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c. 2006 Religion News Service Archbishop of Canterbury Slams `Flaws’ in Iraq War LONDON (RNS) Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams on Friday (Dec. 29) attacked the decision by the United States and Britain to go to war in Iraq as having “moral and practical flaws,” and said he wonders whether he could have done more […]

Ford Funeral to Follow Episcopal Burial Rites

c. 2006 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The funeral service for former President Gerald Ford at Washington National Cathedral on Tuesday (Jan. 2) will follow the formal burial rites of his Episcopal faith, feature Bible readings by his children and remembrances by President Bush and former President George H.W. Bush. Ford, 93, died Tuesday (Dec. […]

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c. 2006 Religion News Service Ford Praised for Steady Hand, Support for Jews (RNS) Religious leaders are lauding former President Gerald Ford, who died Tuesday (Dec. 26) at age 93, praising his common decency, his steady hand in turbulent times and his support for Jews living in the former Soviet Union. Evangelist Billy Graham called […]

In Amish Country, `Christian Broadway’ is Big Business

c. 2006 Religion News Service STRASBURG, Pa. _ Few signs beckon pilgrims seeking the Millennium Theatre. They know the way, or at least their bus drivers do. “Our audience doesn’t have any trouble finding us,” public relations manager Pamela Evans said, explaining the paucity of billboards along the Lancaster County roads leading to the 2,000-seat […]

On `Christian Broadway,’ Nothing is Amateur

c. 2006 Religion News Service STRASBURG, Pa. _ The sprawling stage at Millennium Theatre is more than 300 feet long, wrapping around both sides of the 2,000-seat theater. The sets are gigantic, the lights brilliant, the music thunderous. At any moment, dozens of actors and live animals might be swirling across the stage or up […]

Michigan Church Has Been Preparing for Ford Funeral

c. 2006 Religion News Service EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ “Peace Be Unto You” is chiseled into the brick entryway to Grace Episcopal Church in East Grand Rapids. But the church wasn’t a house of serenity on Wednesday (Dec. 27). Phones rang with queries from reporters. Interim rector Nixon McMillan, vacationing in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, […]

COMMENTARY: Anybody Have a Cure for MEGO Disease?

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Despite the best attempts to immunize myself, each December I contract the dreaded MEGO (My Eyes Glaze Over) illness. MEGO is brought on by reading the many year-end neatly typed single-spaced “Family Letters” received from friends. These cheery familial reports usually feature overachieving whiz kids accompanied by warm fuzzy […]

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c. 2006 Religion News Service Graham Cited `Most Admired’ in Gallup Poll for 50th Time (RNS) Evangelist Billy Graham has been named in the Gallup Poll’s top 10 “most admired” men list for a record 50th time. In a poll taken in mid-December, the 88-year-old evangelist came in fifth. Ranked before him, in order, were […]

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c. 2006 Religion News Service Carter, in Letter to U.S. Jews, Defends Use of `Apartheid’ in Book (RNS) Former President Jimmy Carter, under fire from Jewish leaders for describing Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands as “apartheid” in a new book, has written an open letter to U.S. Jews to defend and clarify his use of […]