University tries to make sense of racist Obama stunt

Suzanne Pardington |

c. 2008 Religion News Service NEWBERG, Ore. _ Students and campus leaders at a small Christian university founded by Quaker pioneers in 1891 denounced the hanging of a life-size cardboard cutout of Sen. Barack Obama on campus, vowing to work together to fight racism and intolerance. A custodial crew at the 3,355-student George Fox University […]

Palestinian Christians share Ramadan spirit

Michele Chabin |

c. 2008 Religion News Service JERUSALEM _ Hala Jahshan, a resident of the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, isn’t a Muslim, but like many Holy Land Christians feels enriched by the Ramadan traditions of Muslim neighbors and co-workers. “Palestinian Muslims and Christians live together, we share the same destiny and we join […]

COMMENTARY: A six-day creation that isn’t “very good” at all

A. James Rudin |

“Now God saw all that had been made, and it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning; the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:31). While many people question the accuracy of the biblical description of creation, there is no doubt a new economic world was recently created in about six days, and no […]

Setting a rich table for the Jewish holidays

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) For Jews the world over, Rosh Hashana heralds a time of prayer and hope. Hope for a sweet new year. Hope for peace in the year ahead. Nowhere would such prayers and hope seem more poignant than in Israel, the Jewish homeland. Since earliest history, Israel has been one […]

Setting a rich table for the Jewish holidays

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) “Now God saw all that had been made, and it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning; the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:31). While many people may question the literal accuracy of the biblical creation account, there is no doubt a new economic world was recently […]

Olympic toilets

Preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games, British planners say a certain percentage of toilets will face away from Mecca, according to the London Telegraph. The Telegraph says Islam forbids Muslims from facing Kiblah, the direction of prayer, when they, um, visit the lavatory. It is not the first time toilets have changed direction to accommodate […]

Palin’s Jeremiah Wright moment?

Kevin Eckstrom |

We’ve been trying to keep tabs on Sarah Palin’s Pentecostal roots, and asking the questions (if not always finding the answers) about how those beliefs might (or might not) impact her governing decisions should she become the most powerful woman in the world. There’s been chatter about Thomas Muthee, a fiery Kenyan pastor linked to […]

Pastors launch challenge of IRS rules on endorsements

Adelle M. Banks |

c. 2008 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Pastor Gus Booth remembers when he used to simply encourage his congregation of 150 in Warroad, Minn., to vote each Election Day. Now, he thinks it’s important to tell them which candidate should get their vote. On Sunday (Sept. 28), as part of the “Pulpit Initiative” organized by […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Orthodox rabbis to draft standards on ethical kosher products NEW YORK (RNS) As the Conservative and Reform Jewish movements work to create a seal of approval for labor practices at kosher food companies, a group of Orthodox rabbis has decided to draft their own guidelines for workplace standards. The Rabbinical […]