Adventists in Calif. city lose Sunday mail delivery

Albert Sabaté |

LOMA LINDA, Calif. (RNS) Postal carrier Ruth Gomez had prayed and waited for five years to be transferred to the Loma Linda Post Office so that she could finally put to rest the conflicts between her faith and her job. As a Seventh-day Adventist, Gomez observes the Sabbath on Saturday and Loma Linda, with its […]

COMMENTARY: Harold and me

Dick Staub |

(RNS) California radio evangelist Harold Camping’s false prophecies about the Rapture and the end of the world, first in 1994 and now again in May 2011, are a bit of deja vu. Harold and I, you see, have a history. As a college student in the Bay Area in the late 1960’s, I read the […]

Thursday’s Religion News Roundup

I’m just gonna go ahead and kick this off with our favorite story of the day: The decapitated head of St. Vitalis of Assisi, the patron saint of venereal disease (who knew?), will be auctioned off on Sunday. Could be yours for the low-low price of around $1,700. More here. The street preacher who kidnapped […]

Katrina volunteers still coming, even if they have to pay

Bruce Nolan |

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A Methodist hurricane-recovery ministry that funneled nearly 68,000 hammer-wielding volunteers into metro New Orleans until it essentially ran out of money has reinvented itself — by asking volunteers to pitch in $225 to spend a week repairing houses. And the volunteers are still coming. Some were in Covington, La., recently, putting up […]

Same-sex relations, marriage receive record approval

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) Nearly two-thirds of Americans say gay or lesbian relations between consenting adults should be legal, the highest percentage ever recorded by Gallup. Researchers found that 64 percent of American adults supported legal gay relations, which Gallup has included in surveys since 1977. In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Lawrence v. Texas decision struck down […]

Wednesday’s Religion News Roundup

Lots O’ talk on the InterWebs today about a woman who was no mean schmoozer herself. I speak, of course, about Oprah, the O, the goddess of gab, the avatar of aspiration, the bishop of the boob tube, the … well, you get it. Her last live show broadcasts today. “I am the messenger to […]

Christians shatter taboos in talking about money

G. Jeffrey MacDonald |

BEVERLY, Mass. (RNS) No sooner had 29-year-old Graham Messier joined a small group at his church earlier this year than he found himself breaking an American taboo: talking about how much he earns, and where it all goes. Others in the group did likewise as they kicked off an eight-week program aimed at reconciling personal […]

Couple faces trial as Ore. cracks down on faith-healing church

Steve Mayes and Jeff Mapes |

OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) A couple whose reliance on faith healing threatened their daughter’s eyesight will go on trial this week, one day after state lawmakers moved to strip legal protection for parents who rely on faith healing. The case returns the spotlight on Followers of Christ church, an Oregon City congregation that rejects medical […]

Messiah alumni rally around gay student

Ivey DeJesus |

GRANTHAM, Pa. (RNS) Alumni at evangelical Messiah College have launched an online petition urging the conservative Christian school to change its policies toward gay and lesbian students. The petition has collected hundreds of alumni signatures, with some indicating that they would withhold donations as long as the college continued to foster “an unsafe and noninclusive […]

Muhammad Ali pleads for prisoners’ release

Lauren Markoe |

WASHINGTON (RNS) Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali joined other prominent Muslim Americans on Tuesday (May 24) to plead for the release of two American hikers who have been imprisoned in Iran for nearly two years. Ali, who attained heroic status among Muslims worldwide when he converted to Islam in 1975, sat speechless behind dark glasses during […]