NEWS FEATURE: RNS Religion Calendar

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Here is the RNS calendar of religious holidays, events and meetings for August and September. It is updated monthly. July 28-Aug. 3 African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church: general conference, Greensboro, N.C. Contact: The Rev. George McKain at 843-276-3411; e-mail: zionpagem2(at) July 28-Aug 6 World Council of Churches: “Receive One […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service Call to Renewal Urges Retention of Faith-based Office (RNS) Call to Renewal, a religiously rooted anti-poverty group, has urged President Bush and Sen. John Kerry to keep the White House Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives in the next presidential administration. “We believe an Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives […]

NEWS FEATURE: Amish `Reality’ TV Show Debuts to Mixed Reviews

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) If you were among the 5.4 million viewers who made the premiere of “Amish in the City” a smashing success, supporters of the widely misunderstood Christian group want you to know you did not watch educational programming. “This is entertainment and not a PBS documentary,” said Amish scholar David […]

COMMENTARY: The Sounds of Sorrow

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Eugene Cullen Kennedy, a longtime observer of the Roman Catholic Church, is professor emeritus of psychology at Loyola University in Chicago and author of “Cardinal Bernardin’s Stations of the Cross,” published by St. Martin’s Press.) (UNDATED) It is a Saturday evening Mass in the summertime, as ordinary as Ordinary Time […]

NEWS STORY: Jews Warn Kerry Campaign: Don’t Take Us for Granted

c. 2004 Religion News Service BOSTON _ The message to the Kerry campaign from Jews is clear: Don’t take us for granted. Jewish voters may not be flocking from the traditionally Democratic stronghold to the Bush-Cheney ticket in large numbers, but Jewish Democrats gathered here for their presidential nominating convention are working to remind the […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service Interfaith Luncheon, Rally Show Faith Presence at Democratic Convention BOSTON (RNS) Democrats are showing that they take faith seriously, hosting both a faith-based luncheon and an interfaith social justice rally at the Democratic National Convention. The “People of Faith” luncheon Wednesday (July 28) featured a diverse group of speakers and […]

NEWS STORY: Documentary Revisits Nun Who Refused to Be Silenced

c. 2004 Religion News Service PHILADELPHIA _ With her shy nun’s smile and gentle demeanor, Sister Jeannine Gramick seems the most unlikely of gadflies. But, as a new documentary about her ministry to gay and lesbian Catholics shows, she is fearless in fighting anyone who tries to silence her. The film, “In Good Conscience: Sister […]

COMMENTARY: My Brother and Anne Frank

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin, the American Jewish Committee’s senior interreligious adviser, is Distinguished Visiting Professor at Saint Leo University.) (UNDATED) My brother Bert and Anne Frank, the author of the world-famous diary, were both born 75 years ago in the summer of 1929, exactly seven weeks apart. However, their places of birth […]

NEWS STORY: Kerry Can’t Take Muslim Vote for Granted

c. 2004 Religion News Service BOSTON _ Muslim voters appear less inclined to support President Bush in November than they did in 2000, but that doesn’t mean they automatically back Democrat John Kerry. Several of the roughly 40 Muslim delegates attending this week’s Democratic National Convention said they are waiting for the Kerry campaign to […]

NEWS FEATURE: A Post-Denominational Judaism?

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In what he calls “Common Judaism,” Michael Steinhardt is trying to foster a unifying loyalty among Jews that transcends the denominations of Reform, Conservative and Orthodox. The undertaking, part of Steinhardt’s Jewish Life Network (JLN), may be the most controversial yet for a philanthropist who has a history of […]