COMMENTARY: Getting in Our Own Way

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Thanks to a Hollywood ending and avoidance of the novel’s more bizarre musings, I doubt that many viewers will walk out of “The Da Vinci Code” questioning their faith, planning to leave the Roman Catholic Church or embracing paganism. Some might join me in thinking this a better film […]

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c. 2006 Religion News Service Loyola Cuts Programs After Katrina Devastated Campus, Budget NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Loyola University’s board of trustees has approved a major restructuring plan in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, cutting a host of degree programs and 17 faculty positions as it prepares for lower enrollment next fall. The trustees unanimously adopted […]

For Hollywood, Faith Has Always Been a Contentious Issue

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) There is faith, and there is religion, and Hollywood has never really embraced both. Movie makers have occasionally paid lip service to the second. The Old Testament remains a sturdy source of spectacle; the rites of the Roman Catholic Church regularly enliven horror movies. Screenwriters in search of a […]

COMMENTARY: It’s Time to Break the Money Taboo

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) It’s time to break the money taboo. The fact that we can’t talk about our finances is getting us into trouble. Even in supportive religious communities, the taboo is so strong that our money matters are very rarely discussed. I interviewed a family living in the suburbs of Orlando, […]

`Da Vinci’ Strong But Not Super at Box Office

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) You don’t need a Harvard symbologist to decode this one. With its built-in advantage of a best-seller source novel _ and the dependable Ron Howard directing fan favorite Tom Hanks _ “The Da Vinci Code” translated fame into box-office success on its first weekend in release. Its estimated Friday-through-Sunday […]

SIDEBAR: Tips on Keeping Faith in the Workplace

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) How to give employees room to express their spirituality without smothering others: _ Holiday swapping: Provide a process by which employees can swap days to cover religious holidays not included in the corporate holiday calendar. This could be as simple as providing a list of dates known to be […]

As Spirituality Grows, Employers Strive to Be Fair

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A Muslim employee’s daily prayers. A lunchtime Bible study group. A Jewish employee’s observance of the High Holy Days. What does any of this have to do with conducting business? These days, plenty. More Americans are bringing their faith to work, and employers need to be sure their workplace […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Diverse Groups Join to Seek Common Ground on Sexual Issues WASHINGTON (RNS) Delegates of Planned Parenthood, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Organization of Women and the National Council of Churches have all reached some agreement on a topic that usually divides them _ sex. Members of these […]