LONDON (RNS) “There are very strong traditional beliefs and traditional funeral rites which require that the whole family touch the dead body, and they have a meal in the presence of the dead body,” renowned scientist Peter Piot said.
International events become local news, according to Dr. Lawrence Pintak, and most local reporters don’t know much about Islam. Their lack of understanding can have negative repercussions when reporting on events that involve Muslims and the Islamic world.
(RNS) Their absence at the Values Voter Summit could hurt the New Jersey governor and the brother of the former president with conservative Christians who are key to winning the GOP presidential primaries.
(RNS) It takes a lot of workers to fuel North Dakota’s oil boom — and the hard-working, lonely and boring lifestyle foments all manner of sins and vices. Evangelists say it’s prime territory for spreading the message of Jesus.
(RNS) In an age of destination weddings and “bridezillas,” some evangelicals opt for what writer Catherine Strode Parks calls “A Christ-Centered Wedding.”
(RNS) If fatwas can be issued on anything and everything by pretty much any Muslim scholar, why do people pay attention?
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) “In some respects I feel very calm,” said Kieran Conry. “It is liberating. It is a relief.” But it may not be the end of the matter for the former Roman Catholic leader.
Mayfair-Plymouth Congregational Church is in the final stages of an 18-month pastoral transition. Pastor David J. Claassen, in his 40th year of ministry as senior pastor of the church, is retiring Sunday, Oct. 12.
In a series of brief meditations, Toledo author and psychotherapist Kevin Anderson finds extraordinary wisdom hidden in the ordinary happenings of “Noble Nature” — in rocks and trees, shooting stars and seashores, blizzards and bees, and in a wide assortment of other natural amazements.
As I was mowing my mother’s lawn, somehow I got “Come On Get Happy,” the theme song from “The Partridge Family,” stuck in my head. Now I must admit I have not been in the best of moods the last few days, but rather than dwelling on the hows and whys, I decided it would be much better to just enjoy being happy. Before I realized it, I was thinking of some funny things that happened when I was a church janitor.