By: Leanna K. Fuller
Churches can disagree on many things, but most of us agree that racism is fundamentally wrong. Saying nothing is both a mark of privilege and a sign of complicity. This is a time for moral courage.
By: Joe LaGuardia
We have to change the tone of our bitterly divisive and punitive politics. We can either do nothing or work constructively - together - to bring about the change and transformation we all long to see in the world.
By: Larry Eubanks
Complementarianism modifies patriarchy but doesn't reject it. In no system in which the man has the final say in what goes on in marriage and family can the wife be considered equal. There's no mutual submission.
By: David Swartz
Subscribing to a political party traps you in a closed system. Christian activists on both sides are complicit in demonizing the enemy, which undermines the message of the very gospel they desire to advance.
By: Colin Harris
The intensity of our current political climate allows truthful and more complete information to be replaced by propaganda. Misinformation becomes the wind that blows the weather vane of ethics in all directions.
By: Brian Kaylor
Christians do not owe their chief loyalty to either political party. By publicly endorsing a candidate, pastors will tie their own credibility - and their churches' credibility and witness - to what that candidate says or does.
By: Brian Kaylor
During this week's Democratic National Convention, delegates passed the final version of the Democratic platform, which clashes at times with positions of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
By: Brian Kaylor
As the GOP holds its national convention this week and Democrats are set for next week, both parties will hash out language for their platforms, which can impact those parties and public policy decisions.
By: Brian Kaylor
President Barack Obama was criticized and presidential candidate Donald Trump was subtly promoted during the recent annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.
By: Robert Parham
Marriage plays a significant role in the struggle against poverty. And no civic institution is needed more to advocate for marriage and to equip married couples than the church.
By: Barry Howard
The pulpit is a place to accent the privilege and responsibility of choosing our leaders, not a place to dictate the decision. Here are four steps for pastors who want to encourage good citizenship from the pulpit.
By: Colin Harris
Our society is defined by dueling narratives, with each side fighting to control their message. The volume and intensity of this struggle are greater than ever, but the struggle has been around a long time.
By: Danny Chisholm
Ministers create inherent dangers when they endorse presidential candidates. It sets ministers up for disappointment, confuses and alienates laity and exaggerates pastors' influence.
By: Dennis Bickers
Pastors have an obligation to address moral and social issues that may be hot topics in the political arena, but endorsing a political party or a particular leader crosses the line.
By: Zach Dawes
The demand for perfect adherence to a particular faction's ideology is having a detrimental impact not only on the political processes, but also on other societal institutions, including the local church.
By: Brian Kaylor
A blizzard of evangelical voters carried Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to an upset victory over business mogul Donald Trump in Iowa's Republican caucus.
By: Matt Sapp
The presidential race turns to a new chapter today as the Iowa caucus kicks off primary season. Here are four things pastors and laity need to do as we consider which candidates get our votes.
By: Robert Parham
The church plays a significant role in strengthening families, especially among African-Americans and Latinos, the authors of a new book said. Stronger families mean a stronger and healthier nation.
By: Terry Austin
What personal traits and skills are important for the next president of the United States? No matter what their political party, we need someone with the qualities to identify the best approach to the issues.
By: Robert Parham
On Feb. 1, the question everyone is asking will be answered: Who will win Iowa? Embedded in the question for Christians is: What will it mean for the future of American Christianity?
By: Guy Sayles
Our political process offers many valuable - albeit negative - lessons for church leaders. However, politics does teach us the importance of fashioning networks and coalitions, all for the common good.
By: Larry Eubanks
The Samaritan woman has been interpreted as an immoral woman for many years, but that wasn't the view before the Reformation. Sadly, the popular view aligns with our blame-the-victim society.
By: Barry Howard
To build a healthy marriage, a minister and spouse cannot be naïve to stress factors. They should take steps to navigate these challenges with faith, discernment and intentionality. Here are 10 tips.
By: Jon Kuhrt
Millions who signed up to Ashley Madison, an online affair website, had their personal information hacked and made public. Rather than judgment, we should be saddened by all the grief being unleashed.
By: Colin Harris
Instead of providing substantive deliberation on important issues, our politicians increasingly rely on blunt and shocking remarks designed to give them a poll bump. But this 'politi-tainment' undermines our process.
By: Ron Rolheiser
Our society no longer understands the value and power of ritual, even though ritual itself can hold and sustain our hearts in something deeper than the emotions of the moment.
By: Brian Kaylor
Faith voters remain targeted by many presidential candidates. Many GOP candidates are courting conservative evangelicals while religious appeals are less frequent among candidates on the Democratic side.
By: Phil Jump
We expect our elected officials not only to demonstrate their own integrity, but also to oversee and regulate society in a way that sustains and promotes truth and honesty. Do they deliver?
By: Roger Olson
People on the political and religious left and right do this all the time. It's so common we can be swayed by it even as we try to resist it. It should be called out. What is it?
By: Robert Parham
Sen. Ted Cruz has officially kicked off the race for the presidency with his announcement this week. Sadly, presidential campaigns wash away efforts to advance the common good.
By: Mike Kuhn
Whether on the right or left, Christians have not been effective in changing the culture because they have sought to do it through political power. To make a difference in the culture, we need a new paradigm.
By: Colin Harris
Exploiting fears has been a successful tool to manipulate people in politics and religion. While the religious crowd has put conjured fears to good use, hope – not fear – is the basis of Jesus' message.
By: Brian Kaylor
A report challenged the influx of corporate money in U.S. political campaigns as harmful to democracy and the needs of the poor. But will anyone pay attention to it?
By: Zach Dawes
When politicians base their decisions on what's politically expedient rather than what's the right thing to do, they may secure an election but they're abandoning the common good.
By: Guy Sayles
Our posturing and partisan name-calling on the national level make us forget our commonalities and magnify our differences. But Christians must place God's kingdom before party loyalties.
By: Michael Helms
Some preachers proclaim that men and women are equal before God but created for different roles. That sounds good on the surface, but it's a model that's ripe for abuse.
By: Robert Parham
President Obama's comment comparing marijuana as "no more dangerous than alcohol" was misleading and muddled. One would have hoped he would have been more clear-headed.
God has the audacity to tell us to sacrifice for our spouses, putting their needs above our own and treating the other as the more important member of the pair. Here are five ways to get started.
Just like marriage, all the training in the world can't prepare you for leading a church. You have to live it. Here are three lessons from three decades of ministry and marriage.
There has been little rest for the politically weary since the 2012 election. Our constant campaign mode constrains our ability to collaborate and shrinks our empathy for one another.
As valid as criticism might be, throwing it out like gasoline on a fire isn't productive. We must set aside our own agendas and focus more on the larger context of needs afflicting the human family.
The Miss America pageant crowned its first Indian-American winner Sunday night. Learn about this and other Miss America firsts in the new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.
What's the relationship between religion and beauty pageants? An assistant professor and doctoral candidate shares her thoughts in a new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.
President Obama has set forth a false choice: Do nothing about Syria's use of chemical weapons or bomb Syria. The either/or framing makes military action appear righteous.
Our leaders raise the specter of "Big Government" taking away our freedom, but their political sleight-of-hand distracts us from the realization that "Big Money" already has.
Southern Baptist leaders who promoted the Iraq War thought it would open heavenly doors. Ten years later, those efforts never materialized, and Iraqi Christians have suffered.
Passive followers help tyrants stay in power. Christian parents and educators can best serve God's kingdom by teaching children the responsibility of disobedience.
As we seek to repair our nation's soul following Newtown, let's not neglect our responsibility to seek sensible gun control laws and to improve mental health care.
When Western Christians support Israel without reserve, they run the risk of perpetuating the oppression of Palestinian Christians. They value real estate more than people.
With the passions that drove a contentious election season still fueling fears and anger that impede cooperation, what can help our divided nation? How about evangelism?
Justice is the standard by which we are to measure every political and social system. Justice is the standard that defines whether a ruler is a success or failure.
What standard should we use to judge public policy? What factors should guide our decision-making?
The politics of God’s Kingdom proclaims that the right Man has already been crucified, resurrected and ascended, so that all powers and principalities are under His control, and that the eternal destiny of the saints and the cosmos are under His control.
Despite IRS tax regulations that restrict partisan politicking by tax-exempt organizations, Missouri Baptist Convention leaders introduced three GOP candidates at their annual meeting.
We're all free to hold our personal beliefs, but where does it cross the line? Perhaps it's when we use the power we have to discriminate against those with different beliefs.
The trained scholar knows that marriage rites and customs reveal much about what people value and believe. What would scholars in the future deduce from today's New York Times?
People create all kinds of loopholes to get around the commandment to not bear false witness. And the political season reminds us that truth doesn't matter as long as the objective is achieved.
Being nonjudgmental can allow us to see the possibilities of good in people and perspectives that we might otherwise reject. It can also lead to an apathetic ethics of "whatever."
(RNS) In recent days, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has criticized President Obama for having a "phony theology" not based on the Bible.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum is defending his views questioning prenatal testing and President Obama's "theology."
TORONTO (RNS) Canada's highest court has ruled that children in Quebec schools cannot opt out of a course on ethics and world religions.
BERKELEY, Calif. (RNS) When Rebecca Hensler's infant son died in 2009, she received numerous condolences from friends, colleagues and even total strangers.
LONDON (RNS) A British High Court justice has triggered dismay with a recent decision that declares prayers at town hall meetings are against the law.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) As leaders meet, looming in the background will be a recent string of Vatican leaks that reveal a bitter power struggle among the hierarchy.
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama is proposing lower tax deductions for the wealthy on donations to churches and other nonprofit organizations.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) New York's Archbishop Timothy Dolan said he would like to change the caricature of his city as a modern-day Gomorrah.
(RNS) FBI officials say they are willing to consider a proposal to establish a committee of experts to review materials used in FBI anti-terrorism training.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Exhibit A in the fight over President Obama's mandate for religious institutions to provide insurance coverage for contraception: a ham sandwich.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (RNS) For the Rev. Jerry Henry, pastor of First Baptist Church of Fairhope, being Southern Baptist is a defining aspect of life.
(RNS) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has apologized for a Mormon who baptized the late parents of famed Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Every year, thousands of Americans travel abroad for less-expensive fertility treatments, hip replacements and other medical procedures.
CHESNAY, FRANCE (RNS) Past clusters of houses and frozen fields in this Paris suburb, the Palace of Versailles sparkles in the evening sun.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans are split on a federal mandate requiring nearly all employers to provide insurance covering contraception.
(RNS) New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin's underdog story and outspoken evangelical faith have some sportswriters dubbing him the "Taiwanese Tebow."
LONDON (RNS) Britain's Court of Appeal has ordered a pair of Christian innkeepers to pay 3,600 pounds ($5,800) in damages.
(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.
SPOKANE, Wash. (RNS) In an emotional ceremony, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed legislation that makes Washington the seventh state to legalize gay marriage.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A lawyer has dropped a lawsuit that sought to hold Pope Benedict XVI and other church officials responsible for a clergy sexual abuse case.
(RNS) If you think good Muslim women wait for marriage to have sex, think again.
(RNS) President Obama unveiled an "accommodation'' in which health insurance companies will provide employees with contraception coverage.
DES PERES, Mo. (RNS) More than 100 Lutherans streamed into the basement classroom for a Bible study called "Islam Through a Lutheran Lens."
NASHVILLE (RNS) The saga of the Anglican Mission in the Americas sounds like the words to an old country song: "Why have you left the one you left me for?"
(RNS) The people behind a popular chain e-mail about President Obama and the National Day of Prayer might want to think about the sin of omission.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A delegation of Egyptian Christian leaders said they do not support the development of a Christian political party.
(RNS) Dozens of members of Congress are upset that the Air Force has removed the Latin word for "God" from the logo of an Air Force acquisitions office.
(RNS) The threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism is "tiny" and often exaggerated by government officials, a leading anti-terrorism expert said in a new report.
(RNS) The White House has surprised observers and disappointed some liberal allies by signaling that it is willing to compromise.
(RNS) Advisors are signaling a potential compromise on a controversial new mandate that requires institutions to cover contraception costs for employees.
WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) As a Muslim woman waits in jail, her friends and family are using social media to rally support for her cause.
LOS ANGELES (RNS) The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down California's Proposition 8 ballot measure that banned gay marriage.
(RNS) Growing up in Kuwait, Asif Balbale thought he wanted to become a chemical engineer. He never imagined enlisting in the U.S. Navy, much less becoming an imam.
ST. LOUIS (RNS) For 18 years, the Rev. William Rowe has done a little improvising while celebrating Mass on Sunday mornings at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
LONDON (RNS) Britain's media advertising watchdog has banned a Christian group from claiming that God's cure-all powers can heal a string of medical ailments.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholic bishops from all over the world will meet next week at a Vatican summit aimed at preventing abuse and protecting children.
(RNS) Muslim and legal advocacy groups are urging Schneiderman to investigate the New York City Police Department after the second scandal in as many weeks.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Rev. Fred Luter told his African-American congregation that he will seek to become the first black man to lead the SBC.
WASHINGTON (RNS) White mainline Protestants have a big thing going for them this election cycle: they are divided, and possibly persuadable.
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama connected his faith with his policies toward the poor at the National Prayer Breakfast.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Nearly four centuries after the Church branded Galileo Galilei a heretic, the Vatican is co-hosting a major science exhibition in his hometown.
CAIRO (RNS) From her home, Samia Ramsis holds a key chain bearing the face of the Virgin Mary.
(RNS/ENInews) Christian leaders are teaming with animal rights advocates to fight against cockfighting.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) A Mormon student surfs the Internet for a school assignment and discovers that Mormon founder Joseph Smith had multiple wives.
(RNS) On the eve of Charles Darwin's birthday, lawmakers in at least four states are taking steps to hinder the teaching of evolution.
(RNS) Marvin Perkins says God led him to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- but friends advised otherwise.
(RNS) North American Muslims are more than satisfied with the secular legal system and do not want a set of parallel courts for Islamic law.
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.
NEW YORK (RNS) A 67-year-old woman with a criminal record for theft has been charged with siphoning $1 million in donations.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Catholic churches denounced a new federal rule requiring faith-based employers to include reproductive services in health care coverage.
(RNS) When Mormons call themselves "a peculiar people," they mean it in the biblical sense -- set aside by God, chosen.
(RNS) A counseling student who declined to advise a gay client might have been expelled from her university because of her faith, a federal appeals court ruled.
(RNS) Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus are accusing Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum of bigotry and ignorance.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Millie Campbell slipped the transmission into reverse. "Oh God," she said, "we thank you for the blood of Jesus."
(RNS) After causing a bit of turbulence with some passengers, Alaska Airlines will no longer serve prayer cards with in-flight meals, the company announced.
(RNS) Muslim American groups are calling for the resignation of New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
NEW YORK (RNS) The administration's decision on health insurance had New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan feeling personally betrayed.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The White House heralded nine Catholic educators as "Champions of Catholic Education."
NEW BRUNSWICK (RNS) Sue Fritz tended to the sick for more than two decades as a nurse at St. Peter's University Hospital.
(RNS) God may hold the whole world in his hand, but persecuted Christians can now hold an entire seminary library on a fingertip.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI praised new communications technologies like Twitter, saying that even "concise phrases can convey profound thoughts."
(RNS) If there's one thing the fractious Republican field agrees on, it's that personal religious devotion is central to their campaign message.
LONDON (RNS) In the first case of its kind, a British court has convicted three Muslim men of openly advocating the execution of gays.
(RNS) The recent outrage over a video allegedly showing U.S. Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters provided Americans with a disturbing reminder.
(RNS) The Obama administration said that it will not broaden the religious exemption in new rules that require employers to provide contraception coverage.
(RNS) Conservative Presbyterians launched a new denomination, saying that the Presbyterian Church (USA) cannot nurture healthy congregations.
(RNS) Catholic leaders have issued an open letter to Catholic candidates Gingrich and Santorum, warning them “to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes.”
(RNS) “Radical secularism” is gaining ground in American society and poses a “grave threat” to the Catholic Church’s freedom of expression in the public square.
(RNS) Ask Mormons if they are Christian, and their answer often starts with a sigh.
(RNS) Before you meet your match, you’ve got to meet your matchmaker.
PARIS (RNS) A decade ago, Rene Lebouvier requested that his local Catholic church erase his name from the baptismal register.
JERUSALEM (RNS/ENInews) Christians have the lowest growth rate among the Israeli population, according to a recent report.
ST. LOUIS (RNS) At just 27 years old, Asif Umar is the new imam of Daar-ul-Islam mosque, the largest mosque in the metro area.
(RNS) The Iowa caucuses revived Rick Santorum’s underdog presidential campaign. Now an influential assortment of Christian conservatives has moved to consecrate it.
(RNS) Growing up in rural parts of the American West, Nadja Adolf’s libertarian streak developed early on.
(RNS) Almost half of churchgoing Americans say their life has not changed a bit due to their time in the pews, a new survey shows.
(RNS) A federal judge ruled in favor of a teenage atheist who sought the removal of a prayer banner from her Rhode Island high school.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Just eight months after being unveiled, a controversial statue of Pope John Paul II in Rome is receiving a major makeover.
(RNS) A coalition of nearly 40 religious leaders has published an open letter that seeks to recast the battle against same-sex marriage as a fight for religious freedom.
RUTHERFORD, N.J. (RNS) An attack on a New Jersey synagogue is being investigated as an attempted murder and a bias crime.
CLEVELAND (RNS) A federal judge refused to release the leader of an Amish splinter sect from jail on charges he orchestrated the cutting of beards.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously threw its support behind a church school that fired a teacher.
(RNS) At 87, the Rev. C.T. Vivian can still recall the moment, decades after the height of the civil rights movement.
(RNS) Seven congregations that broke with the Episcopal Church in 2006 over its liberal policies on homosexuality are not entitled to keep parish property.
(RNS) Oklahoma’s referendum against state judges considering Islamic law is unconstitutional, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.
(RNS) President Obama named an immigration expert with longstanding ties to the Catholic Church as his top domestic policy official.
(RNS) Barbara Koob moved from Utica, N.Y., to nearby Syracuse in the summer of 1862, when she was 24, to enter the convent of the Sisters of St. Francis.
GRANDVILLE, Mich. (RNS) For years, Rob Bell closed his Sunday teachings at Mars Hill Bible Church with a simple statement: “Grace and peace be with you.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The world economy needs “new rules” to overcome the current financial crisis, Pope Benedict XVI told Vatican diplomats.
WASHINGTON (RNS) When Switzerland passed new employment rules, 13 Mormon members of Congress pleaded with the Swiss ambassador for an exception.
(RNS) The big news was that Pope Benedict XVI had included New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan and former Baltimore Archbishop Edwin O’Brien.
(RNS) On Dec. 21, 2012, the Mayan calendar reaches the end of its 5,126 epoch. That’s a cause of consternation among some end-times adherents.
WILMINGTON (RNS) William McNeill remembers two things about sitting in the pew at Singletary United Methodist Church in Dublin, N.C. as a boy.
(RNS) Ten years after the sex abuse scandal erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley has written a contrite public letter.
(RNS) A recent spate of campus controversies involving professors who made provocative statements about Muslims shows how easy it is for academics to get into trouble.
ST. LOUIS (RNS) The director of a leading victims’ advocacy group refused to answer some questions or turn over documents in a deposition.
(RNS) A Roman Catholic auxiliary bishop from Los Angeles has resigned after admitting he is the father of two children, both now teenagers.
(RNS) The good news for Mitt Romney: he won the Iowa caucuses. The bad news for Romney: evangelicals remain reluctant to support him.
(RNS) American Episcopalians upset with their denomination’s acceptance of gay and female clergy can now convert to the Roman Catholic Church.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A Catholic high school that was the country’s last refuge of corporal punishment has ended a legal struggle over control of the school.
(RNS) How viable is a political party with the word “atheist” in its name?
Pundits and journalists are predicting what the top issues for 2012 will be. Here are five of the issues that will be on the minds of church members in the new year.
(RNS) 2011 was supposed to be the year the world ended. Twice.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Europe’s economic and financial crisis is the consequence of an “ethical crisis” and a “crisis of faith,” Pope Benedict XVI said.
PITMAN, N.J. (RNS) Located just 17 miles southeast of Philadelphia, Pitman, N.J., has the rural feel of fictional Bedford Falls in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
(RNS) Critics have hammered Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow for everything from his throwing style to his trademark professions of evangelical faith.
(RNS) As Christmas nears, more than three-quarters of Americans identify themselves as Christian, Gallup reports.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) The second of three city men was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison for burning a local black church after President Barack Obama was elected.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Catholics who have pushed back against a White House policy are getting a high-profile assist from dozens of evangelical leaders.
LUEBECK, Germany (RNS) After years of celebrating behind drawn curtains, Paliy went to Luebeck’s historic synagogue and lit the candles in freedom for the first time.
CLEVELAND (RNS) Federal prosecutors have expanded their case against members of a breakaway Amish sect for their roles in shaving hair and beards.
(RNS) If Dec. 10 had been an average day for Doctors Without Borders, its website would have logged 4,000 hits.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans: the most generous people in the world. In this season of giving, that’s no idle gloat.
(RNS) With 2.18 billion adherents, Christianity has become a truly global religion over the past century according to a new report.
DEARBORN, Mich. (RNS) When Fordson High School football coach Fouad Zaban was asked to be on a reality show about Muslim family life, his impulse was to decline.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A 17th-century Native American woman and a Catholic nun are on the verge of becoming the newest American saints.
LOS ANGELES (RNS) The controversy between Muslim Americans and the Lowe’s home improvement chain will spill into 2012 with a planned boycott of Lowe’s.
NEW YORK (RNS) It is an irony of history that the Ten Commandments are found in their purest form on a strip of ancient parchment.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (RNS) President Obama told a crowd of Reform Jews that no other administration “has done more in support of Israel’s security.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) Christopher Hitchens will be remembered as many things: an acerbic essayist, connoisseur of Scotch and cigarettes and roguish writer.
(RNS) Deck those halls with boughs of apples and top that tree with a finger puppet of Sir Isaac Newton.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Rabbi Richard Jacobs understands why so many Jews avoid synagogues.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrapped up a summit of international leaders this week to explore specific steps to combat intolerance.
FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) A white church secretary is suing her former employer, arguing that she was fired for marrying a black man.
(RNS) The cast and producers of “All-American Muslim,” said they are helping change negative perceptions of Muslims.
(RNS) The death of Osama bin Laden and the reactions it produced among people of faith was rated the No. 1 religion news story of 2011.
WASHINGTON (RNS) How would you feel about taking a razor blade to a Bible? Thomas Jefferson, apparently, didn’t have any qualms about it.
(RNS) Matisyahu, the improbable but undeniable reggae star, announced on Twitter that he is shaving the beard that has long marked him as a Hasidic Jew.
(RNS) Don’t let the strains of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” over the store’s audio system fool you. Barnes & Noble is “against” Christmas.
(RNS) Even by the depressed metrics of Southern California’s real estate market, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange negotiated a pretty sweet deal.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI confirmed that he will travel to Cuba and Mexico next year.
ST. LOUIS (RNS) As members of The Gathering began to hear of the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments, they decided to act.
(RNS) Cardinal John P. Foley, the longtime chief of communications for the Vatican, died just outside of his native Philadelphia. He was 76.
(RNS) Lowe’s has pulled commercials from future episodes of “All-American Muslim,” a TLC reality-TV show, after protests by Christian groups.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A federal watchdog panel that monitors religious freedom around the world is preparing to shut down unless Congress passes a last-minute measure.
(RNS) Roberts was watching a Nightline episode on basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal when he heard about the size of his Florida home: 70,000 square feet.
(RNS) Put on your boogie shoes—the new Hanukkah songs are here!
WASHINGTON (RNS) Newt Gingrich ignited an audience of Republican Jewish activists by promising to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Most American believers see preventing climate change or the spread of nuclear weapons as important goals, according to a new poll.
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Kolben Dance Company’s studio faces a busy downtown plaza, but few passers-by have ever glimpsed one of the troupe’s rehearsals inside.
(RNS) Evangelist Billy Graham returned to his North Carolina home after a six-day stay in a nearby hospital where he was treated for pneumonia.
LONDON (RNS) Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams says Jesus would have joined protesters from the anti-corporate Occupy movement.
GALILEE, Israel (RNS) Perched on Tel Kinrot, a hill above the Sea of Galilee, Winston Mah turned his face toward the warm sun.
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.
LONDON (RNS) New laws that allow same-sex civil unions to be performed on religious premises took effect in England and Wales.
(RNS) A list of the Episcopal Church’s 75 commissions, committees, agencies and boards spilled over eight PowerPoint slides during a recent presentation.
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) A year ago, a tall, skinny teen named Mohamed Mohamud stepped out of an SUV just north of Portland’s Union Station.
(RNS) A quick glimpse at a calendar is one way to see how religiously diverse the United States has become.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A star-studded array from President Obama to rock legend Bono to AIDS activist Kay Warren came together for World AIDS Day.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Nearly one in five clients of Christian rescue missions said they were victims of physical violence within the past year.
BERLIN (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI can cross an outstanding charge of failing to use a seatbelt from his list of worries.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The District has dismissed a complaint against the university that charged the school’s return to same-gender student housing discriminates against women.
(RNS) An advocacy organization for persecuted Christians has asked the 2012 presidential candidates to sign a pledge stating they would make religious freedom a priority.
(RNS) On June 27, 1844, vigilantes cornered a man who claimed to receive messages from God and gunned him down in an Illinois jail after his arrest.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI said that “all other institutions” should be held to the same “exacting standards” as the Roman Catholic Church.
TUNIS, Tunisia (RNS) The face of political Islam in this fledgling Muslim democracy is a 47-year-old mother of two who favors tailored suits and stiletto heels.
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (RNS) For four years, Jose Feliciano told a jury, his rage grew.
(RNS) The Episcopal bishop of South Carolina, who has distanced his diocese from the national denomination, has not “abandoned” the Episcopal Church.
(RNS) Charitable giving is trickling back up as the economy heals, but it could take years to return to pre-recession levels, nonprofit leaders say.
(RNS) If Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney can secure the nomination, his Mormon faith shouldn’t be an obstacle for voters in the general election.
CLEVELAND (RNS) Northeast Ohio native Suhad Hasan says neither her Muslim faith nor her headscarf should be an issue where she works.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The number of religious advocacy groups has more than tripled since the 1970s, with conservative groups seeing the biggest growth.
(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.
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Artist Todd Drake has aimed his camera lens at truck drivers, Alzheimer’s patients and employees of an exotic nightclub.
(RNS) The young man in the video pulls in close to his computer camera with the trappings of a typical college dorm room behind him.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Cardinal Bernard F. Law has stepped down from his controversial post as head of a prominent basilica in Rome.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (RNS) It started in 2005, when the mantle of university president passed to Stephen Jones, Bob Jones III’s son.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI ended his second papal trip to Africa with a call for “reconciliation, justice and peace” in a troubled continent.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI opened his second papal trip to Africa with a warning against economic development through unbridled capitalism.
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Say the word “interfaith” and the next word to roll off the tongue is probably “dialogue.” It’s hard to think of one without the other.
(RNS) The Crystal Cathedral’s transformation from a Protestant megachurch to a Roman Catholic cathedral should teach pastors not to spend millions on ornate buildings.
LOS ANGELES (RNS) The California Supreme Court handed conservatives a big victory by allowing them to defend a statewide ban on gay marriage.
(RNS) Shori defended her decision to allow a former Roman Catholic monk to become an Episcopal priest even after he admitted to sexual misconduct with a minor.
(RNS) Hundreds of people around the country who were sexually abused as children will watch in legally imposed silence, says a Boston attorney and expert on such cases.
(RNS) The grand jury report reads like a textbook profile of child sexual abuse.
(RNS) A new Roman Catholic structure for Anglican converts in the United States will be formally launched, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington announced.
(RNS) A Roman Catholic bishop avoided a second criminal charge for failing to report suspected child abuse.
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Twelve nurses accused the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey of abruptly forcing them to assist in abortion cases.
BALTIMORE (RNS) Twenty-five years ago, Catholic bishops issued a statement that became the touchstone for religious opposition to “trickle down” economics.
(RNS) The Roman Catholic bishop of Phoenix has backtracked on plans to restrict Communion wine at Mass after a local outcry and consultation with other bishops.
(RNS) A Michigan lawmaker agreed to drop a provision in an anti-bullying bill that would have carved out an exemption for religious or moral beliefs.
BALTIMORE (RNS) The standoff between the White House and the nation’s Catholic bishops over gay marriage and other hot-button issues may be easing.
LEDYARD, N.Y. (RNS) The town clerk in Ledyard, N.Y., who drew national attention after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples won re-election.
(RNS) A small Catholic college has sued saying a new requirement to provide contraceptives contradicts the school’s religious beliefs.
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.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Two leading black seminaries think they have found a way to grab the next generation: hip-hop.
(RNS) Penn State coaching legend Joe Paterno is out in the university’s burgeoning sex abuse scandal, and comparisons to the Roman Catholic Church’s own abuse scandals are in.
(RNS) When the nation’s Catholic bishops gather, the issue that will stand out is their growing resolve to engage in politically charged battles.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The failure of the “personhood” initiative in Mississippi intensified what appears to be a growing divide in the anti-abortion movement.
(RNS) The National Council of Churches announced that General Secretary Michael Kinnamon is resigning due to health reasons.
A new study in the Journal of Religion and Health suggests that there’s a link between optimism and attendance at religious services.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The National Association of Evangelicals called for greater precautions with nuclear weapons and a renewed effort toward disarmament.
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than four in 10 American voters say they are uncomfortable with the idea of a Mormon in the White House.
(RNS) A policy adviser to the U.S. Catholic bishops’ anti-gay-marriage office resigned a week after writing a column that blamed Satan for homosexuality.
(RNS) Evan Clark chose to attend California Lutheran University even though he wasn’t sure how he might fit in as an atheist at a religious school.
(RNS) Late one night over pizza, University of Dayton students Branden King and Nick Haynes discovered neither of them believed in God.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) After months of tense relations over the clergy sex abuse scandal, the Irish government announced that it will close its embassy to the Vatican.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholic parents have a “right and duty” to report the sexual abuse of minors, the Vatican’s chief sex abuse investigator said.
WASHINGTON (RNS) As Congress prepares for a high-stakes battle over federal spending, religious leaders are lobbying senators to preserve foreign aid as a moral obligation.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A group of Catholic elder statesmen called for more civility in politics, saying Catholics have also been subjected to scrutiny.
LONDON (RNS) The British government said that same-sex couples will be allowed for the first time to use churches to seal their civil partnership vows.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Catholic and other Christian health care providers denounced a rule that requires insurers to cover contraception.
(RNS) Reports last month that Iran plotted to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. have enflamed animosity between the two Muslim powers.
LONDON (RNS) Authorities at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral have decided to suspend legal action against scores of anti-corporate protesters.
METAIRIE, La. (RNS) Until recently, two remarkable stories surrounded the beautiful hand-lettered Torah scroll at Congregation Beth Israel
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) An Oregon judge sentenced two members of a faith-healing church to more than six years in prison.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court announced that it will not reopen a case concerning highway crosses memorializing Utah state troopers.
(RNS) For more than 200 years, Andover Newton Theological School has trained future pastors to have expertise in biblical studies, pastoral care and preaching.
Baptists took form seeking to reform the church in models of simplicity, but are so complex today that many observers despair of finding a model term for them.
(RNS) Crystal Cathedral officials have endorsed an offer from a nearby California university to purchase the glass-walled megachurch.
LONDON (RNS) London’s historic St. Paul’s Cathedral reopened its doors to visitors for the first time in a week.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A famously litigious lawyer has filed charges against CUA for not providing Muslim students with prayer rooms.
ASSISI, Italy (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI hosted some 300 representatives of world religions for an interfaith summit on justice and peace.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious leaders and members of Congress are getting a firsthand taste of what it’s like to eat on $4.50 a day as part of the “Food Stamp Challenge.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops dispatched their new point man on religious freedom to warn Congress that religious people risk being labeled as bigots.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates lamented America’s failure to protect the faithful abroad, saying things have gotten worse.
SUGARCREEK, Ohio (RNS) An investment broker dubbed the “Amish Bernie Madoff” has decided not to fight federal charges that he defrauded thousands of investors.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious communities are holding prayer vigils, phoning politicians and organizing letter campaigns in a bid to protect safety net programs.
(RNS) A Muslim civil rights group is accusing the FBI and other federal agencies of “bad policing” and flaunting the Constitution in a 56-page report.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A Muslim organization is working to counter radicalization by providing the work of progressive Islam scholars online.
(RNS) Three dozen religious leaders have signed an ad calling on Village Voice Media to remove an adult section of its website.
TORONTO (RNS) The collapse of a lender that offered Shariah-compliant mortgages has left Muslim homeowners in the Toronto area with many questions.
LONDON (RNS) More than a week after welcoming anti-corporate protesters onto its grounds, London’s historic St. Paul’s Cathedral now wants them to go away.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican released an ambitious proposal for global regulation of the financial industry and the international money supply.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Democratic National Committee has tapped a well-connected Washington pastor to lead the party’s religious outreach.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican called the death of Libya’s longtime leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi the end of a harsh and oppressive regime.
CHAMPION, Wis. (RNS) Philip and Barbara Hesselbein came to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help to pray for a grandson who has an inoperable brain tumor.
(RNS) Three priests—a Dominican, a Franciscan and a Jesuit—walk into a bar. According to the Rev. James Martin, it’s not only the opening to a good joke.
(RNS) Pope Benedict XVI has named Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano as the Vatican’s next ambassador to the United States.
(RNS) Pope Benedict XVI used a wheeled platform Sunday (Oct. 16) in a measure to “reduce fatigue” on the 84-year-old pope.
(RNS) Nearly two years after the Rev. Edward Hinds was found dead in the rectory of St. Patrick Church, the janitor charged in his murder is facing trial this week.
(RNS) Scores of anti-corporate demonstrators invaded London’s historic St. Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday.
(RNS) Black-clad demonstrators gathered outside the Portland satellite branch of a Seattle megachurch on Sunday to protest the church’s stance on homosexuality.
(RNS) A Roman Catholic priest from Georgia who is on the verge of expulsion from his religious order was arrested outside the Vatican on Monday.
(RNS) More than one-third of Americans now oppose the death penalty—the highest level in nearly 40 years—according to a new Gallup Poll.
(RNS) It began last week with a single online comment, one critical of a high school display marking Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History Month.
(RNS) Ten years after tiny St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was destroyed by falling rubble from the World Trade Center towers, church leaders reached an agreement Friday to rebuild at Ground Zero.
(RNS) Future British kings and queens would be permitted to marry Catholics for the first time in more than three centuries.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A taxpayer-supported homeless shelter in the nation’s capital will no longer require its clients to attend religious services.
(RNS) Tithing to mainline Protestant churches as a percentage of income is at its lowest level in at least 41 years.
(RNS) President Obama formally extended his ear to evangelicals ahead of the 2012 election.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI lamented the killing of two dozen Christian protesters in Egypt.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (RNS/ENInews) Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has asked Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to intervene to stop attacks on Anglicans.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A city court dropped charges against a group of religious and civic leaders who were arrested during a prayer vigil for the poor.
(RNS) A new documentary examines the evolving battle over teaching evolution in American classrooms.
LEDYARD, N.Y. (RNS) A new YouTube video features a town clerk explaining why she believes she should not have to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
BOSTON (RNS) They were met by typical sounds of raucous youth-led protests: drum beats, police sirens and shouted political slogans.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Leaders of the group that’s in schism with the Catholic Church met to consider the Vatican’s conditions for reconciliation.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A newly released poll says most Protestant pastors in U.S. agree that Mormons are not Christians.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Thousands of mourners paid their final respects to legendary Archbishop Philip M. Hannan as his casket was slowly lowered.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Several candidates sought to kick-start their stalling campaigns by preaching a gospel of low taxes and conservative Christian values.
(RNS) Why do young Christians leave the church?
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans consider President Obama to be the smartest and most honest presidential candidate against Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (RNS) An invitation to an 80th birthday party rarely causes ripples—unless it’s the Dalai Lama who’s trying to attend.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Israel’s chief rabbis are among the Jews in Israel and abroad who have strongly condemned an arson attack on a mosque in northern Israel.
(RNS) Radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki may be dead, but the power of the Internet means he won’t soon be forgotten.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (RNS) The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, the driving force behind the Birmingham integration efforts, died at age 89.
BERLIN (RNS) New guidelines issued by Germany’s largest Protestant body advised parishioners to not invest in companies that make hard liquor.
Unemployment. Endless wars. Climate crisis. With problems plaguing the U.S. at every turn, our nation seems to be running on empty. More than ever, it's time our leaders compromise to find solutions.
A majority of people in the U.S. want their federal elected officials to seek compromise, a new poll says. Tea Party supporters are the only group that rejects compromise in favor of sticking to their beliefs.
(RNS) Two recent books argue that explorers Christopher Columbus and Vasco da Gama were more like Christian crusaders than greedy mercenaries.
(RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops reminded Catholic voters that they can’t cherry-pick from church teachings to justify their own political preferences.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (RNS/ENInews) Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will visit Zimbabwe in a show of support for Anglicans.
(RNS) The American Cancer Society has rejected an atheist group’s bid to field a national team to raise money for cancer research.
(RNS) Jews, Muslims and their allies cheered as California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill prohibiting all local bans on circumcision.
(RNS) Marking the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of his Christian Broadcasting Network, Pat Robertson said he will no longer make political endorsements.
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) A jury unanimously convicted an Oregon couple, Dale and Shannon Hickman, in the faith-healing death of their infant son.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Military chaplains can lead same-sex marriage ceremonies on and off military bases.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Minister Ray Cannata’s mission is almost complete.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (RNS) A federal judge jolted the national immigration debate by approving most parts of Alabama’s aggressive immigration law.
LANCASTER, Pa. (RNS) Terri Roberts was eating outside with a co-worker on a bright October day when an ambulance wailed nearby and a helicopter swooped overhead.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court will hear one of the most important religion cases in decades, centered on religious institutions exemption from anti-discrimination laws.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates rallied around an Iranian pastor who is facing execution because he has refused to recant his Christian faith.
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Two parents accused of choosing faith healing over medical care said that given the chance, they would do nothing differently.
(RNS) American congregations have grown less healthy in the last decade, with fewer people in the pews and aging memberships, according to a new Hartford Seminary study.
BAY MINETTE, Ala. (RNS) An alternative sentencing plan that would give inmates the choice between time in jail or a year in church will be delayed.
LONDON (RNS) British Christians are incensed after the state-funded BBC decided to jettison the terms B.C. and A.D. in favor of B.C.E. and C.E.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Five of the Dead Sea Scrolls are now available in digital form to anyone with an Internet connection.
BAY MINETTE, Ala. (RNS) A new alternative sentencing program offers first-time, nonviolent offenders a choice of a year in church or jail time and fines.
GRANDVILLE, Mich. (RNS) Megachurch pastor Rob Bell knew it was time to address the “giant, glowing, loud” elephant in the room.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A new report says the sexual abuse of children by Ireland’s Roman Catholic priests “included acts that amounted to torture."
(RNS) Megachurches have given rise to powerhouse media empires from T.D. Jakes to Max Lucado to Joel Osteen and many others.
BERLIN (RNS) All faiths have to work together to stanch the tide of secularism sweeping the world, warned Pope Benedict XVI.
(RNS) A leading Catholic anti-abortion group reported a $1.4 million deficit in 2010 despite collecting tens of millions of dollars in donations.
BERLIN (RNS) Thousands of people turned out for Pope Benedict XVI’s first official visit to his native Germany.
NEW YORK (RNS) The nation’s top Catholic bishop issued a stern challenge to the Obama administration’s decision not to support a federal ban on gay marriage.
(RNS) From media mavens to grassroots activists, conservative Christian leaders are heaping praise on presidential candidate Rick Perry.
(RNS) Catholics around the country are being asked to object in writing to a new federal rule that will require birth control coverage.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The independent and bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom could be forced to shut its doors.
CHICAGO (RNS) Social deals are going spiritual. A growing number of entrepreneurs are making a go with sites specifically targeting religious groups.
(RNS) The way you see God tells a lot about how you see the U.S. economy, according to a new national survey.
(RNS) Entrepreneurs behave just like most Americans when it comes to religion—but with one spiritual twist.
LONDON (RNS) A group of 30 leading scientists are pressing the British government to ban all teaching of creationism in the nation’s publicly funded schools.
(RNS) A long-standing tax break for clergy and other “ministers of the gospel” is facing the newest in a string of challenges in federal court.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Dozens of religious and civil rights organizations challenged President Obama to end religious discrimination in federally funded jobs.
PELHAM, Ala. (RNS) Five years ago, Living Word Church was unable to pack more than about 80 people into its 280-seat sanctuary.
(RNS) The saying goes that when God closes a door, he opens a window.
(RNS) Pavone and his bishop, Patrick J. Zurek of Amarillo, Texas, are seeking a way out of the tense standoff.
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Attorneys for two parents vowed to show that prosecutors engaged in “meddling, interference and questionable conduct.”
(RNS) Rebecca Watson meant it as a funny story, almost an aside.
(RNS) If World War II-era warbler Kate Smith sang today, her anthem could be “Gods Bless America.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Reconciliation between the pope and a schismatic group is impossible unless the group accepts the last half-century of modernizing reforms.
(RNS) A Presbyterian Church (USA) committee will recommend that the church add heavy equipment giant Caterpillar to its divestment list.
(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.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The State Department designated eight nations as the most serious violators of religious freedom.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A campaign to hold the pope responsible for “crimes against humanity” is not a publicity stunt, sex abuse victims say.
(RNS) In a last-minute bid to stop a Sept. 21 execution in Georgia, religious leaders have rallied in previously unseen numbers to call for clemency.
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) When the trial of Dale and Shannon Hickman begins this week, the curtain again rises on a familiar tragedy.
(RNS) A coalition of Muslim groups say they don’t want to live under Shariah law in Michigan or anywhere else.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Rt. Rev. Walter C. Righter died at the age of 87.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI linked last month’s riots in England to the corrosive effects of moral relativism.
(RNS) Sean Tallon was nearing the end of his probationary training as a New York City firefighter when the two hijacked planes hit the twin towers.
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) The pastor sought to reassure his new neighbors about the church’s philosophy.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Archbishop Charles J. Chaput was installed as leader of the 1.5-million strong Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
(RNS) An amendment to Oklahoma’s constitution that bans state judges from considering Islamic law will face its next legal hurdle.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious leaders gathered to remember the victims, foster interreligious unity and speak out in defense of religious freedom.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A 500-foot crane toppled over next to the Washington National Cathedral, adding to the earthquake damage that the crane was brought in to fix.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The DOJ announced a settlement with Henrico County, Va., over the county’s alleged violation of a federal anti-discrimination law.
NEW YORK (RNS) Critics hope enough pressure will convince Bloomberg to allow clergy to speak Sunday at ceremonies to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
(RNS) Don’t believe most of what you’ll hear about Kevin Smith’s new movie, “Red State.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans consider religious freedom a cornerstone of society, but fall short in their tolerance of Muslims.
(RNS) The Roman Catholic Diocese could have put children in jeopardy when it failed to follow guidelines for reporting clergy sexual abuse.
CLEVELAND (RNS) They call themselves “Roamin’ Catholics,” traveling from church to church, looking for a new place to worship.
(RNS) Mitch Mayne is not the first openly gay person to hold a key leadership post but he may be the first to announce it from the pulpit.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is donating $25,000 to help repair the Washington National Cathedral.
(RNS) In a new book, the Rev. Gardner Taylor decries the treatment of President Obama by his critics.
(RNS) In recent weeks, an arcane and scary-sounding religious term has crept into the lexicon of the 2012 campaign.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican took a swipe at new sex education classes in New York City schools.
(RNS) Almost half the nation’s estimated 2.8 million Muslims fault their leaders for not speaking out against Islamic extremists.
(RNS) Pop quiz: Who said “We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don’t know what to do, we never give up”?
WENHAM, Mass. (RNS) Lindsay has been living the very phenomenon he’s studied in depth: evangelicals climbing the ranks of institutions and becoming elites.
(RNS) Bachmann is facing a flood of criticism for suggesting, perhaps in jest, that God sent Hurricane Irene and the East Coast earthquake.
(RNS) The uptick in faith may be a matter of coincidence rather than a religious response to the terrorist attacks.
(RNS) Katrina brought in its wake untold property damage and emotional distress to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, but also something deeper.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious leaders and civil rights veterans said King's legacy is unshakable.
NEW YORK (RNS) Observant Jews are permitted to sidestep traditional Sabbath rules on electronics and listen to the radio as Hurricane Irene bears down.
(RNS) A small number of conservative foundations are propelling a handful of anti-Islamic activists who are fueling rising levels of Islamophobia.
CLEVELAND (RNS) Hundreds of United Methodists are meeting in Huron, Ohio, this week in an uphill bid to make their 12 million-member denomination more gay-friendly.
(RNS) The body belonged to the Rev. Mychal Judge, a Franciscan fire chaplain. Later, a half-hidden secret emerged about the gallant priest: he was gay.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The iconic Washington National Cathedral, already struggling with financial problems, faces millions of dollars in repair costs.
(RNS) Under a cloud of suspicion and distrust after the 9/11 attacks, there were stories of mosque leaders telling their flocks to lie low.
BOSTON (RNS) Johannah Segarich asked herself: “What kind of religion is this that could inspire people to do this?”
(RNS) The earthquake that rumbled up the East Coast from Virginia on Tuesday (Aug. 23) "significantly damaged" the central tower of Washington National Cathedral.
(RNS) The Vatican has summoned the head of a traditionalist group toRome to assess the results of a two-year doctrinal dialogue between the schismatic group and the Holy See.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A few weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pope John Paul II invited Muslim leaders to an interfaith prayer summit in Assisi, Italy.
The country has grown less religious since the 1970s, while frequent churchgoers are now much more likely to vote Republican or support the Tea Party, according to recent studies.
(RNS) An Illinois judge has ruled that the state can terminate adoption and foster care services with Catholic Charities.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Alabama religious leaders say that a new immigration law would interfere with the practice of their religion.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Irrigating from a rain barrel saves water that would otherwise come from a municipal water system.
(RNS) In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, “Lojong” is the practice of training one’s mind to be clearer and more compassionate.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI lamented the “superficiality, consumerism and hedonism” of contemporary society.
WASHINGTON (RNS) At age 93, the Rev. Gardner Taylor never thought he'd live to see the day when his friend would be honored with a national memorial.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Truth be told, when asked to name a spiritual role model, few people would likely pick a sitting U.S. senator.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Priests at World Youth Day will be specially empowered to lift excommunication for having undergone or assisted in an abortion.
(RNS) The Southern Christian Leadership Conference has named a nephew of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as its new leader.
(RNS) A small band of young people are going to talk about condoms at World Youth Day, the triennial Catholic jamboree that opens soon in Madrid.
(RNS) I was dining with friends in New York when the conversation turned to religion and politics.
(RNS) Members of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) have elected an Ohio pastor as their new head bishop.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A black denomination that began in support of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has decried the “disrespect” shown to President Obama.
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Like many American Muslims, Asim Khan is tired of the prejudice against his religion.
(RNS) A federal judge ruled that the public transit system in Little Rock violated the free speech of atheists by refusing to run their advertisements.
(RNS) When congregants of West Side Church awoke in June to news that their churches had been vandalized, they expected to be frustrated.
(RNS) Does European Christendom need Christianity to survive?
VATICAN CITY (RNS) With Pope Benedict XVI in good health, few are talking about his replacement.
(RNS) Controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones will visit Ground Zero on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
(RNS) Jennifer Grant has posted prayers to remind her that parenthood is both a labor of love and a sacred calling.
(RNS) Shopping for a flat screen TV typically isn’t that controversial. Arguments may ensue, but those quarrels are usually short-lived.
(RNS) The Roman Catholic priest who faces expulsion from the priesthood for advocating for women to be ordained as priests is refusing to recant.
LONDON (RNS/ENInews) The annual peace service at Westminster Cathedral acquired fresh significance as Londoners gathered to pray for their city.
(RNS) A third of the world live in nations where restrictions on religion have substantially increased, according to a new report.
(RNS) A Roman Catholic priest who has campaigned for the ordination of women has been told he will be expelled if he does not publicly recant.
RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) Betty Brown has been crisscrossing the state searching for volunteers who can attend to the religious needs of prisoners.
(RNS) Prison Fellowship, a prominent evangelical ministry to inmates, has laid off dozens of employees, citing the faltering economy.
(RNS) The Obama administration is taking heat from religious groups upset that new federal health regulations may force them to pay for employees’ birth control.
(RNS) The head of the Unitarian Universalist Association has been convicted on misdemeanor charges for participating in a protest rally.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) A group of church loyalists felt the time was ripe to begin scrutinizing media reports for inaccuracies about the Utah-based faith.
(RNS) A group of military atheists have won the backing of U.S. Army officials to hold a “Rock Beyond Belief” concert for nonbelievers at Fort Bragg.
LIVINGSTON, N.J. (RNS) It could have implications far beyond the quiet New Jersey street where Patrick Racaniello affixed a wooden cross in his front yard.
Granting a rare and brief "interview," God discusses politicians who say they're suited for office because they have a special relationship with God. Does the Almighty endorse?
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Nearly 200 pastors, policymakers and other New Orleans-area Christians were urged to sign a declaration circulating nationally.
(RNS) Almost every major college and university offers a degree in religious studies. But secularism? Nary a one—until now.
(RNS) “Music,” Ludwig van Beethoven said, “is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.”
(RNS) Mormon founder Joseph Smith may have declared all churches to be wrong, even apostate, but he also defined Mormonism as an inclusivist faith.
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 250 colleges, universities and seminaries have submitted plans to the White House for yearlong interfaith service projects.
CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. (RNS) A state medical examiner will not be allowed to offer "witch hunt" opinion when the defendants go to trial next month.
(RNS) Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, an extensive new survey of Muslims finds them as optimistic as other Americans.
(RNS) Leaders of the Episcopal, Methodist and Roman Catholic churches filed a federal lawsuit to stop enforcement of the state’s new immigration law.
(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.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) A film series founded by megachurch pastor and author Rob Bell is finding new life as a smartphone app.
BERLIN (RNS) A German visiting Germany isn’t normally big news, even if it’s a famous expatriate German returning home for a visit.
TRONDHEIM (RNS/ENInews) A Norwegian bishop said his country has “countered this insane terrorism by demonstrating love and solidarity.”
(RNS) The Rev. Howard Creecy Jr., chosen early this year as the new president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died at the age of 57.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pilgrims at next month’s Catholic World Youth Day in Madrid will have some high-tech help in their devotions.
(RNS) Archbishop Pietro Sambi died at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, succumbing to complications from lung surgery performed a few weeks earlier.
(RNS) A proposed circumcision ban will not appear on San Francisco’s citywide ballot in November, a Superior Court judge tentatively ruled.
(RNS) The Rev. John Stott, a renowned and prolific author credited with shaping 20th-century evangelical Christianity, died in England at age 90.
(RNS) The movie follows three Muslim children as they compete in a tournament that requires young contestants to recite portions of the Quran.
(RNS/ENInews) Belgian Christians expressed mixed reactions to the country’s new “burqa ban,” as Belgium joined France in criminalizing the Islamic veil.
(RNS) The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are urging the GOP-led House to reject a cuts-only approach to the budget.
Every couple must travel down this road of discovery and dialogue, and when they do, they must be open and honest about what they learn.
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) State officials will retain custody of a girl whose parents treated the girl’s condition with prayer.
(RNS) The Episcopal Church is urging congregations to embrace social media websites in a push to highlight the Internet as a tool for church growth.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The status-quo stance on the issue of faith-based hiring has drawn criticism from atheists and church-state watchdogs.
(RNS) For years, many religious and political conservatives in the U.S. have sought to connect Islam to violence carried out by Muslims.
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than half of U.S. voters approve of God’s job performance, according to a new poll, making God more popular than all members of Congress.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has recalled its ambassador to Ireland for “consultations” on the official church response to the government report.
(RNS) Many Muslim Americans had hoped that the death of Osama bin Laden would improve their image among other Americans.
(RNS) Willow Creek Community Church has quietly ended its partnership with Exodus International, an “ex-gay” organization.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A federal judge said a state law that limits the sale of caskets to licensed funeral directors and establishments is unconstitutional.
(RNS) Abdullah Nana, an imam at the Islamic Center of Mill Valley, Calif., has a distinct advantage over many of his fellow imams in the United States.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) The scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid empire continues to widen, bringing scrutiny to the Zondervan publishing company.
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama agrees with religious officials’ concerns about protecting the poor, according to leaders who met with him this week.
(RNS) Campus Crusade for Christ is out. “Cru” is in.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Senators wrestled with issues of faith and religious freedom as they debated a new bill to recognize same-sex marriages.
(RNS) On a recent Sunday, Rep. Michele Bachmann gave a Pentecostal church in Iowa an intimate account of her pilgrimage to devout Christian.
(RNS) The Christian Church voted to re-elect the Rev. Sharon Watkins as head of the denomination capping off a weeklong assembly.
(RNS) The most obvious reason he was sent to take over the prestigious Archdiocese of Philadelphia was the clergy sexual abuse scandal.
EDISON, N.J. (RNS) A group of Hindus can sue an Edison restaurant for money to travel to India, where they say they must purify their souls after eating meat.
MILWAUKEE (RNS) Recent news reports have thrust the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) into the middle of a presidential campaign.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (RNS) Two of the most influential forces in conservative lobbying are poised to go head-to-head this fall over this difficult issue.
(RNS/ENInews) Christian leaders in Hungary are divided over a restrictive new law on religion.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Ireland’s prime minister said Catholic priests could be jailed for failing to report child sex abuse crimes they hear during confession.
(RNS) Abercrombie & Fitch violated civil rights law when the clothier refused to hire a Muslim woman because she wears a headscarf.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) For millennia, people have been trying to imagine what happens after death. Is there an afterlife, a heaven? Who gets in?
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Lutheran denomination that Rep. Michele Bachmann quit in June sought to explain its belief that the papacy is the anti-Christ.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) China’s state-run Catholic church ordained another bishop without the approval of Pope Benedict XVI.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Pawlenty has sharpened efforts to woo evangelical voters in Iowa by releasing a video where he speaks candidly about his faith.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Utah’s complicated history with polygamy starts a new chapter as a reality-show family challenges the state’s ban on plural marriage.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A special commission sponsored by the Irish government criticized a bishop for failing to report allegations of clerical sex abuse.
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.
TORONTO (RNS) A majority-Muslim public school in Toronto is defending its policy of allowing an imam to lead Friday prayers in the cafeteria.
WASHINGTON (RNS) NBC has issued a formal apology to more than 100 members of Congress for omitting the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.
LONDON (RNS) A panel said judges have erred in supporting employers who fire Christian workers for such acts as wearing crosses.
BERLIN (RNS) A bishop who said he didn’t believe the Holocaust faces a reduced fine of $9,110 for incitement, a German appeals court ruled.
WASHINGTON (RNS) An conservative Christian organization has removed language about slavery from a pledge to uphold traditional marriage.
RNS) A New York lawmaker has found himself at odds with the Roman Catholic Church after a parish school refused a $50 donation.
WASHINGTON (RNS) House lawmakers voted to order the Pentagon to uphold the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
(RNS) Presbyterians are prepping to celebrate the passage of a policy that allows gay pastors to serve openly for the first time in the denomination’s history.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) While not ready to go off the electric grid, Craker said living like the Amish financially makes a lot of sense.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) They’re hoping that less will mean more: less time and expense, more missionaries.
(RNS) The Crystal Cathedral has an interested party that needs a large cathedral: the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, Calif.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Activist groups criticized the Army for allowing an evangelical concert at Fort Bragg but not a concert for nonbelievers.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Dalai Lama celebrated his 76th birthday by speaking before throngs of well-wishers at an 11-day peace event in the U.S. capital.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Episcopal Church is rejecting charges that its top leader mishandled the ordination of a former priest who is now accused of sexual abuse.
(RNS) St. Patrick’s tooth. Justin Bieber’s hair clippings. The bloodstained gloves that Mary Todd Lincoln carried to Ford’s Theatre. What do they have in common?
Marriage and love are like bread … it’s always best when it’s fresh. It takes tender care to see that it is growing and fresh.
BERLIN (RNS) Lawyers for British Bishop Richard Williamson say he shouldn’t be punished for downplaying the severity of the Holocaust.
(RNS) Crystal Cathedral founder Robert H. Schuller has been removed from a voting position on the board of the iconic glass megachurch.
(RNS) The city’s top lawyer has concluded it is unconstitutional to ban the practice as a religious ritual, but allow it as a medical procedure.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Mormon officials are telling their top, full-time leaders that they and their spouses should not participate in political campaigns.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) Decades ago, Daniel Parker would pretend to be a preacher, belting out sermons as he jumped up and down on his bed.
(RNS) A Roman Catholic bishop in California resigned, saying he is “exhausted” from dealing with clergy sexual abuse cases in his Santa Rosa diocese.
(RNS) A Missouri congressman has apologized for telling a national radio audience that “at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God.”
(RNS) People are outraged that a Veterans Affairs official in Houston discriminates against clergy who want to use religious references in memorial ceremonies.
(RNS) For Living Faith Lutheran Church, the name change was as much about the future as the past.
(RNS) Evangelical leader Leith Anderson has announced plans to retire as senior pastor of his Eden Prairie, Minn. megachurch.
(RNS) China’s state-run Catholic church ordained a bishop without the approval of Pope Benedict XVI.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Legal scholars say a decision issued two months ago is likely to resonate within church-state debates for years to come.
(RNS/ENInews) Churches in Liechtenstein could face financial disaster under government plans to withdraw state subsidies under new legislation.
BALTIMORE (RNS) A recent Sunday service at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore ended with an apology.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Christian missionaries should renounce all “deception and coercive means” of winning converts.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (RNS) A congressman is catching flak from some liberals for saying last week that “at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God.”
(RNS) Officials of the SBC say they were the victims of a hoax when a group claiming to be them announced it had started to support gay marriage.
NEW YORK (RNS) Parishioners and supporters of a Greek Orthodox church rallied at Ground Zero in hopes of resuming negotiations to rebuild the church.
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) A county judge sentenced two members of a faith-healing church to 90 days in jail and three years probation.
(RNS) After strong criticism from the Jewish community, Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican backpedaled from his praise of Pope Pius XII.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Saudi Arabian embassy denied as “completely false” reports that U.S. Jews would not be able to travel to Saudi Arabia.
(RNS) Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican praised the controversial wartime Pope Pius XII for his “actions to save the Jews” during the Holocaust.
(RNS) A new report asserts that anti-Muslim prejudice has worsened in recent years, but argues the trend could be reversed with greater community outreach.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Jews and Israelis will not be able to fly code-share flights from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia under Delta Air Line’s new partnership.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the top Republican pick of evangelical leaders, according to an informal survey.
(RNS) A United Methodist minister was suspended for 20 days by a church court in Wisconsin for performing a same-sex union in 2009.
(RNS) Are U.S. evangelicals losing their influence on America? A new poll released from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life seems to say just that.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A group of 40 religious leaders called for the president to “bring the war in Afghanistan to an end.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) NBC’s decision to edit the word “God” from the Pledge of Allegiance has teed off an Ohio congressman.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The president of the Christian conservative Family Policy Network sent Sen. David Vitter, R-La., a letter calling on him to resign.
JERUSALEM (RNS) The federation has decided to permit an Orthodox Jewish basketball player to cover her arms during competitions.
(RNS) When GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty goes to church, he knows he’ll hear a 27-minute sermon—never longer, never shorter.
(RNS) United Methodists will begin a trial against a minister who’s accused of celebrating a same-sex marriage and being in a lesbian relationship.
(RNS) Jack Van Impe has ended his decades-long run on TBN after a dispute over naming ministers that he accuses of mixing Christian and Muslim beliefs.
LONDON (RNS) The Church of England has issued a set of “legal guidelines” that pave the way for openly gay clergy to become bishops.
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) The bygone staple of the tent revival will be reincarnated on a bucolic North Carolina farm as The Wild Goose Festival.
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) There is a new law that removes the remnants of Oregon’s legal protection for parents who rely solely on faith healing.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Nearly a millennium ago, four unruly knights crossed the English Channel from France and confronted the archbishop of Canterbury.
(BIRMINGHAM) A new Alabama law is the “meanest” immigration law in the country, according to a United Methodist bishop and respected theologian.
BELLEVUE, Wash. (RNS) The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops voted to maintain current church policies on the sexual abuse of children.
(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.
BELLEVUE, Wash. (RNS) The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops began a review of church sex abuse policies.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) For seven centuries, Eucharistic adoration was one of the most popular forms of devotion in the Roman Catholic Church.
(RNS) Goshen College will no longer play The Star-Spangled Banner at sporting events, school leaders announced.
(RNS) Southern Baptists adopted a plan to try to boost minorities in their top leadership posts as they face continuing reports of declining membership.
GENEVA (RNS) The U.S. envoy told a U.N. commission that government, political, religious and business leaders must stand ready to condemn hateful ideology.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Catholic University of America will phase out co-ed dormitories later this year, President John H. Garvey said.
TEL AVIV, Israel (RNS) This year’s annual gay pride festival included a parade float representing the country’s religious gay and lesbian communities.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican will use online education and other methods to help bishops and the heads of religious orders deal with clerical sex abuse.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) You see them on Temple Square nearly every day, pacing nervously or strolling aimlessly, staring down at the tulips or up at the spires.
(RNS) The National Association of Evangelicals is siding with Jews and Muslims in opposition of a proposed ban on infant male circumcision in San Francisco.
LONDON (RNS) The Archbishop has touched off a fury by accusing the British government of causing widespread “anxiety and anger” with its new austerity budget.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholics forced to participate in ordinations of bishops without the pope’s approval may be exempt from automatic excommunication.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans say it is possible to disagree with their religion’s teachings and still remain in good standing with their faith.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The embattled president of the nation’s last Catholic school to employ corporal punishment said he plans to remain on the job.
(RNS) Jeremiah Scott was 11 when the abuse and molestation began in 1990 at the hands of an elder in his Mormon church in Portland, Ore.
(RNS) A federal regulator has rejected the First Amendment arguments of a Catholic college and cleared the way for the school’s adjunct faculty to unionize.
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Jurors found two members of a faith-healing church guilty of felony criminal mistreatment for not seeking medical care for their daughter.
ST. LOUIS (RNS) Langrial was chatting with another cabbie when an enforcement agent stopped to tell him his hat did not conform to the driver dress code.
MOSS POINT, Miss. (RNS) For the past 69 years, Ida Mae Cumbest has been the pianist and organist at Caswell Springs United Methodist Church.
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Two parents accused of denying medical care to their infant daughter are the victims of religious persecution, a defense attorney said.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A new Gallup survey says a majority of Egyptians want religious leaders to advise the nation’s officials but they do not want a theocracy.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour warned several hundred Christian conservatives not to expect a “perfect candidate” to emerge.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Vatican investigation of clerical sex abuse in Ireland has finished its “first phase,” the Vatican announced.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Roughly two out of three Americans say it makes no difference to them if a presidential candidate is Mormon.
For the first time ever, families headed by married couples are no longer the majority of U.S. households, census data says. Families without a traditional husband and wife comprise 52 percent of households.
COVINGTON, La. (RNS) A federal lawsuit brought by a group of monks fighting for the right to sell handcrafted caskets without a state license is set to go to trial.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Archbishop Gregory Aymond says he has firsthand accounts from students who said they were injured by paddling at a Catholic high school.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton defended her new ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Ayn Rand published more than a dozen books. Now, liberal Christians say another work belongs in Rand’s canon: the 2012 Republican budget.
TORONTO (RNS) A group of parents is taking the province to court to challenge a government ban on religious teachings at subsidized daycare centers.
(RNS) Religious leaders are hoping to hit a home run in a campaign to get Major League Baseball players to ban tobacco use on fields and dugouts.
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Two parents pleaded with child-welfare workers for permission to take their infant daughter to a doctor, defense attorneys said.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Prosecutors in Rome released $33 million in Vatican funds that had been frozen last September.
(RNS) The Rev. Bernice King announced that she is leaving an Atlanta-area megachurch whose leader has been embroiled in scandal.
LOS ANGELES (RNS) Terrence Malick’s new film, “Tree of Life,” is nearly indescribable.
GRANTHAM, Pa. (RNS) Alumni at Messiah College have launched an online petition urging the conservative Christian school to change its policies.
(RNS) The Crystal Cathedral has announced plans to sell its iconic glass-walled church in Southern California to pay back creditors and overcome bankruptcy.
(RNS) Bishop Eddie Long, an Atlanta-area megachurch pastor, has settled suits out of court with four young men who accused him of sexual misconduct.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Rev. Patrick Conroy was sworn in as House chaplain, making him the first Jesuit to hold the position.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has closed the monastery of a fourth-century Roman basilica on account of “liturgical and financial irregularities.”
LOMA LINDA, Calif. (RNS) Postal carrier Ruth Gomez had prayed and waited for five years to be transferred to the Loma Linda Post Office.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A Methodist hurricane-recovery ministry has reinvented itself—by asking volunteers to pitch in $225 to spend a week repairing houses.
(RNS) Nearly two-thirds of Americans say gay or lesbian relations between consenting adults should be legal, the highest percentage ever recorded by Gallup.
BEVERLY, Mass. (RNS) No sooner had 29-year-old Graham Messier joined a small group at his church earlier this year than he found himself breaking an American taboo.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The morality and effectiveness of using condoms to prevent HIV/AIDS will be on the agenda at a Vatican conference.
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) For decades, mainline Protestants have been beset by bad news: declining numbers, aging membership, waning cultural influence.
(RNS) Radio evangelist Harold Camping, who predicted the Rapture would occur on May 21, now says his calculations were off by five months.
(RNS) In the days before spell check, printer errors occasionally crept into the King James Version of the Bible.
(RNS) If thou hast a Bible in the house and readeth it at least once a month, chances are strong it’s the majestic King James Version of the Bible.
(RNS) Twelve phrases believed to have originated in the King James Bible, which celebrates its 400th anniversary this year.
ROCKVILLE, Md. (RNS) The V-shaped hand sign may have seemed to be from a planet far away, but he created it from childhood memories of his Jewish family.
(RNS) Dylan was hailed as a prophet, first of folk music, then of rock ‘n’ roll—at least by those who forgave him for “going electric.”
NASHVILLE (RNS) In Hindu tradition, Lord Vishnu shows up in many forms.
(RNS) President Obama was talking to the Muslim world in his State Department speech, but U.S. Muslims were equally interested.
WASHINGTON (RNS) First lady Michelle Obama has asked religious leaders to join her initiative to assist military families.
(RNS) Harold Camping’s campaign to warn Christians that the rapture is coming has won him a band of followers.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A sweeping new report on the clergy sex abuse scandal compares the Roman Catholic Church to police departments.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Amnesty International has criticized the Vatican for falling short of its commitments to protect children from sex abuse.
West Bank (RNS/ENInews) Pilgrims are flowing back to the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism on the Jordan River.
NEW YORK (RNS) A comprehensive report on the scandal is set for release hoping to provide answers about a crisis that has raised numerous questions.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Mormon missionaries are often unwelcome guests when they knock at local front doors wearing white dress shirts and holding a Book of Mormon.
(RNS) Religious and human rights activists are asking U.S. churches to invite Jewish and Muslim clergy to their sanctuaries.
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) The Dalai Lama says peace in the world begins with peace in oneself. Some of his fellow Nobel laureates, however, aren’t convinced.
(RNS) Evangelist Billy Graham returned home after a five-day hospital stay for pneumonia.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The world’s Catholic bishops have one year to set national policies on clerical sex abuse of minors.
CLEVELAND (RNS) The case that led to John Demjanjuk’s conviction in Germany was laid out 10 years ago in a Cleveland courtroom, where lawyers sparred over his wartime past.
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) The Dalai Lama has a message for Newark: Peace does not come easily, but the strategy for attaining it is simple.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican broadened access to the old Latin Mass with a new rule that gives the Vatican the power to overrule bishops.
(RNS) Billy Graham’s doctor confirmed that the 92-year-old evangelist has pneumonia, but said he is doing well.
WASHINGTON (RNS) New legislation would push the State Department to make international religious freedom a greater priority.
MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) Russian and Greek Orthodox leaders are objecting to plans in both countries to introduce electronic identity cards.
(RNS) Advocates celebrated a victory when the Presbyterian Church (USA) entered the ranks of denominations that allow openly gay, partnered clergy.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The nation’s leading advocacy group for victims of clergy sexual abuse is opposing an Oregon Jesuit’s bid to serve as House chaplain.
(RNS) While Americans have debated whether Osama bin Laden’s body belongs at the bottom of the Arabian Sea, most agree on the final destination of his soul: in hell.
(RNS) As president of the Phoenix-based American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Zuhdi Jasser is no fan of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
(RNS) “Thor,” is the kind of cinematic legend where the only word that truly seems to fit is “epic.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) A recent Navy memo that would permit military chaplains to officiate at same-sex marriage ceremonies is creating tension.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) Armed with a master’s degree in educational ministry, the former “Lost Boy” is ready to find his way back to Sudan.
(RNS) A Jesuit will be sworn in as the 60th chaplain of the House of Representatives on May 25.
(RNS) An ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspaper in Brooklyn deleted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton from a White House photograph.
(RNS) An Indiana prosecutor dropped trespassing charges against anti-abortion activists who protested President Obama’s 2009 commencement address.
(RNS) More than 20 percent of atheist scientists consider themselves to be “spiritual,” according to a Rice University study.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Bible scholars are buried in a 20-year project to codify the thousands of changes that crept into the early New Testament.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) The Reformed Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church are joining together to launch a church planting project.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (RNS) Gov. Robert Bentley twice referred to Jews as his “brothers and sisters” during a Holocaust remembrance event.
(RNS) Gay and supportive alumni of Wheaton College have formed a new organization following a recent chapel series at the flagship evangelical school.
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether American passports issued to children born in Jerusalem should include the word “Israel.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) Supporters marked the 60th annual National Day of Prayer, just weeks after a federal appeals court dismissed a suit that challenged the law.
LONDON (RNS) A BBC investigation is claiming that holy drinking water from Mecca is contaminated with arsenic.
(RNS) Atop the tiny, white-columned 1842 church where Glen Likens was baptized, the steeple is rotting.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pope may not be ready to start a blog or a Twitter account, but the Vatican is taking note of the unruly world of the blogosphere.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court declined to hear a Catholic group’s appeal accusing San Francisco supervisors of violating the Constitution.
(RNS) Cancer patients who consider the length of their lives to be “in God’s hands” are more willing than others to spend money on treatments.
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) To many Americans, Thomas Jefferson is a symbol of liberty and religious freedom and a standard bearer for progressive politics.
JERUSALEM (RNS) With her down-to-earth femininity, she doesn’t exactly look like a rabble-rouser within Orthodox Judaism.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The late Pope John Paul II was beatified before a crowd of more than a million pilgrims.
WASHINGTON (RNS) American Jews and evangelicals need a formal mechanism to discuss their differences and similarities on support for Israel.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The casket of the late Pope John Paul II was exhumed in preparation for the late pontiff’s beatification ceremony.
(RNS) So, according to the long-form birth certificate released by the White House Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii.
(RNS) Evangelist David Wilkerson, who wrote the popular book “The Cross and the Switchblade”, died in a traffic accident Wednesday (April 27).
WASHINGTON (RNS) A religious freedom watchdog panel has added Egypt to its list of the worst violators of religious liberty.
(RNS) Christian leaders have formed a “Circle of Protection” against U.S. cuts to poverty-fighting programs.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Gingrich traced his spiritual journey from Southern Baptist to Roman Catholic at a Catholic prayer breakfast.
(RNS) When leaders began to dream of building a new partnership, they planned to create a futuristic model of religious higher education.
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey will not be ordained into the Episcopal Church priesthood in the near future.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A small quantity of blood from the late Pope John Paul II will be exposed as a holy relic during his beatification.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Jesse was just 10 days old in November 2009 when he was diagnosed with Herpes simplex, a virus often lethal to a newborn child.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that would make it harder to protest outside military funerals.
TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) The New Jersey Transit employee fired for burning pages of the Quran near Ground Zero will get his job back.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) At the royal wedding Britain’s unique and historic ties between church and state will be on full display.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI told a mother that her comatose son can feel her “presence” and “love.”
(RNS) This weekend, Jeanne O’Hair, her friends and family will raise their voices in Easter hymns “as the spirit leads us.”
(RNS) As Christians worldwide celebrate Easter, they will follow a familiar chronology: Jesus rose from the dead on “the third day.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) Prison inmates who are deprived of their religious rights cannot sue states for monetary damages.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) John Evans is in no hurry to get married.
(RNS) The recession was a double-barrel blow to American congregations: directly hurting their budgets while also stretching them thin.
LONDON (RNS) A scientist claims his research shows Christians have been observing Jesus’ Last Supper on the wrong day of the week.
(RNS) Are Christianity and capitalism a marriage made in heaven, as some conservatives believe?
(RNS) The last time Regina Finer’s mother cooked the soft, dense potato dumplings called kluskies, Regina couldn’t have been more than 12.
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama said Jesus’ death and resurrection on Easter “puts everything else in perspective,” at a White House event.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The State Department fired back at a prominent Catholic ambassador who said the agency has a “rigidly narrow” view of foreign policy.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Under fire for criticizing a popular theologian, the U.S. Catholic bishops said they must occasionally assume the role of referee.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) As a white man surrendered to federal marshals, workers were rebuilding the pulpit of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A New York minister will soon fill the Obama administration’s long-vacant position to oversee international religious freedom.
(RNS) The State Department has a “rigidly narrow” view of diplomacy that neglects religion’s role in foreign affairs, a prominent Catholic ambassador charged.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Belgium’s Catholic bishops declared themselves “extremely shocked” by comments from a former bishop.
MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) A Jehovah’s Witness on trial in Siberia was found innocent of charges of inciting religious hatred and enmity.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) Breaking a two-day deadlock, a federal jury convicted a white man, Michael F. Jacques, on all three charges.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The law calling for an annual National Day of Prayer imposes solely on the duties of the U.S. president.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has announced members of a commission to advise Capitol Hill.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican lamented China’s interference with the Roman Catholic Church.
MANILA, Philippines (RNS/ENInews) Filipino church leaders are divided over a proposal to give the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos a hero’s burial.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A small band of Christians is planning a rally in Washington, D.C., in a bid to make Good Friday a national holiday.
(RNS) Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose from the dead on “the third day,” in the words of the ancient Nicene Creed. Or was he?
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Monks at St. Joseph Abbey near Covington, La., can sue for the right to sell handcrafted caskets without a license.
JERUSALEM (RNS) An Israeli-Canadian journalist believes he may have tracked down two of the iron nails used to crucify Jesus.
LONDON (RNS) Couples suspected of using their wedding vows as a ruse to skirt immigration laws will be required to meet strict identity checks.
(RNS) Is the Bible good for your sex life, but bad for a sex ed class?
WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops announced that sexual abuse accusations against Catholic clergy increased in 2010.
PARIS (RNS) Police arrested several and protests continued to spread as France’s controversial ban against the full-face veil came into force.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. ambassador to Malta has spent “considerable time” writing on topics beyond the mission of his office.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The official Vatican newspaper has praised two recent Hollywood movies for showing the ethical downsides of sperm donation.
(RNS) A Jewish organization is celebrating Passover two weeks early, proclaiming freedom from Glenn Beck’s television show.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Presidents Obama and Karzai blasted the recent burning of a Quran at a Florida church and the deadly riots that followed.
(RNS) Showtime has found the magic combination for ultimate crowd appeal in a scintillating soap opera about a bad-boy pope.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A slim majority of evangelicals favor government shutdown over a budget compromise.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The embattled nominee is comparing herself to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
(RNS) Pharmacists with religious objections to “morning-after” emergency contraceptives cannot be compelled to sell the product.
(RNS) A British theoretical astrophysicist has won the $1.6 million 2011 Templeton Prize.
LONDON (RNS) One of the prominent figures in the revived ancient priesthood of Druidism in Britain has been charged with fraud.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS/ENInews) A self-effacing multimillionaire has become a local hero after buying a series of 17th-century religious paintings.
(RNS) The website of the Dove World Outreach Center describes the tiny church as “a New Testament church based on the Bible, the Word of God.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to an Arizona school tuition credit program.
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) For 46 years, the chief assassin of slain civil rights icon Malcolm X has been hiding in plain sight in Newark.
(RNS) Single Mormon men who are postponing marriage should get to it right away, church President Thomas S. Monson said.
(RNS) The Florida pastor who presided over the recent burning of a Quran said the United Nations must protect Afghans from deadly riots.
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Two members of a controversial Oregon City church that rejects medical treatment were released from prison.
MOBILE, Alabama (RNS) Electronic communication with minors must be limited to “providing information related to a ministry or event."
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The Rev. Roy Bourgeois now faces expulsion from his religious order and from the priesthood over his support for the ordination of women.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops condemned a book by Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a prominent feminist theologian.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Modern popes have had their fans and detractors, but few would dispute their reputations for personal virtue.
(RNS) Facebook shut down a “Third Palestinian Intifada” page and similar groups this week, prompted by complaints from Jewish groups.
(RNS) Almost all U.S. churches witnessed a change in the financial giving they received in 2010 compared to 2009.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Mormon leaders will offer sermons at an upcoming conference that many Mormons will treat like faxes from God.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Obama administration’s nominee to oversee international religious freedom returned to Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON (RNS) It was billed as the first-ever congressional hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims. But it played more like an Act II than a premiere.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A coalition of religious and civil liberty groups is pushing the EEOC to stop employers from segregating visibly religious employees.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Supporters of St. Augustine High School marched to oppose the call for an end to the school’s policy of using corporal punishment.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI is calling for an immediate cease-fire and peace negotiations in Libya.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Bishops are urging officials not to adopt proposed rules that would bar groups that receive federal funds from discriminating.
WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. officials praised a United Nations council for a new statement on religious freedom that sidestepped a divisive debate.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A new Vatican initiative to promote dialogue between believers and atheists debuted with a two-day event.
(RNS) Tennessee lawmakers are rewriting a bill that described Islamic law as a threat to U.S. security and seemed to equate peaceful Muslim practices with terrorism.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) A Grand Rapids man who took a bride while still married to his estranged first wife says he “made a mistake.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s official newspaper eulogized actress Elizabeth Taylor as the “last remaining star in the firmament of old Hollywood.”
(RNS) We may never know why bad things happen to good people, but most Americans reject the idea that natural disasters are divine punishment.
(RNS) The U.S. ambassador to Pakistan called the burning of a Quran at a small Florida church “abhorrent.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Vatican official told a United Nations body that people who openly object to homosexual behavior are at risk of losing their human rights.
(RNS) American Catholics are more supportive of gay rights than other U.S. Christians, according to new research.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) The sole man to stand trial for torching a black church the night of President Obama’s election was confronted in court.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Evangelicals are the only major religious group where a majority opposes the federal government’s efforts to reduce childhood obesity.
(RNS) A New York rabbi with a reputation for innovation has been tapped to lead the Union for Reform Judaism.
(RNS) The controversial Florida pastor oversaw the burning of the Islamic holy book on Sunday.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI voiced “fear and trepidation” about the “disturbing news coming from Libya” in a carefully worded statement.
(RNS) The Rev. James Howell knew he had a problem on his hands when several teenagers arrived at a church dance drunk.
(RNS) Wolfgang Langhans calls the week since the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan “the busiest and most stressful week of my life.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) The White House is hoping to recruit America’s college and seminary students in a nationwide interfaith service campaign.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) As a student at Aquinas College in the 1980s, David Lincoln was on track to become a Roman Catholic priest.
FERGUSON, Mo. (RNS) The Rev. Steve Lawler should have just given up chocolate or television for Lent.
(RNS) Schuller said he never would have approved a recent covenant choir members were asked to sign urging them to be Christian and heterosexual.
(RNS) The New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that orders a girl to enroll in public school instead of being home-schooled.
(RNS) The DoJ has filed suit against California prison officials on behalf of a Sikh inmate who says his religious freedom was violated.
LONDON (RNS) A Church of England vicar has been arrested in Britain’s second major police investigation in as many years.
(RNS) Rest on the Sabbath. Heed Old Testament dietary codes. And be ready for Jesus to return at any moment.
LONDON (RNS/ENInews) More than 900 Anglicans formally expressed a desire to convert to Catholicism at special services held at Westminster Cathedral.
SEATTLE (RNS) Alaska Airlines has issued an apology for misinterpreting the devotional behavior of three Orthodox Jews.
(RNS) A Smithsonian museum is restoring the “Jefferson Bible,” a unique volume the third president cut and pasted himself.
(RNS) Religious relief organizations are sending and supporting teams to assess the damage.
TOKYO (RNS/ENInews) Christians in Japan are looking for survivors and assessing damage to church buildings.
(RNS) It’s been proclaimed from pulpits and blogs for years—Christians divorce as much as everyone else in America.
(RNS) Bishop Chandler David Owens, a former presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, died at the age of 79.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (RNS) Westboro Baptist Church said it plans to protest at a funeral for seven Pennsylvania children who died in a fire.
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.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Violence committed in the name of God or religion is a “favorite instrument of the Antichrist.”
(RNS/ENInews) Christian leaders are calling on the Obama administration to renew diplomatic efforts to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
CALEDONIA, Mich. (RNS) Tonight’s feature is “Open Range,” a Western that pits those who believe in free access to water and grass against “barbed wire” land barons.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A political science professor says research shows that affiliation with a mosque increases Muslims’ civic engagement.
MADISON, N.J. (RNS) A small bucket filled with bottles of cold beer sat on the floor as about a dozen young adults lounged around on comfortable couches.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Colleen McDannell knew the title of her new book, “The Spirit of Vatican II: A History of Catholic Reform in America,” would be provocative.
(RNS) A former FBI counter terrorism director rejected allegations that Muslim Americans don’t cooperate with law enforcement in terror investigations.
(RNS) The Vatican has overruled a U.S. bishop’s decision to close churches in his diocese, a rare reversal that Catholic activists hope heralds a new trend.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Atheist Michael Newdow plans to continue his fight to get “In God We Trust” off U.S. currency.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNS/ENInews) A complete search turned up no bodies buried in the rubble, despite widespread reports that people had been trapped inside.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Obama administration is highlighting the role Muslim Americans play in combating radicalism in their communities.
NEW YORK (RNS) When Anam Chaudhry sang the national anthem she wore a Muslim headscarf, and around her shoulders, another garment: the American flag.
WASHINGTON (RNS) House Speaker John Boehner said that he and fellow lawmakers will defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
BANGALORE, India (RNS/ENInews) Christian schools shut down for a three-day protest of the assassination of the country’s Minister for Religious Minorities.
NEW DELHI (RNS) Protesters in Bhutan are denouncing the three-year prison sentence of a Buddhist monk.
(RNS) Balancing the federal budget at the expense of the poor would be un-Christian, evangelical leaders warned Congress.
JERUSALEM (RNS/ENInews) Israel has declined to renew a residency permit for Anglican Bishop Suheil Dawani of Jerusalem.
TORONTO (RNS) A labor relations board in Canada has granted an Adventist worker the right to not join a union because of her religious beliefs.
(RNS) A New Jersey man who claimed God made him kill his pregnant girlfriend will get a new trial.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” protesters from Westboro Baptist Church have First Amendment rights.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Jewish people were not responsible for Jesus’ crucifixion, and their descendants have not inherited blame for his death.
LONDON (RNS) Two senior judges have banned a Christian couple from any further foster care because they oppose homosexuality.
IRVINE, Calif. (RNS) “Michael Oren, propagating murder is not an expression of free speech!”
(RNS) The Rev. Peter Gomes, the longtime minister of Harvard University’s Memorial Church, died at age 68.
(RNS) An Orthodox Jew has won a new trial after Maryland’s highest court ruled that a lower court erred.
(RNS) The fierce budget battle in Wisconsin has pitted the state’s top Roman Catholic bishops against each other.
(RNS) Southern Baptist bookstores have suspended a program that warned customers to read with “discernment” books by several authors.
(RNS) Islam was the most frequent topic of religion news coverage in 2010, as the media doubled the amount of time and space devoted to religion.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) One by one, alumni of St. Augustine High School took the microphone recalling paddling at St. Augustine.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (RNS/ENInews) Churches shattered by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake were yielding up their dead.
WASHINGTON (RNS) If President Obama no longer wants to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, who will?
JERUSALEM (RNS) American rabbis have signed a letter demanding that the conversions they perform outside Israel be recognized.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops threw their moral weight behind the pro-union protesters in Wisconsin.
(RNS) Is sending a secret informant into a mosque in search of terrorists proactive policing, or a violation of worshippers’ civil rights?
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Obama administration announced it will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
WASHINGTON(RNS) The Supreme Court chose not to reexamine its decision to strike down displays of the Ten Commandments in two Kentucky courthouses.
(RNS) Get ready for more undernourished infants, dangerously cold homes and disease-stricken communities in developing countries.
(RNS) Christian publisher Strang Communications has sued evangelist Benny Hinn, claiming he violated a moral clause.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The number of Catholics in the world edged up to 1.18 billion in 2009.
(RNS) On a recent family trip to Africa, spotting American T-shirts and baseball caps became something of a parlor game.
(RNS) The Rev. Joseph Lowery has always combined his work on secular causes with a sacred message.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Many economists warn that the government’s huge national debt is a looming threat to long-term prosperity.
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) Lawyers representing a group of people who accuse Jesuit priests of sexual abuse filed 37 lawsuits.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) No major leader has been a more stalwart ally than Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (RNS) Amy Goropoulos’ stomach and her ethics do not agree on Chick-fil-A.
TORONTO (RNS) The mayor says he will appeal a decision by a human rights tribunal that bans prayer at city council.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Peter King is facing grassroots pressure to cancel his planned hearings on the “radicalization” of U.S. Muslims.
CAIRO (RNS) In Magdi Shnouda’s cafe the men playing backgammon are a mixture of Christians and Muslims.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A proposed House bill will require the use of “mother” and “father” by all federal agencies and contractors when describing parents.
CHICOPEE, Mass. (RNS) Three closed Catholic churches in the Diocese of Springfield, Mass., have been given at least a partial reprieve.
NEW DELHI (RNS) India plans to lend rare fragments of the Buddha’s bones to Sri Lanka for the 2600th anniversary of Buddha’s Enlightenment.
(RNS) Greek Orthodox officials filed suit against the agency charged with rebuilding Ground Zero.
(RNS) While mainline Protestant churches in the U.S. continue to experience decline, Pentecostal traditions are on the rise.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) To many Americans, religious or not, chastity before marriage is a quaint tradition at best and emotionally damaging at worst.
(RNS) Advocates for victims of clergy sexual abuse are hailing the indictment of a senior Roman Catholic official.
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) A 13-month-old child who faced blindness in one eye after her parents treated her with prayer continues to improve.
(RNS) Houses of worship often aren’t in competition for dollars but instead tend to reap donations from similar donors.
(RNS) Tom Monaghan has stepped down from leading the conservative Catholic university he founded.
(RNS) George Beverly Shea will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Israeli officials have installed an $11 million pipe to ease a weekly water shortage on Fridays.
TORONTO (RNS) Lawmakers voted unanimously to ban the kirpan, a Sikh ceremonial dagger, from the legislature building.
(RNS) A small Catholic college last month got the news that part-time faculty have a right to form a union.
(RNS) A former banking executive who helped launch the nation’s first Muslim television station faces 15 years to life in prison.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Just in case Catholics are wondering if a new iPhone app might be able to forgive their sins, the Vatican has issued a clarification: No.
(RNS) The court has found a Boston minister not guilty of violating church rules against performing gay marriages.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The architect of the new consumer protection bureau met with faith-based groups.
(RNS) Sir Anthony Hopkins could turn even “Green Eggs and Ham” into a creeptastic nightmare.
TORONTO (RNS/ENInews) Canada’s Roman Catholic bishops are urging church members—married and single—to live chastely.
(RNS) Is the jazz standard “Baby It’s Cold Outside” a heart-warming ode to winter romance or the worst example of American hedonism?
(RNS) The proposed mosque project is again looking for a top imam after Sheik Abdallah Adhami resigned.
LONDON (RNS) The Roman Catholic Church has published a guide aimed at helping teenagers deal with 21st century witchcraft.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Pope was once a card-carrying organ donor, but the offer expired when he assumed the papal throne.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) A defendant took the witness stand and told a federal judge he had no role in the 2008 blaze.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Controversies over bioethical standards show the need for greater Catholic education.
NEW DELHI (RNS) Indian officials want to know why top Buddhist leaders had $1.5 million in cash stashed away.
(RNS) An judge who argued that it was his right to hang a poster about the Ten Commandments in his courtroom was overruled.
(RNS) The United Nations kicked off the first “World Interfaith Harmony Week” to promote dialogue and civility among the world’s religions.
(RNS) The UN kicked off the first “World Interfaith Harmony Week” to promote dialogue and civility among the world’s religions.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The Archdiocese of New Orleans unveiled a new online database containing records in colonial New Orleans.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A congressman said he is not anti-Muslim after saying Muslims represent the “antithesis” of American values.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Professors have filed suit to stop a school prayer luncheon headlined by a speaker who calls himself a “U.S. Marine for Christ.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) A coalition is urging House leaders to raise concerns about planned hearings this month on the “radicalization” of American Muslims.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Critics are unsatisfied with new policies intended to prevent future controversies.
(RNS) The Catholic Health Association publicly acknowledged that bishops have the final say on questions of medical morality.
(RNS) Anglican archbishops concluded their six-day summit in Ireland by issuing statements on a host of international issues.
(RNS) A federal judge has ruled that Augsburg Fortress’ now-dissolved pension plan was exempt from federal regulations.
(RNS) Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., has amended its nondiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican announced a new initiative aimed at promoting dialogue between theists and atheists.
(RNS) Prominent Muslim leaders marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day by decrying attempts to deny the Holocaust.
LANSING, Mich. (RNS) Individuals with valid concealed weapons permits could carry guns in Michigan areas currently prohibited by law.
(RNS) Rabbis used Holocaust Remembrance Day to push Murdoch to “sanction” Fox News personalities on the use of Nazi and Holocaust references.
KIRKWOOD, Mo. (RNS) The Rev. David Holyan recently found himself in Tucson, Ariz.
(RNS) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by gun rights advocates who claimed a Georgia law prohibiting weapons in a house of worship was unconstitutional.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS/ENInews) After the Nazi slaughter of 6 million Jews during World War II, the world cried out “never again."
(RNS) A top leader of the Southern Baptist Convention has resigned from a new interfaith coalition.
MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) The head of the Russian Orthodox Church denounced a terrorist attack at Moscow’s busiest airport.
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (RNS) And now, let us raise a toast to St. Patrick.
(RNS) Some archbishops are boycotting a high-level meeting in Ireland to protest the Episcopal Church’s acceptance of openly gay and lesbian bishops.
(RNS) The former president of the UCC has been suspended for one year and ordered to undergo a program of growth.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) EWTN Global Catholic Network has signed a letter of intent to acquire the National Catholic Register newspaper.
(RNS) A Chinese Christian should be given another chance after a judge thought the man couldn’t answer “basic questions” about Christianity.
(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?
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Gov. Bentley apologized to anyone who was offended with his inaugural day comments that non-Christians were not his “brothers and sisters.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world has suspended dialogue with the Vatican.
LONDON (RNS) A Florida pastor who sparked fury when he threatened to burn a pile of Qurans has been officially banned from Britain.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican tried to tamp down allegations a letter to Irish bishops was meant to discourage prelates from reporting sexual abuse.
WASHINGTON(RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops will not join efforts to repeal the new health care law.
LONDON (RNS) Two Christian innkeepers have been convicted of sexual discrimination for refusing to allow a gay couple to share a double room.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (RNS) Newly sworn-in Gov. Robert Bentley said that people who aren’t “saved” Christians aren’t his brothers and sisters.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Faith leaders are hailing a change in White House policy that reduces limits on religious travel to Cuba.
LONDON (RNS) Three former Church of England bishops have been ordained as priests in the Roman Catholic Church.
(RNS) Americans agree on one thing: our political system has a civility problem.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI has recognized a miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II the Vatican announced.
BANGALORE, India (RNS/ENInews) Pakistani churches say they’re frustrated by the government’s refusal to amend a controversial blasphemy law.
(RNS) A coalition of Christian churches answered the Rev. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
LONDON (RNS) A British university study suggests that people of strong faith can spread religion through a “believers’ gene” that is part of their DNA.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (RNS) Should a street preacher be banned from approaching students at a bus stop?
(RNS) A Southern Baptist pastor who called for prayers for the death of Obama is now planning prayers against Westboro Baptist Church.
(RNS) A coalition sent an open letter urging a “time of soul searching” and national dialogue about “violent and vitriolic political rhetoric.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) Expecting a speech, Americans instead heard a sermon.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI marked the first anniversary of the Haiti earthquake by naming a new archbishop for the country’s capital city.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The VFW has sued the Obama administration over the ownership of land under a controversial California war memorial.
(RNS) Sarah Palin accused “journalists and pundits” of manufacturing a “blood libel” that seeks to link her and other conservatives to the massacre.
Freedom of speech has always given rise to extremists who abuse that freedom. When rhetoric turns violent, we need to do something about it. It's time to tone down the rhetoric and find a way to work together.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Egypt recalled its ambassador to protest a demand by Pope Benedict XVI that it better protect the country’s embattled Christian minority.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Civility Project is closing down after just three members of Congress agreed to the project’s pledge.
PATERSON, N.J. (RNS) A New Jersey congressman is calling upon clergy to help people put aside their ideological differences during a “week of solidarity.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) Secretary Clinton has ordered changes to a proposal to remove the terms “mother” and “father” from records of overseas births.
(RNS) Debbie Friedman, a composer and singer whose modern melodies updated the music in synagogue services worldwide, died of pneumonia at age 59.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI decried violence against Christians in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
RNS) American Jews scored the highest of any religious group on a “well-being” index according to a new Gallup survey.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) A federal judge ruled that the Diocese must bow to the altar of historic preservation.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (RNS) Driving through downtown Port-au-Prince, it can be difficult at first to see much change from a year ago.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The midterm elections did little to alter the religious composition of Capitol Hill.
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) A man who secured a $900,000 settlement for alleged abuse at the hands of a Catholic priest has yet to see a penny more than seven years after the church paid out the money.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Army is facing questions over a “spiritual fitness” portion of a mandatory questionnaire.
(RNS) Convicted businessman Sholom Rubashkin has filed an appeal in hopes of a new trial, or at least a reduced sentence.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A federal appeals court ruled a veterans’ memorial featuring a 43-foot cross on California’s Mount Soledad is unconstitutional.
(RNS) After a lengthy appeals process, the Vatican has ruled that nine Boston-area Catholic parishes should be closed.
(RNS) Seven in 10 Americans say religion’s influence on the country is waning.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The last time Matt Sloan saw Sylvia Blanchard’s house the Blanchards were back in and it was neat, clean and smelling new.
(RNS) Janine Winkler loves reading books to her 2-year-old grandson Judah, but he’s usually half a world away in Nigeria.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI denounced the “vile and murderous” New Year’s Day killing of 21 Egyptian Christians.
ST. LOUIS (RNS) The Rev. Matthew Harrison will serve a local church in addition to his role as President.
(RNS) The recent appointment of an American archbishop has the sisters and their supporters breathing a little easier.
WASHINGTON (RNS) When Virginia Republican Eric Cantor becomes House Majority Leader next month, he will become the highest-ranking Jewish member of Congress in history.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (RNS) He is the most famous—and the loneliest—atheist in the country.
NEW YORK (RNS) What does it really mean for your Hebrew National hot dog to “answer to a higher authority?”
(RNS) Every December, Christmas culture warriors square off over whether it’s politically correct to say “Merry Christmas.”
(RNS) Americans who are “very religious” are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are less religious.
(RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops and other Christian groups are hailing the Senate’s ratification of a treaty with Russia.
(RNS) Twelve drummers? Ten leaping lords? Two turtle doves?
WASHINGTON (RNS) An umbrella group of Catholic hospitals is backing a Phoenix hospital that was stripped of its church affiliation.
(RNS) The Assembly passed a resolution on “combating defamation of religions,” drawing criticism from human rights organizations and the U.S.
BERLIN (RNS) The Catholic Church in Germany is seeing membership plunge as 2010 comes to a close.
(RNS) While nearly all Americans celebrate Christmas, most focus more on family than religious traditions, a new survey shows.
(RNS) Four in 10 Americans believe that God created humans in something like their present form within the last 10,000 years, according to a new Gallup Poll.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Pope's recent comments about condoms do not mark a change in “Catholic moral teaching” on AIDS prevention or contraception.
LOS ANGELES (RNS) Muslim leaders are admitting disaffected Muslim youth are ripe for online recruitment by extremists.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI deplored the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests and linked it to other vices.
(RNS) American Muslims reentering the United States from abroad are alleging U.S. Customs Agents violate their constitutional rights.
ROME (RNS/ENInews) LWF is calling for a common statement on Holy Communion to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
(RNS) The debate over an Islamic community center near Ground Zero was the top religion story of 2010.
(RNS) The calendar may have said 2010, but for Pope Benedict XVI and much of his global flock, it looked and felt a lot like 2002.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Supporters are calling it a moral solution to help students hurt by the country’s immigration system.
(RNS) Christians and atheists are fighting again—this time over who can raise more money for charity.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI called limits on religious freedom a “threat to security and peace,” and said Christians are persecuted more than any other faith group.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The FRC is mounting an aggressive defense to a decision by the Southern Poverty Law Center to designate the lobby as a hate group.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Members of Congress are urging Swiss authorities to allow Mormon missionaries to continue serving beyond 2012.
LONDON (RNS) A right-wing political group now says it has withdrawn the invitation because “he is not the right candidate for us.”
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) It was all a joke, says Biddinger, whose outdoor sign last week sported the phrase “BBQ Pork Restaurant Is Safest No Muslims Inside.”
(RNS) The ACLU has filed suit on behalf of a Georgia woman who was thrown in jail after refusing to remove her headscarf.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (RNS/ENInews) The decision by Bulgarian Orthodox priests to join a trade union has angered at least one church hierarch.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Holder defended the FBI’s recent undercover investigation of an Oregon Muslim terror suspect.
JERUSALEM (RNS) American Jews and evangelical Christians are taking a central role in rebuilding the Carmel region in northern Israel.
(RNS) Religious denominations have long provided secure pension payments—more secure, in some cases, than corporate retirement plans.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Conference criticized Congress for linking extension of unemployment benefits to tax cuts for the wealthy.
WARSAW (RNS/ENInews) A Catholic leader has rejected medical findings that the man who brutally murdered his predecessor was insane.
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) For Kerry Sifford, a trained security guard and graphic designer who was arrested years ago on a minor offense, finding a job has been nearly impossible.
(RNS) Close friendships among congregants seem to be the key to happiness among religious people, according to a new study.
(RNS) Oregon state officials released a policy intended to give school districts guidance in applying Oregon’s new law on religious clothing.
(RNS) Backers admit they suffered a setback when a judge issued a temporary injunction last month.
(RNS) Marriage among Americans who have graduated high school but not college is on the decline.
TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) New Jersey lawmakers will consider a bill that would eliminate any statute of limitations on when sex abuse victims can sue.
(RNS) Legal action has begun against several agencies and officials involved in the Ground Zero land dispute.
Pope Paul VI said it plainly, “ If you want peace, work for justice.” We’re meant to be witnesses for a day that’s yet to dawn! May we yearn to live differently by believing less in the wild kingdom than in the peaceable kingdom God wants to bring about with our help.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The vast majority of Protestant pastors think former President George W. Bush is a Christian, but not Obama.
ROME (RNS/ENInews) The head of the World Council of Churches met Pope Benedict XVI saying he wants to strengthen cooperation with the Roman Catholic Church.
CLEVELAND (RNS) Even before he was officially installed, Richard G. Lennon was already talking about the need to close churches.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The typical member of a fast-growing atheist association is a highly educated, married white male who grew up with religious parents.
(RNS) A rare coalition of religious leaders released a public letter promoting traditional marriage.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Faith groups are mounting a full court press on Capitol Hill on a number of bills.
(RNS) What do nurses, soldiers, pharmacists, elementary school teachers, doctors, and police officers have in common?
(RNS) The Miami priest once known as “Father Oprah,” announced the birth of his first child.
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama and some 500 notables celebrated the second of the Hanukkah’s eight nights by lighting a menorah.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Conservative Christians are biting mad that an app for their manifesto has been plucked from Apple’s store.
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Palestinian government has pulled a report stating that Jews have no historic connection to the Western Wall.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A long-awaited report says the chaplains corps has “some of the most intense and sharpest divergence of views” on the issue.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (RNS) Rain didn’t stop the Corvallis community from showing up in swarms at a candlelight vigil outside a mosque that was hit by arson.
LONDON (RNS) George Carey has slammed attempts to “air-brush” Christianity.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI, while still a cardinal, sought in vain to expedite the process for defrocking priests.
(RNS) The founders of the world’s second largest Christian network admitted that their marriage was once torn by an improper relationship.
WASHINGTON (RNS) First lady Michelle Obama has expanded her “Let’s Move” initiative to include working with religious and community organizations.
PRINCETON, N.J. (RNS) Princeton University’s great hummus war is going to the polls this week.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A new poll suggests broad support across religious groups for allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly.
TORONTO (RNS) A Canadian Orthodox archbishop has been charged with sexual assault on two 10-year-old boys about 25 years ago.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Southern Poverty Law Center is adding the Family Research Council to its list of hate groups.
WASHINGTON (RNS) For playwright Marcus Gardley, the theater is his pulpit and plays are his sermons.
(RNS) A resolution combating the “vilification of religions” was adopted by a United Nations committee.
(RNS) The calendar may have said 2010, but for Pope Benedict XVI and much of his global flock, it looked and felt a lot like 2002.
(RNS) President Obama reminded us that Thanksgiving is an opportunity “to focus our thoughts on the grace that has been extended to our people and our country.”
(RNS) A resolution combating the “vilification of religions” was adopted by a United Nations committee.
(RNS) The kitchen clamors with young cooks preparing South Asian dishes.
HONG KONG (RNS/ENInews) Vatican and Hong Kong cardinals criticized the ordination of a Catholic bishop without Vatican approval.
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Western Wall is actually a Muslim shrine, according to an official report.
LONDON (RNS) The British government has warned Islamic schools concerning the teaching of extremist Shariah law.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Holocaust-denying bishop now faces expulsion from his ultra-traditionalist group.
LONDON (RNS) A Church of England bishop has triggered fury over his public statements about the royal family.
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (RNS) It is the class that wasn’t supposed to happen.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Significant progress on global malnutrition can be made in 2011, the ecumenical anti-hunger group Bread for the World said.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican announced that it is preparing international guidelines to prevent sexual abuse.
TORONTO (RNS/ENInews) A Canadian appeals court has ruled in favor of an Anglican diocese in a property dispute with congregations opposed to same-gender blessings.
(RNS) Hospitals that receive Medicare or Medicaid financing must drop any visitation policies that discriminate against gays, lesbians and transsexuals.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Experiencing the warmest, driest November on record, residents of the Holy Land are calling on a higher power to bring rain.
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama faces significant challenges on how Americans perceive his religious faith.
(RNS) Marriage is on the decline in American society, with nearly four in 10 people claiming the institution is obsolete.
WARSAW (RNS/ENInews) A Polish bishop has invited fellow Catholics from around the world to attend an unveiling.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion reaffirmed his dedication to ecumenical relations between the two churches.
BALTIMORE (RNS) The U.S. Roman Catholic bishops approved a mutual agreement with four Reformed Protestant denominations.
BERLIN (RNS) Gay and lesbian Lutheran ministers may live with their partners in parish parsonages.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The number of Americans struggling with hunger remained stable in 2009 despite the economic downturn, but remained at the highest recorded level.
(RNS) A recent survey found that public school students were more likely to participate in physical violence.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI warned against doping in athletic competition.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates are urging members of the UN to vote against the latest proposal from Islamic countries.
BALTIMORE (RNS) The outgoing head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops vigorously defended the bishops’ opposition to the health care reform bill.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Catholic archbishops of New York and Boston will meet personally with victims of abusive priests.
(RNS) A newly published compilation of guidelines used worldwide by leaders of the Mormon Church has softened the language about gay Mormons.
(RNS) Why do so many churches have such a hard time with Jesus' command to visit the prisoner?
EDINBURGH, Scotland (RNS/ENInews) British churches have criticized plan to remove unemployment benefits from people who refuse to accept jobs.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Pope replied in diplomatic terms to a provocative letter from the Iranian president.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The nation’s leading Catholic bishop said the U.S. has failed to help Iraqis to protect its citizens.
(RNS) Christians are more likely to say a proposed Islamic center should be built farther away from Ground Zero.
(RNS) U.S. doctors need to take religious values into account while providing health care.
ST. LOUIS (RNS) 40,000 saints from the Church of God in Christ come marching in and relocate the year’s largest convention from one cash-strapped city to another.
GENEVA (RNS/ENInews) Leaders have called for a group that can be mobilized whenever a crisis threatens.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Netanyahu told American Jewish leaders that Israel will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.
(RNS) Lawyers have two weeks to convince a federal judge to remove a temporary hold on a voter-approved state constitutional amendment.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Leaders of the nation’s largest coalition of Christian churches will gather to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ecumenical movement.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Leaders of Sikh organizations say they’ve been told that turbans will always be searched.
LONDON (RNS) Five bishops have decided to leave the Church of England and join the Roman Catholic Church.
Effective leadership demands that one have the courage and audacity to look critics and sympathizers in the eye and speak truth to power. It's time for President Obama to use the bully pulpit in a prophetic sense.
(RNS) A Muslim advocacy group filed suit saying a just-passed amendment forbidding judicial use of Islamic law is unconstitutional.
TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) On the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, Derek Fenton stole headlines by burning pages from the Quran.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A national network of faith-based organizations urged him to tackle problems with fraudulent foreclosures.
JERUSALEM (RNS) For the first time in its 62-year history, Israel will soon allow a limited number of couples to marry in civil ceremonies.
(RNS) Pope Benedict XVI won the No. 5 spot in a list of the world’s most powerful people.
(RNS) Most Americans have a desire for more forgiveness in their lives, but they are more critical when choosing who to forgive.
LONDON (RNS) A bishop has triggered fury by likening the debate over allowing female bishops to the “serious threat” of warfare.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Is a state law that allows tax credits for donations to scholarship programs unconstitutional?
WASHINGTON (RNS) A recent survey showed that 41 percent of non-Christian cadets face unwanted proselytizing.
LONDON (RNS) A British ice cream maker has been forced to yank a second racy ad that featured two male priests on the verge of a kiss.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) The first man charged with torching a black church hours after President Obama’s 2008 election was sentenced to nine years in prison.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s top spokesman appealed to victims of pedophile priests who demonstrated near the Vatican.
(RNS) Veronika and Oleg Bilerman exchanged wedding vows a quarter of a century ago. Their Jewish faith was never acknowledged.
White supremacy is one of this nation's oldest cancers. And it is the core consistent subliminal theme running throughout many of the Tea Party factions.
(RNS) President Obama plans to visit one of the world’s largest mosques during his trip to Indonesia in November.
(RNS) The most religious Americans also have the highest rates of well-being, according to a new Gallup survey.
(RNS) Russian and right-wing Jews make a splash in this year’s list of influential people compiled by The Forward.
As the midterm elections near, we might wonder whether our political drama has become a game rather than theater – a contest to be won rather than a reflection of who we are and of what life is at its deepest levels.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Pope told scientists that their research can lead to knowledge of God by revealing the natural order of the universe.
(RNS) The White House has denied reports that President Obama will avoid a Sikh shrine while visiting India next week.
(RNS) Southern Baptist gadfly Wiley Drake will appeal a court’s dismissal of his suit claiming President Obama was not born in the U.S.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) In Louisiana’s Livingston Parish local laws forbid the observance of Halloween on a Sunday.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican called for former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz to be spared the death penalty.
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.
(RNS) When asked about Christianity’s recent contributions to society, Americans cited more negatives than benefits.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Mormons may not know until the hereafter what causes same-sex attraction, but “God loves all his children” a top Mormon leader said.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Major charity groups say the needs of impacted families remain dire.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Six out of every 10 Protestant pastors say they disapprove of President Obama’s job performance, a LifeWay Research survey found.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (RNS) Jones held the keys to his Hyundai Accent for only a few minutes before handing them to a battered women’s advocacy group.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A special Vatican meeting on the Middle East ended with a flare-up in Catholic-Jewish tensions.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Israel has allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military for 17 years.
(RNS) Most Americans believe religious messages about homosexuality contribute to negative views of gays and lesbians.
(RNS) Sarah Palin once pursued politics out of a religious sense of calling.
Two political science experts warned that young people are rejecting conservative Christianity – and in big numbers. Many have been turned away by the politics of anti-homosexuality.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The ACLU is criticizing plans by two Iowa churches to host early voting during worship services.
(RNS) A disgruntled investor has sued Bible.com, saying the website’s name alone should make it more profitable than it is.
CLEVELAND (RNS) A federal judge sentenced the Rev. Samuel Ciccolini to one day in prison and ordered him to pay almost $4 million in fines.
(RNS) More Americans believe that being a Christian is a key aspect of being “truly American,” researchers say.
(RNS) Women have been ordained as priests in all 110 dioceses of the Episcopal Church.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Two American archbishops will be granted a cardinal’s red hat in a ceremony at the Vatican next month.
(RNS) The Crystal Cathedral has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Islam is a valid religion that is entitled to constitutional protection, said a U.S. attorney.
CAPE TOWN(RNS/ENInews) The WEA expressed disappointment after China prohibited a delegation of some 200 Christians from traveling.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI praised Catholic lay movements as a source of vocations to the priesthood.
NAGPUR, India (RNS/ENInews) Rowan Williams deplored attempts to prohibit Muslim women from wearing body-covering burqas in public.
(RNS) Several of the nation’s largest religious charities reported increases in private support.
(RNS) Adding faith to the exercise regimen of African-American women may prompt them to be more fit, a UCLA study shows.
(RNS) Chile’s top Anglican bishop has become collateral damage in the border wars between the Episcopal Church and conservatives overseas.
(RNS) Fox News watchers are more likely than other Americans to believe dubious claims about the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero.
TORONTO (RNS) Ontario’s highest court has ruled that female witnesses may testify in court while wearing a face-covering burqa or niqab.
WARSAW (RNS/ENInews) Roman Catholic bishops from across Europe have set up an organization to defend the rights of Christians.
(RNS) Rep. Duncan expects his “Save Our State” referendum to keep Islamic law out of state courts to pass easily on Nov. 2.
(RNS) The California agency has apologized for honoring a poem that appropriated language from the sacrament of Holy Communion.
(RNS) President Obama’s approval rating among U.S. Jews has dropped in the past year.
WARSAW (RNS/ENInews) Polish Catholic leaders have defended the right of Catholic schools not to hire gay or lesbian teachers.
(RNS) Two federal courts have issued strong defenses of religious expression in two separate decisions.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) They hope future generations of Greek, Serbian, Russian and other ethnic faithful will all worship together in a single American church.
(RNS) When comedian Stephen Colbert came to Capitol Hill and stole the spotlight, no one was more surprised than lawmakers.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Some critics say the office has been used to push the president’s health care reform.
(RNS) Fans of Christian music and books may see a divine hand at work in bringing together all-star talent for the “Make a Difference” tour.
TRENTON, Ill. (RNS) On a recent autumn night, about 100 people listened to the Rev. Sam Childers talk about heroin addiction, biker gangs and African warlords.
(RNS) Albertina Walker died Friday (Oct. 8) at the age of 81.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The United Methodist Church’s public policy agency can advocate on causes beyond alcoholism and temperance.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A Louisiana minister will spend two years in prison for his role in bilking Hurricane Katrina victims of more than $350,000.
(RNS) The ACLU has filed two federal lawsuits alleging discrimination over a nose ring and lack of books other than the Bible.
TEANECK, N.J. (RNS) New Jersey’s oldest Jewish newspaper says it overreacted in printing and then rescinding its first published same-sex wedding announcement.
(RNS) A leading “ex-gay” group has ended its role in the annual “Day of Truth” events.
JERUSALEM (RNS) A huge sycamore tree that some believe was climbed by Zacchaeus is the centerpiece of a new tourism campaign.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Scores of Mormons say they felt confused and bruised after Apostle Packer unequivocally condemned same-sex marriage.
(RNS) America’s Eastern Orthodox parishes have grown 16 percent in the past decade, in part because of a settled immigrant community.
TORONTO (RNS) One of Canada’s top Eastern Orthodox hierarchs has resigned his duties and been granted a leave of absence.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Relatives of 9/11 victims are “shocked” that the Supreme Court refused to hear their appeal.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s top bioethics official expressed “perplexity” after the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI spent Sunday in the heartland of the Sicilian Mafia denouncing organized crime.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints needs even more missionaries, LDS President said.
LONDON (RNS) Druidry gained recognition by the British government as an official religion after a four-year legal battle.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A federal judge has dismissed a suit arguing that the engraving of “In God We Trust” is unconstitutional.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A United Methodist agency has withdrawn its endorsement from this weekend’s One Nation Working Together rally.
Bangalore, India (RNS/ENInews) Churches in India have joined other faiths and political leaders in calling for calm after the court ruled.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Faith-based organizations are teaming up with secular and progressive groups for this weekend’s One Nation Working Together rally.
(RNS) A broad coalition of U.S. Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders has backed the administration’s efforts to broker peace.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) An assistant attorney general in Michigan is defending his rights to denounce the openly gay student.
BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (RNS) Lord Jesus Christ has been booted from the library for recurring bad behavior.
WASHINGTON (RNS) AutoZone harassed a Sikh employee for wearing a turban and eventually fired him, according to a lawsuit.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Ultra-Orthodox leaders removed barriers separating men and women after Israel’s High Court ruled that the tall screens were illegal.
(RNS) Three outbursts of violence in or near churches, including one during worship services, are raising safety concerns for church leaders.
(RNS) The Islamic Society of North America named a gregarious Sudanese-born Virginia imam as its new president.
DENVER (RNS) Religion reporters from The Washington Post and The New York Times won top honors at the RNA's annual awards competition.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) The archaic sounds that fill the historic former church sanctuary echo, hauntingly, like a whispering ghost from the past.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) Doug De Vries describes Sunday evening worship as “a lot less formal” than the morning service.
(RNS) Pastor Bishop Eddie Long has decried the “false allegations” lodged against him.
(RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops have issued a rare public rebuke of two Roman Catholic theologians.
BERLIN (RNS) The European Court of Human Rights ruled that a church organist’s employment rights were ignored when he was fired by a Catholic church for remarrying outside the church.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious minorities figure prominently in religious freedom investigations by the Justice Department.
(RNS) “The Big Book” initially used stronger religious language but was reduced to appeal to a wider audience.
(RNS) The embattled Episcopal bishop of Philadelphia is defiantly refusing to resign.
(RNS) For generations, thousands of Catholics saw the Catholic Church as eternal, timeless, and unmoved by the tides of history.
ST. LOUIS (RNS) The scene near the concession stands resembled something closer to a strip mall on Black Friday than the hour preceding a worship service.
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (RNS) For artist Jody Cole, painting is an act of prayer.
The Apostle Paul, in writing to his young colleague Timothy, encourages him to pray for everybody, including those in authority.
American Christians are living in a divisive time of profound paranoia and deliberate deception – much of it advanced by Christian politicians, those the prophet Ezekiel might identify as the false shepherds.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) An Italian court took the unprecedented step of freezing $30 million in Vatican funds.
(RNS) The Florida pastor could still face a $200,000 bill from law enforcement agencies.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A DoJ inspector concluded that the FBI improperly targeted U.S. advocacy organizations for surveillance.
MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) Russian prisons are turning to religion to bring moral guidance to inmates.
(RNS) A majority of Americans think students should be able to express their religion in public schools.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Rep. Mike Pence was the surprise winner of a straw poll among 17 possible Republican presidential candidates.
WARSAW (RNS/ENInews) A Catholic bishop in Romania has deplored the mass expulsion of Roma from France.
Newt Gingrich's latest jab at President Obama accuses him of having an "anti-colonial, Kenyan" worldview. When did being "anti-colonial," especially here in the U.S., a former British colony, become a bad thing?
WASHINGTON (RNS) The number of people in poverty in America increased to its highest recorded point last year.
(RNS) The definition of who makes a family is shifting in the minds of Americans to include more same-sex couples, new research shows.
UNION CITY, N.J. (RNS) A judge denied a city request for custodial receivership of two apartment buildings owned by the imam.
CHATHAM, N.J. (RNS) A grand jury issued a revised indictment against a former church custodian who stands accused of murdering a Catholic priest.
LONDON (RNS) A senior Vatican cardinal compared Britain to a “Third World country.”
(RNS) Calvin College has canceled a concert by the Canadian indie rock band New Pornographers.
(RNS) Hartford, Conn. is the newest flashpoint in a culture war pitting Muslims’ First Amendment rights against opponents.
UNION CITY, N.J. (RNS) A lawsuit charges that Rauf has failed to address complaints in two apartment buildings he owns.
(RNS) A megachurch in Lawrenceville, Ga., was named the fastest-growing Protestant church in America.
(RNS) Belgian church leaders announced they would establish a center of recognition, reconciliation and healing.
JERUSALEM (RNS) The government’s decision to end daylight saving time early has set off an angry debate.
(RNS) The U.S. tied with Switzerland for fifth place in a world giving index.
(RNS) The imam said that he has no plans to meet with a pastor who plotted to burn Qurans.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Belgian court ruled that recent raids by police investigators on church offices were illegal.
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) Facebook revoked a Portland minister’s posting rights to his page opposing the Quran burning.
During 13 weeks of sabbatical, it was hard not to write about a provocative news story or someone in religious life doing something bizarre. Now, with the R&R over, several things really need to be addressed.
BAY CITY, Mich. (RNS) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Midland man and three Michigan ministers.
(RNS) President Obama has added his voice to a chorus of critics condemning a Florida pastor’s plans to burn Qurans.
(RNS) The Massachusetts Bible Society said it would give away two Qurans for every one burned.
(RNS) The imam said that changing his plans would play into the hands of extremists.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican joined high-level U.S. officials in denouncing a Florida pastor’s plans to burn the Quran.
LONDON (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to pay the first papal visit to Britain in 28 years.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Three dozen faith leaders issued a declaration denouncing anti-Muslim bigotry.
LONDON (RNS) An Anglican vicar has been sentenced to four years in prison for conducting hundreds of fake marriages.
TORONTO (RNS) “Hell is a half-filled auditorium,” wrote the poet Robert Frost.
PETERSBURG, Ky. (RNS) Ken Ham looks around the throng of guests and notes that “for a Tuesday, this is not a bad crowd.”
(RNS) The University of Wisconsin should not have prohibited the use of student funds.
SPRINGFIELD (RNS) A Catholic high school official says she was pressured to leave her job after marrying her female partner.
LONDON (RNS) Williams has flatly dismissed Hawking’s claim that gravity was responsible for creating the universe.
(RNS) Jewish and Mormon church leaders announced the agreement Wednesday.
(RNS) A Baptist minister from Oregon who was killed in Afghanistan is the first Army chaplain to die in combat since Vietnam.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI met with Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday (Sept. 2).
(RNS) The former president of the UCC is divorcing his wife and is in a committed relationship with a former co-worker.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A Muslim advocacy organization has released public service announcements as part of an ad campaign.
MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) A fresco of Christ on the Kremlin Wall in Moscow plastered over after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution has been rediscovered.
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Two members of an Oregon church pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges.
BERLIN (RNS) Officials of Germany’s Roman Catholic Church will be required to immediately report suspicions of child abuse.
(RNS) Protestant and Catholic women in the United States have grown unhappier since stores have stayed open on Sunday.
(RNS/ENInews) A retired Presbyterian pastor who was formally rebuked by a church court will appeal the ruling.
(RNS) Secret recordings show the church leader asking a sex abuse victim not to expose the crimes of his assailant.
(RNS) Hundreds of New Orleanians gathered at St. Louis Cathedral to remember Hurricane Katrina.
Political campaigns thrive on negative advertising, tearing down their opponents rather than focusing on their own ideas. We cannot allow our society to persuade us that it's OK to destroy or devalue another person.
(RNS) A Presbyterian court found a retired California pastor guilty of violating church rules and her ordination vows.
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than three-quarters of U.S. Muslims support President Obama.
(RNS) A Las Vegas man is suing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after he injured his back.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Jewish authorities hope to replace the existing partition that separates the men’s and women’s prayer areas.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A coalition of religious organizations is urging Congress to amend a proposed bill.
DUBLIN (RNS/ENInews) The Church in Ireland has denied engaging in a cover-up of a priest who was allegedly involved in a bombing.
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (RNS) It appears Seton Hall University will offer a controversial course on gay marriage.
(RNS/ENInews) Conservative Lutherans are forming a new church body they say will “uphold confessional principles.”
EDINBURGH, Scotland (RNS/ENInews) It was right to release the Libyan man convicted of the bombing of PanAm flight 103, church officials said.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Conservative Christian groups won a victory when a judge halted federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.
CLEVELAND (RNS) Members of the World Council of Churches will gather to discuss how to expose and combat racism.
(RNS) World Vision can fire employees who disagree with its theological tenets, a federal appeals court ruled.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI urged French-speaking Catholics to “accept legitimate human diversity.”
(RNS) The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has blocked a conservative website from employees’ computers.
NEW YORK (RNS) After 9/11 all that remained of the tiny St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church were some candles, two icons and a bell clapper.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A court ruling that said highway crosses are unconstitutional could prompt additional challenges.
LONDON (RNS) A Catholic adoption agency has lost its fight for the right to continue its policy of refusing to place children with same-sex couples.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The most sweeping changes to the Catholic Mass in 40 years will be rolled out in 2011.
Ronald Reagan, then the GOP nominee for president, joined a who's who of conservative Christians on a Dallas stage 30 years ago, convincing many Southern Baptists and other evangelicals to join the Republican cause.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) The Rev. Hillary Chrisley has traveled throughout the South, helping to rebuild churches torched by arson.
(RNS) Fire officials in Gainesville, Fla., have denied a permit to a church that wants to burn Qurans on Sept. 11.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Two new polls say as many as one in four Americans mistakenly believe President Obama is a Muslim.
(RNS) The embattled Episcopal bishop of Philadelphia brushed aside calls for his resignation.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Hispanic evangelical leaders said Republican proposals could erode support from Hispanic voters.
(RNS/ENInews) The Baha’i followers said the sentences against Iranian Baha’i leaders are an unjust punishment.
(RNS) An atheist foundation that seeks to foster charitable giving among nonbelievers is encouraging members to donate to a religious charity.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Marilyn Shirley was raped in 2000 by a guard at the Texas prison where she was serving time.
CLEVELAND (RNS) Bishop Richard Lennon wants to meet with the priest and lay leaders of a breakaway congregation.
(RNS) The CFI has changed the name of its International Blasphemy Day to International Blasphemy Rights Day.
(RNS) Church-run health care systems are more efficient and provide higher quality care than their secular counterparts.
WASHINGTON (RNS) What started as a local zoning debate about an Islamic center has now turned into an election-year political brawl.
NEW YORK (RNS) Most Orthodox Jews who seek professional counseling do so for marriage problems.
GENEVA (RNS/ENInews) World Christian leaders are paying tribute to the ecumenical Taize community in eastern France.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Trustees at Birmingham-Southern College accepted the resignation of President David Pollick.
(RNS) Same-sex couples can begin marrying in California again on Aug. 18 pending another appeal.
NEW YORK (RNS) Two Muslims are hitting the road for Ramadan, determined to break the holy month’s daily fast in a different state each evening.
MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) The Russian Orthodox Church is praying for relief from the heat and drought that has gripped Russia.
(RNS) The old adage “couples who pray together stay together” may be true, especially for African-Americans.
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 40 Christian leaders say they are deeply troubled by the opposition to a proposed mosque.
(RNS) Robert Aitken Roshi, pioneer in bringing Zen Buddhism to the West, died at age 93.
(RNS) SNAP blasted the Episcopal Church for reinstating the bishop of Philadelphia.
(RNS) Three Kentucky men have dropped their six-year effort to sue the Vatican over sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS/ENInews) Kenyan church leaders have rejected calls for an apology after they campaigned against a new constitution.
Nearly one-third of American marriages will remain religiously mixed. With interfaith marriage becoming more common and accepted, church leaders must be aware of the trend and address the implications.
(RNS) The Church of God has decided to permit women to serve on local church councils but they cannot be ordained as bishops.
(RNS/ENInews) The IAM has rejected Taliban claims that 10 aid workers killed in Afghanistan had been trying to convert Muslims.
(RNS) Seven top leaders of the Baha’i faith have received jail sentences of 20 years.
(RNS) The Episcopal bishop was reinstated after a church court dismissed the charges.
CANTERBURY, England (ENI) The British border protection agency says it is helping clerics spot “sham” marriages.
(RNS) When U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker struck down California’s Proposition 8 he said voters’ motivation for outlawing gay marriage was clear.
Thirty years ago, Baliey Smith, then Southern Baptist Convention president, stood in the Oval Office and attacked Jimmy Carter's religious beliefs because of political differences. Today, Baptists continue to follow that model.
LONDON (RNS) A top priest at St. Paul’s Cathedral says fancy weddings are now posing “a threat to marriage itself.”
NEW DELHI (RNS) Tensions between Christians and Muslims in India’s Kerala state have reached the boiling point.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious organizations are calling for an investigation into allegations of forced human experimentation.
(RNS) A federal judge struck down California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A court has sided with a prison system whose policy forbids Muslim women from wearing headscarves.
(RNS) Focus on the Family has announced 110 job cuts in the latest round of layoffs.
(RNS) BYU was named the nation’s most religious campus, and Sarah Lawrence College the least religious, in new rankings.
(RNS) A law firm plans to appeal a green light for the construction of an Islamic community center two blocks from Ground Zero.
JERUSALEM (RNS) More than 100 modern-Orthodox rabbis and others have signed a document that urges respect for homosexuals.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has criticized a decision to allow the world’s first clinical trials using stem cells derived from human embryos.
(RNS) The NAE has condemned plans by a Florida church to burn copies of the Quran.
(RNS) A new study says that the population of North American Amish has increased by nearly 10 percent.
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Catholic Church’s highest official in the Holy Land sharply criticized Israeli authorities for permitting a gay pride parade.
LONDON (RNS) An Anglican vicar has been convicted of conducting hundreds of bogus marriages in a scam aimed at helping African immigrants.
As the 2010 midterm elections heat up, several GOP candidates have invoked God to support their campaigns and attack their political opponents. One even said his opponent was trying to take away the freedom "to find ... salvation."
After facing weeks of personal attacks, including questions about her conversion to Christianity, Nikki Haley, who grew up Sikh, easily captured the Republican nomination for South Carolina governor.
As Americans debate whether or not the Ten Commandments should be posted in schools and government buildings, some Christians should make sure the ninth commandment is written on their hearts.
Redefining faith as scientific truth or political ideology subordinates faith to these other realities. Out of a desire to have faith validated and affirmed by wider culture, some are allowing their beliefs to be hijacked.
Will you be married to more than one person during your lifetime? Of course, you will. When you say "I do," it's not to a static human who will always have the same values. You'll grow and change together.
It’s interesting – ironic even – that the two most popular passages of scripture recited at weddings have nothing to do with marriage or the love between a woman and a man. But I dare say you can’t attend a wedding without at least one of these passages being read.
While many Christians may sympathize with one British political party's plan to give tax breaks to married couples, we should be wary of knee-jerk plans just because they tick our moral boxes.
(RNS) The University of California has the right to reject courses taught at Christian high schools.
The British government's new family policy will acknowledge the importance of marriage, highlighting how much better children fare if their parents stay together.
Nine days after announcing that he wanted more war in Afghanistan to end the war there, the U.S. president – without a presidential portfolio of accomplishment – accepted the Nobel Peace Prize.
When it comes to meaningful immigration reform, the marginalized have more to fear from political allies, who often are quick to profess solidarity but slow when they fear votes could be lost. Shame on them.
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, recently called President Obama "very dangerous" and claimed Obama was damaging America.
Advocates of quiverfull theology believe any kind of contraception or any desire to prevent the conception of a child during the coital act is a sin against God. Here are eight ways they miss the target.
The only way to face tomorrow is placing ourselves in the hands of the One who has told us – not three times, but thousands of times – that the only way to follow him is by way of sacrifice and service. If we will be willing to do that, though there is no guarantee where it will take us, we will know that we’re in very good company.
Parents pull their children from school so they aren't exposed to President Obama's speech. A Baptist pastor in Arizona prays for the president's death. What fuels such fear and hatred?
A nationally known tax expert who has made headlines, and enemies, for her tax-reform suggestions, which advocated shifting more tax burdens away from the poor, is running for office in Alabama.
It was a daunting task. How do you find a wedding ring in a large lake bustling with people? And how much effort will we place on the search for those without the Savior?
The new king of the unified kingdom brought the Ark home and in doing so, brought the presence of God home too. But as much of a cause for celebration it was, as much of a national victory it was, it only highlighted the internal strife of David’s private life with Michal, his political wife whom he couldn’t quite trust enough to love. And no matter how much she loved him she couldn’t move his heart to love her in return.
Gwen Ifill's book examines the new generation of black political leaders seeking to build futures for themselves and the people they serve in innovative ways.
Global-warming denier Rep. Paul Broun is among the evangelical Christian politicians who adhere to a trinity of biblical literalism, free-market ideology and hostility toward science that endangers the common good.
America has come close to moments of racial reconciliation before, and in each instance the nation found a way or a reason to turn away from that opportunity. Will the election of Barack Obama be one more missed opportunity?
The Congressional Prayer Caucus, a group of about 40 House Representatives, announced that it is introducing "America's Spiritual Heritage Resolution." A similar resolution has failed to gain traction in the past.
Many little girls and boys like to play dress-up. While we all outgrow this childhood desire, too many adult Christians will "dress up" Jesus to align with their political preferences.
Alabama politicians have dodged the opportunity to allow Alabama voters to decide whether or not to hold a constitutional convention. This year may be different.
With a growing percentage of Americans avoiding wedlock, the federal government has decided to fund a $5 million media campaign to promote marriage. That’s right, a whopping $5 million.
For more than 25 years, the Christian Right has carefully constructed a political myth claiming that “GOP” stands for “God’s Only Party.” Conservative Christians quickly bought into the myth.
Maybe more than doing an updated, imaginative and expanded version of Jesus’ call to his disciples, we need to listen again to what, cryptically stated, he said was at stake.
May we pray, pray, pray and work, work, work to build a better tomorrow and welcome this world you have made and love to become all you have intended it to be.
In November, Sen. Barack Obama entered into history as the first African American to be elected president of the United States. Next Tuesday he will take the oath of office and become the 44th president of our country.
Hardly anything has been reported about how religious leaders are responding to the economic crisis, or even their present failure to be as forceful on behalf of the vulnerable as they have tried to be when working to influence elections and boost the political clout of their religious constituencies.
Religion has played a pivotal role in every election in this country since 1976. That remains true for our most recent presidential race as well. Even though the U.S. Constitution does not allow a religious test for public office, religious voters put the full force of their faith to work in deciding who would get their vote.
Richard Nixon's presidency ended after Watergate in disgrace with his resignation. The Bush-Cheney presidency will end on a much more disgraceful note if Scooter Libby is pardoned.
The apostle Paul saw genuine freedom not as the right to do what I want to do, but the responsibility to seek the well-being of others. Self-indulgence is the opposite of freedom.
Sekulow's arguments on behalf of Pleasant Grove City suggest that his legal focus is not really in protecting religious liberty but in promoting Christianity.
How do you say "thank you" in Spanish? Appointing a few brown faces to your cabinet or to the Supreme Court is not the answer. We should not feel gratitude for something that should be the norm. You say thank you by not ignoring the number one reason we went out to the polls and voted.
Forty years after King's death, it is noteworthy that except for North Carolina and Virginia, voters in Southern states were not part of the dramatic voting that resulted in the election of Barack Obama as the next president of the United States.
China has a long way to go—economically, politically and morally—before it is able to celebrate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Rather than speaking about a color-blind or "post-racial" society, the pundits and other observers of the Obama election should hope that it marks a society committed to "post-racism."
The Democratic Republic of Congo's problem is its wealth. It is the size of Western Europe, and it is quite staggeringly rich in diamonds, coal, oil, and coltan, an essential ingredient in mobile telephones.
Methodists have historically had the ability to hold together the concerns of both liberals and conservatives, to preach both the evangelical and social gospels, and to attempt to understand and acknowledge the important positions deeply held by people on opposite sides of the theological or political divide, bringing them together in what some might call a "radical center."
Throughout this election year, journalists have often asked for political insights from Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. He remains a key source for the media's understanding of evangelicals and politics, despite frequently offering inaccurate analysis.
Something of an awakening occurred among many of the faithful. It's almost as if scales fell from their eyes and they saw that they were not really being represented by conservative politicians so much as they were being pandered to by them.
President-elect Barack Obama is neither the messiah, nor the antichrist. He is first and foremost a politician, whose adoring adherents deny his feet of clay and demonizing opponents refuse to respect him. Hopes are too high; despair is too deep.
Two Baptist Democrats faced mixed results yesterday in congressional races for seats that have been long held by Republicans.
Sen. Barack Obama is not a Christian, according to the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, an organization that claims advocacy for Christian religious liberty and opposition to anti-Christian bigotry.
Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) ran an advertisement last week accusing her challenger of being in league with "godless Americans." The 30-second ad provoked a lawsuit, counter-ads