NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) The shifts and conversations within this Bible Belt congregation mirror a larger debate among American evangelicals as they engage tricky and sensitive matters of human sexuality, the authority of Scripture and a rapidly changing culture.
(RNS) On Purim, one of the religious requirements is to give directly to at least two poor people. The Jewish sage Maimonides instructed us not to be too discerning. “Anyone who puts out his hand to take should be given money.”
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (RNS) Federal and local investigators are working to determine whether Craig Stephen Hicks was motivated by hatred toward the victims because of their religion.
(RNS) One gets the sense that the Rev. Malcolm Boyd and many others like him were a little too religious for the liberals, and too liberal for the religious.
MAWLAMYINE, Myanmar (RNS) Even though these elaborate cremation ceremonies are financed through voluntary donations rather than taxes, some residents are concerned that the money is spent inefficiently.
TABORA, Tanzania (RNS) Vigilante villagers are attacking women they believe are witches responsible for the murders of albinos, whose white skin some believe possess magical powers.
BOSTON (Reuters) “We can’t associate with that,” Brother Thomas Dalton, principal of Immaculate Heart of Mary School. “It would appear we were condoning it.”
(RNS) Once upon a time, there were red lines between criticism of Israel’s policies, denial of Israel’s right to exist, and full-blown anti-Semitism. Those lines have increasingly blurred, and in some cases, they have disappeared.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The “Dialogues of the Carmelites” shows the price that is paid when truth is not spoken to power and a sense of injustice makes unholy acts seem somehow noble.