Prison Fellowship, a prominent evangelical ministry to inmates, has laid off dozens of employees, citing the faltering economy.
total of 72 staffers were let go as part of a restructuring that
included new leaders as of July 18. Jim Liske, a former pastor in
Michigan, is now the ministry's CEO, and Garland Hunt, a former Atlanta
pastor, is now its president.
(RNS) The Obama administration is taking heat from religious groups,
particularly Catholic leaders, upset that new federal health regulations
may force them to pay for employees' birth control, a violation of
In the weeks since North Carolina's legislature laid off most of its
prison chaplains, Betty Brown, director of prison chaplaincy services,
has been crisscrossing the state searching for volunteers who can attend
to the religious needs of Native American, Wiccan and Rastafarian
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) With two Mormons in the presidential campaign and a
hit Broadway show about LDS missionaries, a group of church loyalists
felt the time was ripe to begin scrutinizing media reports for
inaccuracies about the Utah-based faith.
Sydney, August 5 (ENInews)--Australian church leaders are criticizing a
government solution to deport hundreds of asylum seekers to Malaysia as a
"swap" to settle 4000 refugees from Malaysian detention centers.
The Kenyan government has promised to expand a refugee camp for thousands of desperate Somalis fleeing a drought crisis in the Horn of Africa, and faith groups and humanitarian agencies are praising the move.
When China's state-run Catholic Church ordained a new bishop for the Diocese of Shantou this summer without the Vatican's approval, it represented the latest step back from years of progress in a complex relationship.
Geneva, August 3 (ENInews)--Christian advocacy groups are among a
28-strong international coalition calling for North Korea, criticized by many for
its human rights abuses and nuclear threats, to step down from the
presidency of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament (UNCD).
Making pleas to Washington to avoid drastic spending cuts that would hit the poor and most vulnerable hardest, mainline Protestant leaders, Catholic bishops, progressive evangelicals and other faith leaders tried petitions, joint statements and meetings with lawmakers as the budget deficit deadline approached.
(RNS) The old wisdom: The more educated you are, the less likely you
will be religious. But a new study says education doesn't drive people
away from God -- it gives them a more liberal attitude about who's going
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has reelected Sharon Watkins as head of the denomination, capping off a weeklong assembly that mixed mundane church business with hot-button issues such as homosexuality, immigration and anti-Muslim hate speech.