RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service AP, Dallas Morning News Win Wilbur Awards (RNS) Religion writers for the Associated Press will be recognized for their work in the series, “The New Missionaries” at the 2007 Wilbur Awards, to be presented April 28 in Louisville, Ky. Other newspapers to be presented with awards include The Dallas Morning […]

Innovative Nuns Find Answer to Gluten-Free Wafers

c. 2007 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly CLYDE, Mo. _ Like other nuns across the nation and around the world, the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration spend most of their day in prayer. “Our main work is prayer,” said Sister Lynn D’Souza. “That is what we see as the mission for the church, for the world […]

Church Greeter Has Firm Grip on Thousands of Names

c. 2007 Religion News Service VANCOUVER, Wash. _ Some people preach. Others bear witness to their faith with music _ a song of praise or even a dance of celebration. Rich Liedtke ministers with his hands. That is, with a firm, two-handed grip that lasts long enough for him to look straight into a churchgoer’s […]

RNS Religion Calendar

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Here is the RNS calendar of major religious holidays, denominational meetings and other events for April and May. It will be updated monthly. March 31-April 1 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: annual general conference, Salt Lake City. Contact: Dale Bills at 801-240-4377; e-mail: billsdk(at)ldschurch.org April 1 Palm […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Inmate Wins Right to Buy Mormon Religious Texts NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A Mormon inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary will be allowed to receive religious materials from certain vendors under a settlement the American Civil Liberties Union reached with state officials. Norman Sanders, who is serving a life sentence for […]

At This Church, Scum of the Earth Is Welcomed and Wanted

c. 2007 Religion News Service DENVER _ The people who worship with Pastor Mike Sares at this rented space are mostly young, many of them students, some clean cut, some a little raggedy. More than a few of the 300 congregants have grappled with depression, abortion, drugs and homelessness. Some wrestle with their demons still […]

COMMENTARY: For the Bible Tells Me So

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) “American life would be so much better if we just obeyed the Bible.” That kind of sentiment is frequently invoked to cut off any meaningful religious discussion. It’s also used to shut off debate on contemporary issues or to buttress a specific political position. But we Americans, who pride […]

Zoroastrians and Conversion

Zoroastrians, Divided Over Conversion, Face a Shrinking Future RNS’ Rana Rosen looks at the future of Zoroastrianism, a faith that forbids converts, and whose numbers are dwindling, in this week’s full-text article, linked above. Quote: Now, the still-raging conversion disagreement-mostly between Zoroastrian immigrants in North America and hard-line conservatives in India who have preserved the […]

Dean Courts Evangelicals by Just `Showing Up’

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Howard Dean hopes to make a point to students at Eastern University on Thursday (March 29) before even saying a word. “My real core message is my showing up,” Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said in an interview Wednesday. Billed by Democrats as Dean’s first address […]