WASHINGTON (RNS) From the Orthodox to the unreligious, U.S. Jews feel deeply connected to Israel even if they “struggle with Israel’s realities.” That’s a Jewish struggle, said one rabbi: It is “an act of love; it is not an act of disengagement.”
Author Archives: Cathy Lynn Grossman
About Cathy Lynn Grossman
Cathy Lynn Grossman is a senior national correspondent for Religion News Service, specializing in stories drawn from research and statistics on religion, spirituality and ethics, and manager for social media. She joined RNS in 2013 after 23 years with USA TODAY, where she created the religion and ethics beat for the national newspaper.
Grossman is graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and began her career at The Miami Herald. Grossman recently completed a certificate course in biomedical ethics and health care policy with the Center for Practical Bioethics, Kansas City, Mo.
Her honors include: University of Michigan Journalism Fellowship 1987-88; Templeton Journalism Fellowship in Science and Religion, 2005: East West Center study fellowship on Islam in Asia, 2007.
“In this first episode of Have a Little Faith, self-proclaimed religious idiot Zach Anner heads to the Islamic center of Southern California, to visit with 19 year old Marwa, and join her afternoon prayer.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) As the government shutdown enters its second week, some religious groups are starting to feel the pinch, and they’re also finding ways to reach out.
(RNS) Carol Merritt thinks mainline Protestants could use some rebranding to convey their rising diversity and social justice leadership. Here are a couple of suggestions. Pick one or add your own.
“The new study of American Jews by the Pew research Center shows how complicated Jewish identity is right now.”
(RNS) Vague Jews and “mushy Christians” have a lot in common. Survey after survey finds many people who don’t know or care about doctrine or practice still proudly claim a religious brand identity.
(RNS) Did you hear the one about the new survey of American Jews? No, seriously: the report finds humor is one of the main qualities that four in 10 of the nation’s Jews say is essential to their identity — right up their with support for Israel. Who knew?
AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) Hot button issues with conservative Christians, such as abortion and same-sex marriage, are not as critical to Hispanics. Topping their list of critical issues: jobs and unemployment, health care costs and the quality of public schools.
(RNS) Young men today “want to give their life for something that counts. These men are tired of living in a culture of relativism. They want to say there must be something true, beautiful and good,” says the Rev. Mark Latcovich, president of St. Mary Seminary outside Cleveland.