Wellington, New Zealand (ENInews)--A dreadlocked priest who is usually seen in shorts and bare feet is to be the new Anglican bishop in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Justin Duckworth replaces Bishop Tom Brown who recently retired after 14 years.
A new White House report that offers guidance on public-private partnerships between the government and faith-based groups leaves critical questions unanswered and does not resolve the issue of religious groups’ ability to discriminate in hiring and firing, two church-state experts have said.
c. 2012 Religion News Service BETHESDA, MD (RNS) As coming out parties go, this was a big one. As the American Atheists convention here wound down in March, a woman with short dark hair and a dark suit took the stage.
c. 2012 Religion News Service NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS/ENInews) Kenyan churches are tightening security after a lone attacker exploded a grenade inside an evangelical church in Nairobi on Sunday (April 29), killing one person and injuring 15.
c. 2012 Salt Lake Tribune SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) At the new Utah Bishops' Central Storehouse, pallets loaded with food wait to be ferried to locales near and far, their destinations handwritten in black marker on plastic wrap covers: Lindon, Ely, Mesa, San Diego, St. George.
c. 2012 Religion News Service (RNS) Give Congressman Paul Ryan credit for persistence. The Wisconsin Republican and architect of the GOP's budget plan has spent a month arguing that his party's proposals to cut programs for the needy while sparing the Defense Department and not raising taxes on the wealthy are in line with the social justice teaching of his own Catholic Church.
(ENInews)--A young Tibetan appointed by China's Communist government as the second-highest Tibetan spiritual leader has made his first public appearance outside mainland China in a religious conference that has Bejing's approval.
c. 2012 Religion News Service (RNS) Back in John Kerry's ill-fated 2004 presidential campaign, Democrats tried to attract so-called "NASCAR Dads" -- white, working-class, mainly Southern fellows -- to try to blunt George W. Bush's re-election and show folks that Kerry was not a wealthy patrician who only appealed to "soccer moms."
c. 2012 Religion News Service (RNS) Sikh civil rights activists will unveil a mobile phone application next week (April 30) that they say will allow travelers who believe they have been profiled by airport screeners to file complaints directly from their cell phones.
(ENInews)--The Geneva-based Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) on April 25 urged the World Bank, under newly-appointed president Jim Yong Kim, to include faith-based organizations in its decisions and listen to "those most affected by poverty, hunger, disease and injustice."
c. 2012 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Paul Ryan did not want to engage in a theological debate. Speaking at Georgetown University Thursday (April 26), the GOP's chief budget writer tread lightly into the controversy he touched off last week when he asserted that his economic blueprint for the nation was consistent with Catholic teaching.
c. 2012 Religion News Service PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) A satellite church affiliated with controversial Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll was vandalized early Tuesday (April 24) and a group calling itself the "Angry Queers" has reportedly taken responsibility.
c. 2012 Religion News Service (RNS) House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has been enmeshed in an intense debate over his claims that the Republican budget plan he designed reflects Catholic social justice teaching, an assertion that has been rejected by political liberals and Catholic bishops alike.