In Yoga, Author Says, Ethical Positions Are Important, Too

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Yoga has lost its moral compass as a result of its rapid rise in popularity in North America, says a book by one of the world’s leading yoga scholars. Georg Feuerstein, author of “Yoga Morality: Ancient Teachings at a Time of Global Crisis,” is worried that, in the process […]

Noah Where To Hide

Little Movement Thinks Its Big Moment Has Arrived RNS’ G. Jeffrey MacDonald profiles the Noahide movement in this week’s full text article, linked above. Quote: “People that have migrated toward the Noachism (or Noahide way) are people that usually come from a fundamentalist background. They take their Bible seriously,” says J. David Davis, a former […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Christian Leaders Mark 50 Years of Ecumenical Movement (RNS) Marking 50 years since a prominent ecumenical gathering in Oberlin, Ohio, representatives from a host of Christian denominations this week wrapped up a five-day conference promoting a new wave of interdenominational unity. Speaking to 300 attendees from 80 different Christian denominations […]

Singing the praises of Charles Wesley’s work

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ As his fellow Methodists held their red hymnals and sang Charles Wesley’s hymns, the Rev. Jonathan Kerry of London kept his hands in his pockets while singing the prolific British writer’s words from memory. “They’re like the family jewels, really, that we share,” he said of Wesley’s lyrics, […]

10 Minutes With … U.S. Rep. James Clyburn

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) _ As the majority whip in Congress, Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., is charged with keeping fellow House Democrats in line come voting time. But Clyburn exercises another role on Capitol Hill as well. The son of a Pentecostal preacher, the South Carolina lawmaker also heads the Democrats’ Faith […]

GUEST COMMENTARY: Suicide Bombers are Murderers, Not Martyrs

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) As terrorists seem to be competing in the barbarity of their vicious attacks across the globe, the question of why people would do such a thing _ although frequently asked _ fails to lose relevance. To this day, Americans continue to ask “why do they hate us?” when it […]

The Holy See Is Going Green

c. 2007 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ The Holy See announced earlier this month that it would soon become the world’s first “carbon neutral” sovereign state, planting trees in a Hungarian national park to offset the carbon-dioxide emissions and energy use of Vatican City. It was only the latest of several recent statements and […]

Coffee Hour At Church Takes On a New Twist

c. 2007 Religion News Service MIDLAND, Mich. _ Messiah Lutheran Church’s drive-through coffee cafe _ the first such venture in Michigan’s Saginaw Valley _ is the latest twist on reaching the masses. Housed inside a 4,900-square-foot section in the front of the church, the cafe, called “journeys,” offers a full line of Italian-style and espresso […]

RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Interfaith Leaders Commend North Korean Nuclear Pact (RNS) An interfaith coalition of religious leaders is congratulating the Bush administration for reaching an agreement with North Korea to shutdown its nuclear weapons facilities. “The agreement with North Korea demonstrates the value of diplomacy in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons,” the […]