Holy Humor for the Holidays

c. 2005 The Joyful Noiseletter (UNDATED) “Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” _ Ginger, age 7 X X X Uses for fruitcakes _ Use as a cornerstone for a new church or synagogue under construction. _ Use instead of sandbags during flood. _ Use […]

RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service New Jersey Attorney General Bans Religion as Sole Profiling Factor (RNS) New Jersey authorities cannot use “ethnicity, religious affiliation, or religious practice” as the sole factor in determining whether to investigate someone for possible terrorist activity, according to an order by state Attorney General Peter Harvey. The written order, released […]

Shame on the “NunBun” thief!

Quote of the Day: `NunBun’ Owner Bob Bernstein “They went right for the bun. What the heck they are going to do with it, I can’t imagine. It’s sure not something anyone would eat. I hope they do eat it. It will teach them a lesson.” -Bob Bernstein, owner of the Bongo Java coffee shop […]

Family Advocacy Groups Push for `a la Carte’ TV Choices

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Advocacy groups say plans of cable television companies to offer family-friendly programming packages are flawed and designed to thwart consumers from getting what they really want: a la carte sales, in which subscribers pick and choose their channels. The marketing model traditionally used by cable companies and the two […]

Rocker Bono Parlays Fame Into Advocacy for the Desperate

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When Elvis Presley shook hands with Richard Nixon in 1970, it wasn’t much more than a fleeting photo op. When Bono got together with President Bush for lunch at the White House in October, however, they spoke for nearly two hours about debt relief, AIDS and other issues. Bono […]

COMMENTARY: In 2006, May Politics Not Shape Faith

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Well, I feel thoroughly manipulated. How about you? In 2005, we skirmished in supposed controversy over “separation of Church and State.” I realize now that the point wasn’t to separate religion and politics, but to separate liberals and conservatives, with liberals being tagged as religion’s enemy. Some of us […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Thief Takes Collection from Altar After Christmas Eve Mass EDISON, N.J. (RNS) The Grinch stole Christmas _ at least in one Catholic church. Someone stole close to $8,000 in cash and checks from the collection basket at The Church of the Guardian Angels just after a crowded Christmas Eve Mass […]

Mormon scholar talks about Joseph Smith

Quote of the Day: Mormon Scholar Richard Lyman Bushman “I do think there is a growing willingness to respect Joseph Smith because of the success of the Mormon Church. With so many sensible, likable people who are Mormons and who believe in him, it’s not as easy to dismiss him as it was in the […]

$1,000 Award for Missing `NunBun’

The Grinch didn’t steal Christmas, but he may have made off with the NunBun. Friends and fans of the famous “NunBun” at Bongo Java cafe in Nashville have posted a $1,000 reward for the safe (and uneaten) return of the famed cinnamon bun that bears an uncanny resemblance to the late Mother Teresa of Calcutta. […]

Huston Smith, a leading authority on religions

Quote of the Day: Religion Expert Huston Smith “Christianity has always been my meal. I only receive vitamins from other faiths.” -Huston Smith, author of “The World’s Religions” and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Berkeley, Calif. He was quoted by United Methodist News Service.