Depts of Justice, Homeland Security Receive Religion Training

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The departments of Justice and Homeland Security have begun training employees to better understand and protect the civil liberties of American Muslims, Sikhs and other minority ethnic and religious groups in the wake of Sept. 11. They also are attempting to involve Muslims and Sikhs in the “homeland […]

Pilgrim on Trek to 365 Churches in 365 Days

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) David Heimann is not your ordinary pilgrim. Every day, the Illinois native walks into a different Roman Catholic church. Afterward, he turns to the Internet to blog about his experience, linking to pictures of the churches through Google Earth, a program that provides satellite imagery of any location in […]

Mainstreaming Spirituality

Quote of the Day: Buddhist Monk and Author Matthieu Ricard “The idea of meditation as developing some mental skills is now coming in to replace the old notion of someone blissing out under a bongo tree.” -Buddhist monk and author Matthieu Ricard, speaking about the use of meditation for cognitive development and stress relief. He […]

RNS Daily Digest: Also transmitting in `a’ category

c. 2007 Religion News Service Democrats Hire Catholic Outreach Director WASHINGTON (RNS) After a lengthy search, the Democratic National Committee has tapped a young Catholic who is active in social justice causes to lead its outreach to the Catholic community. John Kelly, 35, treasurer of Pax Christi USA, a national Catholic peace organization, has worked […]

GUEST COMMENTARY: Let’s Not Blame Religion for All the World’s Ills

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) It’s easy to characterize religion as a bloodthirsty enterprise. History seems to be strewn with the wreckage of witch hunts, crusades and religious jihad. If God does exist, a caller to my Southern California radio show offered, he ought to be tried for crimes against humanity. “New atheists” such […]

Nonbelievers Experience an American Resurgence

c. 2007 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly NEW YORK _ The United States, the polls repeatedly show, is a religious country, with 90 percent of Americans saying they believe in God or a supreme being and more than 40 percent saying they attend religious services each week. But there is another group, much smaller and less […]

Buddhist Sect Draws Notice, and Black Converts

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga. _ one of the first Buddhists ever elected to Congress _ seems to have slipped in through a side door while all eyes were focused on the first Muslim ever elected. Johnson may prefer the spotlight to remain on his Muslim colleague, Rep. Keith Ellison, […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service School Issues New Guidelines on Preaching in the Classroom KEARNY, N.J. (RNS) In response to allegations that a high school history teacher told students they belonged in hell if they did not accept Jesus, school officials will start a new training program to ensure that educators understand legal boundaries about […]

NEWS STORY: With China Watching, Vatican Thaws Ties with Vietnam

c. 2007 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ The Vatican’s push to restore diplomatic relations with Vietnam took an “important step” forward, the Vatican said on Thursday (Jan. 25), as Pope Benedict XVI met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The encounter in the papal library was the first of its kind in decades, […]

South African Church Torn Between Liberalism, Tradition

c. 2007 Religion News Service MOWBRAY, South Africa _ Life is often violent at the intersection of white and black in this scrappy Cape Town suburb. Wedged between the exclusive neighborhoods near the mountain and the vast squalor of the townships, Mowbray sits at the front lines of South African integration. Anglican Bishop David Russell, […]