​Former Senior Minister of Marble Collegiate Church in New York City Passes away at Age 79

The entire Marble Collegiate Church community mourns the passing of Dr. Arthur Caliandro.  Dr. Caliandro served as Senior Minister of the prominent church from 1984 to 2009.  He passed away peacefully on December 30, 2012. In the fall of 1984, Dr. Caliandro succeeded Dr. Norman Vincent Peale as Senior Minister of Marble Collegiate Church and was formally installed on March 8, 1985. During his time at Marble, he created many innovative initiatives including bringing women into the ministry, founding an interfaith partnership of Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders, and starting a program ministry to serve the LGBT community.

Quote of the Day: Efraim Zuroff, Israel director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

(RNS) “As far as the Jews were concerned, Hitler’s only ‘prayer’ was that they be wiped off the face of the earth.” — Efraim Zuroff, Israel direct of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, commenting on a statue of a Adolf Hitler praying on his knees that is on display in the former Warsaw ghetto where many Jews were killed. He was quoted by The Associated Press.


Stoller Foundation begins operations to support spiritual development in people world-wide

HOUSTON, TEXAS — The Stoller Foundation ( is a Christian grantmaking entity with a mission to transform lives and communities through innovative and effective philanthropy. Embracing the philosophy that everybody can become an everyday philanthropist, the foundation serves as a conduit for support to organizations that are not dependent on the government. “We hope to inspire and empower individuals who want a deeper connection with our fellow man,” said Jerry Stoller, the foundation’s founder and Chairman, “and to fulfill an obligation they have to the society in which we live.” The vision of the foundation is to carry Christ’s messages to people throughout the world and support opportunities for everyday philanthropists to become active in service to God. “Our purpose,” Stoller continued, “is to be a needed catalyst to build ponds, stock them, and recruit the fishers to bring people to Christ.”

The Stoller Foundation was founded on principles developed in Jerry Stoller’s 40-year research maximizing plant potential to increase crop yields and agricultural production across the globe. His work has improved a multitude of lives through expanded food sources, and he brings this same passion and regard for his fellow man to his work at the Stoller Foundation.


The seven most provocative religious videos of 2012

2012 might be dubbed the Year of YouTube – and that’s especially true on the religion beat. Religious videos sparked international riots, stirred up the U.S. presidential campaign and called young believers to the front lines in battles over homosexuality and church culture. Here are seven religious videos that made news in 2012.

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Having yourself a miserable Christmas?

Holidays are not always a time of cheer and celebration. For many, they are time to be reminded–vividly–that their own lives do not resemble the picture-perfect images on the TV screen, or for that matter on the Facebook status lines of many friends. Many are having a miserable Christmas, as they often have a miserable holiday. They are times that they are reminded–yet again–of dead or departed loved ones who are not with them this year. And many have no one to share the cheer of the holiday season with in a meaningful way.


Ask the Experts: Christmas Questions Edition

(RNS) Why do some Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7? Was it an inn or a ancestral home that rejected the Holy Family? And did department stores invent many of our Christmas traditions? Find out in Ask the Experts, a new feature from RNS.

The Rev. Jim Winkler, general secretary of the United Methodist Church’s public policy arm.

“I could tell there was this real need, real hunger, at least in my denomination, for there to be some response that is not only prayers and expressions of sadness, but also a call to action,”
— The Rev. Jim Winkler, general secretary of the United Methodist Church’s public policy arm, the General Board of Church and Society, talking to The New York Times about religious groups mobilizing for stricter gun control policies.