(RNS) After combating claims of anti-Semitism for years, actor and
filmmaker Mel Gibson is slated to bring the story of Judah Maccabee, the
Jewish military hero whose decisive victory was the inspiration for
Hanukkah, to the big screen.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Operation Helping Hands, the Catholic ministry that
employed thousands of volunteers to rebuild nearly 200 homes after
Hurricane Katrina, said Wednesday (Sept. 7) it will shut down next
summer, sooner than expected, because of its disastrous encounter with
toxic Chinese drywall.
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) The pastor of a conservative Christian church that
recently moved into the heart of liberal southeast Portland sought to
reassure his new neighbors Thursday (Sept. 8) about the church's
Pastor Tim Smith said the Mars Hill Church wants to learn about its
neighbors and work with them.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Three days before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11
terrorist attacks, religious leaders gathered to remember the victims,
foster interreligious unity and speak out in defense of religious
(RNS) An amendment to Oklahoma's constitution that bans state judges
from considering Islamic law will face its next legal hurdle on Monday
(Sept. 12) when a federal appeals court considers its constitutionality.
WASHINGTON (RNS) With a cross on his lapel, it's easy to spot a military
chaplain in uniform. But the same might not be true if the chaplain's
badge displays a prayer wheel, a crescent moon or tiny Torah scrolls.
Warsaw, Poland, September 8 (ENInews)--Local government officials in
Hungary are handing state-owned schools over to churches, unable to afford their
upkeep during the economic recession, according to church sources.
LONDON (RNS) A newspaper ad that showed a winking Jesus giving a
thumbs-up sign to a line of cell phones has been given a thumbs-down by
a British government watchdog panel that called it "disrespectful."
The Advertising Standards Authority, which governs media
advertising, ruled that the phone ads cannot be used again because they
appeared to mock Christian values.
The biggest news from a recent gathering of Presbyterians in Minnesota in the aftermath of approval by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to ordain qualified clergy who are openly gay was the unexpectedly large turnout—almost 2,000 clergy and laity who say their denomination has increasingly abandoned scriptural standards.
It's not news that young people are more liberal on issues like
same-sex marriage, but a new poll charts just how deeply that split has
been carved into the white evangelical community, one of the most
socially conservative groups on the American religious landscape.
At its previous churchwide assembly in 2009, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America decided to allow ordination of gay clergy, closing a controversial chapter on gay rights even as U.S. society remained divided over same-sex marriage and at loggerheads over economic and political issues.