BOOK REVIEWS: Spirituality on Campus, in Jewish Ritual and in the Nation’s Founding

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Several new books mine the rich ores of American religion, examining topics from spirituality at colleges to traditions of the Jewish year. Each volume is distinguished by the attention to detail provided by its author or translator. In “The Book of Customs (HarperSanFrancisco),” Scott-Martin Kosofsky offers a modernized guidebook […]

BOOK REVIEWS: Crusades Examined in New Light, But Not Enough Light

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) “The First Crusade: A New History,” by Thomas Asbridge (Oxford University Press, 408 pages, $35) The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks brought into high profile the sometimes tension-fraught relationship between Islam and Christianity. In the United States, where religious diversity and pluralism were not real factors until the last decades […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Presbyterians Fire Two Officials After Hezbollah Meeting (RNS) Two officials of the Presbyterian Church (USA) who were part of a controversial delegation that met with Hezbollah officials in Lebanon have been fired. Church officials, however, would not say if the firings of Kathy Lueckert and the Rev. Peter Sulyok were […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service Presbyterians Fire Two Officials After Hezbollah Meeting (RNS) Two officials of the Presbyterian Church (USA) who were part of a controversial delegation that met with Hezbollah officials in Lebanon have been fired. Church officials, however, would not say if the firings of Kathy Lueckert and the Rev. Peter Sulyok were […]

NEWS STORY: Racially Diverse Faith Coalitions Oppose Gay Marriage, Tackle Other Issues

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) With the results of the election fresh on his mind, Pastor Ken Friendly called a meeting of black and white ministers in Anchorage, Alaska, to discuss forming a chapter of the Traditional Values Coalition. The African-American pastor of Lighthouse Christian Fellowship said the group will ensure that his state’s […]

COMMENTARY: Back When Slides Were the Photographic Rage

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Marcia and I recently girded ourselves with steely determination and spent hours viewing our huge collection of old 35 millimeter color slides. We were like archaeologists digging up the past because many of the slides were decades old. Surprisingly, looking at them after years of neglect was an emotional […]

NEWS STORY: Catholic Bishops Vote to Join New Ecumenical Movement

c. 2004 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops on Wednesday (Nov. 17) gave their blessing to a new broad-based effort to bring Catholics, evangelical and mainline Protestants, and Orthodox Christians around a common table for the first time. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted 151-73 in a meeting here to […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Cardinal Says Abortion and Social Justice Are Not `Competing Causes’ WASHINGTON (RNS) Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, who has overseen the Catholic Church’s relationship with dissenting politicians, says opposition to abortion and support of social justice cannot be “competing causes” in the church’s political life. McCarrick, chairman of a task […]

NEWS STORY: With Death of Arafat, Muslims and Jews Look Forward

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) American Jews and Muslims reflect differently on the life and leadership of Yasser Arafat, but they agree that following his death, a new era of leadership, one that will unify Palestinians and reinvigorate the peace process, is needed. Arafat, 75, died Thursday. For many American Muslims, the leader of […]