With a call to minister to “a world in need,” the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship began its 16th year by appointing 19 mission workers, adopting a $17 million budget and contributing $32,801 to a special human-rights offering.
The National Council of Churches and its online site FaithfulAmerica.org have reiterated a demand for the closure of the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, following the suicides of three prisoners there.
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams reached electronically across the Atlantic to express to Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first woman to be elected as presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church, his “good wishes as she takes up a deeply demanding position at a critical time.”
The theologically conservative Christian Reformed Church, in its first major statement on war in two dozen years, urged its churches to raise moral questions with governments about weapons of mass destruction and preemptive military actions.
Most valuable payer: Dwyane Wade was the Most Valuable Player in the recent NBA basketball finals, in which his team, the Miami Heat, beat the Dallas Mavericks. Wade, who just completed his third year of professional basketball, is already being compared to Michael Jordan, the best player of all time. But perhaps Wade should be known for another trait: he tithes 10 percent of his $3.03 million income to his home church in Chicago (www.time.com).