NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The New Orleans pastor who's poised to become the Southern Baptist Convention's first black president says the denomination shouldn't be defined by its racial history, even as he has concerns about how President Obama has been treated, and the ongoing Trayvon Martin case. By Kim Lawton.
Archives: May 2012
Woody Allen v. Soren Kierkegaard: Is neurosis Jewish? Daniel Smith asks the question in the New York Times. “No,” he says. On the other hand, he explains… Evangelical tsuris: Southern Baptist macher Richard Land awaits a decision on his fate due Friday. The outcome is not clear, but the repercussions could be big. One of […]
INDIANAPOLIS (RNS) How did we go from building the interstate highway system to not doing anything unless it benefits us? How did the party of Eisenhower degenerate into would-be demagogues defaming anyone who stands between them and power? How did a nation that fought totalitarianism spy on young adults just for questioning Wall Street? By Tom Ehrich.
REPUBLIC, Mo. (RNS) Although attitudes have improved in recent years, it’s still common for women clergy to field doubts about their legitimacy. The first time a church hires a women as pastor can be uncomfortable for both the woman and the congregation, said The Rev. Melissa St. Clair, senior pastor at Republic First Christian Church […]
(RNS) A majority of Southern Baptist pastors surveyed said they think it would be good for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination to be led by an African-American. By Adelle M. Banks.
(RNS) A Southern Baptist leader who works on gay outreach has criticized recent anti-gay comments by North Carolina pastors, saying they “show a complete lack of understanding of how to minister to those struggling with this particular temptation.” By Adelle M. Banks.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (RNS) Jennifer Harris Dault and her husband Allyn share more than marriage. Earlier this month they joined hundreds of other students graduating from the nation’s more than 220 seminaries with masters in divinity degrees. But as the only woman graduate at Central Baptist Theological Seminary — out of a class of eight […]
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (RNS) When Mudita Bahadur started looking for excuses not to take her children on a 45-minute trip to the Hindu temple every Sunday, she knew she had to make a change. So Bahadur and other parents decided to take their children's religious education into their own hands. By Megan Sweas.
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Islamic leaders say they are shocked that a review by New Jersey's state Attorney General into the New York Police Department’s secret surveillance operation targeting Muslim businesses and mosques in New Jersey found the NYPD did nothing wrong. By Ted Sherman.