Religion News Service

Coverage of religion, ethics and spirituality from around the globe

A group fires up the glitter blessings for a sparkly Pentecost

(RNS) Fire-colored glitter in special anointings and 'glitter blessings' are intended as a way to show support for LGBT Christians.
Author: Kimberly Winston
Posted: May 23, 2017, 9:24 pm

VW’s ‘dieselgate’ poses ethical challenge for German Protestants

(RNS) 'Kein Ablass für Abgas!' (No indulgences for exhaust fumes), a pastor wrote about the German carmaker providing the official vehicle fleet for a biannual church assembly.
Author: Tom Heneghan
Posted: May 23, 2017, 7:10 pm

Six questions on Ramadan answered

(The Conversation) Such as ... why is Ramadan called Ramadan?
Author: Mohammad Hassan Khalil
Posted: May 23, 2017, 7:00 pm

CBN television chief on Christians, Israel and Trump

(RNS) In the wake of President Trump's visit to Israel, and as Israelis celebrate the 50th anniversary of the "reunification" of Jerusalem, CBN releases a documentary on the battle for the holy city.
Author: Emily McFarlan Miller
Posted: May 23, 2017, 6:38 pm

Cyberattacks can be ‘just war,’ according to leading experts at Religion News Service event

Cyberattacks are the next level of warfare and can be considered pre-emptive in certain circumstances, according to a leading panel of experts hosted by Religion News Service (RNS) at the National Press Club on Monday.
Author: Ron Ribiat
Posted: May 23, 2017, 6:10 pm

The bitter taste of the sugar trade

It is estimated that the average American consumes between 150 and 170 pounds of sugar each year. We thoughtlessly add it to our coffee and eat it in pastries and candy. But at what cost? There is much more at risk than an expanding waistline. On the other side of that piece of cake are those who cut the sugarcane. They are the workers in the fields of the Dominican Republic, living in unspeakable squalor, waiting for a hero and, ultimately, finding that hero in a charismatic priest, as told in the revealing new book, SLAVES IN PARADISE: A Priest Stands Up for Exploited Sugarcane Workers, by Jesús García.
Author: Religion News LLC
Posted: May 23, 2017, 2:38 pm

Papal Nuncio, ecumenical leaders, to meet at Orientale Lumen Conference

The Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, will attend the opening events of the 21st Orientale Lumen Conference scheduled for June 19-22, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Author: Religion News LLC
Posted: May 23, 2017, 2:32 pm

Updating the American spirit

McCullough is a master at dealing with public life, but religion, if we mean to refer to formally defined versions, happens to be only slightly treated. Yet one cannot listen long to McCullough speak, as some of us did at the Chicago Public Library last week, or read this book, without seeing how complementary and reinforcing all of this is.
Author: Martin E. Marty
Posted: May 23, 2017, 2:08 pm

The Shack releases on digital HD May 16 and Blu-ray™ and DVD on May 30

Based on the worldwide best-selling novel, with over 22 million copies in print, the inspirational story of faith and love, The Shack, arrives on Digital HD May 16, and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 30 from Lionsgate.
Author: Religion News LLC
Posted: May 23, 2017, 1:13 pm

Manchester: What kind of person does this?

(RNS) Today, there are subcultures that train people to believe it is good and right to end one's life by murdering children.
Author: David Gushee
Posted: May 23, 2017, 11:32 am