Islamic school’s director knew of abuse

The director of a Saudi-funded Islamic school in Northern Virginia accused of promoting religious intolerance has been convicted of failing to report suspected child abuse.

The reports of our demise …

Have been EXTREMELY premature, as Mark Twain might say. Let me just set the record straight: RNS is alive and well. You may have heard this week that our sister company, Newhouse News Service, is closing. Many have asked what’s going to happen to us. The short answer: nothing.

Genetic testing of kids could pose a dilemma

In the next two decades, parents are expected to have new options to test their children for genetic traits that raise the odds they will contract any number of conditions, such type 2 diabetes, depression and possibly autism, experts suggested last week. Those breakthroughs are expected to push parents deeper into the ethically fuzzy world of genetic testing, where there appear to be more questions than answers.

Evangelicals warn against Romney on ticket

Prominent evangelical leaders are warning Sen. John McCain against picking former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as his running mate, saying their troops will abandon the Republican ticket on Election Day if that happens.

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service McCain, Obama urged to make poverty a priority (RNS) Nine faith leaders have banded together to urge Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain to present a 10-year plan to combat poverty when speaking at their national nominating conventions. The interfaith coalition _ led by Rabbi Steve Gutow, executive director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and the Rev. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA _ sent letters to the two candidates asking that they address poverty in a prime-time speech and propose a strategy to help the 37 million Americans who live below the poverty line. “As people of faith, we believe it is immoral to ignore our nation’s most vulnerable populations.

COMMENTARY: What happens at Lambeth doesn’t stay at Lambeth

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When Anglican bishops unpack memories of their 2008 Lambeth Conference, one recollection they will handle gingerly is that of the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, humbly accepting their standing ovation at its onset. That was before things got nasty. Some calls for Williams’ resignation even circulated in the halls of the University of Kent, where 650 bishops and their spouses spent three weeks considering what it means to be Anglican. The conference, held every 10 years in Canterbury, calls together bishops of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Michael Dowd

The Rev. Michael Dowd’s Dodge Sprinter van bears an image of kissing fish. The fish, labeled “Darwin” and “Jesus,” reflect his belief that evolution is sacred and that science and religion go hand in hand. “I’m not into reconciling science and religion,” said Dowd, 49, a former believer in creationism. “If evolution doesn’t wholly jazz someone religiously, they should continue to reject evolution.” Dowd, a pastor in the United Church of Christ, is the author of the new book, “Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your World.”

Methodists elect first woman bishop in Africa

The Rev. Joaquina Filipe Nhanala is a woman of firsts in Africa-she’s the only female United Methodist pastor in Mozambique with a master’s degree in theology, and now she is the first female United Methodist bishop in all of Africa.