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Union leaders have forgotten the religious roots of organized labor in this country.

COMMENTARY: Labor Day and the unions’ forgotten religious roots

Early union photo.

by: Adon Taft August 29, 2013 (RNS) Of the 10 holidays recognized by the federal government, the future status of two – Labor Day and Christmas – may be short-lived. And, perhaps surprisingly, for the same reason: religion. Already, officials in many school districts and municipalities have decided references to Christmas are politically incorrect, deeming them offensive to non-Christians or those of no religion at all. Often, the complaints come not from the average believer but from fanatics or those who resent any ideas different from their own, whether theyRead More


Hundreds filled the pews at the church's midweek service...

Harvest Pastor Greg Laurie urges compassion after Jarrid Wilson’s suicide

Harvest Pastor Greg Laurie urges compassion after Jarrid Wilson's suicide

by: Alejandra Molina RIVERSIDE, Calif., Sept. 12, 2019  (RNS) — Pastor Greg Laurie urged his grieving congregants at Harvest Christian Fellowship on Wednesday (Sept. 11) to have compassion for people dealing with mental health issues as the church copes with the news that one of its pastors died by suicide. “Sometimes we want to just say, ‘They’re just not spiritual or they don’t love the Lord,’ and that’s just a ridiculous thing to say because they may have a struggle you know nothing about,” Laurie said. RELATED: Pastor, author andRead More


The decision by the Duke Student Government Senate on Wednesday (Sept. 11) comes amid ongoing clashes nationwide...

Duke University’s student government rejects Young Life over LGBTQ policies

by: Yonat ShimronSept. 13, 2019 (RNS) — Duke University’s student government has denied the Christian organization Young Life official status as a student group on campus, citing its policy on sexuality. The decision by the Duke Student Government Senate on Wednesday (Sept. 11) comes amid ongoing clashes nationwide between religious student groups and colleges and universities that have added more robust nondiscrimination policies. Young Life, like many evangelical groups, regards same-sex relations as sinful. Its policy forbids LGBTQ staff and volunteers from holding positions in the organization. The student newspaper theRead More


“We are not calling for Falwell to resign right now,”...

200 Liberty students attend protest after new Falwell revelations

by: Will Young Sept. 13, 2019 (RNS) — In the wake of reports alleging objectionable rhetoric and conduct by Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., about 200 students at the evangelical Christian school gathered at a protest on campus Friday (Sept. 13), with student organizers estimating that about 60 of the demonstrators were there to demand an investigation of the president and his administration. “We are not calling for Falwell to resign right now,” said Elizabeth Brooks yesterday evening (Sept. 12), a sophomore at the school and the main organizerRead More


“The U.S. should lead the world, not leave the world..."

Former Ambassador, Other Leaders Voice Support for Refugees

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 10, 2019 — A former ambassador, a faith leader, an advocate and a former refugee called for robust refugee resettlement on a press call today, and underscored why admitting more refugees is in line with the country’s values and best interest. The statements come as the White House considers future refugee resettlement, including a potential refugee admission cap as low as zero for fiscal year 2020. The following are quotes from speakers on today’s call: Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals: “The U.S. shouldRead More


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Wayside Cross in Aurora enters transforming relationship with Oak Brook-based Micron Industries; ‘It gives me self value’ – The Beacon-News

Wayside Cross Ministries has formed a new working partnership with Micron to bring job training to the residents of the downtown Aurora faith-based organization dedicated to giving a second chance to ex-cons and those battling drug and alcohol addictions. Source: Wayside Cross in Aurora enters transforming relationship with Oak Brook-based Micron Industries; ‘It gives me self value’ – The Beacon News


Sister Jean was joined by Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and other city, county and state officials.

Loyola’s Sister Jean celebrates her 100th birthday with scholarship, well wishes

Loyola's Sister Jean celebrates her 100th birthday with scholarship, well wishes

by: Emily McFarlan Miller CHICAGO, Aug. 22, 2019 (RNS) — Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt starts and ends every day the same way. With joy and gratitude. It’s a practice that has been serving Chicago’s beloved Catholic sister, better known simply as “Sister Jean,” for a century now. “God’s been very good to me, keeping me as healthy as possible and keeping me active and keeping me thinking a straight way and keeping me able to help people,” said the 100-year sister, a member of the Sisters of Charity of theRead More


“We have to say the word, ‘Poverty,’” said Barber, according to ...

Rev. William Barber calls on Democrats to host debate on poverty, racism

Rev. William Barber talks to DNC.

by: Jack Jenkins Aug. 23, 2019 (RNS) — The Rev. William Barber II, a progressive activist and pastor, addressed the executive committee of the Democratic National Committee on Friday (Aug. 23), calling on party leaders to host a presidential debate focused on poverty and to do more to address the concerns of poor and low-income Americans. The co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, named for the last major campaign of Martin Luther King Jr., Barber insisted that poverty touches all people and regions of the United States and overlaps withRead More


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The Potential End to the U.S. Refugee Program Is More than a Political Crisis – It’s an Identity One — World Relief

America is facing an identity crisis. It’s a crisis that threatens to undermine an identity painstakingly forged over hundreds of years — years during which America became a haven of hope for those seeking a safer, more promising place to build a future.  Source: The Potential End to the U.S. Refugee Program Is More than a Political Crisis – It’s an Identity One — World Relief


The vigils were lead by the Rev. Daniel Haas of The Prayer Coalition for Recompilation and the Rev. Randy Schoof of the Warehouse Church.

Aurora prayer vigils show homicide victims are not forgotten

Aurora, Ill., August 21, 2019 – On Monday., Aug. 19, the Aurora community and the local media gathered to mourn the homicides of two young victims killed on Aurora’s streets in early 2019 with two separate prayer vigils. The vigils were lead by the Rev. Daniel Haas of The Prayer Coalition for Recompilation and the Rev. Randy Schoof of the Warehouse Church. Haas has participated in some 415 vigils in rain, snow, heat, and cold as noted by The Beacon-News columnist Denise Crosby. Crosby was joined by Beacon reporter MeganRead More