T.D. Jakes on Post-Katrina `Emotional Equilibrium’

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Bishop T.D. Jakes, the Dallas megachurch pastor, has made several trips to the Gulf Coast in his role as co-chairman of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund Interfaith Advisory Committee. The fund has committed $20 million to help religious institutions in the affected region. Jakes recently spoke about the continuing efforts […]

A good God

Quote of the Day: Humorist Art Buchwald “I believe there is a God, but he’s not the one all the religions claim. The Christian religion, the Jewish religion, the Muslim religion-if you believe in their God, other people will say you’re an infidel. There’s a God out there, but not the one that causes all […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Presbyterians Call for Medical Marijuana (RNS) The Presbyterian Church (USA) on Wednesday (June 21) became the seventh major religious organization in the nation to support the use of medical marijuana. The consensus vote of the church’s General Assembly in Birmingham, Ala., comes as the U.S. House of Representatives is expected […]

JustFaith Opens Eyes to Injustice, Moves Hands to Action

c. 2006 Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ If she wanted, Mary Crowley could live an insulated life in her home in Hudsonville. She could go to church, go to work and do other things embedded in the fabric of suburban West Michigan culture. Three years ago, the schoolteacher’s eyes were opened to the […]

Newark Episcopalians, Poised to Elect New Bishop, Mull Gay Choices

c. 2006 Religion News Service NEWARK, N.J. _ Back in 1998, a half-decade before Gene Robinson of New Hampshire became the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church and an international figure, the Episcopal Diocese of Newark considered him as a candidate. That year, Robinson made a nominating committee’s short list for bishop of […]

JustFaith; and Newark’s new Episcopal bishop

In Friday’s RNS report Matt Vande Bunte writes about JustFaith, a group that works to open people’s eyes to injustice and spur them into action: If she wanted, Mary Crowley could live an insulated life in her Hudsonville home. She could go to church, go to work and do other things embedded in the fabric […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Gay Bishop `Disappointed but Not Devastated’ After Convention COLUMBUS, Ohio (RNS) As he sat back to reflect on his church’s nine-day General Convention meeting, Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire said he was “disappointed but not devastated.” For Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, […]

COMMENTARY: A Rabbi Who Shattered the Stained-Glass Ceiling Retires

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Question: What do Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, Brig. Gen. Coral Pietsch and Rabbi Sally Priesand have in common? Give up? They are four pioneering women who shattered the restrictive, discriminatory “glass ceilings” of their various professions and opened doors of opportunity for others to follow. In […]

Bishop’s Early Career Laid Path for High-Ranking Post

c. 2006 Religion News Service PORTLAND, Ore. _ From the sky to the ocean and nearly everything in between, Katharine Jefferts Schori uses her brain and her faith to try to make sense of it all. The self-described “recovering scientist” made the leap from professional science to religion in Corvallis, the Oregon city where she […]

Pope Reshuffles Cabinet, Retires One U.S. Cardinal

c. 2006 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Pope Benedict XVI made a long-awaited reshuffle of the Roman Curia on Thursday (June 22), ending the tenures of Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican’s No. 2 official, and Cardinal Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal in charge of overseeing the affairs of Vatican City. Benedict replaced Sodano as […]