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Ravens or Niners? Christians face a ‘Super’ dilemma

(RNS) A new survey shows that more than a quarter of Americans think God will help decide the winner of Sunday’s Super Bowl. But that doesn’t help the Almighty’s football-loving followers, especially Christians who may need divine wisdom to separate the saints from the sinners in the matchup between the Ravens and the 49ers.

Quote of the Day: Atlanta megachurch pastor Andy Stanley

(RNS) “The fact that we have a President who has views or policies that contradict what we believe as Christians — that should drive us to our knees as a nation, not focus attention on an individual who personifies things we disagree with. That’s not helpful. It’s not going to make any difference. It doesn’t do any good.”
– Atlanta megachurch pastor Andy Stanley, who preached at the prayer service before President Obama’s second inauguration. He was quoted by Christianity Today.


Welcome to the Tribe, Drew

The apparent decision of Drew Barrymore to convert to her husband’s Jewish faith puts me in mind of the time, 85 years ago, when Drew’s grandfather John, the family’s most famous actor, provoked a fistfight with Myron Selznick, one of Hollywood’s leading Jewish producers.

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly Listings — February 1

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information. Show #1622 is fed over PBS on Friday, February 1 at 5:00 p.m. (check local listings). The Rosa Parks’ Papers – Rosa Parks’ act of civil disobedience in 1955 sparked the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott that ignited the civil rights movement and brought a new young pastor, Martin Luther King Jr. to national prominence.  Parks would have been 100 years old on February 4th.  She died in 2005 but her personal papers and correspondence are still not publicly available because of a dispute among her heirs, a court’s ruling that the papers must be kept together and an auctioneer’s inability to find a buyer.  David Tereshchuk reports. Grand Rapids Interfaith Year – Over the past year the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, known for its religious conservatism, held over 250 interfaith events aimed at deepening interfaith understanding.  Judy Valente reports on the achievements of the unique year-long city-wide effort to build interpersonal relationships between people of different faiths.