An Illinois college affiliated with the United Church of Christ is
poised to become the first school in the U.S. to ask prospective
students about their sexual orientation. Elmhurst College, located west
of Chicago, said an applicant's decision to identify sexual orientation
in the 2012–13 applications is entirely optional and is aimed at
promoting diversity on campus.
The National Presbyterian Church of Mexico has voted to end its
139-year relationship with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in
response to the U.S. church's decision earlier this year to allow the
ordination of sexually active gays and lesbians.
Nairobi, Kenya, August 25 (ENInews)--Thousands of small arms and light
weapons distributed to civilians by the government in Tripoli are adding to
the danger and instability of the city as rebel forces continued to fight
soldiers loyal to deposed dictator Moammar Gadhafi, a Libyan cleric has said.
A recent study reports that white Americans without college degrees
are dropping out of church faster than their more highly educated
counterparts, and researchers are offering several possible
The iconic Washington National Cathedral, already struggling with
financial problems, faces millions of dollars in repair costs from the
damage inflicted by an August 23 earthquake. And nothing is covered by
insurance, according to a church official.
(RNS) After all the books, speeches, seminars, Facebook posts and mosque
open houses to teach Americans about Islam in the wake of 9/11,
Americans say they now know more about Islam than they did 10 years ago.
The problem, pollsters say, is that Americans don't seem to like
what they're learning.
(RNS) Under a cloud of suspicion and distrust after the 9/11 attacks,
there were stories of men named Muhammad who started going by "Mo,"
mosque leaders telling their flocks to lie low and women leaving their
headscarves at home.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A few weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pope
John Paul II invited Muslim leaders to an interfaith prayer summit in
Assisi, Italy, the site of a dramatic interfaith peace gathering he had
hosted 15 years earlier.
Nairobi, Kenya, August 23 (ENInews)--A Roman Catholic church in Tripoli,
the Libyan capital where heavy fighting is raging, has reported a break-in,
according to an Anglican Church leader who has responsibility over Libya,
Algeria and Tunisia.
(RNS) The earthquake that rumbled up the East Coast from Virginia on
Tuesday (Aug. 23) "significantly damaged" the central tower of
Washington National Cathedral, shaking carved stone finials from atop
the iconic church.
In a post-9/11 bid to better relations with Muslims, pastor Bob
Roberts invited Muslims to his NorthWood Church in Keller, Texas, for
Q&A sessions and a cooking club and to help on a few home remodeling
projects. The result: Roberts lost "a bunch of church members," he
Has America gotten more religious, or is religiousness just a vocal
strain in American politics? The country has grown less religious since
the 1970s, according to recent studies, but researchers say that
frequent churchgoers are now much more likely to vote Republican or
support the Tea Party.
WASHINGTON (RNS) It was the time in pre-marriage counseling when the
groom has to leave so the priest and the bride can talk alone. So Jamal
Kadri stepped outside Holy Name Catholic Church that rainy day in
Washington, D.C., and watched water pour from the church gutters and
seep into the sanctuary.
The idea hit him like a tidal wave: "My church needs a rain barrel."