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
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
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.
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.
A member of the Harvard Divinity School faculty for more than three decades, Gordon Kaufman, who died July 22 at 86, had a profound influence on rethinking theology in naturalistic terms, arguing for a vision of God as the "profound mystery of creativity," according to his colleagues. He died at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
(RNS) Mormon founder Joseph Smith may have declared all churches to be
wrong, even apostate, but he also defined Mormonism as "an inclusivist
faith that not only sees and appreciates goodness and truth in other
religious traditions but is willing to acknowledge divine action in
those other traditions."
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.