Christian colleges get into the swing

Angela Abbamonte |

(RNS) Classes are done for the day. Meetings and work are winding down, and Facebook can provide a study break for only so long. So what’s a restless Christian college student to do? For undergrads at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., a walk down to the campus theater provides one solution: dancing to the tunes […]

Friday’s religion round-up

Kevin Eckstrom |

Ann Rodgers reads the tea leaves from the Catholic bishops’ meeting this week and finds that “the majority of bishops favor tact and diplomacy over confrontation and condemnation when they address difficult issues.” Speaking of confrontation, some 145 conservative religious types will release their “Manhattan Declaration” today pledging civil disobedience at laws aimed at abortion […]

Anglican leader, in Rome, optimistic on ecumenical strains

Francis X. Rocca |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Speaking in Rome a month after the Vatican unveiled plans tofacilitate the conversion of conservative Anglicans to Catholicism, the spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion offered a moderately hopeful assessment of ecumenical relations between the two churches. The “ecumenical glass is genuinely half-full,” Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said Thursday (Nov. […]

Window blessing

The Interdependence Project, a Buddhist-based eco-activism group, recently completed its 24-hour sit-a-thon in a New York City shop window. ID’ers meditated in shifts for 24 hours (one sat for the entire 24 hours) Nov. 6-7, and say they raised $30,000 in donations, which will be used for building a community center and developing a radio […]

Paper denies editor’s complaint about attending Unification wedding

Angela Abbamonte |

WASHINGTON (RNS) The acting publisher of the Washington Times denied a complaint filed by former editorial page editor Richard Miniter that he was forced to attend a mass wedding of the Unification Church, which owns the newspaper. In a complaint filed Tuesday (Nov. 17) with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Miniter claimed he was forced […]

Hand-written Bible up for sale on eBay

Brian McVicar |

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (RNS) After nine months and 22,579 miles on the road, Zondervan’s handwritten Bible arrived back home with verses inscribed by 31,173 people. Now, one of only two copies of the three-volume, 2,200 page leather-bound Bible is on the eBay auction block, Zondervan announced Thursday (Nov. 19). Interested bidders can visit Zondervan’s eBay […]

Lutheran dissidents say new church body in the works

Daniel Burke |

(RNS) In late September, Lutheran dissidents said they would hunker down for a year and study whether to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and create a new church body. Less than two months later, on Wednesday (Nov. 19) Lutheran CORE (Coalition for Renewal) announced that indeed such a body “will likely be necessary.” […]

As Haggard returns, questions linger

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) After disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard decided to start holding prayer meetings at his Colorado home, advisers and observers, perhaps not surprisingly, reacted with disappointment. But the fact that he’s chosen to host the meetings within a few miles of the Colorado Springs megachurch that dismissed him three years ago — because of a […]

Mass: The Video Game

Tired of dragging your family to Mass every Sunday and spending precious seconds deciding which pew to sit in? Well, Prayer Works Interactive has the solution for home-bound Catholics everywhere: Mass: We Pray-The Video Game. Using a cruciform joystick, players can “participate in 24 unique and exhilarating rituals. Make the Sign of the Cross, sprinkle […]

Thursday’s religion round-up

Kevin Eckstrom |

The Washington Times is disputing a former editor’s complaint that he was forced to attend a mass wedding of the Unification Church (which owns the newspaper). And Catholic bishops are are rejecting charges (again) that their central anti-poverty initiative funds leftist and anti-church programs. Disaffected Lutherans who can’t abide a decision to allow openly gay […]