WASHINGTON (RNS) First lady Michelle Obama has asked religious leaders
to join her initiative to assist military families by increasing
programs to support veterans and the families of military members
deployed far from home.
Religious and human rights activists are asking U.S. churches to
invite Jewish and Muslim clergy to their sanctuaries June 26 to read
from sacred texts in an initiative designed to counter anti-Muslim
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama assured Hispanic Christians on Thursday
(May 12) that he hears their pleas for immigration reform, calling it a
"moral imperative" that requires action from the pews and the White
WASHINGTON (RNS) A recent Navy memo that would permit military chaplains
to officiate at same-sex marriage ceremonies upon repeal of the
military's Don't Ask/Don't Tell policy is creating tension amid an
already fractious debate.
(RNS) More than 20 percent of atheist scientists consider themselves to
be "spiritual," according to a Rice University study.
The findings, to be published in the June issue of the journal
Sociology of Religion, are based on in-depth interviews with 275 natural
and social scientists from 21 of the nation's top research universities.
Following a recent chapel series at Wheaton College on "Sexuality and
Wholeness," gay alumni and other alumni of the school have formed an
organization that aims to present an alternative view from that of a
chapel speaker who supported celibacy for gays. More than 400 people
signed an open letter to students at the Christian college in suburban
(RNS) When leaders of the nation's oldest seminary and a Unitarian
Universalist theological school began to dream of building a new
partnership, they planned to create a futuristic model of religious
A New York minister will soon fill the Obama administration's
long-vacant position to oversee international issues of religious
freedom. The Senate voted April 14 to confirm Suzan Johnson Cook for the
The vote, coming after a lengthy and controversial
nomination process, positions Cook to become the first female and the
first African American in the post.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The law calling for an annual National Day of Prayer
imposes solely on the duties of the U.S. president, leaving private
citizens no legal standing to challenge it, a federal appeals court
ruled Thursday (April 14).
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. ambassador to Malta, who helped rally Catholic
support for President Obama's 2008 campaign, has spent "considerable
time" writing on topics beyond the mission of his office, particularly
about matters of faith, according to a new State Department