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Bruce Nolan

Bruce Nolan is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Bruce Nolan

Blacks and whites merge to forge new future

By Bruce Nolan — February 23, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ These old walls have never heard music like this. On Sundays, when morning light fills the vaulted space of the former First United Methodist Church on Canal Street, drummer Vel McCall sometimes lays down an uptempo, hip-swaying gospel beat for what used to be that sober Protestant […]

Muslim leader decries American `bigotry’ against Islam

By Bruce Nolan — February 21, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ American culture’s view of American Muslims and Islam is steadily deteriorating under an onslaught of “bigotry” on cable news shows, newspaper op-ed pages and in the blogosphere, an Arab-American activist told an audience at Tulane University here Tuesday. That’s a significant shift, said Hussein Ibish, founder of […]

Some worry Habitat dispute might stall Katrina recovery

By Bruce Nolan — January 16, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ A months-long effort by Habitat for Humanity International to retool relations with its 1,600 local affiliates has raised concerns in Habitat’s productive operation here, where volunteers have built more than 100 low-cost replacement homes since Hurricane Katrina. The dispute recently surfaced publicly in Texas, when the San […]

Rabbi says moderate middle held captive by opposing poles

By Bruce Nolan — January 12, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Here’s where we are in America, according to Rabbi Irwin Kula, the president and founder of the New York-based Center for Learning and Leadership, a Jewish think tank: Cable TV shout-fests pass for serious public conversation. Ideologues like Maureen Dowd of The New York Times and Bill O’Reilly of […]

Young Rabbi Tries to Renew New Orleans’ Orthodox

By Bruce Nolan — October 2, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ To the list of those young newcomers attracted to post-Katrina New Orleans precisely because of its challenges, add the names Uri and Dahlia Topolosky. Topolosky, 29, is the new rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel, freshly arrived from the Bronx with his 30-year-old wife, Dahlia, and two young […]

Williams is the Quiet Rock at the Center of Anglican Storm

By Bruce Nolan — September 22, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ His admirers describe him as a brilliant theologian with the soul of a poet, but it’s the work of a diplomat _ a church diplomat, no small thing _ that brought the Archbishop of Canterbury here this week. The Most Rev. Rowan Williams’ 77-million member Anglican Communion […]

Poll: Clinton, Romney at Opposite Ends of `Religious’ Spectrum

By Bruce Nolan — September 8, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The conventional wisdom of presidential politics is that voters want their candidates to have strong personal faith. But at the moment, the front-running candidacies of Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Rudy Giuliani seem to suggest that beyond a certain minimum, how religious a candidate appears to be doesn’t matter, […]

Church Helps Woman Rebuild Heart and Home After Katrina

By Bruce Nolan — August 31, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ In the two years since Hurricane Katrina roared ashore along the Gulf Coast, countless thousands of people have been assisted by churches and other religious groups. This is the story of one of them. X X X Twice that day last spring, Barbara Duplessis rounded the block […]

New Orleans Churches Rebuild, Though Pace Is Painfully Slow

By Bruce Nolan — August 1, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ Nearly two years after Hurricane Katrina, members of 132-year-old Rayne United Methodist Church have finally moved back into their storm-damaged sanctuary, even as masons continue substantial repairs to the church’s toppled brick steeple. Meanwhile, in Algiers, contractors are just starting what promises to be at least nine […]

Church Archivists Try to Salvage Katrina’s Soggy Legacy

By Bruce Nolan — July 17, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ In her spare office, Emilie Leumas, the new archivist for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, unties a string-bound folder and exposes the loose, ruined pages of an old parish ledger book. The pages once recorded the baptisms, marriages and funerals of hundreds of parishioners of St. Dominic […]

Church Canteen Finds that New Orleans Can’t Live on Bread Alone

By Bruce Nolan — May 2, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ It was about 11 a.m. when the canteen truck loaded with 130 sandwiches, drinks and assorted snacks pulled into the parking lot of the wrecked shopping mall in St. Bernard Parish, propped open its sides and waited for the hungry walk-up traffic to find it. It took […]

Jews Look to Rebuild New Orleans and Jewish Community

By Bruce Nolan — March 28, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ Its numbers sharply reduced by Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans’ Jewish community is about to launch a novel rebuilding campaign to recruit as many as 1,000 Jewish families to New Orleans with offers of moving grants, loans and other economic incentives. The unusual initiative _ maybe unique in […]

Is Faith a Genetic Condition or a Natural Phenomenon?

By Bruce Nolan — March 24, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ The recent debate at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary was nominally called “The Future of Atheism.” But the heart of the dialogue explored a related question: Can mankind’s age-old belief in God be explained purely as a stubbornly recurring natural phenomenon, not much different than the common […]

Churches Steer Spring Break Volunteers Towards Gutting, Rebuilding

By Bruce Nolan — March 17, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ Kara Huselton, a Boston College freshman from Rochester, N.Y., muscled a dead washing machine out the second-floor door of a vacant duplex and, with the help of two friends, tipped it over a railing to fall two stories with a satisfying crash. Vile water spilled out of […]

Katrina-depleted Jewish Community Begins High Holy Days with Heavy Heart

By Bruce Nolan — September 23, 2006
c. 2006 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ Their numbers diminished by a third since Hurricane Katrina, their congregations and service agencies battered, members of New Orleans’ Jewish community are celebrating the High Holy Days at home for the first time in three years. Last year thousands of Jews scattered by Katrina found themselves in […]
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