Democrats, Evangelicals Team Up on Global Warming

c. 2006 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ A fledgling alliance of Democrats and evangelical Christians is attempting to tackle global warming, motivated by the recent release of two documentaries on the subject, a solid scientific consensus and a growing concern over “creation care.” The Canadian documentary “The Great Warming,” narrated by pop singer Alanis Morissette […]

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c. 2006 Religion News Service Israel’s Chief Rabbinate Urges Jews Not to Hitchhike JERUSALEM (RNS) Israel’s Chief Rabbinate issued a ruling Thursday (June 29) forbidding Israeli Jews from hitchhiking after Palestinian militants murdered a young Israeli hitchhiker from the West Bank. Israeli Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar said that hitchhiking constitutes a potential danger to […]

Flashes of Episcopal Schism Heating Up

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) With multiple dioceses and churches laying the groundwork to break away from the Episcopal Church, flashes of a full-blown schism within the 2.2 million-member church are heating up. Just this week, three U.S. dioceses that are disappointed with the church’s newly elected presiding bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, separately asked […]

Pope Bestows Woolen Mantle of Leadership on Three U.S. Archbishops

c. 2006 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday (June 29) bestowed a woolen mantle, known as a “pallium,” on three recently appointed archbishops from the United States to symbolize their new authority. During a solemn Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, Archbishops Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., George Niederauer of San […]

Jerry Falwell Marks 50 Years in the Pulpit

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Fifty years after starting his ministry in Lynchburg, Va., the Rev. Jerry Falwell will unveil a new 6,000-seat sanctuary for his Thomas Road Baptist Church on Sunday (July 2). “Very few people are blessed with the privilege of starting a ministry at age 22 and then 50 years later, […]

COMMENTARY: The Death of Divestment

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Two years ago, the Presbyterian Church (USA) adopted a resolution instructing its investments committee “to initiate a process of phased selective divestment in multinational corporations operating in Israel.” That resolution blindsided many Presbyterians, and set off a firestorm of bitter criticism that culminated at the church’s recent General Assembly […]

Excerpts From Books on Founding Fathers’ Faith

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The authors of these three new works view the founders of the United State _ especially George Washington _ as men of faith. But after exhaustive research, they see that faith as being personally understood and lived out in different ways in the founders’ private lives and public statements: […]

Faith of Our Fathers: New Books Explore Convictions of Nation’s Founders

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) America’s founders were principled men who struggled with their personal convictions in crafting the structures and documents ensuring the nation’s tradition of religious liberty, according to three new books on the founders’ faith. Two of the books _ “Washington’s God: Religion, Liberty and the Father of Our Country” by […]

Spain, Secularism and the Pope

Pope to Confront Growing Secularism During Trip to Spain Pope Benedict XVI travels to Spain next week to celebrate the fifth annual World Meeting of Families. As RNS’s Vatican correspondent Stacy Meichtry reports in this week’s full text article (linked above), there’s a lot at stake. Quote: Since the election of Prime Minister Jose Luis […]

Veteran Activist Jim Wallis Recruits Evangelicals for Poverty Fight

c. 2006 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Solving the problem of poverty in America requires the cooperation of leaders and activists from across the theological and political spectrum, organizers of a conference said here this week. Organized by Call to Renewal and Sojourners, two Washington-based social justice groups co-founded by the Rev. Jim Wallis, the […]