COMMENTARY: Combatting, communicating and creating at Sundance

c. 2008 Religion News Service PARK CITY, Utah _ I’m writing from Sundance 2008, and opening night illustrates why some religious folks hate this film festival while others love it. The “combatants,” Christians who bemoan the deterioration of American civilization as reflected in today’s films, will be disgusted that Sundance opened with the dark comedy […]

Jesus wants your vote _ and he needs a running mate

c. 2008 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ He walked on water, he turned water to wine, and now he wants to be your candidate for president. That’s right, it’s Jesus, ready to lead the free world after President Bush leaves the White House next year. There’s only one hitch: he doesn’t have a platform. Or, […]

Jesus wants your vote _ and he needs a running mate

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In spite of depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder that have nagged her since she was a teenager, 20-year-old Krissee is determined to keep the self-destructive manifestations of both conditions in check. It hasn’t been easy, says Krissee, who asked that her last name not be used. “To this day, I […]

The hardest job in the world

Episcopal bishop keeps her cool in the hot seat RNS’ Dan Burke writes about Episcopal presiding bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, in this week’s full text article, linked above. Quote: “She has the hardest job in the world,” said Diana Butler Bass, an Episcopalian and author of “Christianity for the Rest of Us,” who had high […]

Mercury Caution as Lent Approaches

Just in time for Lent-which starts Feb. 6-Oceana, a Washington-based conservation group, has issued a new report called “Hold the Mercury: How to Avoid Mercury When Buying Fish.” The group notes in its news release that the food of choice for practicing Catholics on Lenten Fridays could have mercury levels that pose health risks. So, […]

The Hold Steady

The Jesuit magazine America has a great online story about The Hold Steady, surely one of the most Catholic (and literary) bands on the scene today. Lead singer Craig Finn weaves tales of young and awkward lovers stumbling through high and mostly low culture with the panache of a Flannery O’Connor and Bruce Springsteen lovechild. […]

Papal Boilerplate

Even his critics concede that Pope Benedict XVI is an uncommonly clear and forceful writer. But like any busy leader, a pontiff must often lend his name to official documents written by members of his bureaucracy, with all the limitations that bureaucratic documents typically display. One such text seems to be this year’s papal message […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Holy Land church leaders appeal for Gaza JERUSALEM (RNS) Christian leaders from the Holy Land are demanding that Israel, President Bush and the world community “put an end to this suffering” of Gaza residents caught in the crossfire between Israel and the Hamas militants who rule the Gaza Strip. “There […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service COLUMBUS, Ohio _ There was a time when Ted Strickland was clearly what political pollsters would call a white evangelical Christian. Fueled by a teenage conversion experience, he attended a small Christian school in Kentucky and spent a summer preaching and passing out Christian pamphlets in Europe. Forty years later, […]

Evicted Hindus ponder fate of sacred artifacts

c. 2008 Religion News Service EPPING, N.H. _ Six Hindu men and a woman huddled together on a 20-degree January morning along a dirt road beside a series of posted “NO TRESPASSING” signs. They had come to save their deity. Having been evicted from their bucolic, 100-acre temple grounds two weeks earlier, they drove from […]