(RNS) For years, Southern Baptist leader Frank Page did not share the painful details of his daughter’s suicide, fearing that some Christians might speak ill of her if they knew. Mental illness and suicide were taboo topics for many churches, seen as a kind of spiritual failure. That may be starting to change.
(RNS) The searing experience of being an effective “Mourner in Chief” might stir President Obama’s appetite for political battle. I certainly hope so. Because the people need an advocate.
(RNS) As the Senate prepares to take up gun control measures, Catholic bishops have urged new legislation in email blasts and Senate Judiciary Committee testimony. But among the Catholic faithful, there are many that oppose all gun control measures. Call them the NRA Catholics. By Aaron Schrank.
“We as Christians are not going to go away until we have a culture of peace and reconciliation,” said Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, who presided at funerals for the victims of the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last year.
(RNS) Each morning, Sami Rahamin attends synagogue to recite the Kaddish memorial prayer for his father, who was shot dead by a disgruntled former employee. Then he turns his attention to a faith-based crusade: gun control.
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) The president of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod apologized for his role in the “debacle” that led to a public reprimand for a pastor in Newtown, Conn., for praying at an interfaith service following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
(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.
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.