RNS Religion Calendar

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Here is the RNS calendar of religious holidays, events and meetings for October and November. It is updated monthly. Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: semiannual general conference, Salt Lake City. Contact: Dale Bills at 801-240-4377; e-mail: billsdk(at)ldschurch.org Oct. 1 Yom Kippur (Jewish Day of […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Sex Abuse Victims Group Urges Southern Baptist Attention (RNS) A group that has drawn attention to the issue of sexual abuse by Catholic priests has asked leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention to “make Southern Baptist churches safer.” The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) wrote a Sept. […]

Trucker Church Offers Gospel at the Gas Pump

c. 2006 Religion News Service ROBERTSDALE, Ala. _ It was 9:15 a.m. on a Sunday at the Oasis Truck Center near the Alabama-Florida state line when the cashier handed Donavan Fowler the microphone. A recent graduate of Pensacola Bible Institute, Fowler announced that church services were beginning in 15 minutes in the red semi-truck out […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Civil Rights Group Cautiously Backs Muslim Charity (UNDATED) A national Muslim civil rights group is giving a cautious seal of approval to a Detroit-area charity that was raided by federal agents. Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Muslims wishing to help the less fortunate should […]

Danforth Says Religion, Politics a Volatile Mix

c. 2006 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (UNDATED) Former Sen. John Danforth is no stranger to the idea of religion playing a role in politics. After all, during his three terms as a Republican senator from Missouri, and then a diplomat, he remained an active Episcopal priest. But now, Danforth believes that religion has become a […]

Tattoo Ministry Offers a Clean Slate, One Scar at a Time

c. Religion News Service LOS ANGELES _ A tattoo of Korean characters spelling “trouble” snaked down Miles Carrington’s neck. The markings were remnants of a former life, of drugs and alcohol, gangs and jail. They did not belong on the cleaned-up Carrington, a 36-year-old father of two with a respectable job selling stocks and bonds. […]

COMMENTARY: Anglican-Jewish Agreement a Sign of Hope

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) This month, the religious “bad news” story was the violent reaction of Muslims to the pope’s speech in which he invoked a 14th-century emperor who called the prophet Muhammad’s teachings “evil and inhuman.” Some Muslim leaders even issued bizarre calls for the pope to convert to Islam. Unfortunately, during […]

Forgiveness and ‘Spin Sorrow’

For Jews, Forgiveness Isn’t Always Cut and Dried Ansley Roan compares the Jewish concept of forgiveness with the spate of recent public apologies from such headliners as Mel Gibson and Senator George Allen, in this week’s full text RNS article, linked above. Quote: Public apologies by public figures are often driven by public opinion, said […]

For Jews, Forgiveness Isn’t Always Cut and Dried

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c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Mel Gibson. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Sen. George Allen. Each has made headlines this year with public apologies _ Gibson for offending Jews, Nagin for calling the World Trade Center a “hole in the ground” and Allen for calling an Indian man “macaca.” Those apologies came in the […]

Jason Berry: This Far by Faith

c. 2006 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ In a long and distinguished career spanning three decades, journalist Jason Berry has been there, done that and written about it. His books range from dispatches from the front lines of the civil rights movement to the rise of contemporary New Orleans music to the crisis in […]