(RNS) New York-area residents are more spiritually active since 9/11, a new survey shows, but the uptick in faith may be a matter of coincidence rather than a religious response to the terrorist attacks.
Twenty-one years ago, Scott Anderson had a choice. He could continue to serve as a Presbyterian minister but hide his identity as a gay man. Or he could leave the ministry and live, as he says, "with a sense of integrity" about who he is.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (PNS) Top leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have called on the Iranian government to release the Rev. Yousef Nadarkhani, a 33-year-old minister of the Church of Iran and pastor of a 400-member congregation in the city of Rasht, who was sentenced to death in November 2010 by a state court for apostasy (abandonment of a religion) and evangelizing Muslims.
New York (ENI) Partisan politics has disrupted the role of the U.S. religious community in debates about the nation's future, says a prominent broadcast journalist and former White House communications director.
The first candidate for moderator of the 2012 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been announced. The Presbytery of Elizabeth has endorsed Neal D. Presa, a teaching elder and the pastor of Middlesex Presbyterian church in New Jersey since 2003.
GENEVA (ENI) The World Council of Churches (WCC) has launched the first online digital library covering theology and ecumenism, called GlobeTheoLib, saying it will help close the information gap between North and South.
KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia (ENI) Speakers at an international Christian-Muslim dialogue conference organized by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) say religious groups need to do more to combat greed in the global economy.
BERLIN (ENI) Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Germany on Sept. 23 featured an ecumenical worship service in the town of Erfurt that was meant to reach out to German Protestants, but for many it felt like a missed opportunity.