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c. 2007 Religion News Service Pope Changes Rules on Election of Next Pope VATICAN CITY (RNS) In a move that could lengthen the process of choosing the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI has ruled that popes must always be elected by a two-thirds majority of eligible Roman Catholic cardinals. The […]

Play Tries to Bridge Divide Between Gays, Mormons

c. 2007 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ Not many theater productions include a glossary of Mormon theological and ecclesiastical terms in the program. Then again, Carol Lynn Pearson’s play, “Facing East,” defies a number of expectations. Pearson’s somber but compassionate one-act portrayal of a Mormon family’s struggle to come to terms with the suicide […]

COMMENTARY: Lessons from the Duke Lacrosse Scandal

c. 2007 Religion News Service DURHAM, N.C. _ Now that District Attorney Mike Nifong has been removed for misconduct in handling rape allegations against three Duke University lacrosse players, it is time to learn from this 17-month saga. I’m not talking about simply closing the book on a rogue DA, breathing a sigh of relief, […]

On 07/07/07, Luck Runs Hotter Than on 06/06/06

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) It comes only once a century. So for the host of religious traditions that see 7 as the most sacred digit, 07/07/2007 is looking like the perfect day for everything from weddings to worldwide activism. Or at least it’s better than last year’s eerie 06/06/06. According to David Frankfurter, […]

Supreme Court Turns Down Challenge to Faith-based Office

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday (June 25) that taxpayers affiliated with an atheist group do not have standing to challenge the White House initiative channeling federal funds to religious groups providing social services. Overturning a federal appeals court decision, the justices gave the White House a 5-4 victory […]

Court Rules Against Student in `Bong Hits 4 Jesus’ Case

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Public school officials do not violate a student’s free speech rights when they prohibit displays that promote illegal drug use, the Supreme Court ruled Monday (June 25). The 5-4 decision appeared to satisfy religious groups which had expressed concern that a ruling could give schools power to limit […]

After Obama’s Pep Talk, UCC Looks to Continue Momentum

c. 2007 Religion News Service HARTFORD, Conn. _ With fiery speeches on faith and politics, the United Church of Christ’s General Synod here has seemed at times as much a revival or political rally as a mainline church meeting. The nearly 10,000 church members gathered here through Tuesday (June 26) heard speeches from journalist Bill […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Canadian Lutherans Say No to Same-Sex Blessings WINNIPEG, Manitoba (RNS) Susan Johnson, elected Friday (June 22) as the first female National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, says she’s “really disappointed” her denomination defeated a motion to bless same-sex relationships. On Saturday (June 23), 52.5 percent of delegates […]

Unitarians Find They’re Almost Universally White

c. 2007 Religion News Service PORTLAND, Ore. _ Joseph Santos-Lyons is this city’s first homegrown minister of color in the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, the church that proudly represents the far left pole of American religion. During the UUA’s recent national General Assembly here, Santos-Lyons was “fellowshipped” (the equivalent of a large-scale ordination), a […]

SIDEBAR: Unitarian Universalism at a Glance

c. 2007 Religion News Service PORTLAND, Ore. _ A quick glance at the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations: Q: What’s the origin of Unitarians and Universalists? A: Unitarians date from 1568, when some Christians in Transylvania declared that they did not believe in the trinity _ the understanding that three persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) […]