And the winner is …

Kevin Eckstrom |

We always knew Manya Brachear was a rising star among religion reporters, but now we have proof, courtesy of the American Academy of Religion. Brachear is the lead winner of the AAR’s annual journalism contest. Also taking home a plaque is our own Jeff MacDonald, although he entered for work published in the Christian Science […]

Tempest in a coffee cup

Kevin Eckstrom |

So perhaps you’ve heard about this kerfluffle over the keffiyeh involving quickie-dinner expert Rachael Ray, Dunkin Donuts and Yassir Arafat. No? Here’s the digest version: Ray (the creator of all those tasty 30-minute meals) is also the public face of Dunkin Donuts and recently taped an ad in which she was wearing a black-and-white scarf. […]

No love for `The Love Guru’

Kevin Eckstrom |

Just about every day when I sit down at my desk, there’s an email from Rajan Zed, a self-proclaimed “acclaimed Hindu leader” who is perhaps best known for his one-man crusade to offer Hindu prayers in state legislatures around the country. I’ve talked with him a few times, and he’s a nice guy, but can […]

Rick Warren goes global

David Van Biema / Time |

Already established as perhaps the most important voice in contemporary American Evangelical Christianity, Rick Warren last week pressed the button that he hopes will take his “brand” to the ends of the earth.

Nepal formally abolishes Hindu monarchy

BINAJ GURUBACHARYA / AP |

The main palace in Nepal’s capital lowered the flag of the country’s royal family Thursday, a day after lawmakers abolished the world’s last remaining Hindu monarchy.

Famed geneticist to leave NIH

Steve Sternberg / USA Today |

Francis Collins, the guitar-playing geneticist who mingled a belief in Christianity with a defense of evolution, said Wednesday that he would step down as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute.

COMMENTARY: Finding faith on Facebook

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) What began with simple curiosity has, in a few short weeks, become something deeply meaningful. And it all happened on Facebook. Like many folks who skew more toward Generation X than Generation Z, I started my foray on Facebook as an exercise in ennui-abatement. I went looking for college […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service New leader named for United House of Prayer for All People (RNS) An Augusta, Ga., pastor has been chosen as the new bishop of the United House of Prayer for All People. Apostle C.M. Bailey succeeds Bishop S.C. “Sweet Daddy” Madison, who served as bishop for 17 years, The Washington […]

Diaries shed light on unlikely would-be U.S. saint

Daniel Burke |

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) It’s a sunny Sunday in 1938, and Dorothy Day is feeling less than saintly. Flies swarm around piles of garbage as “hopeless human beings” _ the drunks and the insane who visit the Catholic Worker house in Pittsburgh for food and shelter _ surround and oppress her. In her […]