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c. 2007 Religion News Service Homosexuality `Inconsistent’ With God’s Plan, New Mormon Booklet Says (RNS) Mormon officials have issued a new booklet on homosexuality that states that same-sex relationships are “inconsistent” with God’s plan, but some people may not be able to “overcome” such attractions. The document, “God Loveth His Children,” was posted on the […]

Ecumenical Gathering Says Clarity May Provide A New Way Forward

c. 2007 Religion News Service CLEVELAND, Ohio _ For all the uproar it caused, the Vatican’s recent statement affirming Catholic claims to be the continuation of the one church instituted by Christ has created little turmoil among those working for Christian unity. Ecumenical leaders at last week’s “On Being Christian Together” conference at Oberlin College […]

Silk Artist Draws on Designs From Sacred Art

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Angela Coppola’s idea for a company was born at a chance meeting and a glance at a stained-glass window in San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral _ and what she calls “divine guidance.” Coppola, 64, is the president and creative director of Sacred Silks International, based in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif., about 25 […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Sick Sacred Hindu Bull in Wales is Slaughtered LONDON (RNS) After a prolonged dispute with the authorities, Shambo, the sacred bull revered by Hindus in Wales that tested positive for bovine tuberculosis, has at last been slaughtered. The Court of Appeals on Monday (July 23) overturned an earlier court victory […]

Religion Plays a Surprising Role in “The Simpsons’’

c. 2007 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly ORLANDO, Fla. _ They’re silly, often irreverent, and sometimes downright wicked. But “The Simpsons” may also be one of the most interesting examinations of religion in contemporary pop culture. The release of “The Simpsons Movie” this weekend (July 27th) is grabbing new attention for the popular animated television series […]

More Congregations Embracing the Hug

c. 2007 Religion News Service CLEVELAND _ Fellowship time during the early Sunday service at Morning Star Baptist Church brings smiles to worshippers’ faces from the moment they are told to “hug one another this morning. Show some love.” For several minutes, men and women, young and old, move about the sanctuary and embrace. Some […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Pro-Gay Baptist Groups Excluded From Official Role in Unity Event (RNS) Leaders of an upcoming Baptist unity celebration have denied two Baptist organizations an official role in the event because they support gay rights. The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists and the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America learned […]

Report: Religion Still Marginalized in Foreign Policy

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) U.S. foreign policy officials have shown an increased understanding of religion’s importance to American diplomacy, but the government’s activities in that area display a “lack of strategic thinking” that hampers efforts abroad, according to a new report. U.S. officials do not have “a clear set of policy objectives or […]

Dems Go to School to Reach Young Evangelicals

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Bolstered by polls showing that a growing number of young evangelicals are turning away from the Republican Party, Democrats are on a campaign to reach them where they’re at _ in school. Republicans lost votes across all age groups in the 2006 midterm elections,but it was young voters […]

COMMENTARY: Theology Plays Out on Big (and Little) Screens

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) With Homer Simpson hitting the big screen, creator Matt Groening isn’t worried about the competition because “minute per minute,” he muses, “we probably have more jokes in our movie than `Harry Potter’ or `Live Free or Die Hard.’ ” According to a new genre of culture-watchers, their proximity on […]