NEWS FEATURE _ Q&A: Academic, activist Sider still challenging `rich Christians’

c. 1997 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Christian academic and activist Ron Sider’s first book, published two decades years ago, has sold nearly 350,000 copies, a rare accomplishment for a title that’s not an inspirational novel or a”how-to”guide on losing pounds or finding wealth. In fact,”Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger”(Word, $15.99), which was recently rereleased in a revised 20th anniversary edition, stirred a socially complacent evangelical world with its serious and sometimes disturbing examination of American affluence and consumerism in light of biblical teachings on care for the poor. An ordained minister in both the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ denominations, Sider has been a professor of theology and culture at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in St. David’s, Pa., since 1978.

NEWS STORY: Lyons expected to return church rebuilding funds to ADL

c. 1997 Religion News Service (RNS) The Anti-Defamation League is expecting the Rev. Henry J. Lyons to return $189,500 that was donated to rebuild burned churches after a newspaper reported that the National Baptist Convention, USA, president has not given most of the money to the intended congregations. ADL spokeswoman Myrna Shinbaum said her organization is awaiting the check but had not received it as of early Monday (Sept. 15) afternoon.”Our attorney spoke with Lyons’ attorney and told him we would like that money as well as a full accounting of the monies that were spent,”Shinbaum said. Last November, Lyons received a check for $225,000 from the ADL/National Urban League’s”Rebuild the Churches Fund.”He wrote a letter later that month to an ADL official detailing how six churches received $35,000 each _ for a total of $210,000 _ and a seventh would receive the remaining $15,000.

NEWS STORY: Lyons expected to return church rebuilding funds to ADL

c. 1997 Religion News Service (RNS) The Anti-Defamation League is expecting the Rev. Henry J. Lyons to return $189,500 that was donated to rebuild burned churches after a newspaper reported that the National Baptist Convention, USA, president has not given most of the money to the intended congregations. ADL spokeswoman Myrna Shinbaum said her organization is awaiting the check but had not received it as of early Monday (Sept. 15) afternoon.”Our attorney spoke with Lyons’ attorney and told him we would like that money as well as a full accounting of the monies that were spent,”Shinbaum said. Last November, Lyons received a check for $225,000 from the ADL/National Urban League’s”Rebuild the Churches Fund.”He wrote a letter later that month to an ADL official detailing how six churches received $35,000 each _ for a total of $210,000 _ and a seventh would receive the remaining $15,000.