Religion Calendar

c. 2007 Religion News Service Note: Holidays that begin at sundown continue through sundown of the next day, unless otherwise noted. (UNDATED) Here is the RNS calendar of major religious holidays, denominational meetings and other events for July and August. It will be updated monthly. June 29-July 2 American Baptist Churches USA: Biennial Meeting and […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Mennonite Farmer Settles With State Over Animal ID Tags (RNS) A Mennonite farmer from Pennsylvania does not have to comply with a state animal identification program after arguing that numbering his ducks would bring about his “eternal damnation.” Pennsylvania officials now say the identification program, which is designed to protect […]

Ministries Aren’t Just for the Big Names Anymore

c. 2007 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly LAS VEGAS _ Television ministry used to be the province of a few prominent preachers like Pat Robertson and the late Jerry Falwell. But the business _ and it is a business _ has definitely come of age. At this year’s National Association of Broadcasters convention, the “technologies for […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Questions Linger as Bush Announces Envoy to Islamic Countries (RNS) Hoping to improve America’s negative image in the Muslim world, President Bush said he will appoint a special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a political group of 57 nations home to more than 1 billion Muslims. But […]

The Not-so Jewish Jewish Mayor

Jennifer Siegel at the Foward in New York has an interesting take on Michael Bloomberg-a self-described “short Jewish billionaire in New York”-and how he has won the hearts and minds of Jewish New York. Bloomberg, who is maybe/maybe not mulling a run for the White House, is what you might call a nominal Jew. He […]

Kickin’ Back with Gordon Brown

Jim Wallis over at Sojourners has his take on the new British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, who he says called Wallis and requested a meeting. Apparently the two soon became fast friends. I have taken American heads of churches and development agencies to visit with Brown, and they have been universally and amazingly impressed with […]

Wafer Watch: Part 37

We told you this would rear it’s head again. Monsignor J. Gaston Hebert, diocesan adminstrator for the Diocese of Little Rock, takes pro-choice politicians to task in the pages of the Arkansas Catholic. “For the Catholic politician to say that he/she is personally opposed to this grave evil but supports it in the light of […]

Pope Opens Door to Wider Use of Latin Mass

c. 2007 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Pope Benedict XVI has approved a document that will make it easier for Mass to be celebrated in Latin, a practice sidelined in the 1960s when church officials made local-language Mass the norm. Benedict met with representatives of various bishops’ conferences from around the world on Wednesday […]

Brownback Has the Credentials, But Not the Buzz

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Sam Brownback has never been a star attraction on the capital scene. Instead, the soft-spoken Republican from Kansas quietly built an 11-year Senate career as a champion for conservative Christians, fighting abortion, gay marriage and embryonic stem cell research with a consistency and fervor matched by few. Brownback, […]