The Rev. Frank Page, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, with his daughter Melissa Page Strange, 32, who took her own life in 2009. Photo courtesy Frank Page

Church leaders tackle the stigma of mental illness

(RNS) For years, Southern Baptist leader Frank Page did not share the painful details of his daughter’s suicide, fearing that some Christians might speak ill of her if they knew. Mental illness and suicide were taboo topics for many churches, seen as a kind of spiritual failure. That may be starting to change.

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Celebrities recall brushes with Graham in ‘Billy & Me’

(RNS) Evangelist Billy Graham has rubbed elbows with celebrities ranging from presidents to journalists to musicians. In “Billy Graham & Me,” a new book in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul’’ franchise that was released Tuesday, 101 people who have met Graham on the public stage share their private memories of the 94-year-old preacher.

TuesdayâÂ?Â?s Religion Roundup: Transformers

Rick Santorum may be up…again. Thanks to evangelicals. Rabbi Boteach may run for Congress. Rick Warren is slimming. Prop 8 is hanging fire. More women priests in the C of E than men. But as bishops? Usury is still a sin, and The Onion is still satire.

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Rick Warren finds a new purpose: weight loss

LOS ANGELES (RNS) As megachurch pastor Rick Warren struggled to submerge members of his flock in the baptismal pool one by one, he realized his parishioners were heavy and that he, too, was fat, setting a terrible example. By Lilly Fowler.