Donald Shriver Jr., an ethicist, a former president of New York’s Union Theological Seminary and a Century editor at large, has won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Religion from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Semi nary and the University of Louis ville.
President-elect Barack Obama says that the historically black church moved him from a skeptic to a believer.
He has spoken appreciatively of its vibrant worship, written about how the black church experience has moved him to tears. And he has credited black congregations for their work in helping the powerless and in speaking truth to power.
Metropolitan Kirill, considered a reformer in his approach to relations with the Russian government and the Roman Catholic Church, has been chosen as the interim leader of the Russian Orthodox Church following the death on December 5 of Patriarch Alexy II, who was 79.