Many pastors remember struggling in their first ministerial position—isolated geographically or professionally, lacking ready access to mentors and peers. The first person to greet young Daniel Aleshire after he led his first worship service “told me my sermon was ‘the worst damn sermon’ he had ever heard.”
The pastor of a Colorado Springs megachurch who succeeded its disgraced founding pastor, Ted Hag gard, revealed to congregants January 25 that the church’s insurance company arranged a confidential settlement with a male church volunteer who alleged that he had had a sexual encounter with Haggard.
An opportunity to mobilize across the theological spectrum
Feb 24, 2009
Religious Democrats were “hibernating” until the 2008 election season, when the party’s candidates—including Barack Obama—made religion central to their campaigns, according to former White House press secretary Mike McCurry.
What Abe might say: Lincoln biographer Ronald C. White Jr. imagines what counsel Lincoln might give President Obama: Write your own speeches, especially the major ones. Take time for contemplation and reflection amidst the pressures of the office. Don’t rush into solutions for the formidable problems. Value ambiguity, the ability to see reality in its complexity—that is a sign of humility, not weakness (Wilson Quarterly, Winter).
A landmark court case will test whether Canada’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage also justifies the practice of polygamy.
The defense lawyer for a British Columbia man who openly admits to having multiple wives will argue that Canada’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage broadens the definition of marriage to include multiple spouses.
The inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States was solemnized over four days in January in Washington with prayers by a diverse group of clergy and admonitions from the new White House resident. The mixture of clergy reflected Obama’s intention to cross religious lines.
Ecumenical leaders have welcomed the election of Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad as the 16th patriarch of Moscow and of all Russia and expressed hopes of greater church unity under his leadership.
American and British Jewish groups say they are shocked by a decision of Pope Benedict XVI to overturn the excommunication of a British bishop who has said the number of Jews killed during the Holocaust has been exaggerated.
Episcopal bishop J. Jon Bruno of the large Los Angeles diocese was “overjoyed” at the recent California Supreme Court ruling that said breakaway congregations cannot take possession of their properties, which are held in trust for a larger church body.
Two years ago, when U.S. and Canadian Lutheran bishops began planning a hands-on visit to the Holy Land for their inaugural Bishops’ Academy, they had no idea what the political or security situation would be on the ground. They relied on faith.
Signs of the times: An atheist group in the United Kingdom is posting signs on buses that say: “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” An American group posted a similar message on buses in Washington, D.C.: “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake” (New York Times).
(The Christian Science Monitor) Sikh accountant Kawal Tagore won a settlement Thursday from the U.S. government that will open the doors of federal buildings to many of her fellow Sikhs around the country—and help counter the discrimination they often face.
(The Christian Science Monitor) Jordan recalled its ambassador, Walid Obeidat, on Wednesday (November 5) amid Palestinian allegations that Israeli security forces had entered Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam.
It was the first such recall since Israel and Jordan signed a peace agreement in 1994.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Jonathan Greenblatt, a special assistant to President Obama, will succeed Abraham Foxman as head of the Anti-Defamation League, the world’s best-known organization founded to combat the hatred of Jews and Judaism.
Mothers and fathers who practice what they preach and preach what they practice are far and away the biggest influence related to adolescents keeping the faith into their 20s, according to new findings from a landmark study of youth and religion.
(The Christian Science Monitor) Jerusalem appears to be coming apart, literally at its seam, with three violent attacks in as many weeks taking place on the main road separating mostly Jewish West Jerusalem from the largely Arab East.
(The Christian Science Monitor) The decision by Brittany Maynard—a 29-year-old who had received a terminal brain cancer diagnosis—to end her life on Sunday, has sparked a heated national discussion about when such a move should be legally available in the U.S.
(The Christian Science Monitor) With sectarian tensions soaring across the Middle East, Hezbollah's leader has used the Shi‘ite commemoration of Ashura to deliver a message of conciliation to the nation’s Sunnis—and a word of caution to his fellow Shi‘ites.
NEW YORK (RNS) The Archdiocese of New York, with the second-largest Catholic population in the country and an unparalleled place in U.S. church history, is shrinking: Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Sunday (November 2) announced that nearly a third of the archdiocese’s 368 parishes would be merging, and some would close.