Warren talks global health with first couple

In August, it was megachurch leader Rick Warren with then-presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain. Three and a half months later, on World AIDS Day, the best-selling author will host a forum on global health with two other big names in politics: President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush. On Monday (Dec. […]

Ready for Armageddon, Church Retails to the Masses

Matthew Brown / AP |

Scrambling to stay current as it reaches its 50th anniversary, the Church Universal and Triumphant has transformed itself into a New Age publishing enterprise and spiritual university. But still in the background is its “insurance” against the end _ the shelter buried beneath a hillside on the sect’s 7,500 acre Royal Teton Ranch.

Boys returned to families as abuse investigation continues

Tom Gordon |

ONEONTA, Ala. (RNS) Eleven juveniles who had been at a faith-based home for troubled boys have been returned to their parents and guardians while a probe continues into charges of abuse at the facility. The boys, who had lived at Reclamation Ranch Ministries’ Lighthouse Academy, were the subject of a court hearing to determine if […]

Alleged church shooter sought anonymity in Ga. town

Brian T. Murray |

Alleged church shooter sought anonymity in Ga. town NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) After gunning down his wife, her cousin and a would-be rescuer in a Clifton, N.J., church, Joseph Pallipurath dumped his pistol, abandoned his Jeep and stepped aboard a bus with the hopes of fading into obscurity, said authorities who nabbed the accused fugitive early […]

Hindus find new faiths in marriage

Jeff Diamant |

NEWARK, N.J.-Jeff Diamant talks with Hindu families about shifting marriage customs as American-born children of Indian immigrant parents increasingly opt to marry outside the faith.

School allows American Indian boy to keep hair braided

Christine Harvey |

SLIDELL, La.-An American Indian boy who wears his hair in a braid as part of a religious custom will be allowed to remain at his school after school officials reversed an earlier decision that the child would have to cut his hair or wear his braid in a bun.

Study suggests worship services reduces risk of death

Michele Chabin |

JERUSALEM -Regularly attending religious services may significantly reduce the risk of death, according to a comprehensive study by researchers at Yeshiva University and its medical school, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

N.J. church searches for answers after fatal shootings

N.J. church searches for answers after fatal shootings |

CLIFTON, N.J. -Dennis John Malloosseril didn’t know the man shouting in the church vestibule had a gun, friends said, but he knew the disturbance was disrupting services at St. Thomas Syrian Orthodox Knanaya Church on Sunday (Nov. 23).

COMMENTARY: Let’s cut to the chase, shall we?

Tom Ehrich. |

I doubt that much sleep was lost, in heaven or an earth, when the tiny Episcopal Diocese of Quincy, Ill., voted to secede from the national Episcopal Church for being too liberal. Even so, Quincy’s debate over leaving the national denomination was illuminating. The debate’s final speaker is quoted as saying, “We need to make […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service N.J. church searches for answers after fatal shootings CLIFTON, N.J. (RNS) Dennis John Malloosseril didn’t know the man shouting in the church vestibule had a gun, friends said, but he knew the disturbance was disrupting services at St. Thomas Syrian Orthodox Knanaya Church on Sunday (Nov. 23). Then, according to […]