Episcopalians reject bishop who embraced Zen Buddhism

Daniel Burke |

(UNDATED) An Episcopal priest who has practiced Zen meditation and espoused unconventional ideas about Christianity has lost his bid to become a bishop in Michigan, the church announced Monday (July 27). The Rev. Kevin Thew Forrester, who was elected in February to lead the sparsely populated Diocese of Northern Michigan, failed to gain “consent,” or […]

The gospel according to Gekko

Francis X. Rocca |

Who says the Holy See isn’t hip to pop culture? It just takes them a couple of decades to catch up. In a speech to the Italian Senate today, the Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone invoked Oliver Stone’s Wall Street — specifically, Gordon Gekko’s “greed is good” speech — as part of his […]

Questions about faith-healing persist despite not-guilty verdicts

Steve Mayes |

OREGON CITY, Ore. — For more than half a century, children in the Followers of Christ church have died for lack of medical care, a pattern lawmakers and prosecutors have worked over the past decade to change. But as the case of two parents who were found not guilty last Thursday (July 23) illustrates, it […]

COMMENTARY: Hurts, habits and hang-ups

Tom Ehrich |

RICHMOND, Va. — In the multipurpose room where Bon Air Baptist Church holds its contemporary service on Sunday morning, a guitarist played Christian music as people gathered for NorthStar Community’s Saturday evening recovery service. A veteran of the 10-year-old ministry stood at a microphone, gave a brief witness about his own recovery from addiction, and […]

Hutterites lose driver’s license claim in Canadian Supreme Court

Ron Csillag |

TORONTO (RNS) A group of Hutterites in the Canadian province of Alberta have lost their bid to be issued special driver’s licenses without photographs. The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday (July 24) ruled 4-3 to uphold provincial rules making a digital photo mandatory for all new licenses. Two Alberta Hutterite colonies had argued for […]

Poll: Mormons most likely to be offended by Hollywood

Tiffany Stanley |

WASHINGTON (RNS) Mormons are the faith group most likely to say Hollywood threatens their values, followed by Jehovah’s Witnesses and evangelicals, according to a new study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. The survey showed more than two-thirds of Mormons (68 percent) rebuffed the entertainment industry, followed by 54 percent of Jehovah’s […]

Churches push $10 minimum wage by 2010

Lindsay Perna |

WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious leaders and advocates, not satisfied with the 70-cent rise in the federal minimum wage that went into effect on Friday (July 24), are calling on congressional leaders to hike it up to $10 by 2010. Even after the increase to $7.25 an hour, more than 600 interfaith leaders across the nation have […]

Williams suggests secondary role for rebel Episcopal Church

Daniel Burke |

(UNDATED) Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams suggested Monday (July 27) that the Episcopal Church may have to accept a secondary role in the Anglican Communion after voting to allow gay bishops and blessings for same-sex unions. Williams, the spiritual leader of the world’s 77 million Anglicans, said “very serious anxieties have already been expressed,” about […]

What would God do?

As religious groups line up on both sides of the health care reform debate, Oliver Thomas has an interesting look at what various scriptures say about caring for the sick and the needy. “Our Scriptures were written long before talk of deductibles, pre-existing conditions and single payers,” he writes. “But indirectly, the Christian, Hebrew and […]

Alamo explained

After evangelist Tony Alamo was convicted on Friday of transporting girls across state lines for sexual purposes, a Southern Poverty Law Center expert explained why a verdict of this sort took decades to occur. “This man has been running around the country for decades getting away with doing awful things and hurtful things to people,” […]