NCC leader to step down

Daniel Burke |

(RNS) The National Council of Churches announced on Wednesday (Nov. 9) that General Secretary Michael Kinnamon is resigning due to health reasons. Kinnamon, 63, told the ecumenical group’s governing board that he must “immediately and significantly” reduce his activity, especially the frequent travel required by the job, under the advice of his cardiologist. A minister […]

Churches lose fight over Ala. immigration law

Brian Lawson |

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (RNS) A federal judge jolted the national immigration debate on Wednesday (Sept. 28) by approving most parts of Alabama's aggressive immigration law that religious leaders had called the “meanest” in the nation. In a ruling hailed by many state officials, U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn refused to block much of Alabama's far-reaching […]

Unitarian Universalist head convicted on protest charges

Jack Jenkins |

(RNS) The head of the Unitarian Universalist Association has been convicted on misdemeanor charges for participating in a protest rally against Arizona’s controversial immigration law. The Rev. Peter Morales, the first Latino president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, was found guilty on Friday (August 5) of failing to comply with a police officer at a […]

Israeli ambassador praises wartime pope

Francis X. Rocca |

(RNS) In a conciliatory gesture regarding one of the most sensitive points of Jewish-Catholic relations, Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican praised the controversial wartime Pope Pius XII for his “actions to save the Jews” during the Holocaust. Mordechay Lewy made his remarks Thursday (June 23) at a ceremony honoring an Italian priest who helped protect […]

Bishop calls Ala. immigration law nation’s ‘meanest’

Greg Garrison |

(BIRMINGHAM) A new Alabama law that makes it a crime to offer rides to undocumented immigrants is the “meanest” immigration law in the country, according to a United Methodist bishop and respected theologian. Bishop William Willimon of the North Alabama Conference called the bill, which was recently signed into law by Gov. Robert Bentley, an […]

Obama rallies Hispanic Christians on immigration

RNS-HISPANIC-PRAY: Obama rallies Hispanic Christians on immigration |

WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama assured Hispanic Christians on Thursday (May 12) that he hears their pleas for immigration reform, calling it a “moral imperative” that requires action from the pews and the White House. “What I can do is sign a law,” he told more than 600 people gathered here for the National Hispanic Prayer […]

Many genocides to be commemorated on Holocaust Memorial Day

Trevor Grundy |

CANTERBURY, England (RNS/ENInews) After the Nazi slaughter of 6 million Jews during World War II, the world cried out “never again.” But one of Britain’s best-known young rabbis, Jonathan Romain, said the phrase has proved tragically wrong. “Genocide has happened again and again and again,” he told ENInews ahead of Thursday’s (Jan. 27) Holocaust Memorial […]

The steady drip, drip, drip of WikiLeaks

Francis X. Rocca |

Britain’s Guardian newspaper has released four more WikiLeaks documents from the U.S. embassy to the Vatican, from 2001, 2002 and 2009, all somehow related to Catholic-Jewish tensions over the possible canonization as a saint of Pope Pius XII. One of the cables, from last October, reports that the Vatican backed out of an agreement to […]

Unitarians move investments over Sudan conflict

Fernando Alfonso III |

(RNS) The Unitarian Universalist Association is moving its retirement plan from Fidelity Investments to TIAA-CREF because of differing views on the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region. The church’s estimated 2,800 retirement accounts — totaling $173 million in investments — will be moved to TIAA-CREF, a company with similar business values to the Boston-based UUA, said […]

Friday morning roundup

Kevin Eckstrom |

First Tinky Winky was made a foot soldier in the culture war over gay rights — now Dora the Explorer is bloodied and bruised (quite literally) in the tussle over Arizona’s get-tough immigration law. Also in the desert, the controversial cross in the Mojave National Preserve that disappeared is back — or at least a […]