“Awesome need” in Louisiana

Quote of the Day: United Methodist Bishop Tom Bickerton of Pittsburgh “The most shocking thing for me was to work hard for several hours, raise up my head, look around and realize how little we accomplished. There is an awesome need for people to come to Louisiana as work teams. The need will go on […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Pope Defends Status of Pre-Implanted Embryos VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI told a Vatican symposium on the ethics of pre-implanted embryos on Monday (Feb. 27) that such embryos deserve the same respect as any human created by God. “The love of God doesn’t make any difference between the newly […]

Religious Leaders Continue to Pressure Policy Makers Over Sudan

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Religious leaders around the world are continuing to press international policy makers to move from talk to action over the spiraling violence in Sudan’s Darfur region. But Sudan’s resistance to non-African peacekeepers and differences between the United States and the United Nations have hampered any unified approach by the […]

In Faith, College Basketball Coach Finds Joy Amid Criticism

c. 2006 Religion News Service EAST ORANGE, N.J. _ The morning sun bathes the red-brick building in an amber glow as the folks inside New Hope Baptist Church prepare to dedicate their new sanctuary. Little girls in pretty dresses and little boys in polished shoes pose for pictures. Old friends embrace. The pastor, the Rev. […]

Things That Make You Go Oops…

It sounds like something Jesus might say-”If you will but worship me, all will be yours” (Luke 4:7)-so maybe it wasn’t suprising to find the verse posted on the Web site of St. James United Church of Christ in Limerick, PA. The only problem is the quote isn’t from Jesus– it’s from Satan, used to […]

Finding Violations, IRS Updates Church Guidelines on Politicking

c. 2006 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The Internal Revenue Service has updated guidelines on political campaign intervention by nonprofits after finding most of the charities it investigated _ including churches _ engaged in prohibited activities during the 2004 election campaign. “While the vast majority of charities, including churches, did not engage in politicking, our […]

With Nod to Pentecostals, Unity, WCC Assembly Closes in Brazil

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In an era of global turmoil over religion, the fact that a relatively diverse body of Christians from around the world could meet and leave 10 days later without much acrimony was enough for some to call the 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches a success. “The […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Religious Leaders Join Bush, Ambassador in Condemning Mosque Attack (RNS) U.S. religious leaders joined President Bush and the U.S. ambassador to Iraq in condemning the bombing Wednesday (Feb. 22) of Iraq’s Golden Mosque and supported calls for calm in the country. The destruction of the golden dome of the renowned […]

Catholic Conference Speaker Warns of Consequences of Gay Adoption

c. 2006 Religion News Service ROME _ A priest and psychotherapist at a Catholic conference on homosexuality condemned adoption by gay couples Thursday (Feb. 23), saying it will lead to social problems for years to come. “You turn their sense of reality upside down. It’s a social lie,” said the Rev. Tony Anatrella, a psychology […]