As President Obama gears up his reelection campaign, the Democratic
National Committee has tapped a well-connected Washington pastor to lead
the party's religious outreach. He is Derrick Harkins, senior pastor of
Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, one of Washington's oldest
historically black churches. Obama and his family worshiped there
shortly before his inauguration.
A Southern Baptist Convention official says one of the top challenges
facing the nation's second largest faith group (after Roman Catholics)
is the increasing influence of Calvinism in churches. Frank Page, who
heads the Nashville-based SBC Executive Committee, sees the theological
divide as "a tremendous challenge for us."
Nairobi, Kenya, October 18 (ENInews)--Relief work at the huge Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya will continue, days after the kidnapping of two Spanish aid workers from the complex, Christian and secular aid agencies said.
An ecumenical accompaniment program has been launched to assist
victims of violence in Colombia, where internal armed conflict has
driven nearly 5 million people away from their land and property,
according to the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI).
WASHINGTON (RNS) In a ceremony that blended worship and a call to
action, tens of thousands gathered Sunday (Oct. 16) for the official
dedication of a national memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
UNION, N.J. (RNS) The pastor of a high school teacher who has been
vilified for an anti-gay tirade on Facebook came to the woman's defense,
calling her a "very loving person" who should not be fired for
expressing her religious beliefs.
WORCESTER, Mass. (RNS) With a stairwell for a confessional and a folding
table for an altar, the lobby of the DCU Center arena doesn't look
especially holy -- until a band of circus workers gathers for Mass.
The Common English Bible, the newest Bible on the block, is what the name suggests—a translation into commonly spoken English. It is not the first edition to move in that direction. But it's probably the first to use contractions so extensively—whether it's King David, Jesus or Paul speaking.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Roman Catholic priest from Georgia who is on the
verge of expulsion from his religious order for advocating for women's
ordination was arrested outside the Vatican on Monday (Oct. 17) and
charged with demonstrating without a permit.