c. 2012 Religion News Service SALEM, N.H. (RNS) As New England sweltered in early July, Sunday mornings came and went without a single soul showing up for worship in the hot, stuffy sanctuary of First Congregational Church of Salem, N.H. Even the pastor stayed home.
c. 2012 Religion News Service AUSTIN, Tex. (RNS) Laura Kaeppeler has a fantasy gig: traveling nonstop, wearing stylish new outfits each day and attracting TV crews in every city she visits as Miss America 2012.
c. 2012 Religion News Service (RNS) After four months of hosting tours, soliciting proposals and fending off controversy, the billionaire owners of a picturesque campus in western Massachusetts have announced two finalists in the competition to receive the property free of charge.
c. 2012 Religion News Service BOSTON (RNS) Groups of Boston-area Catholics who have waged an eight-year battle to block the sale of parish buildings are running out of options as the Vatican has rejected their appeals.
With the 2012 election less than six months away, congregations are getting the message that Americans want religion out of politics. But that doesn’t mean they plan to keep mum in the public square. Instead, they’re revamping ways for congregations to mobilize voters by focusing on a broader set of issues than in the past.
Jerry Pattengale's cell phone won't stop ringing as he leads a
secretive group of college administrators on a tour of a majestic
Massachusetts campus built in 1879 by legendary evangelist D. L. Moody.
When America's first ordained foreign missionaries sailed from
Massachusetts toward India 200 years ago, they launched a movement to
spread the faith and created America's most potent export: Christianity.
c. 2011 Religion News Service
(RNS) Critics have hammered Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow for everything from his throwing style to his trademark professions of evangelical faith. But this much is now beyond dispute: the guy has a gift for selling books.
With 2.18 billion adherents, Christianity has become a truly global
religion over the past century as rapid church growth in developing
nations offset declines in Christianity's traditional strongholds,
according to a new comprehensive report.
c. 2011 Religion News Service
(RNS) Deck the halls and cue the pageant! Advent has arrived in American churches, which means the lapsed and the curious who seldom darken the door just might drop by for a taste of the season's spirit.
For more than 200 years, Andover Newton Theological School has
trained future pastors to have expertise in biblical studies, pastoral
care and preaching. But the nation's oldest school of theology has
decided that in today's world, that is no longer enough, and other
schools are starting to agree.
WORCESTER, Mass. (RNS) With a stairwell for a confessional and a folding
table for an altar, the lobby of the DCU Center arena doesn't look
especially holy -- until a band of circus workers gathers for Mass.
Eleven-year-old Sarai Camacho of Donna, Texas, tears up when she
tells why her mother let the babysitter go for her and her younger
sister this summer. It's the same reason her father brought the family
to Indiana so he could work the melon fields for a season.
(RNS) For pastors with ambitions to reach huge audiences, there's often
no better platform than the megachurch, which has given rise to
powerhouse media empires from T.D. Jakes to Max Lucado to Joel Osteen
and many others.
(RNS) As a federal appeals court in Denver considers whether Oklahoma
voters had the right to ban Islamic law in state courts, a coalition of
Muslim groups say they don't want to live under Shariah law in Michigan
or anywhere else.