30th annual Symposium set for January 2017

The 30th edition of the Calvin Symposium on Worship will bring some well-known plenary speakers to Grand Rapids. But big names are not the focus of the annual event, sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW) and the Center for Excellence in Preaching.


Values & Ethics – Through a Jewish Lens book & authors

Fred and Joyce Claar, will be discussing their new book, “Values & Ethics – Through a Jewish Lens,” at Temple Israel, 140 Central Avenue, Lawrence, N.Y., at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2016. “Values & Ethics – Through a Jewish Lens,” empowers parents to bring relevant moral values of Judaism into family discussions.

Volunteers of America joins Faith United Against Alzheimer’s Coalition adding respected and influential national voice to the fight to end Alzheimer’s

Faith United Against Alzheimer’s – an UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Coalition mobilizing the faith community in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease – today announced that Volunteers of America has joined the Coalition, a positive step in acknowledging and confronting the devastation Alzheimer’s is wreaking in communities across the nation.


Anti-Catholic, pro-choice atheist finds love … and God

One would have been hard-pressed to find a person more secure in her anti-Catholic beliefs than author Sally Read. Heralded as one of the bright young writers of the British poetry scene, Read was a die-hard feminist and staunch atheist. However, all that changed when “[she] found Him who [her] soul loves.” Read’s fascinating conversion to the Catholic faith is masterfully chronicled in her new book, NIGHT’S BRIGHT DARKNESS: A Modern Conversion Story.

Boko Haram members more likely to have been recruited by friends, family, neighbors than religious institutions or social media: Study

Members of the violent extremist organization Boko Haram are far more likely (60%) to have been recruited by people they already know, such as friends, neighbors and family- not by people in mosques, madrasas or other religious gatherings (27%), according to a new study released at the United Nations on Monday 3 October by Finn Church Aid, the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID), the Network of Religious and Traditional Peacemakers and the Citizen Research Centre.