Adventist leader James Standish has been named the new executive director of a federal panel that advocates for global religious liberty. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom announced August 20 that Standish would lead the independent, nonpartisan federal agency. He has been director of legislative affairs for the Seventh-day Adventist Church for seven years.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been making Christian broadcasters nervous.
Pelosi (D., Calif.) said this summer that she supports resurrecting the Fairness Doctrine, a 1949 Federal Communications Commission policy that required broadcasters that communicated specific opinions to set aside time for opposing views.
With a California megachurch as the setting for their first joint campaign appearance, Republican John McCain gave crisp, campaign-tested responses, and Democrat Barack Obama offered nuanced replies to questions on religion, character, leadership and public policy.
An American Baptist seminary in Shawnee, Kansas, has received a gift in excess of $2.2 million—the largest in the school’s history—from the former members of a St. Louis–area congregation that became too small to support itself.