A first-year suburban Chicago school teacher asked for a three-week unpaid leave-of-absence to travel to Mecca for Hajj. The district said “no.” So the teacher quit her job, went to Saudi Arabia, and then lawyered up. Now, the Department of Justice has gotten involved, alleging that the district failed to make a “reasonable accommodation” for […]
Month – March 2011
A Washington Post-ABC News poll shows a dramatic shift on the topic of gay marriage. By 53 to 44 percent, Americans polled this month said gay marriage should be legal.
In 2000, the 100 largest churches in the United States all had average weekly attendance of 4,000 people or more. In 2010, only churches with average weekly attendance of 8,000 or more made the 100 largest churches list, according to megachurch researcher John N. Vaughan. About half the churches on the list (49 percent) are […]
The former Arkansas governor’s book-signing at the Billy Graham Library has been canceled for now. It will be rescheduled at a time when the evangelist is available to meet with the 2008 presidential candidate, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Funeral pickets are constitutionally-protected speech, nation’s high court declares in 8-1 ruling. So who voted against Phelps? Justice Samuel Alito. “Respondents’ [Phelps'] outrageous conduct caused petitioner great injury, and the Court now compounds that injury by depriving petitioner of a judgment that acknowledges the wrong he suffered. In order to have a society in which […]
Mars Hill Bible Church Pastor Rob Bell has a new book coming out and it’s causing a ruckus. It’s called Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. CNN’s Belief Blog has the details. The book hasn’t been released yet, but the publisher has released a promotional […]
A former British Prime Minister is going to be hanging out at Rick Warren’s California megachurch. Here are the details from A. Larry Ross Communications:
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Rev. Peter J. Gomes, a nationally influential Baptist minister and advocate for tolerance who oversaw Harvard University’s Memorial Church for more than 30 years, has died. He was 68.
At a time when most other denominations are losing members, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is growing rapidly. During the past half-century, its U.S. membership has more than tripled, from 311,539 in 1959 to 1,043,606 in 2009. Worldwide, there are now an estimated 16 million Adventists.