ROCKVILLE, Md. (RNS) One year after a gunman opened fire in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., killing six worshippers, Sikhs say they are hopeful about the future and even more determined to be better understood.
ATLANTA (RNS) Christian recording artist TobyMac's blend of rap, hip-hop, rock and soul raced up the charts last year and shattered many stereotypes along the way.
"Toby blows everybody's perception of what Christian or gospel music is because Toby makes Jesus look cool," Billboard Magazine's Deborah Evans Price told the PBS program "Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly."
c. 2012 Religion & Ethics AMITYVILLE, N.Y. (RNS) Fifty years after Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council to modernize the Roman Catholic Church, the legacy of that watershed summit that revolutionized Catholic life is at the core of a dispute between the Vatican and American nuns.
c. 2012 Religion & Ethics NEW YORK (RNS) The Dalai Lama has given Nicholas Vreeland, director of The Tibet Center in New York, a daunting new assignment. On July 6, Vreeland will be enthroned as the new abbot of Rato Monastery in southern India, one of the most important monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism. He will be the first Westerner to hold such a position.
c. 2012 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The Southern Baptist Convention began in 1845 in support of slaveholders and is now poised to elect its first African-American president, the Rev. Fred Luter Jr., in June.
(RNS) Paul Simon says there's always been a spiritual dimension to his music.
But the overt religious references in his most recent album, "So Beautiful or So
What," surprised even him. There are songs about God, angels, creation,
pilgrimage, prayer and the afterlife.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (RNS) The social revolution led by the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr. was forged in and grew out of the black church. But from
the earliest days of the movement, there were also white foot soldiers.
As criticism of the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina continues, praise of faith-based groups that have responded is providing new momentum in a campaign to expand federal funding of religious social services.