Amanda Greene is the editor and community manager of Wilmington Faith & Values.
In New England, battling the opioid crisis with a mix of science and faith
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (RNS) — Churches scrambling to respond to the opioid crisis have more options for training and guidance, but in many places the most precious resource is hope.
In WikiWorship, church members help edit the sermon
WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) WikiWorship is a collaborative venture, where people take ownership of the content, in this case sermon ideas and responses.
Seminary buys robot to study the ethics of technology
(RNS) Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College in Matthews, N.C., claims it’s the first in the world to use a robot to study the ethics of emerging technologies.
NC pastor to kick off second year of demonstrations
(RNS) The Rev. William J. Barber II and his Moral Mondays team are making final preparations for the kickoff event for the second year of protests.
Kwanzaa radio program continues 20-year tradition of instilling values
(RNS) “A Season’s Griot” has been produced for more than two decades as the only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa radio show in the country.
N.C. Catholic dioceses quit church council over same-sex marriage amendment
(RNS) Divided over the 2012 state constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage, the state’s two Roman Catholic dioceses and the North Carolina Council of Churches are parting ways.
N.C. clergy seek release of Senate report on torture
WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) “Our national security would be improved by restoring the world’s respect for U.S. integrity on human rights and adherence to the rule of law,” nearly 200 clergy said in seeking a Senate report on post-9/11 torture.
What one businessman learned about success from Trappist monks
(RNS) With each visit over the course of 17 years, August Turak became more fascinated with how the elderly monks conduct their businesses at South Carolina’s Mepkin Abbey. His new book, “Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity,” tells what he learned.
Humanists find ways to say ‘I do’ without God
WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) With one in five Americans claiming no religious connection, national atheist and humanist agencies are developing ordaining programs to establish nontheist ministers in most states to perform weddings and funerals.
N.C. minorities remain worried after religion bill is pulled
WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) A resolution aiming to give North Carolina the freedom to defy the Constitution and establish its own religion won’t get a vote in the N.C. General Assembly, but religious minorities say it’s a dangerous sign for a majority-Christian state with a growing minority population.
Gay, transgender band breaks barriers in Christian music
(RNS) The bios of the musicians who make up Micah’s Rule read like many country/inspirational Christian artists. But what they don’t mention is that the musicians are an openly gay man, transgender woman and a lesbian.
On 200th birthday, there’s no ‘bah humbug’ for Charles Dickens
WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) ‘Tis the season for “Bah Humbug” and “God bless us every one,” especially as the world gathers to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. By Amanda Greene.
S.C. Episcopalians say split goes beyond gay debate
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (RNS) The Diocese of South Carolina has seceded from the national Episcopal Church, but little else is clear. Will all the congregations go along with the split? What about individual worshipers? And what do they call themselves now? By Amanda Greene
Religious groups team up to fight sex trafficking
WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) Law enforcement is teaming up with faith groups to combat sex trafficking around the country, with some calling it the newest “Christian abolitionist movement.'' By Amanda Greene. 850.