British court rules for Sikh student’s bangles

Al Webb |

LONDON-Britain’s High Court ruled Tuesday (July 29) in favor of a teenage Sikh student whose school who was banned from wearing a wrist bangle to school that she insisted was central to her faith.

COMMENTARY: Coming home from vacation

Tom Ehrich |

NEW YORK-Last Thursday, while walking a trail in Central Park, I felt so free and easy that I decided to run, rather than walk. I only ran a mile, but it was a revelation to discover that, after a 10-year vacation from running, I could still do it. On Friday, I added a second mile […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Unitarians search for healing after deadly church shooting (RNS) Unitarian Universalist leaders say they will not allow a fatal shooting at a Tennessee church to deter their proud progressive teachings, even as police say those beliefs appear to be what prompted the deadly rampage. On Monday (July 28), one day […]

Prominent Southern Baptist pastor retires under fire

The Rev. Jerry Sutton, a one-time Southern Baptist presidential candidate and embattled pastor of a Nashville, Tenn., church, has sealed an early retirement deal with his congregation after disputes that lasted more than a year. The Tennessean reports that the congregation approved a $314,000 retirement package for Sutton on Sunday. Two Rivers Baptist Church was […]

COMMENTARY: Coming home from vacation

c. 2008 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ Last week, while walking a trail in Central Park, I felt so free and easy that I decided to run, rather than walk. I ran only a mile, but it was a revelation to discover that, after a 10-year vacation from running, I could still do it. […]

Tenn. church killings seen as a hate crime

Duncan Mansfield/ Associated Press |

An unemployed man accused of opening fire with a shotgun and killing two people at a Unitarian Universalist church apparently targeted the congregation out of hatred for its support of liberal social policies, police said Monday.

Children of God

Sara Corbett/ The New York Times |

Two weeks ago, the photographer Stephanie Sinclair was given rare and intimate access to some of the young women who have found themselves at the center of the often-bilious battle between the state of Texas and the F.L.D.S. What’s interesting is that in a case that is, at heart, about doctrinaire male authority, and supposed […]

Census reports more unmarried couples living together

Sharon Jayson/ USA Today |

The number of opposite-sex couples who live together, less than a million 30 years, hit 6.4 million in 2007, show federal data released Monday. Cohabiting couples now make up almost 10% of all opposite-sex U.S. couples, married and unmarried.