NEWTOWN, Conn. (RNS) At houses of worship here, people gathered in pews, crying, kneeling and hugging each other through services that focused on remembering the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, uniting the community, celebrating Christmas and preventing similar disasters.
(RNS) “Oh, God!” That cry has echoed ever since news of the horrific Newtown school shootings. As the names of those who died are made known, that cry is followed by a question: Why? Why does God allow evil? By Cathy Lynn Grossman/ USA Today.
NEW YORK (RNS) I played the New York lottery for the first time last week. My $2 ticket didn't win the $588 million payout. In the end, I liked the idea of financial security, but saw little to be gained from sudden wealth. By Tom Ehrich.
(RNS) Most Americans believe employers — even religious ones — should provide contraception coverage for their employees, according to a new survey by LifeWay Research. By Daniel Burke.
The Pope joins the Twitters. Nevada court upholds the state's same-sex marriage ban. The Old South Church in Boston is selling a prayer book from 1640.
Angus Jones apologizes. Jewish counseling center sued over gay therapy. Godbaby, and “our Lord and Savior, Barack Obama.”
(RNS) Three Buddhists, a Hindu and a “none” will walk into the 113th Congress, and it’s no joke. Rather, it’s a series of “firsts” that reflect the growing religious diversity of the country. By David Gibson.
(RNS) In winning ten out of the dozen battlegroun states, President Obama had to depend on non-Christians.
RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) While many religious congregations have sought ways to reduce energy consumption, few have paid attention to the spiritual dimensions of this work. Several North Carolina churches are finding a remedy through a service they call the Earth Sabbath. By Yonat Shimron.