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Kein Eckstrom

Kein Eckstrom is an author at Religion News Service.

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Religion shaped 2008 in big, dramatic ways

By Kein Eckstrom — December 17, 2008
Barack Obama may have chosen Joe Biden, and John McCain may have turned to Sarah Palin, but in the end the most sought-after running mate in the 2008 campaign never appeared on a single ballot. God, it seems, couldn’t be entirely wooed by either party. The unprecedented and extraordinary prominence of religion in the 2008 […]

Cardinal Avery Dulles, oldest U.S. cardinal, dies at 90

By Kein Eckstrom — December 13, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Cardinal Avery Dulles, who left a prominent Protestant pedigree to become one of the nation’s most distinguished theologians and a prince of the Catholic Church, died Friday (Dec. 12) at the age of 90. Dulles, who was one of the oldest men to be named a cardinal, at age […]

Religion shaped 2008 in big, dramatic ways

By Kein Eckstrom — December 2, 2008
(UNDATED) Barack Obama may have chosen Joe Biden, and John McCain may have turned to Sarah Palin, but in the end the most sought-after running mate in the 2008 campaign never appeared on a single ballot. God, it seems, couldn’t be entirely wooed by either party. The unprecedented and extraordinary prominence of religion in the […]

10 minutes with … Peter Manseau

By Kein Eckstrom — October 9, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Two years ago, Peter Manseau wowed audiences with “Vows,” a searing account of growing up the son of a not-quite-excommunicated Catholic priest and a former nun in the heady days of 1960s Catholic America. Now Manseau, 33, is back with his debut novel, “Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter,” which […]

10 minutes with … Ann Gillespie

By Kein Eckstrom — September 18, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When we first met Ann Gillespie back in 1990, she was playing Jackie Taylor on “Beverly Hills, 90210.” Her first scene found her snorting cocaine in the women’s room during a mother-daughter fashion show. It wasn’t pretty. Now back in the CW’s spin-off series, “90210,” Jackie Taylor is still […]

10 minutes with … Shawn Francis Peters

By Kein Eckstrom — June 26, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Carl and Raylene Worthington are facing charges of manslaughter and criminal neglect in Oregon for the death of their 14-month-old infant daughter,Ava, from pneumonia and a blood infection. On June 17, the girl’s uncle, 16-year-old Neil Jeffrey Beagley, died from a urinary infection that caused his kidneys to shut […]

10 minutes with … Gene Robinson

By Kein Eckstrom — May 22, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Five years ago, New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson made headlines by becoming the first openly gay bishop elected in the Episcopal Church or in the wider Anglican Communion. Robinson is making headlines again _ this time for his upcoming civil union ceremony with his partner of 20 years, […]

2007 was a quiet harbinger of significant things to come

By Kein Eckstrom — December 19, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) History books are full of dates that mark seminal events: 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door and launched the Protestant Reformation; or 1973, when the Supreme Court legalized abortion. Those boldface dates are preceded by less prominent but nonetheless decisive times: 1516, when […]

Colorado shootings reflect big threats at big churches

By Kein Eckstrom — December 11, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) With megachurches come mega crowds, mega money, and increasingly, mega security concerns. The crowds _ anywhere from 2,000 to 20,000 worshippers each weekend _ can be an attractive target for a deranged shooter. Overflowing offering plates are tempting to thieves, and well-known preachers can become high-profile targets. Sunday’s (Dec. […]

2007 was a quiet harbinger of significant things to come

By Kein Eckstrom — November 29, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) History books are full of dates that mark seminal events: 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door and launched the Protestant Reformation; or 1973, when the Supreme Court legalized abortion. Those boldface dates are preceded by less prominent but nonetheless decisive times: 1516, when […]

At Virginia Tech, Trying to Explain the Unexplainable

By Kein Eckstrom — April 18, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service (This story was written by Kevin Eckstrom and reported by Amy Green, Marcia Z. Nelson, Rachel Pomerance and Andrea Useem.) (UNDATED) Sometimes, the Rev. William King says, the answers to the tough questions just don’t come. And when they do, they don’t come easily, or often they come up short. […]

NEWS FEATURE: At Virginia Tech, Trying to Explain the Unexplainable

By Kein Eckstrom — April 18, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service (This story was written by Kevin Eckstrom and reported by Amy Green, Marcia Z. Nelson, Rachel Pomerance and Andrea Useem.) (UNDATED) Sometimes, the Rev. William King says, the answers to the tough questions just don’t come. And when they do, they don’t come easily, or often they come up short. […]

10 Minutes With … Karen King

By Kein Eckstrom — March 29, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The Gospel of Judas caused quite a splash when it was published last year: Would it explain why he betrayed Jesus? Was this the “other side” of the story people had waited for? Would Judas be vindicated? As it turns out, not quite. Now, just in time for Easter, […]

In a Year Dominated by Elections, Americans Voted Against the Status Quo

By Kein Eckstrom — December 28, 2006
c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Elections, the late columnist Franklin P. Adams once said, “are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.” And whatever Americans were voting for in 2006, it seems clear that what they were voting against was the status quo. Episcopalians, for […]

D.C. Church, Lured by Development, Ended Up With `Short End of the Stick’

By Kein Eckstrom — April 20, 2006
c. 2006 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ When the Rev. Amy Butler arrived at Calvary Baptist Church three years ago, she inherited not only a church that had dwindled from 5,000 parishioners to about 70 on a Sunday, but also a real estate headache. Located in the heart of the city’s revitalized Chinatown neighborhood, Calvary […]
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