Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 23-29, 2014)

Monday, June 30th, 2014


Mormon woman awaits decision on excommunication.” Oregonian. June 24. 2014.
Related story:
Founder of Mormon women’s movement excommunicated by all-male church panel.” Washington Post.June 24, 2014.
Mormons Expel Founder of Group Seeking Priesthood for Women.” By Laurie Goodstein. New York Times. June 24, 2014.
Mormon church excommunicates women’s rights activist Kate Kelly because of her campaign for female priests; Church ‘disciplinary meeting’ found her guilty of apostasy for opposing church practices.” By Brady McCombs. Independent (UK).
June 24, 2014.
“Kate Kelly, ‘Ordain Women’ Founder, Excommunicated By Mormon Church.” By Michelle L. Price and Brady McCombs. Huffington Post. June 24, 2014.
Podcaster Risks Excommunication For Defending Gay Mormons.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio.” June 27, 2014.

Scituate parishioners vow to continue fight.” By Jeremy C. Fox. Boston Globe. June 22, 2014.

Church Rethinks Development Plan; Legal Fight Ensues; St. Michael’s Episcopal Shifts Course on Condo Project.” By Matt A.V. Chaban. New York Times. June 24, 2014.

Methodists Reinstate Pastor, Deepening Church’s Rift Over Gays.” By Michael Paulson. New York Times. June 25, 2014.
Related story:
Pastor reinstated after ban over same-sex wedding; Hardball guest host Steve Kornacki talks with Pastor Frank Schaefer, who was recently reinstated into the United Methodist Church after being defrocked for overseeing the same-sex wedding ceremony of his son.” MSNBC. June 26, 2014.

“For Many Mormon Athletes, Mission Is to Play; Jabari Parker Heeds N.B.A.’s Call, Bypassing Formal Mormon Mission.” By Alex Thompson. New York Times. June 26, 2014.

United Church of Christ Joins Sponsors of Gay Games.” By Stuart Elliot. New York Times. June 26, 2014.

New York Parish Fears Losing Daily Dose of ‘Spiritus Sancti’; Church of the Holy Innocents, Home of the City’s Only Daily Latin Mass, Might Close.” By Sharon Otterman. New York Times. June 27, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22, 2014)

Monday, June 23rd, 2014


Paul Haggis On The ‘Chilling’ Fear He Sees In Scientology Defectors.” Huffington Post. June 21, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 9-15, 2014)

Monday, June 16th, 2014


Religious Constriction.” By Charles Blow. Op-ed. New York Times. June 9, 2014.

After Period of Turmoil, Riverside Church Elects New Leader.” By Sharon Otterman. New York Times. June 9, 2014.

Which counties in Maine practice which religions most strongly? New data maps it out.” By Seth Koenig. Bangor Daily News. June 10, 2014.

Two Activists in Mormon Church Threatened With Excommunication.” By Laurie Goodstein. New York Times. June 12, 2014.
Related story:
Kate Kelly, Mormon Women’s Group Founder, Faces Excommunication.” Huffington Post. June 12, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 2-8, 2014)

Monday, June 9th, 2014


The second-largest religion in each state.” By Reid Wilson. Washington Post. June 5, 2014.

Home for retired priests celebrates 50 years.” By Zachary T. Sampson. Boston Globe. June 6, 2014.

Houses of Worship: A Church in Big Easy Walking Distance: The ‘theology of place’ prizes local worship over the megachurch model.” By Naomi Schaefer Riley. Wall Street Journal. June 6, 2014.

Festival of Homiletics: Festival Draws Stars of Christian Preaching (Not as Seen on Television).” By Mark Oppenheimer. New York Times. June 7, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 26-June 2, 2014)

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014


Membership Declined For Seventh Year.” By Travis Loller. Huffington Post. May 30, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 19-25, 2014)

Monday, May 26th, 2014


Americans Exaggerate How Much They Go To Religious Services, According To Study.” By Jaweed Kaleem. Huffington Post. May 19, 2014.

The Archdiocese of Washington has a drone now.” By Alexandra Petri. Washington Post. May 20, 2014.

In Era of Humble Pope, Earth Shifts Under Dolan; City Room: Cardinal Dolan Reflects on the ‘Pope Francis Effect’ in his Life and Work.” By Sharon Otterman. New York Times. May 24, 2014.

Pews Are Out, Fireplace Is In At Restored Appalachian Church.” By Robbie Harris. Morning Edition/National Public Radio. May 25, 2014

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 12-18, 2014)

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014


Great Read Eastside church is changing in a ‘post-gang era’.” By Hector Becerra. Los Angeles Times. May 16, 2014.

Humanist Foundation Reaches Out to Religious Groups, Testing a Divide.” By Samuel G. Freedman. New York Times. May 17, 2014.

Southern Baptist Leaders Seek Softer Approach To Homosexuality.” By Blake Farmer. All Things Considered/National Public Radio. May 17, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 5-11, 2014)

Monday, May 12th, 2014


BC study says Latinos are key to future of US Catholicism.” By Peter Schworm. Boston Globe. May 5, 2014.
Related story:
Growing Number of Hispanics in U.S. Leave Catholic Church; Trends Mirror Other Countries as Different Religions Benefit.” By Miriam Jordan. Wall Street Journal. May 8, 2014.
Religion in America: Even as U.S. Hispanics Lift Catholicism, Many Are Leaving the Church Behind.” New York Times. May 8, 2014.

Caribbean Religious Leaders Inspire IMF Sunday Schools.” Op-ed. By Eric LeCompte. Interpress Service ( May 8, 2014.

By Grace Alone: As sex-abuse allegations multiply, Billy Graham’s grandson is on a mission to ?persuade Protestant churches to come clean.” By Kathryn Joyce. American Prospect. May 10, 2014.

Lessons in Catholic Judgment.” Opinion. By Frank Bruni. New York Times. May 11, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (April 28-May 4, 2014)

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014


North Carolina’s Gay-Marriage Ban Is Challenged by Church.” By Michael Paulson. New York Times. April 29, 2014.

A Deal That Collapsed Leaves a Manhattan Synagogue in Shambles.” By Matt V. Chaban. New York Times. April 29, 2014.

The sanctity of a tax break.” By: Kelsey Snell. April 29, 2014.

Walking a Line to Cope With Gospel Tourism in Harlem; Abyssinian Baptist Church Tries to Accommodate Visitors While Serving the Needs of Its Congregation.” By Corinne Ramey. Wall Street Journal. May 2, 2014.

U.S. Religious Progressivism ‘Way of the Future’.” By Michelle Tullo. Interpress Servioe ( May 3, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (April 21-27, 2014)

Monday, April 28th, 2014


Historic Roxbury church agrees to sell community center; Deal will help church get out of bankruptcy.” By Deirdre Fernandes. Boston Globe. April 23, 2014.