New Mormon Tabernacle Choir Director Named

The interim director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir didn’t stay in that position long. Less than four weeks after stepping into that post after director Craig Jessop resigned, Mack Wilberg was officially named Friday as the new music director of the famous singing group. Wilberg previously was associate music director, a position he began in […]

It’s (not) all Greek

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America wants people to know that it’s not in any way affiliated with the “Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Foundation” that’s suing investment bank Bear Sterns. Lots of Bear Sterns investors lost their shirts when the bank was sold at a fire-sale price. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese was not among them, though, […]

Vatican for Mumia Abu-Jamal

After an appeals court refused to reinstate the death sentence of convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported the news on the front page of its Saturday edition (released late Friday), accompanied by a photo of pro-Abu-Jamal demonstrators and the headline: “Every sentence of death not carried out is a victory for […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Goliath done in by a hangover, new book says LONDON (RNS) Goliath is a depressed binge drinker done in by a nasty hangover, and Adam drools over Eve’s curvaceous figure. And forget that stable business _ Mary gives birth to Jesus in an overcrowded house. At least, that’s how an […]

Chaplains help amputees face new reality

c. 2008 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Capt. Darrick Gutting is the friendliest guy in Ward 57. The bald-headed, 40-year-old Pennsylvanian sports the Army camouflage and a thin scar above his left eye, but his most distinctive feature is his smile. It spreads quickly and rarely leaves. He roams the halls, engaging passersby _ soldiers […]

Interview with head of UCC Part II

Here’ s Part II of my interview with the Rev. John Thomas, who heads the United Church of Christ, a denomination that’s been deeply involved (willingly or not, for good or ill) in the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama. Q: I read that UCC Trinity (Obama’s and Wright’s congregation) had sent something like 50 […]

Obama’s a Christian (We Think)

Several pundits have said perhaps the only upshot of all the attention on Barack Obama’s fire-breathing Chicago pastor is that now everyone should know that he’s a Christian, not the closet Muslim many seem to think he is. A new poll shows some success on that front, but 1 in 10 Americans still think he’s […]

Eye of the Tiger

I don’t really follow golf, but I know who Tiger Woods is, and I know he’s good. I thought his perspective on Buddhist meditation, then, was worth mentioning. Says the Times of London: Woods does not talk much about the fact that he meditates, something he learnt from Kultida, his mother, who is a Buddhist. […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Gorbachev denies Christian conversion VATICAN CITY (RNS) Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev debunked reports, based on his recent visit to the shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, that he had become a Roman Catholic. “Some media have been disseminating fantasies _ I can’t use any other word _ about my […]

Lamott’s life an open book

c. 2008 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ The carpet guy, as Anne Lamott calls him in an essay, cheated her out of $50 for a moldy church rug she returned to his store. He did this with a smugness that infuriated her, and she cursed and threatened him. Finally, days later, the carpet guy […]