Actors bring evangelical megachurch to life on stage

Adelle M. Banks |

WASHINGTON-Beneath a large photo of Pikes Peak, six actors bounce on stage to Christian music and reel from scandal as they explore life in the center of the evangelical universe: Colorado Springs, Colo. “This Beautiful City,” which premiered this month (June) and heads to both U.S. coasts by 2009, captures the coffee shops and the […]

Bibles to be available at China Olympics

Al Webb |

LONDON-Despite controversy earlier this year, thousands of Bibles and Gospel booklets will be distributed to athletes and visitors at this summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing-with the approval of the Chinese government.

Breakaway Catholic group rejects reconciliation deadline

Francis X. Rocca |

VATICAN CITY-The leader of a breakaway group of conservative Catholics rejected a Vatican proposal for reconciliation, saying that last year’s revival of traditional liturgy by the pope does not go far enough to undo decades of modernization in the church.

Bush touts success of faith-based initiative

Adelle M. Banks |

WASHINGTON-President Bush on Thursday (June 26) touted the successes of his initiative to partner faith-based and community organizations with government funds, calling it a key part of his presidency.

Actors bring evangelical megachurch to life on stage

Adelle M. Banks |

WASHINGTON _ Beneath a large photo of Pikes Peak, six actors bounce on stage to Christian music and cope with scandal as they explore life in the center of the evangelical universe: Colorado Springs, Colo. “This Beautiful City,” which premiered here in June with plans for performances in Los Angeles and New York by 2009, […]

COMMENTARY: Troubles in the village

Dick Staub |

By now everybody has heard the sad tale about the pregnant teens of Gloucester, Mass. In a high school that usually records four pregnancies annually, this year they’ve already recorded 17. At least half of the girls reportedly made a pact to get pregnant and set out to find a sexual encounter to make this […]

COMMENTARY: Troubles in the village

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) By now, everybody has probably heard the sad tale about the pregnant teens of Gloucester, Mass. In a high school that usually records four pregnancies annually, this year they’ve already recorded 17. None of the expectant mothers is older than 16. At least half of the girls, described as […]

10 minutes with … Shawn Francis Peters

Kevin Eckstrom |

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Carl and Raylene Worthington are facing charges of manslaughter and criminal neglect in Oregon for the death of their 14-month-old infant daughter,Ava, from pneumonia and a blood infection. On June 17, the girl’s uncle, 16-year-old Neil Jeffrey Beagley, died from a urinary infection that caused his kidneys to shut […]

New computer program shows how faith may have evolved

Daniel Burke |

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Religion, it seems, has always depended on the kindness of strangers. Like Blanche DuBois, the Southern belle of Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” faith is beset by a world that often tramples on imagination and rewards strict rationality. Fate led DuBois to a mental hospital, but religion […]