RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service South African Anglicans Elect New Primate (RNS) Bishop Thabo Makgoba was elected Archbishop of Cape Town and leader of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa on Tuesday (Sept. 25), succeeding a stalwart ally of the embattled Episcopal Church in the U.S. Makgoba, the current bishop of the Diocese of Grahamstown, […]

Internet Fuels Growth of DIY Sukkahs

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Decades ago, preparation for the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot typically involved struggling several hours with plywood or metal to build a sukkah _ the temporary huts Jews are supposed to erect for the eight-day holiday that began Wednesday (Sept. 26) night. Now, Jews are increasingly able to buy […]

GUEST COMMENTARY: `Help Me With My Unbelief’

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A friend told me, “I feel like I just want to hide sometimes.” Don’t we all? She talked about how she suddenly was scared of doing her job at a department store. And about how she had become frightened about singing in the choir. This middle-age lady is an […]

Calendar of October/November Religious Events

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 October and November. It will be updated monthly. Oct. 4 Simchat Torah (Jewish celebration marking the end of […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Arkansas Nuns Excommunicated for `Army of Mary’ Ties VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Roman Catholic Diocese of Little Rock, Ark., has excommunicated six nuns for their membership in a Canadian movement whose founder claims to have been inspired by the Virgin Mary. Earlier this month, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine […]

Reinhold Niebuhr is Unseen Force in 2008 Elections

c. 2007 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (UNDATED) Thirty-six years after his death, Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr seems more alive than ever. Perhaps not since President Jimmy Carter acknowledged Niebuhr’s influence in his 1976 campaign has the name been on so many people’s lips. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama told New York Times columnist David […]

COMMENTARY: Sports’ Season in the Sun is Over

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Like millions of other Americans, I am cynical about public leaders who “misspeak” and escape responsibility for their errors by invoking the infantile mantra that “mistakes were made.” Sometimes they use deceptive Orwellian language or shamelessly change their long-standing positions on important issues. But I always assumed there was […]

Mormon Men Drop the White Shirts for No Shirts at All

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Mormon missionaries can usually be spotted by what they’re wearing: white shirt, dark tie, name tag, bike helmet. Lately they’re getting noticed for what they’re not wearing: anything above the waist. Hoping to debunk the popular image of Mormons as straight-laced corporate types, a steamy new “Men on a […]

An Urban High School Model That Works

Jesuits Find a Working Model for Urban Schools RNS’s Daniel Burke profiles Christo Rey, “part of a national model of Catholic high schools versed in reaching out to young students from risky backgrounds,” in this week’s full-text article, linked above. Quote: The new schools join a network that sends more than 95 percent of graduates […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service R.I. College Settles With Students Over Abortion-Rights Signs (RNS) Rhode Island College and a campus group have reached a settlement after the college ordered the removal of signs with messages such as “Keep your rosaries off our ovaries.” The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island announced Tuesday (Sept. 25) […]