Pointing heavenward and wiping away tears, pastor Fred Luter was elected in New Orleans as the first black president of the predominantly white Southern Baptist Convention. “To God be the glory for the things that he has done,” said Luter moments after more than 7,000 Southern Baptists leapt to their feet, cheered and shouted “Hallelujah” when he was declared their next leader.
An interfaith coalition is urging Congress to end solitary confinement, which they said is a “harmful, costly and ineffective practice.”
Muslim, Jewish and Christian faith leaders joined the National Religious Campaign Against Torture to break a 23-hour nationwide fast June 19 at a press conference in Washington following the first-ever congressional hearing on solitary confinement.
c. 2012 St. Louis Post-Dispatch ATLANTA (RNS) On Thursday (June 21), Catholics across the country will amplify what is an already loud outcry from the hierarchy over the federal government's so-called contraception mandate.
c. 2012 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) A Christian foster care organization has been tapped to take charge of $2 million in assets from the troubled charity run by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who is on trial for multiple counts of child sexual abuse.
c. 2012 Religion News Service (RNS) Religious groups have long vied for prime parcels of land, planting churches on town squares and monasteries amid isolated mountains. But now they're targeting real estate in a less tangible sphere: cyberspace.
c. 2012 Religion News Service (RNS) Relations between the Vatican and the American nuns who are under investigation seem to be worsening after the sisters said Monday (June 18) that initial discussions with Rome about a resolution to their standoff were "difficult" and that comments by several U.S. bishops have not made negotiations easier.
c. 2012 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Hutterite bishops say a new National Geographic reality series that follows the members of a rural Montana colony gives a "distorted and exploitative version" of life inside a little-known Christian sect.
c. 2012 Religion News Service (RNS) In an unexpected blow to the Obama administration and a major boon for America's Catholic bishops, the influential Catholic Health Association on Friday (June 15) rejected White House proposals aimed at easing faith-based objections to the contraception mandate.
The National Association of Evangelicals is urging pastors to seek a common moral ground by uniting under a consistent code of ethics. NAE leaders said the new code will provide uniform guidance to church leaders across the 40 denominations that comprise the nation’s largest evangelical group.
The case of the pregnant woman who was dragged to a hospital by authorities and forced to have an abortion has enraged the Chinese and sparked an online flurry of debate over whether it is time to end China’s draconian one-child family planning policy.
Conservatives in Washington State have claimed victory by collecting double the signatures needed to send the state’s same-sex marriage law to voters in this year’s general election.
And while leaders from Preserve Marriage Washington are confident residents will vote to keep marriage between a man and a woman, a wild card lies in their path—one that’s worth more than 4 million votes.
c. 2012 Religion News Service PHILADELPHIA (RNS) T.J. Foltz has a recipe to help the world's poor: Take one part entrepreneurship, one part social media savvy and one part faith-based motivation. Fold in the world's largest retailer. Then add water.