ROME (RNS) The two artists said there was no way they would depict the Prophet Muhammad out of their great respect for Islam, but stressed they did not intend to offend any religion.
(RNS) “We believe that … New Heart Community Church has walked away from the Southern Baptist Convention’s core biblical values,” said Roger Oldham, a spokesman for the denomination’s executive committee.
I believe that when we choose to focus on a story about love, it makes it possible to find the grace that we need to encounter even the most intemperate and hostile folks.
TEL AVIV, Israel (RNS) As Israelis pause to celebrate the Jewish New Year, they can also celebrate a surge in the number of non-Jews participating in conversion courses run by Israel’s Reform and Conservative movements.
(RNS) Everything you need to know for the Jewish High Holy Days, from shofar to tashlich to Kol Nidre.
“We have gained nothing. Literally nothing. We may have had an evil dictator, but now we have total terrorism. We used to have one Saddam. Now we have thousands.” – The Rev. Canon Andrew White, chaplain of St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad, talking with USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers about the U.S. Invasion of Iraq […]
Tonight is the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Meet the Khorasans. Textbook dramas in Colorado and Texas.
“Jihad combats inner destructive emotions. Everybody carries jihad in their hearts, including me.” – The Dalai Lama, rejecting claims by Islamic militants that the Muslim concept of jihad, or inner struggle, involves killing your enemies.
(RNS) More than 1,000 shofar blowers set a world record in Whippany, N.J., blasting the instruments in unison for five straight minutes on Sunday (Sept. 21). The sound of the shofar at the start of the Jewish New Year is intended to pierce Jewish hearts and inspire awe and forgiveness.