In recent decades, a congregation seeking unchurched members has often called itself a “center” or “fellowship” instead of a “church.” It may also drop the name of the locality for a bucolic name like “Mountain View,” and may erase the denominational identity from its name.
MarilynneRobinson, whose novel Gilead won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has been awarded the 2006 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion. It is the first time that the Grawemeyer religion prize, begun in 1985, has been awarded for a work of fiction.
About this time last year, Manuel Zamorano was making his list, checking it twice, and Macy’s department stores came up naughty, not nice. This year, the Folsom, California, grandfather is singing a different tune, something more like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
When Joe Yokum considered a call to the Catholic priesthood five years ago, the first thing a seminary official asked him was not his understanding of the Trinity or of salvation, or even why he wanted to be a priest.
Church World Service officials say the Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act, which President George W. Bush signed into law December 2, will bolster the humanitarian agency’s efforts to decrease global poverty, sickness and death by increasing access to safe water for poor people in developing countries.