ST. LOUIS (RNS) A decision to censure a pastor for participating in a prayer service for victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre has reopened old wounds for the often politically divided Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
(RNS) A Lutheran pastor in Newtown, Conn., has apologized after being reprimanded for participating in an interfaith vigil following the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
(RNS) Many American Jews and others are fervently rebutting a claim made by gun rights activists: that gun control kept firearms from European Jewry, and made the Holocaust, if not possible, than more catastrophic than it would otherwise have been.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Dozens of the nation’s faith leaders said Tuesday (Jan. 15) that they’re ready to take on the gun lobby and demanded that politicians take quick and concrete steps to stem gun violence. By Lauren Markoe.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (RNS) In the weeks since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 children and six adults, thousands of books have arrived at the town’s public library from all over the country — from authors, publishers, and ordinary people buying multiple copies of books on Amazon.com that they had found helpful in their grief. By Ann Marie Somma.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (RNS) As the children of Newtown returned to elementary school on Thursday for the first time since last month’s deadly shooting spree, they and their parents were greeted by support counselors, teachers and a team of four-legged pastors called “comfort dogs.” By Solange De Santis.
(RNS) As news about shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., began to spread last week, I could hear the gun lobby’s spin-masters kicking into high gear. Don’t “politicize” a tragedy in order to deprive people of their constitutional rights, went the line. Our hands weren’t on those triggers. Unless politicians summon previously unseen [...]
(RNS) The shooting of 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school is galvanizing religious leaders who have long supported gun control. By Adelle M. Banks.
(RNS) The estranged son of a pastor famous for protesting the funerals of soldiers and AIDS victims has condemned his family’s plans to picket funerals of shooting victims in Newtown, Conn., but says local leaders should “let them show up” instead of trying to ban them. By Kimberly Winston.
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.