Archives for February 2015

New online atlas ‘heat-maps’ views on abortion, gay marriage, immigration

The latest edition of the American Values Atlas, released Wednesday (Feb. 25), allows users to “heat-map” views on those issues across all 50 states and 30 metropolitan areas to see where attitudes blow hot or cold.

Why Aren’t Millennials Attending Your Church?

The American church is obsessed with reaching millennials. Well, at least we are obsessed with talking about it. I’m not entirely convinced we really want to reach them, or that we even know what “reaching” them would entail. That aside, I’ve got a good clear reason why millennials aren’t attending your church. No, no, it’s […]

Recently Read: Lake Junaluska pins hopes on total Terrace overhaul to win next generation of visitors

Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, the historic United Methodist retreat center associated with the Southeast Jurisdiction, is going through a remodel of one of its main hotel buildings. Lake Junaluska Pins Hopes on Total Terrace Overhaul to Win Next Generation Jack Ewing, Lake Junaluska Executive Director, “There is probably not a Hampton Inn or […]

A call to multi-faith solidarity

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign calls on clergy and religious communities to remember the lives of the three American Muslims killed in Chapel Hill, N.C., Feb. 10 by incorporating scriptural calls to love into religious services this weekend. Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign is partnering with the Noor Islamic Cultural Center and the […]

Losing their religion: More women join the unspiritual set

Surveys have long shown women lead more active lives of faith than men, and that millennials are less interested than earlier generations. One in three now claim no religious identity.

What may be new is that more women, generation by generation, are moving in the direction of men — away from faith, religious commitment, even away from vaguely spiritual views like “a deep sense of wonder about the universe,” according to some surveys.

Fire At Reidsville Church Upgraded To 3-Alarm

Local news is covering a 3-alarm fire at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, in Reidsville North Carolina. The church is asking for prayers at this time for EMS workers trying to control the fire & their congregation. [Ongoing Coverage] Reidsville, NC — A fire has engulfed a church building in Reidsville and fire crews are […]

Recently Read: Mission Group from First United Methodist in Brooksville finds Open Arms in Cuba

The people at First United Methodist Church in Brooksville, FL recently sent a mission team to Cuba. The Tampa Bay Times covers the experience of part of that team which included three generations of a family. From the Tampa Bay Times: The family was part of a “caravan” of churches that went to several villages […]

Obama’s God Talk ‘doesn’t stand a chance’ in a Polarized America

WASHINGTON (RNS) After taking heat from the religious right for saying Christians and Muslims have all committed horrors in God’s name, President Obama is now angering the religious left with an upcoming White House conference on combating ”violent extremism” that seems to focus only on Muslims. The back-to-back controversies raise the question: Can Obama — or any president — […]

No Religion Responsible for Terrorism

WASHINGTON (RNS)  President Obama said Thursday he doesn’t use terms like Islamic extremism because doing so would promote the false idea of a Western war with Islam, which would help extremists recruit more terrorists. “No religion is responsible for terrorism — people are responsible for violence and terrorism,” Obama told delegates at the White House […]

The ‘Splainer: Ash Wednesday and dirty Christian foreheads

The ‘Splainer (as in “You’ve got some ‘splaining to do”) is an occasional feature in which RNS staff give you everything you need to know about current events to hold your own at a cocktail party. (RNS) Chances are you’ll see a bunch of folks walking around with shmutz on their foreheads this Wednesday (Feb. […]