWS STORY: Jakes’ Mega Fest Brings 100,000 to Atlanta

c. 2004 Religion News Service ATLANTA _ With 100,000 registrants and tens of thousands of walk-ins expected, power preacher Bishop T.D. Jakes’ Mega Fest has taken over four giant downtown venues in Atlanta this week (June 23-26) for four days of fervent Christian worship mixed with an all-star entertainment lineup. Jakes regularly draws thousands of […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Dobson Says Prospects for Marriage Amendment `Not Good’ WASHINGTON (RNS) Focus on the Family founder James Dobson told journalists Friday (June 25) that he doesn’t think a proposed amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman has a good chance of passing on Capitol Hill. “The […]

RELIGION BESTSELLERS

(Editor’s note: This list is compiled by Publishers Weekly magazine from data received from general independent bookstores, chain stores and wholesalers within the month of May. Copyright 2004 Publishers Weekly. Distributed by Religion News Service.) HARDCOVER 1. The Purpose-Driven Life, by Rick Warren. (Zondervan, $19.99) 2. Glorious Appearing, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. […]

NEWS STORY: Reform Rabbis Denounce Bush on `False’ Weapons Claims

c. 2004 Religion News Service TORONTO _ Reform rabbis meeting here for their annual conference condemned the Bush administration for using “false claims” of weapons of mass destruction to justify the war in Iraq and for failing to implement a plan to end “chaos” in the country. The Iraq resolution adopted by the 450 rabbis […]

NEWS STORY: Departing Members of Review Board Urge Vigilance

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Two years ago, Anne Burke was a self-admitted “passive Catholic” who lived in relative obscurity, save for her job as a justice on the Illinois Court of Appeals and wife of a Chicago alderman. But then she got a phone call from a Catholic bishop downstate who asked her […]

COMMENTARY: Herzl’s Legacy Lives on 100 Years After Death

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin, the American Jewish Committee’s senior interreligious adviser, is Distinguished Visiting Professor at Saint Leo University.) (UNDATED) A photograph, taken in Tel Aviv on May 14, 1948, is one of the great iconic pictures of modern history. It shows David Ben-Gurion reading the Declaration of Independence of the Jewish […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service N.H. Episcopal Church Leaves Over Clash With Gay Bishop (RNS) A New Hampshire Episcopal church that did not want to be subjected to the authority of an openly gay bishop has effectively left the church, according to local church leaders. The decision of the Church of the Redeemer in Rochester […]

NEWS STORY: Catholic Bishops Slam HBO `Celibacy’ Documentary

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A new documentary to be broadcast on HBO next week (June 28) raises provocative questions about the role of clerical celibacy in the Catholic sexual abuse crisis. It is drawing fire from outraged Catholic bishops who say the film uses a “stacked-deck approach” to “assault” the church’s sexual ethos. […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Anglican Leaders Consult U.S. Church Leaders on Divisions (RNS) Anglican leaders met last week (June 14-18) to discuss how to heal divisions surrounding last year’s election and consecration of openly gay Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. The leaders, meeting in North Carolina, are part of the Lambeth […]