DURHAM, North Carolina (RNS) The Muslim call to prayer was broadcast from a small black speaker perched on the steps of the Duke Chapel Friday (January 16), as hundreds of students, some Muslim but mostly non-Muslim, gathered in solidarity for the right of all students to pray publicly.
The Northern Province of the Moravian Church in North America approved a proposal allowing the ordination of gay and lesbian people—whether single, married, or in covenanted relationships—and calling for the creation of a rite for same-sex covenants.
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Jewish cemeteries are not typically places where ashes are interred, but in a rare ceremony on Sunday (May 25), a small rock consisting of pressed human ashes was placed in a wooden box and lowered into a deep grave as some 200 mourners looked on.
The throngs of demonstrators who flock to the grassy knoll outside the North Carolina Statehouse each Monday know the drill. They listen to a fiery speech denouncing the Republican majority’s legislative actions. They sing freedom songs and chant civil rights slogans.
c. 2012 Religion News Service DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Lauren Winner is a jumble of contradictions: A Jew who found Christianity in a dream starring Daniel Day Lewis as Jesus, an accomplished historian who rides an oversized tricycle to work, and a memoir writer who wants to keep details of her private life private. In her latest book, "Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis," Winner, 35, writes about what happens when belief falters.
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(RNS) James A. Roberts was watching an ABC News Nightline episode on basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal recently when he heard about the size of the retired player's Florida home: 70,000 square feet.
Even for a man who spends his time studying consumer behavior as a marketing professor at Baylor University, Roberts was stunned.
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. But college students know there are other ways to communicate, and music may be chief among them.
In the weeks since North Carolina's legislature laid off most of its
prison chaplains, Betty Brown, director of prison chaplaincy services,
has been crisscrossing the state searching for volunteers who can attend
to the religious needs of Native American, Wiccan and Rastafarian
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) For decades, mainline Protestants have been beset by
bad news: declining numbers, aging membership, waning cultural
A new study from Duke University Medical Center, however, gives
these Protestants one reason for cheer: they seem to have larger brains
than born-again Christians, Roman Catholics and the religiously
(RNS) Harold Camping's campaign to warn Christians that the rapture is
coming on Saturday (May 21) may have won him a band of followers,
especially among those who have reportedly quit jobs or used up their