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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings – December 20

By Religion News LLC — 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

By Religion News LLC — 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

By Religion News LLC — 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 […]

Fairmormon Creates Faith-Support Website

By Wendy Gustofson — December 18, 2013

FairMormon has released a new online discussion forum titled “FairMormon Support” which is found at  The online forum provides an additional resource and support for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who struggle with questions and challenges to their faith. The website explains: “This site will allow for a safe place for you […]

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

By Religion News LLC — 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 […]

New transformational Roman Catholic pontiff voted winner in survey of Top 10 Religion News Stories of the Year

By Wendy Gustofson — December 16, 2013

Columbia (MO): The selection of a reform-minded Argentinian as the new leader of the world’s largest religious institution was voted the Top Religion Story of the Year by the nation’s religion journalists. Members of Religion Newswriters Association chose as the No. 1 Religion Story of the Year the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who took […]

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

By Religion News LLC — 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 […]

People’s Seminary Inspires Hope and Transformation While Serving Communities

By Religion News LLC — December 16, 2013

The Servant Leadership School of Greensboro in conjunction with Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is hosting its second national Co-Creation Conference May 1–3, 2014 in Greensboro. The school’s goal is to inspire attendees to express their own gifts by using the principles and practices of servant-leadership to initiate new ministries, establish creative initiatives and to illuminate […]

Bound to a Promise

By Religion News LLC — December 16, 2013

Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX—“Mrs. Floyd, my name is Paul Howard, and I’m calling from the United States embassy in Antigua. I’m sorry, ma’am, but I need to ask, are you Bonnie Clever-Floyd, daughter of William Norman Clever? I regret to inform you that your father has been killed.” It was a cold, ordinary morning when Bonnie […]

A Christmas Prayer for the World’s Children

By Religion News LLC — December 16, 2013

In rural Brazil, a group of mothers met for a health class.  The missionary was talking about diarrhea.  If not treated, the baby loses fluids and the soft spot on the baby’s head sinks in.  One mother offered: “That happened to my baby in the morning and she was dead at night.” Is there anyone […]

Christian Dating Site Screening for Sex Offenders

By Religion News LLC — December 15, 2013

New Christian dating site is becoming an industry leader by screening its members for sex offenses through No other dating site, Christian or secular, is providing this service to its members Add to Favorite Articles

Pope Francis Issues Prayer Requests for 2014

By Religion News LLC — December 12, 2013

Following a century-and-a-half tradition, Pope Francis has entrusted his monthly prayer requests for 2014 to the Apostleship of Prayer for dissemination. Over 50 million Catholics worldwide unite in spirit to pray for those prayer intentions every day. The Pope proposes two prayer intentions each month, one universal or general and the other related to evangelization. […]

Pope Francis and Person of the Year: Is it Right?

By Religion News LLC — December 12, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 12, 2013 – Time magazine announced this week that its 2013 Person of the Year is Pope Francis. Radhika Jones, deputy managing editor of Time, explained why he was chosen. “The Pope came onto the scene in March with … fanfare, and almost the opposite of fanfare, and immediately made his presence […]

“Person of the Year” Pope Francis brings love of Christ to all, meeting people where they are

By Wendy Gustofson — December 12, 2013

HUNTINGTON, Indiana, December 12, 2013 – Like Christ conversing with townsmen on the Road to Emmaus, or shore-side asking fishermen about their catch, Pope Francis has come to be seen as a man for all – not just for Catholics, or believers – but for anyone and everyone. The Church teaches that no one is […]

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings – December 13

By Religion News LLC — December 11, 2013

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET. Visit for additional information.   Show #1715 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on December 13 (check local listings). El Salvador’s Ban on Abortions – Strongly influenced by Catholic teaching, El Salvador now forbids all abortions.  Fred de Sam Lazaro reports […]

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