Rebecca Watson meant it as a funny story, almost an aside. In a video
blog, the popular skeptic blogger recalled a man following her into an
empty elevator and inviting her up to his room after she spoke about
feminism at a European atheist conference last June.
"Music," Ludwig van Beethoven said, "is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life."
Transcending dogma, creed, culture and even language, music has the power to elevate the soul as well as the mind. It's the source of a type of faith that is as often discovered outside traditional organized religion as within it.
(RNS) Don't look for children's Sunday school classes at Ridgewood
Church in Port Arthur, Texas. And forget about scavenger hunts and water
park trips: the youth ministry is no more.//
Sound like a dying church?
(RNS) A Presbyterian Church (USA) committee will recommend that the
church add heavy equipment giant Caterpillar to its divestment list
because the company profits from the "non-peaceful" use of its products
by Israel against Palestinians.
Jerusalem, September 14 (ENInews)--Religious leaders in Jerusalem are more
willing than ever before to take part in dialogue with members of other
faiths despite growing political turmoil in the region, said Daniel Milo, the
director of the Jerusalem Center for Ethics, prior to the start of the
third annual Interfaith and Ethics Symposium on 14 September.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Reconciliation between the pope and a schismatic
group is impossible unless the group accepts the last half-century of
modernizing reforms in the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican said on
Wednesday (Sept. 14).
PASADENA, Calif. (RNS) Millions of college freshmen are overwhelmed
right now trying to make new friends, adjusting to more rigorous school
work and learning to live away from home. Whether they also find time
for church during their first two weeks on campus will set the mold for
the rest of their college years, according to new research.
NEW YORK (RNS) One of the highest profile anti-abortion activists in the
Catholic Church in the United States says he will abide by but appeal a
suspension order from his bishop following allegations of financial
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A campaign to hold the pope responsible for "crimes
against humanity" is not a publicity stunt, sex abuse victims say, even
as experts doubt it will have much success at the International Criminal
Nairobi, Kenya, September 13 (ENInews)--At Holy Family Roman Catholic
Basilica in Nairobi, African workers were recently singing lively Christian
worship songs as they broke ground for the construction of a new office block
for the Nairobi Archdiocese.
(RNS) As a federal appeals court in Denver considers whether Oklahoma
voters had the right to ban Islamic law in state courts, a coalition of
Muslim groups say they don't want to live under Shariah law in Michigan
or anywhere else.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Rt. Rev. Walter C. Righter, an Episcopal bishop
whose victory at a 1996 heresy trial played a key role in the push for
gay rights in the church, died on Sunday (Sept. 11) at the age of 87.