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Persecution of Christians Increases in Countries Labeled as ‘Failed’

January 8, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 8, 2014) – For the 12th consecutive year the hermit communist country of North Korea remains the world’s most restrictive nation in which to practice Christianity, according to the Open Doors 2014 World Watch List (WWL). However, a major trend which the WWL tracked in 2013 was a marked increase in persecution […]

John Allen, Legendary Vatican Reporter, to Join Boston Globe

January 7, 2014

(BOSTON, Jan. 7, 2014) John Allen, a senior correspondent for the highly respected National Catholic Reporter, will be joining the staff of The Boston Globe in early February. Allen, widely hailed as the best-sourced and most knowledgeable English-speaking reporter on the Vatican, will help lead coverage of Catholicism and the Vatican as an associate editor […]

Bishop Hunter Invested as Bishop of the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others

January 7, 2014

During the opening worship service of the Anglican Church in North America’s College of Bishops meeting on Monday, January 6, 2014, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Todd Dean Hunter was invested as the first Diocesan Bishop for the recently formed Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO). The new diocese unites a community of churches […]

Warm Up with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s January Song “Children of the Sun”

January 7, 2014

Austin based Singer – Songwriter Sean Michael Showalter wrote “Children of the Sun”  “….to promote brotherly love and to look beyond the walls our egos have built up.  Even I, a reborn Christian, admit that my beliefs are a result of my collective life experience and my perception of reality. I hope my song will help us […]

The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) Announces A Name Change

January 6, 2014

Atlanta, GA (January 6, 2014) – Today The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) announced that it has changed its name to Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE). The name change retains the acronym “FTE,” builds on the organization’s legacy and reflects the evolution of its work. In addition to its name change, FTE also launched a […]

There should be an international court to try cases of animal cruelty, says Oxford ethicist

December 30, 2013

“Humanitarian organizations worldwide should collaborate in setting up an international court to judge cases of animal cruelty and specifically to assess the culpability of governments”, says Oxford ethicist Professor Andrew Linzey, Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. “Individuals and groups should be able to bring cases before the court where governments have failed […]

We must fight injustice to animals as we do injustice to blacks, women and gays – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

December 28, 2013

“I have spent my life fighting discrimination and injustice, whether the victims are blacks, women, or gays and lesbians. No human being should be the target of prejudice or the object of vilification or be denied his or her basic rights. “But there are other issues of justice – not only for human beings but […]

Bishop John Schol of Greater New Jersey United Methodist Conference Speaks Out on Gays and Lesbians in the United Methodist Church and the Frank Schaefer Trial

December 23, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Ocean, NJ) – On Friday, December 20, Bishop John Schol of the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Conference responded to the United Methodist Church’s decision to remove the credentials of Reverend Frank Schaefer for conducting the marriage ceremony of his gay son. In an emotional video statement, Bishop Schol first addresses gay […]

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings – Dec. 27 & Jan. 3

December 23, 2013

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET. Visit for additional information.   Show #1717 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on December 27 (check local listings).   Show #1718 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. on January 3 (check local listings). Show #1717: A look back at […]

Growing up without a father does what?

December 19, 2013

 SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 19, 2013 – The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) recently conducted a study on the effects of fatherlessness on children, and the results are startling: The absence of a father during critical growth periods leads to impaired social and behavioral abilities in adults and even causes a misshapen […]

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings – December 20

December 18, 2013

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET. Visit for additional information.   Show #1716 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on December 20 (check local listings). 50 years after Gideon – The Supreme Court’s unanimous Gideon decision in 1963 required that everyone accused of a serious crime – rich […]

Unity World Headquarters Announces Leadership Changes

December 18, 2013

Unity Village, Mo. Unity World Headquarters announces changes in board leadership beginning in Feb. 2014. Rev. Pat Williamson will become board chair. Rev. Patricia Bass will be vice chair. Rev. Williamson, the senior minister of Unity Christ Church in Golden Valley, Minn. has been a board member since 2009. He served as board chair for […]

New Survey Explores Americans’ Christmas Plans, Childhood Traditions, and Likes and Dislikes About the Holiday Season

December 18, 2013

Washington, D.C. Dec. 18, 2013 — Nine-in-ten Americans say they celebrate Christmas, and three-quarters say they believe in the virgin birth of Jesus, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. But only about half see Christmas mostly as a religious holiday, while one-third view it as more of a cultural holiday. Virtually all Christians […]

Malcolm Gladwell Rethinks the “Underdog” in His Latest Book, David and Goliath

December 18, 2013

Dallas/Fort Worth—In the world of nonfiction writing, Malcolm Gladwell is a master craftsman. His newest book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (Little, Brown and Company, Oct. 2013) gives further evidence of his artistry, skillfully examining the struggle of underdogs versus favorites in his most provocative book yet. Everyone loves […]

Open Doors to Release 2014 Worst Persecutors List Jan. 8 at D.C. Press Conference

December 16, 2013

SANTA ANA, Calif. (Dec. 16, 2013) – Open Doors will release its 2014 World Watch List (WWL) of 50 countries that are the worst persecutors of Christians on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2013 during a press conference in Washington, D.C. Open Doors is an international ministry which has been supporting and strengthening persecuted Christians for almost […]

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