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Skype Interview: Alia Abboud on Lebanese Churches and Syria's Civil War
Skype Interview: Alia Abboud on Lebanese Churches and Syria's Civil War

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Alia Abboud explains how Lebanese churches are meeting the needs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon in a new Skype interview.

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7 Ways for Churches to Address Culture of Violence
7 Ways for Churches to Address Culture of Violence
Three sources – an entitlement attitude, media and poverty – fuel our nation's culture of violence. Here are 7 ways your church can make a difference to reduce the violence.
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Faith Community Builds Social Capital
Faith Community Builds Social Capital
Practicing Christians would do well to remember and recite how the faith community builds social capital. Look at Nashville and consider what your faith community has done.
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Survey: Few Connect to Faith Community by Social Media
Survey: Few Connect to Faith Community by Social Media
Most Americans still are not using social media technology to connect with their faith communities although white evangelical Protestants are ahead of other major groups.
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Technology Is Risky but Helpful, Pastors Say
Technology Is Risky but Helpful, Pastors Say
While technology and social media are not the means to solve the churches' problems, it can help ministers connect with members and enhance worship, pastors said.
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Should Churches Tell Others How to Vote?
Should Churches Tell Others How to Vote?
North Carolina churches and pastors were proclaiming their positions on Amendment One. Is it proper for churches to tell people how to vote on legislation?
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Single Adults: An Endangered Species in Churches?
Single Adults: An Endangered Species in Churches?
They can be anywhere from early 20s to the elderly and are an increasingly growing segment of our population. But they're increasingly invisible, especially in many churches.
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Nonprofit Groups Oppose Obama’s Change in Charitable Deductions
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama is proposing lower tax deductions for the wealthy on donations to churches and other nonprofit organizations.
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No Pews, No Suits, No Problem
(RNS) Ron Williams is the pastor of Church at the GYM in Sanford, Fla. As the Baptist church's name implies, Williams' congregation meets, well, in a gym.
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In Cleveland, a Battle over Unwanted Churches
CLEVELAND (RNS) The Euclid Avenue Church of God and the former Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration sit empty on this city's former Millionaires' Row.
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Church Secretary Says Interracial Marriage Got Her Fired
FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) A white church secretary is suing her former employer, arguing that she was fired for marrying a black man.
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St. Louis Church Channels Anger over Pujols for Good
ST. LOUIS (RNS) As members of The Gathering began to hear of the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments, they decided to act.
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British Baptist Churches Hit by Metal Theft
British Baptist Churches Hit by Metal Theft
With the price of lead increasing earlier this year, metal theft from churches in Great Britain has hit record levels. One company that insures Baptist churches received 110 claims.
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Supreme Court Upholds NYC Ban on Churches in Schools
NEW YORK (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court let stand ruling that bars congregations from using space in New York City schools for worship services.
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Angry Churches Pull Money from Big Banks
(RNS) A small number of religious communities are removing their money to protest what they see as unfair mortgage foreclosures and unwillingness to lend to small businesses.
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As Injured Vets Return Home, Congregations Reach Out
NEWTON, Mass. (RNS) Some wounds of war are all too visible—a missing leg, a shattered arm. The invisible wounds are often more difficult to spot.
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D.C. Pastor to Lead Democrats’ Faith Outreach
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Democratic National Committee has tapped a well-connected Washington pastor to lead the party’s religious outreach.
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Report Says Tithing, Church Spending Hit Record Low
(RNS) Tithing to mainline Protestant churches as a percentage of income is at its lowest level in at least 41 years.
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Failing Churches Find New Life as Outposts for Megachurches
PELHAM, Ala. (RNS) Five years ago, Living Word Church was unable to pack more than about 80 people into its 280-seat sanctuary.
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Some Churches Cancel Sunday School, Put Parents in Charge
(RNS) Don’t look for children’s Sunday school classes at Ridgewood Church in Port Arthur, Texas. And forget about scavenger hunts and water park trips.
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Megachurch Seeks to Reassure New Portland Neighbors
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) The pastor sought to reassure his new neighbors about the church’s philosophy.
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Czech Government Agrees to Turn over Seized Churches
WARSAW, Poland (RNS/ENInews) A prominent Czech church leader has welcomed an agreement that would allow churches to reclaim land and buildings.
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Congregations Go for Creation Care, One Barrel at a Time
WASHINGTON (RNS) Irrigating from a rain barrel saves water that would otherwise come from a municipal water system.
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What Do Churches Have to Say on 9/11?
What Do Churches Have to Say on 9/11?

With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 falling on a Sunday, churches will have an ideal opportunity to frame the issue from a faith perspective in a culture saturated with conflicting messages and opportunism.

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At Church of Beethoven, Music Is the Message
(RNS) “Music,” Ludwig van Beethoven said, “is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.”
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Women Show Deep Drop in Church Attendance, Survey Says
(RNS) Women, long considered the dominant pew dwellers in the nation’s churches, have shown a dramatic drop in attendance in the last two decades.
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As Candidates Run for Office, Some Run from Their Church
(RNS) On a recent Sunday, Rep. Michele Bachmann gave a Pentecostal church in Iowa an intimate account of her pilgrimage to devout Christian.
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Pastors Lobby for Poor in Heated Deficit Talks
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 4,000 pastors told Congress that churches would not be able to fill the gap facing social service providers if deep cuts are made.
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A Church by Any Other Name
(RNS) For Living Faith Lutheran Church, the name change was as much about the future as the past.
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Black Churches Push Prostate Cancer Awareness
(RNS) Thomas A. Farrington isn’t looking for cards or a tie this Father’s Day. What he really wants is for other black men with cancer to know they’re not alone.
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King's Daughter Leaves Ga. Church After Scandal

(RNS) The Rev. Bernice King announced that she is leaving an Atlanta-area megachurch whose leader has been embroiled in scandal.

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Economic Bell Tolls for Nation’s Church Steeples
(RNS) Atop the tiny, white-columned 1842 church where Glen Likens was baptized, the steeple is rotting.
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Simple Churches Find a Foothold Across U.S.
(RNS) This weekend, Jeanne O’Hair, her friends and family will raise their voices in Easter hymns “as the spirit leads us.”
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Study: Congregations Slowly Recovering from Recession
(RNS) The recession was a double-barrel blow to American congregations: directly hurting their budgets while also stretching them thin.
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Report: Small Churches Feeling Financial Squeeze
(RNS) Almost all U.S. churches witnessed a change in the financial giving they received in 2010 compared to 2009.
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Churches in Japan Devastated by Earthquake
TOKYO (RNS/ENInews) Christians in Japan are looking for survivors and assessing damage to church buildings.
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Fed Up with Hollywood, Churches Make Their Own Films
YORBA LINDA, Calif. (RNS) This year’s Oscars may have been passed out, but for some churches the major motion picture season is just getting started.
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Does Facebook Succeed Where Churches Failed?
Does Facebook Succeed Where Churches Failed?
Facebook works because it fills a vacuum and counters the emptiness and loneliness people sometimes feel. Many religious communities, on the other hand, have lost the ability to connect people.
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Georgia Christians Push for Guns in Sanctuaries
Georgia Christians Push for Guns in Sanctuaries
Christians are sitting ducks at church and need guns for protection, a Georgia lawmaker and a Baptist pastor say. And the state rep has introduced a bill to allow church members to carry guns in church.
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Greek Church Sues for Right to Rebuild at Disputed Ground Zero site
(RNS) Greek Orthodox officials filed suit against the agency charged with rebuilding Ground Zero.
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Report: Churches, Charities not in Competition for Dollars
(RNS) Houses of worship often aren’t in competition for dollars but instead tend to reap donations from similar donors.
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What Will House Republican Budget Cuts Do to Churches?
What Will House Republican Budget Cuts Do to Churches?
House Republicans are placing low-income Americans at risk with their proposed spending cuts. When the poor turn to churches for help, churches won't have the resources to make up such cuts.
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British Baptists Have Greatest Share of Websites
British Baptists Have Greatest Share of Websites
The number of churches in Great Britain with websites has increased markedly in the last two years; Baptists have the highest percentage among the main United Kingdom denominations.
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Mich. Bill Would Allow Guns in Churches, Colleges
LANSING, Mich. (RNS) Individuals with valid concealed weapons permits could carry guns in Michigan areas currently prohibited by law.
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Cash-strapped Cities Look to Tax Churches for Road Use
(RNS) When a community needs to rebuild crumbling roads, should houses of worship pay fees for the number of times their congregants drive on them?
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Black Church Group Criticizes Congressional Tax Cuts
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Conference criticized Congress for linking extension of unemployment benefits to tax cuts for the wealthy.
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Play Examines South’s Black Church Arsons
WASHINGTON (RNS) For playwright Marcus Gardley, the theater is his pulpit and plays are his sermons.
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U.K. Churches Warn Government on Forced Employment
EDINBURGH, Scotland (RNS/ENInews) British churches have criticized plan to remove unemployment benefits from people who refuse to accept jobs.
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Hoping to Avert Disaster, Democrats Turn to Black Churches
WASHINGTON (RNS) Democrats are turning to a key part of their base—African-Americans—and are using the black church to help get voters to the polls.
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Tax Exemption – Not a Right But a Privilege
Tax Exemption – Not a Right But a Privilege
An Oklahoma pastor intentionally broke the law by endorsing a candidate for governor from the pulpit. Nothing prohibits churches from endorsing candidates – as long as they are willing to give up their tax-exempt privilege.
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Shootings at Ohio, Texas Churches Stirs Concerns
(RNS) Three outbursts of violence in or near churches, including one during worship services, are raising safety concerns for church leaders.
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Volunteers Flock to Rebuild Church Torched by Arson
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) The Rev. Hillary Chrisley has traveled throughout the South, helping to rebuild churches torched by arson.
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Study Says Religious Hospitals more Efficient, Provide Better Care
(RNS) Church-run health care systems are more efficient and provide higher quality care than their secular counterparts.
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Why Do Churches Follow CEO Leadership Model?
Why Do Churches Follow CEO Leadership Model?
The corporate CEO tends to be associated with unbridled greed, hedonistic lifestyles, raw exercise of power and smug self-confidence. And yet this CEO model has carried over to various forms of Christian ministry.
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Child Sexual Abuse in Churches Can't Be Ignored
Child Sexual Abuse in Churches Can't Be Ignored
A child is sexually abused in the United States every four minutes. And Protestant churches, as part of the larger society, are not immune from this sin – no matter how some may try to camouflage it.
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Preaching on the Moral Good of Taxation Is the Forbidden Topic in Churches
Preaching on the Moral Good of Taxation Is the Forbidden Topic in Churches
When's the last time you heard a sermon advocating for a good tax policy? No topic is more avoided in pulpits than the moral good of taxation. It's often a forbidden topic in churches.
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