Small-town cop tracks struggle in spiritual journal

Judy Valente |

LEXINGTON, Ill.-Spencer Johansen has been the popular police chief of this rural Illinois town, population 1,900, for 18 years and always thought he’d retire here. But then some seemingly inexplicable things started happening. “I missed a couple of court dates, nothing major, they were just minor traffic cases,” he said. “But … that wasn’t like […]

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c. 2008 Religion News Service Student apologizes for swiping Obama’s prayer JERUSALEM (RNS) An Israeli yeshiva student has apologized for removing a personal prayer that Sen. Barack Obama inserted into the Western Wall during a visit to Israel last week. “I’m sorry. It was a kind of prank,” the student, identified only by the Hebrew […]

We’re sorry (for what they did)

Kevin Eckstrom |

This just in, from the department of people apologizing for the actions of others … Rev. David Runnion-Bareford, who heads the tiny Confessing Movement in the United Church of Christ, has apologized for the “division and confusion” caused when a UCC church in Boston hosted (and former Massachusetts UCC President Rev. Nancy Taylor approved) a […]

Small-town cop tracks struggle in spiritual journal

c. 2008 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly LEXINGTON, Ill. _ Spencer Johansen has been the popular police chief of this rural Illinois town (population 1,900) for 18 years and always thought he’d retire here as the police chief. But then some seemingly inexplicable things started happening. “I missed a couple of court dates, nothing major, they […]

Amish not immune to high fuel prices

James Ewinger and Joseph L. Wagner |

c. 2008 Religion News Service FREDERICKSBURG, Ohio _ As sawdust mixed with sweat on his brow, mill owner Isaac Stutzman laughed at the thought of outsiders assuming his horse-and-buggy Amish community is immune to skyrocketing fuel prices. Stutzman then turned serious as he spoke about ripping timber into boards for pallets and furniture with an […]