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Preach it, Wynton!
Every artist knows the pressure to "shut up and sing." But with the injustices of our nation made evident in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and in the midst of a disastrous war waged on false prete
Accounting for the Poor
One year after the World Bank promised that revenues from the Chad-to-Cameroon oil pipeline would be directed toward local economies, education, and health care, African church leaders say they have not seen results. The Presbyterian
- Food Fight. Approximately 1,600 Palestinians in Israeli prisons went on a hunger strike in mid-August, demanding fair and humane treatment. Within days, they were joined by other prisoners, bringing the number of protesters to 2,264, according to the BBC.
Beyond Primary Colors
Is the church, like the country, divided into
Logging Out in the Open
If a forest is chopped down and nobody hears about it, did it really happen? Yes, according to Christian Peacemaker Teams and the Anishnabek tribe of Grassy Narrows First Nation near Kenora, Ontario.
Less Crime, More Time
Less Crime, More Time
Five Ursuline sisters, wearing 19th-century-style habits, made a five-day float trip down the Ohio River from Louisville to Owensboro, Kentucky, in mid-August to re-enact the 1874 journey of their founders. Amelia Stenger, OSU, contacted organizers of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Expedition for help in locating
Serving Patients, not Patents
A nonprofit, Christian-owned pharmaceutical factory in India will offer HIV treatment drugs at cost to hospitals and health organizations in India, according to Ecumenical News International.
Kiwi Ban. New Zealands National Party gave up an attempt to rescind that countrys anti-nuclear law, indicating that they did not want to fight a popular law in an election year. The law prevents all nuclear-powered ships from entering New Zealand waters.
Fighting the Power
Wal-Mart is the largest retailer in the world. With 1.4 million workers (all non-union), its also the largest employer in the United States. "Wal-Marts workers earn an average of $18,000 a year," reports the Labor Research Association. "Until Wal-Mart emerged as the largest U.S.
First in Truth
North Carolinians take pride in their "First in Flight" license plates. Now they can claim another firstthe first Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the United States.
Bearing Another's Burden
In September, cities on the Atlantic seaboard between Boston and Charleston, South Carolina, will host a dramatic journey of truth telling and reconciliation. White Americans and Europeans will walk silently through the streets literally yoked together with the chains and coffles used to control the slaves traded at
Perception or Paranoia?
White evangelicals in the United States are living a paradox, according to a study by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research Inc. Seventy-two percent of white evangelical Christians feel hostility from the mainstream media, yet more than 75 percent of
More than 50 leaders from Christian organizations across Asia met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to develop a coordinated response to child sexual abuse and child trafficking. Participants at this first Asia Consultation of Viva Network's Asha Forum
Cure Worse than Cause?
Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private operator of prisons in the United States, has partnered with Institute in Basic Life Principles, an evangelical Christian ministry founded by Bill Gothard, to provide four- to six-month Christian rehabilitation programs aimed at reducing recidivism
Eye On Zion
The Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem hosted more than 500 representatives from 31 countries in April to address the dangers of Christian Zionism. "Christian
No Butts About It
Who knew that the pentecostal "tongues of fire" experience was the inaugural meeting of smokers anonymous? If you think smoking is cool, then extinguishing your cigarette by pushing its searing hot tip against an image of Jesus' face might convince you otherwise. This ashtray promises a dose of
Seeming is believing, according to the Program on International Policy Attitudes, which released a March 2004 survey of U.S. public perception regarding weapons of mass destruction. Americans think that the United States has 200 nuclear weapons ready to be used on short notice. The actual
Star Woes. Twenty Canadian church leaders, including several Orthodox bishops, sent a letter in March to Prime Minister Paul Martin urging Canada to abandon plans to join with the United States in its ballistic missile defense strategy.
For Pete's Sake
How can a Christian tick off both porn filmmakers and religious conservatives? Ask youth pastors Mike Foster and Craig Gross, who created xxxchurch.com, "the #1 Christian Porn Site" on the Internet, calling children and adults to