Methodists Reverse Decision on Defrocked Lesbian Minister

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A Methodist appeals court on Friday (April 29) reversed a decision in the case of a defrocked lesbian pastor, restoring her clergy credentials because the church has not clearly defined its terms in banning homosexual ministers. In an 8-1 ruling, the nine-member regional appeals court of The United Methodist […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Islamic Satellite Will Impact Moon Sightings, Holiday Observances (RNS) An Islamic satellite is expected to go into orbit by the end of the year to help determine the exact timing of a “new moon” to begin the holy month of Ramadan. Ali Jama, the mufti of Egypt and head of […]

Report: Ignorance of Bible Stifles Education of American Students

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Was Moses one of Jesus’ 12 apostles? One out of 10 teenagers erroneously thinks so, according to a report that argues lack of biblical knowledge could be a huge educational disadvantage for the nation’s youth. According to the nonprofit Bible Literacy Project, 98 percent of the country’s “best” high […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Colorado Senator, Focus on the Family in Verbal Fight (RNS) A Colorado senator has apologized for comparing Focus on the Family, a prominent conservative Christian ministry in his state, to the Antichrist. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., said he still thinks the ministry founded by James Dobson, is involved in un-Christian […]

COMMENTARY: Let’s Keep the Bombs Out of World War II Rhetoric

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Sixty years have passed since the end of World War II in 1945, but in many ways, the war is still with us. In New York City, real estate agents still describe certain desirable apartment buildings as “pre-war.” Everyone immediately knows which “war” they mean. Tom Brokaw’s “The Greatest […]

NEWS FEATURE: Make a Joyful Noise: Professor Links Southern Black, Scottish Singing Styles

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When 10 members of the all-black choir at Mount Zion Church in Killen, Ala., flew to Scotland in January on their first overseas trip, they were treated like long-lost family members. “They really, really loved us,” recalled the Rev. Docary Ingram, pastor of the Presbyterian congregation in northwest Alabama’s […]