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 […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service World Relief Develops Network to Aid Trafficking Victims (RNS) World Relief, an evangelical humanitarian agency, announced Wednesday (July 28) that it plans to launch a network to aid U.S. victims of human trafficking. The agency, which is the relief arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, said it has received […]

NEWS STORY: Poll: Battleground States Leaning Democratic Among Arab-Americans

c. 2004 Religion News Service BOSTON _ Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry enjoys a comfortable lead over President Bush among Arab-American voters in four “battleground states,” according to a new poll. The poll, conducted by Zogby International for the Arab American Institute, showed Kerry leading in Michigan, Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania while Bush’s numbers continue […]

NEWS FEATURE: Faith Takes Root and Grows at Biblical Garden

c. 2004 Religion News Service PITTSBURGH _ Tucked behind hedges and an iron gate on a corner of this city’s busy Fifth Avenue lies a natural resource that combines age-old Scriptures and plants whose histories are just as ancient. The Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden has attracted gardeners and the faithful from across the country […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Poll: Most Americans Support Public Displays of Religion (RNS) The vast majority of Americans oppose the removal of the Ten Commandments from public buildings and “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency. But most also oppose the idea of making Christianity the country’s official religion, a survey shows. Sixty-six percent […]

COMMENTARY: Developing a Spirituality of Abundance

c. 2004 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. Visit his Web site at EMERALD ISLE, N.C. _ Our new gear for this beach trip is a portable canvas gazebo, i.e. sunburn prevention device. Otherwise, it’s just family, […]

NEWS FEATURE: Sports Arena Churches _ Trend or Exception?

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Stop by a typical church on a weekday night and you might find an Alcoholics Anonymous group or Boy Scout troop meeting there. At Faithful Central Bible Church, you just might find Madonna. That’s because Faithful Central is among a small but growing number of megachurches using sports and […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Pope Appeals for End to Conflicts in Uganda, Darfur Region of Sudan (UNDATED) Pope John Paul II has appealed for an end to the long and “tragic conflict” in northern Uganda and urged the world to not “remain indifferent” to intensifying warfare in the Darfur region of Sudan, which has […]

NEWS FEATURE: Abortion, Segregation Different Issues for Catholic Bishops

c. 2004 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ For more than a year, some conservative Catholics have invoked the memory of former New Orleans Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel in urging discipline of Catholic politicians who support abortion rights _ much as Rummel excommunicated a group of vocal segregationists in 1962. But, as some scholars point […]