Jury convicts Dale, Shannon Hickman of manslaughter in faith-healing trial

Steve Mayes |

OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) A jury on Thursday (Sept. 29) unanimously convicted an Oregon couple, Dale and Shannon Hickman, in the faith-healing death of their infant son. Both parents were found guilty of second-degree manslaughter, a Class B felony that requires a sentence of at least six years and three months in prison under Oregon’s […]

Pentagon: Chaplains can celebrate gay marriages

Adelle M. Banks |

WASHINGTON (RNS) Military chaplains can lead same-sex marriage ceremonies on and off military bases, the Pentagon announced Friday (Sept. 30), in a move that closely followed the repeal of a ban on openly gay service members. “A military chaplain may participate in or officiate any private ceremony, whether on or off a military installation, provided […]

Friday Godbytes

The internet made a lot of noise over megapastor Rob Bell‘s recent decision to leave his church to go do vague, undefined things. Well, it looks like we now know what those “things” are: Rob Bell is collaborating with Carlton Cuse – the Executive producer of the hit show “Lost” – to create a spiritual […]

Friday’s Religion News Roundup

If you haven’t seen it yet, drop whatever you’re doing and take a few minutes to read our own Dan Burke’s compelling and poetic account of Terri Roberts, whose son killed five Amish schoolgirls and wounded five others five years ago this weekend. Roberts now spends every Thursday bathing and reading to an Amish girl […]

New Orleans pastor on restaurant quest can’t live by bread alone

Doug MacCash |

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Minister Ray Cannata’s mission is almost complete. Four years ago he set out to eat at every restaurant in New Orleans. By mid-September, he’d already checked 719 eateries off his list and only had 10 meals to go before the ceremonial conclusion of his quest on Oct. 21, when he’ll have dined […]

Thursday Godbytes

So some of you asked yesterday if we here at RNS “forgot” about Rosh Hashanah… Oh ye of little faith. The twitterverse certainly didn’t forget, what with President Obama tweeting well-wishes to all his Jewish followers. Not to be left out, Republican Presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Herman Cain also extended new year greetings. Looks […]

Churches lose fight over Ala. immigration law

Brian Lawson |

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (RNS) A federal judge jolted the national immigration debate on Wednesday (Sept. 28) by approving most parts of Alabama's aggressive immigration law that religious leaders had called the “meanest” in the nation. In a ruling hailed by many state officials, U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn refused to block much of Alabama's far-reaching […]

ThursdayâÂ?Â?s Religion News Roundup

Alabama takes center stage, as a federal judge’s ruling upholding core elements of the state’s toughest-in-the-nation immigration law was at least a partial victory for religious leaders who opposed the entire law. U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn ruled that the religious leaders did not have standing to challenge the law, though other groups – including […]

Mother cares for her son’s Amish victims

Daniel Burke |

LANCASTER, Pa. (RNS) Terri Roberts was eating outside with a co-worker on a bright October day when an ambulance wailed nearby and a helicopter swooped overhead. As she often did at a sirens’ sound, Roberts said a quick prayer. “Little did I know what I was praying for,” she said. Walking back to her office, […]