Greg Perreault Aug 26, 2014
Adelle M. Banks Aug 25, 2014
As the Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner collected signatures for a statement by leaders of African-American church groups about the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of Michael Brown, she found more people wanted to join in.
The general secretary of the National Council of Churches wanted to add his name; an Asian-American evangelical leader, too.
What started out as a “Joint Statement of Heads of Historic African American Church Denominations” has become an interracial cry for justice.
Kimberly Winston Aug 22, 2014
A group of county commissioners in Florida is testing a recent Supreme Court decision by banning atheists from delivering an invocation before local public meetings.
Five members of the Brevard County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday (Aug. 20) against permitting a local atheist from delivering a prayer or invocation before their public meetings. They also voted to limit remarks from nonreligious people to the “public comments” section of their meetings.
In a letter to David Williamson, founder of the Central Florida Freethought Community, the board wrote, “The prayer is delivered during the ceremonial portion of the county’s meeting, and typically invokes guidance for the County Commission from the highest spiritual authority, a higher authority which a substantial body of Brevard constituents believe to exist.”
Kathleen O'Brien Aug 21, 2014
(RNS) Robin Williams’ suicide may not have been that surprising: Baby boomer men are 60 percent more likely to take their own life than their fathers’ generation, according to a Rutgers University sociologist.
The trend is particularly alarming because middle age is typically a time when suicide rates decline before rising again in old age.
Suicide usually rises drastically during adolescence and young adulthood, then typically levels off in middle age, according to Julie Phillips, a Rutgers sociology professor who researched the effect of unemployment and the Great Recession on suicide rates nationally.
That plateau hasn’t happened with today’s baby boomer men.
Greg Perreault Aug 20, 2014
You always knew you were different because you went to Christian high school. Was it faith stuff? Sure, but that’s not all.
1. You know WAAY to many obscure facts about the Bible…
Who wrote 1st Timothy? Paul did. Ephesians? Paul did. Galatians? Still Paul. 2nd Thessalonians? Yep, Paul. Acts? Gotcha! It’s probably Luke but nobody knows.
Think the Bible is unreliable. You’ve got an answer for that: there are only 20 early manuscript copies of Tacitus and no one can attest to their interreliability. But the Bible? Keep your cap on fool, there 5600 early copies and they are 99.5% interreliable. Thanks high school!
Gabbie Rhodes Aug 18, 2014
This summer I have recently read a few chapters of a book called The Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma. In it the actual Zen creator, Bodhidharma, explains Zen Buddhism in further detail and one of the chapters that has really resonated with me is called the Bloodstream Sermon. In this section it teaches that everything stems from the mind and that our own mind is really the Buddha. Essentially that means that there is no Buddha to be looked for or found anywhere, and that searching for a Buddha or praising images of a Buddha does not give someone enlightenment. In fact, the very idea of doing those things is insulting to the whole practice and will not give anyone long lasting results.
Lilly Fowler Aug 15, 2014
FERGUSON, Mo. (RNS) On the fourth morning after Michael Brown’s death, residents from different parts of the region came together to pick up the pieces.
Some were young, some old. The majority arrived as part of the faithful. Others trickled in after spotting volunteers marching up and down West Florissant under the hot sun. Carrying brooms and large garbage bags, they collected whatever they could find: rubber bullets, broken glass, liquor bottles, tear gas grenades.
“I needed to come out today just to get some stability,” said Gary Park, 34, an auto mechanic who lives near the area in Ferguson where Brown was shot and protests erupted. Close by is the looted and burned QuikTrip that sits as a symbol of the severity of the unrest that resulted from an unnamed cop fatally shooting an unarmed 18-year-old.
“I wanted some encouragement,” Park said.
Lauren Markoe Aug 14, 2014
(RNS) The U.S. Navy will no longer allow Bibles and other religious materials in the guest rooms of Navy lodges, a decision that has infuriated some conservative groups, which recently learned about the new policy.
The Navy’s decision came after the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter questioning the constitutionality of religious literature in the Navy lodges’ 3,000 guest rooms.
The June 19 directive from the Navy Exchange Service Command, which runs the Navy’s 39 guest lodges in the U.S. and abroad, allows religious materials to be made available to guests. But it forbids religious items to be placed in guest rooms, aligning the command, known as NEXCOM, with U.S. Navy policy, said NEXCOM spokeswoman Kathleen Martin.
On Tuesday (Aug. 12) the American Family Association made the directive the subject of its latest “action alert,” asking members to call Navy officials to reverse the decision. The Chaplains Alliance for Religious Liberty has called on the Navy to do the same.
David Gibson Aug 13, 2014
A coalition of more than 50 religious leaders, led by mostly conservative Catholic, evangelical and Jewish activists, is calling on President Obama to sharply escalate military action against Islamic extremists in Iraq.
They say “nothing short of the destruction” of the Islamic State can protect Christians and religious minorities now being subjected to “a campaign of genocide.”
“We represent various religious traditions and shades of belief,” the petition reads. “None of us glorifies war or underestimates the risks entailed by the use of military force.”
But they say the situation is so dire that relief for these religious communities “cannot be achieved apart from the use of military force to degrade and disable” the Islamic State forces.
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