(RNS) Almost all U.S. churches witnessed a change in the financial
giving they received in 2010 compared to 2009, with smaller churches
feeling the squeeze but larger churches faring relatively better,
according to a new report.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (ABP) -- Dynamite pulling down mountain tops and
satellite dishes pulling down a homogenizing signal are making
Appalachia as a clearly defined region disappear before our eyes,
according to longtime Appalachian watcher, minister and historian Bill
(RNS) Facebook shut down a "Third Palestinian Intifada" page and similar
groups this week, prompted by complaints from Jewish groups that the
content had crossed the line from free speech to violent incitement.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court agreed Monday (March 28) to consider
whether a teacher who was fired from a religious school is subject to a
"ministerial exception" that can bar suits against religious
The case involves an employment dispute between a Michigan school
and a teacher who is defended by the Equal Employment Opportunity
London, March 28 (ENInews)--Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London has entitled its 2011 season "The Word is God" and will mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible with a cover-to-cover reading between Palm Sunday, 17 April, and Easter Monday, 25 April.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI is calling for an immediate
cease-fire and peace negotiations in Libya, where U.S. and allied
European forces have been targeting military assets controlled by the
country's dictator, Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
(RNS) Faced with an unjust rule of Persian king who threatened the very
lives of her Jewish people, the Jewish heroine Queen Esther called on
the faithful to fast and pray for their rulers to have a change of
WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops are urging federal housing
officials not to adopt proposed rules that would bar groups that receive
federal funds from discriminating against gays, lesbians or transgender
persons in housing programs.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Army has started training chaplains on the repeal
of the ban on openly gay military members, saying those who are unable
to follow the forthcoming policy can seek a voluntary departure.
We may never know why bad things happen to good people, but most
Americans—except evangelicals—reject the idea that natural disasters are
divine punishment, a test of faith or some other sign from God,
according to a new poll.