If you had asked the pastor of the mainline
church I grew up in how his congregation was addressing public issues like
poverty, health or education, he would have pointed to a few church-sponsored
programs (like a child-care center and a Meals on Wheels program) but he would
also have named church members who were doctors, civil servants and public
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) For a man who evangelized foreign leaders and
taught Sunday school while U.S. president, Jimmy Carter has some strong
words for what he sees as an "excessive melding of religion and
And it began, he said, with the denomination he called home for more
than seven decades: the Southern Baptist Convention.
The U.S. would seem to be prime ground for deep and chronic social conflict. Yet the evidence indicates that Americans get along fairly well in spite of having many different religions, including the growing number who subscribe to "no religion."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (ABP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's top
spokesman for moral concerns added his voice to a chorus of conservative
bloggers and commentators criticizing President Obama for telling
Hispanic voters to "punish your enemies" by getting out to vote.
Mubarak Awad, a Greek Orthodox Catholic influenced by Quakers and Mennonites, could have become the Palestinian Gandhi. After his father was killed by Jewish freedom fighters in 1948, his mother taught her children to turn the other cheek. In 1983 Awad opened the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence in Jerusalem, with the aim of fomenting mass nonviolent resistance to Israeli occupation. His peaceful efforts got him kicked out of the country in 1988. He now teaches nonviolence at American University. He remains optimistic about the prospects of nonviolent resistance in the Middle East, but fears the current conflict between Israel and Gaza is driving more people into the extremist camp (Newsweek, August 11).