COMMENTARY: Hurricanes Reveal Religion’s Needed Role in Ecology

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In the years that I have worked on environmental issues in religious congregations, I have often seen the topic get pushed down the list in deference to activities seen as more germane to the mission of the faith community _ feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, other charitable acts. […]

Gays in the Catholic Church; Palau’s festivals; finding meaning through Kabbalah

David Briggs writes in Wednesday’s RNS report about the potential effects of the Vatican’s proposed document on homosexuality in the Catholic Church. While some gay rights groups have condemned the document, they say a ban on celibate gay seminarians cannot stop the momentum for gay and lesbian rights: Leaders seeking change in faiths from Catholicism […]

RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service FEMA Extends Faith-Based Initiative With Hurricane Reimbursements (RNS) The Federal Emergency Management Agency intends to reimburse religious groups that have offered relief to victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, marking a new step in the White House’s faith-based initiative. The move by FEMA is being criticized by a church-state watchdog […]

Episcopal Bishop John Chane

Quote of the Day: Episcopal Bishop John Chane of Washington “If the church is to really focus on the issues of the Bible’s teaching and the core teachings of Jesus Christ, why does this archbishop spend so much time on human sexuality issues while so many of his countrymen and women are oppressed by poverty, […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service FEMA Extends Faith-Based Initiative With Hurricane Reimbursements (RNS) The Federal Emergency Management Agency intends to reimburse religious groups that have offered relief to victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, marking a new step in the White House’s faith-based initiative. The move by FEMA is being criticized by a church-state watchdog […]

Hurricanes Provide Teachable Moment, Spur Interfaith Cooperation

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Less than a month into his job, the Rev. Reid Doster is coordinating disaster recovery for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Louisiana, helping victims near Lacombe deal with the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. As he works with Presbyterians, Lutherans and other volunteers to help remove wet furniture […]

COMMENTARY: On so Many Issues, No Single `Right’ Opinion

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Here is a question to ponder. My son and I recently went to play tennis. All five courts were empty, as they are most days. A generation ago, people lined up to play tennis. What changed? Some will say, Who cares? I don’t play tennis. If it doesn’t touch […]

Hurricanes’ lessons; intelligent design

Tuesday’s RNS report includes a story about the lessons hurricanes offer to people of faith. Adelle M. Banks and Jason Kane write: The one-two punch of hurricanes Katrina and Rita is serving as both a test of faith and a teachable moment for the nation, religious leaders say. As resources are stretched to aid those […]