Obama confronts the not-really-Islamic Islamic state. More U.S. churches open doors to gays. Why once-abused Beverly Gooden stayed. All this and more…
(RNS) Gay and lesbian acceptance, increasing racial diversity and growing spontaneity in worship are among the findings in the latest National Congregations Study.
(RNS) “In Defense of Christians,” a Washington-based group, wants to press the point that Christianity is endangered in the Middle East — its birthplace — and that its survival is in the interests of all nations.
(RNS) In his new book, “Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion,” super-atheist Sam Harris describes how spirituality can and must be divorced from religion if the human mind is to reach its full potential.
Now, with the Islamic State on the march in the Middle East, leaving a trail of horrifying brutality and bloodshed that has shocked the world, some of Pope Benedict’s allies on the Catholic right are saying, in effect, “He told you so.”
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (RNS) The reality is that the imposition of Shariah law in this corner of the world’s most populous Muslim nation was a cynical political ploy — and it worked.
“…We are alienated from God, each other, and our own souls, and cannot find the way back by ourselves. But the situation is not without hope, for what sinks can be made to rise again.”
(RNS) Dozens of protesters marched briefly with more than 1,600 crocheted and knitted “bricks” from the Supreme Court to the U.S. Capitol Tuesday (Sept. 9), supporting the Secular Coalition for America’s “Knit a Brick” campaign.
(RNS) On Tuesday (Sept. 9), left-leaning faith leaders announced a new campaign to boost voter registration and encourage voters, particularly in poor and immigrant communities, to go to the polls.