c. 2012 Religion News Service
(RNS) Five years ago, the Rev. Teresa K.M. Danieley had an epiphany of sorts. If people can grab breakfast on the go or pay a bill from their cell phone, she thought, why shouldn't they be able to get their ashes in a flash?
c. 2011 Religion News Service
(RNS) Note to believers everywhere: God apparently wants a do-over.
The first couple was Adam and Steve, not Adam and Eve, according to a new divine memoir. The Book of Mormon is "a preposterous, laughable and absurd series of fairy tales," and Jesus -- well, there's no easy way to say this -- pleasured himself as a teenager.
(RNS) Tithing to U.S. Protestant churches as a percentage of income is
at its lowest level in at least 41 years, according to a new report, and
churches are keeping a greater share of those donations for their own
(RNS) The American Cancer Society has rejected an atheist group's bid to
field a national team to raise money for cancer research, and organizers
suspect it's because of the volunteers' godless beliefs.
Inspired by their religious callings -- and the $713 million in
revenue that social deal pioneer Groupon took in last year -- a growing
number of entrepreneurs are making a go of the fast-growing social
coupon space with sites specifically targeting religious groups.
(RNS) The saying goes that when God closes a door, he opens a window.
So when the Borders bookstore chain -- the nation's second-largest
-- finishes closing all of its stores this month, Christian retailers
see a window of opportunity in the death of a mega-competitor that once
threatened to put them out of business.
PASADENA, Calif. (RNS) Millions of college freshmen are overwhelmed
right now trying to make new friends, adjusting to more rigorous school
work and learning to live away from home. Whether they also find time
for church during their first two weeks on campus will set the mold for
the rest of their college years, according to new research.
(RNS) After combating claims of anti-Semitism for years, actor and
filmmaker Mel Gibson is slated to bring the story of Judah Maccabee, the
Jewish military hero whose decisive victory was the inspiration for
Hanukkah, to the big screen.
(RNS) An ocean away from the pomp and circumstance of Prince William and
Kate Middleton's nuptials on Friday, parishioners at Grace Anglican
Church in Brantford, Ontario, will host their own royal festivities,
complete with a free continental breakfast and traditional wedding
(RNS) The fierce budget battle in Wisconsin that's pitting unions
against Republican Gov. Scott Walker has also pitted the state's top
Roman Catholic bishops against each other in a series of public
exchanges over the church's historic support for unions.
With a smooth voice, a signature mop of hair and a string of hits,
Canadian singer Justin Bieber has accumulated millions of fans, and last
year he sold 3.7 million albums in the United States. Now Bieber's
handlers are showcasing another side of the 16-year-old pop sensation:
Christian icon for the tween set.
(RNS) Celebrity sightings and up-and-coming indie flicks are a given at
the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, but this year
something else is drawing attraction on the red carpet: faith on film.