Marilynne Robinson on Theology and Fiction

c. 2005 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (UNDATED) Marilynne Robinson’s novel “Gilead” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $23) is about the Rev. John Ames, a Congregational minister in Iowa who in 1956 begins writing a letter to his young son, an account of himself and forebears. It won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics […]

Marilynne Robinson’s `Gilead’ _ In Praise of Ordinary Time

c. 2005 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (UNDATED) “A good sermon,” Marilynne Robinson writes, “is one side of a passionate conversation.” It has to be heard in that way. So, too, a good novel. It is a conversation between the novelist, the reader and _ as in the case of a sermon, perhaps, for some _ […]

Family of Accused Pastor Horrified by Rape Charges

c. 2005 Religion News Service HAMMOND, La. _ As a boy, family members recalled, Louis David Lamonica never cursed or smoked. He was called to serve the Lord, said his sister Liz Lamonica Roberts, and he wanted to be a preacher just like his daddy. So when news broke that Lamonica, 45, and seven other […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Former Church Official Says Vatican Owes Victims an Apology (RNS) The former director of the Catholic bishops’ sexual abuse prevention office said the Vatican owes victims a high-level apology, and urged the church to consider allowing priests to marry to meet a “deep, normal need” for intimacy. Kathleen McChesney, who […]

COMMENTARY: Grand Vision for Ground Zero Grounded

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Within a few moments at Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001, everything changed for all of us. In the long years since, however, so little has changed there that the Wall Street Journal describes the site in lower Manhattan as “an empty canyon.” The vast space has become poet […]

COMMENTARY: Clergy Should Leave Politicking to Politicians

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Being a religious cheerleader for politicians and their policies does not appear in any clergy job description. One hopes that’s the lesson learned by the Rev. Chan Chandler, the 33-year-old minister who recently lost his job as pastor of the East Waynesville (N.C.) Baptist Church. Shortly before last year’s […]

Religious Investors Pressure Wal-Mart With Shareholder Resolution

c. 2005 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is already facing a massive class-action sex-discrimination lawsuit, an $11 million legal settlement of a federal investigation of labor practices, $3.1 million in fines for violations of the Clean Water Act and allegations of executive misuse of funds. Now the giant retailer must face religious […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Southern Baptist Pastor Apologizes for Anti-Muslim Sign (RNS) A Southern Baptist pastor apologized for posting an anti-Muslim sign at his church in North Carolina, following criticism by leaders in the Muslim-American community. Creighton Lovelace said he regretted posting a message that read, “The Koran needs to be flushed,” according to […]