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Japanese Buddhist Leader Calls for Regional Cooperation in Response to Natural Disasters, Youth Summit on Nuclear Weapons Abolition

January 27, 2014

TOKYO, January 27, 2014: In his annual peace proposal, “Value Creation for Global Change: Building Resilient and Sustainable Societies,” released on January 26, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, calls for increased regional cooperation in response to extreme weather events and natural disasters. He also proposes a comprehensive program of […]

Ebay Sunday Coming March 9, 2014: Bibles, Baptisms, and Online Auctions

January 23, 2014

What does a church on Sunday morning have to do with Ebay?  Hopefully plenty, says Kevin Hester, an SBC church planter at The Shore Church in St. Joseph, Michigan.  His vision is not to see church attenders shopping online auctions during the sermon, but for the church to collect items from around their homes and bring them […]

What if he’s the right one, but it’s all wrong?

January 23, 2014

Headwinds Publishing announces Star Crossed by Bette Isacoff. Set in New England in the late 60s, it is the poignant, funny, and inspirational chronicle of an interfaith courtship at a time when interfaith love was exotic and forbidden. When Bette met Richard in 1968, he was a seventeen-year-old Jewish kid. She, at twenty-one, was a […]

HCJB Global Becomes Reach Beyond – a New Name and a New Call to Christians Worldwide

January 22, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  – HCJB Global announced today that the 82-year-old ministry, founded in Quito, Ecuador, is changing its name to Reach Beyond.  The new name and the release of the Reach Beyond Mission Manifesto are intended to encourage and challenge Christians worldwide to reach beyond their comfort zones and perceived limitations to share the […]

Tennessee Still Home of America’s Most Bible-Minded City as Chattanooga Claims the Title

January 22, 2014

NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2014 – When it comes to U.S. cities that embrace the Bible, Tennessee still has bragging rights. The latest release ranking from American Bible Society finds Chattanooga, Tenn., is America’s most Bible-minded city. Chattanooga takes over the number-one ranking from Knoxville, which claimed the top spot in 2012. American Bible Society‘s study of America’s Most […]

BCWI Announces 2014 Best Christian Workplaces

January 17, 2014

Mercer Island, WA – Best Christian Workplaces Institute announces 48 distinguished organizations have earned Certification as Best Christian Workplaces for 2014.  Each year since 2003, BCWI recognizes exceptional organizations whose leadership understands that employee engagement results from a flourishing culture and drives positive ministry outcomes. Certified Best Christian Workplaces span the globe and represent all […]

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings – January 17

January 16, 2014

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET. Visit for additional information.   Show #1720 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on January 17 (check local listings). Ministry to the Poor in Camden, N.J. – Father Michael Doyle loves his parishioners and tries to help them, but he tells Lucky […]

Bible Translation Champion Named Next President of American Bible Society

January 15, 2014

New York, Jan. 15, 2014 – American Bible Society has selected a new leader to helm the historic ministry. Dr. Roy Peterson, who is currently serving as president and CEO of The Seed Company, will join American Bible Society in February in the ministry’s Manhattan office. “We are thrilled to welcome Roy Peterson to American […]

Doorstep Bible Answering Mormons & Jehovah’s Witnesses comes in a “stealth” edition

January 15, 2014

Boston, MA — How will you answer Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses at your doorstep?  Both quote Bible verses but preach a new “Gospel” different from the historic Christian Gospel.  David A. Reed’s DOORSTEP BIBLE Answering Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses equips you to respond effectively. It’s crammed with footnotes explaining how Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses construe […]

Nearly Two Thirds of Giving by American Jews Goes to Organizations with Jewish Ties

January 15, 2014

(Los Angeles, CA) The newly issued report Connected to Give: Synagogues & Movements demonstrates that most giving by American Jews goes to organizations with Jewish ties, including congregations as well as Jewish-identified nonprofit organizations. The new report, co-authored by Dr. Steven M. Cohen and Dr. Shawn Landres and issued by Jumpstart, breaks down giving patterns among […]

Not all Popes are Wise Men

January 14, 2014

Dr. John Kinkel Publishes New Book, Papal Paralysis: How the Vatican Dealt with the AIDS Crisis Contraceptives and the AIDS pandemic through the eyes of a Catholic scholar ROCHESTER, Mich. – Dr. John Kinkel,  a medical sociologist at Oakland University in Rochester, MI, has published a new book entitled “Papal Paralysis: How the Vatican Dealt […]

Global Religious Hostilities Reached Six-Year High in 2012

January 14, 2014

Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 2014 — The share of countries with a high or very high level of social hostilities involving religion reached a six-year peak in 2012, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. A third (33%) of the 198 countries and territories included in the study had high religious hostilities […]

Chart-topping order of contemplative nuns set to release album for Lent

January 14, 2014

Atlanta, GA, Jan. 14, 2014 – The critically acclaimed Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles are providing heavenly music just in time for Lent with their third release with the De Montfort Music/Decca Label Group. LENT AT EPHESUS is a timely, seasonal recording of a beautiful compilation of poignant chants, intricate harmonies and rousing hymns […]

Souls Are Real!

January 14, 2014

This shocking claim is based upon recent discoveries for which no other explanation seems possible. Researchers found an advanced “consciousness” in the womb, beyond the capability of the fetus’ then-immature brain. Moreover, research on cardiac arrest now concludes that survivors actually had died—what many of them later described were “actual-death” experiences. Add in reports from […]

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings – January 10

January 9, 2014

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET. Visit for additional information.   Show #1719 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on January 10 (check local listings). Jews and Humor – According to Harvard University professor Ruth Wisse Jews, subject to centuries of persecution, have used humor to maintain a […]

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