Icons Link Heaven and Earth

c. 2007 Religion News Service HUDSON, Ohio _ Chris Rigby can take her simmering ardor and painstakingly arrange it on wood until a painting emerges. But she’s not an artist. Her teacher said so. “An artist creates work of self-expression,” teacher Dennis Bell said, “but an iconographer feels there’s nothing in his petty little life […]

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Faith-based Program

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case next week (Feb. 28) on a technical aspect of church-state law that is being closely watched for its potential impact on how government and religious groups relate to one another. The arguments mark the first time the high court will […]

Freedom From Religion; Snooping ministry; a new book from Robert M. Franklin; Icon artist prays and

Thursday’s RNS report features a report by National Correspondent Adelle M. Banks on the challenge to faith-based programs going before the Supreme Court: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case next week (Feb. 28) on a technical aspect of church-state law that is being closely watched for its potential implications on how government and […]

Vatican Majesty, in a Thousand Tiny Pieces, on Display in U.S.

c. 2007 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ “At long last, here they are,” said Monsignor Crosby W. Kern of the 37 meticulously made glass and marble mosaics that line the rooms of the Old Ursuline Convent in the French Quarter. “I’ve seen them in the Vatican, now here they are in our place.” The […]

Romney Evolves from Left to Right

Romney Once Tilted Left, Now Right, of Official Mormon Teaching RNS’ Peggy Fletcher Stack examines the shift in presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s positions from liberal Mormonism to a more conservative, evangelical stance, in this week’s full-text article, linked above. Quote: These days, Romney talks like a Southern Baptist. Jesus is his “personal savior,” Romney told […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service AIDS Activist Says Black Church No Longer `Silent’ on Issue WASHINGTON (RNS) Standing at a National Press Club podium, activist Pernessa Seele was rejoicing in the change she has seen in black churches’ response to the AIDS crisis. “No longer can we say the black church is silent,” the founder […]

After 25 Years, a Catholic Warrior Steps Aside

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ In her 25 years as head of Catholics For a Free Choice, some interesting epithets have been hurled at Frances Kissling. The kinds of names _ “confused lionness” and “progressive heretic” to offer a few _ that most people would like to avoid. But Kissling, 62, said she’s […]

Episcopal fasting on gay issues; 10 minutes with Edward Gilbreath; Kissling steps aside; Gay Jews an

In Wednesday’s RNS report, Katherine Boyle writes that the leader of the Episcopal Church is urging “fasting” on gay issues: Responding to a mandate from the worldwide Anglican Communion, the top leader of the Episcopal Church has called for a moratorium on the blessing of same-sex civil unions and the consecration of gay and lesbian […]

Top Episcopal Bishop Urges `Fasting’ on Gay Issues

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Responding to demands from the worldwide Anglican Communion, the top bishop in the Episcopal Church on Tuesday (Feb. 21) called for a halt to blessing same-sex unions and consecrating openly gay and lesbian bishops. But it is unclear whether Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori intends for the […]

COMMENTARY: How Low Can We Go?

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The recent nastiness zinging among Catholic League President Bill Donohue, Fox pundit Bill O’Reilly and presidential candidate John Edwards’ erstwhile “progressive” bloggers spotlights a new low in civil discourse. Low-blow commentary was caused _ and in some respects matched _ by Web site trash-talk about Catholicism posted by 20-something […]