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December 29, 2008

Congress OKs Tough Anti-trafficking Bill
The bill attempts to halt the practice of using children as soldiers.

Report: Religious Abuse Continues in Iraqs
About 500,000 Christians have fled the country.

New Congress Reflects Overall U.S. Religious Landscape
About 55 percent of House and Senate are protestant, 30 percent are Catholic.

December 22, 2008

Suspicious Fire Damages Palin's Church
Damages are estimated at $1 million.

Survey: 1 in 10 Adults are Caregivers
About 14 percent of children have special healthcare needs.

Young Schuller Resigns From Crystal Cathedral
Differences in vision between father and son have led to a parting of ways.

Orthodox Jew Torn on Ethical Aspects of Kosher Foods

Scandals plague kosher meat industry.

December 15, 2008

Conservative Anglican Primates Back New North American Church
The new church has 100,000 members.

Salvation Army Says No Flexibility on Officer Marriage Policy
Salvation Army officers must marry officers.

ACLU Sues Over Inmate's Right to Preach
Howard Thompson, a convicted murderer was ordained as a Pentecostal minister.

Complaints Lead Zoo to Drop Creation Museum Promo

Critics asserted that the museum was promoting pseudo-science.

December 8, 2008

Alleged Church Shooter Sought Anonymity in Georgia Town
Shooting victims are part of a close-knit community of immigrant Christians.

Report: Global Hunger Worsens
Those living in extreme poverty has grown by 100 million.

Money, Good Deeds, Memorialize Jewish Victims of Mumbai Attacks
Six Jewish victims were killed in the attacks.

Court Orders Arizona to Allow 'Choose Life' License Plates
Arizona Life Coalition applied for the specialty plates in 2002.

December 1, 2008

National Cathedral Slashes Staff, Budget
More than 40 staffers will be laid off.

Bob Jones University Apologizes for Racist Policies
Apology was in response to alumni petitions.

Study Suggests Worship Services Reduce Risk of Death
Study found a 20 percent decrease in mortality risk.

Archeologists Sketch out Herod’s Desert Palace
Residence was the largest of its kind.

November 24, 2008

Focus on the Family Cuts 200 Jobs
FOF suffered a $5 million shortfall.

Fort Worth is the Fourth Diocese to leave Episcopal Church [US]
Some 15,000 members will be affected by the split.

Slaughterhouse Problems Create Kosher Meat Shortage
Major slaughterhouses struggles to avoid foreclosures.

Priest Faces Excommunication for Role in Women's Ordination

Vatican gave Roy Bourgeois 30 days to recant.

November 17, 2008

Sexual Content on TV Linked to Teen Pregnancy
Researches evaluated 23 shows for the study.

Third Episcopal Diocese to Secede
Many South-central Illinois members express their displeasure by exiting church.

Pastor Suspects Racism in Church Fire Hours After Obama Win
Damages were estimated at $2.5 Million.

South Carolina Begins Making "I Believe" License Plates

Hindu, Christian, and Jewish leaders sued state officials over the plates.

November 10, 2008

California Overturns Gay Marriage Ruling
Prop 8 is a win for pro-family groups.

Episcopal Legal Bills Result in $2.5 Million Deficit
Bills totaled more than four times budgeted amount.

Habitat for Humanity Starts 300,000th House
HFH operates in 90 countries.

Zondervan Acquires Bible Gateway,

The online services underwent financial struggles.

October 28, 2008

Dalai Lama has 'Given Up' on Tibet Talks With China
The Tibetan leader cannot persuade the Chinese government.

Religious Hate Crimes Dropped in 2007
FBI says incidents dropped to 1, 447.

Southern Baptists Urge Background Checks for Short-term Missions
Missionaries must complete thorough screenings.

Poll: U.S. is Blessed, But Not Without Difficulties
Six in 10 Americans see country as uniquely blessed by God.

October 27, 2008

Voters Face Social Issues on November Ballots
Adoption, abortion, gambling among the many initiatives.

Episcopal Church Ousts 52 California Clerics
Clerics accused of abandoning church.

Baylor University States Regrets for Cash Incentives
School offered cash to students retaking SAT test.

Report: Amish Show Strong Growth Beyond Pennsylvania
Amish households spread to 28 states.

October 14, 2008

Connecticut High Court Approves Gay Marriage
The Connecticut Catholic Conference is pushing a Nov. 4 amendment vote.

Report: U.S. Giving 'Lukewarm'
Church support is in a downward trend.

Supreme Court Declines to Act on Circumcision Fight
The case is headed back to an Oregon judge.

Arizona Considers Marraige Amendment Again

Voters will decide on November 4.

October 13, 2008

Pittsburgh Diocese Splits From Episcopal Church
A battle over church property is expected.

Atheists Sue President Bush to Stop the National Day of Prayer
Wisconsin group wants to end the 56-year-observance.

Parents Plead Not Guilty in Faith-healing Death
Neil Beagley 16, died in June.

California Marriage Amendment Leads in Polls
The measure would reverse the gay-marriage court decision in May.

October 6, 2008

Archbishop Condemns Proposal to Sterilize the Poor
Catholic teaching holds that tubal ligation and vasectomy are wrong.

Orthodox Rabbis Draft Kosher Product Standards
Some 3,000 companies have Kosher certification.

'Pulpit Freedom Sunday' Yields IRS Complaints
Pastors IRS prohibitions.

Chaplains Aid Workers Caught in Market Meltdown

Church help workers manage stress.

September 29, 2008

Survey: 4 in 10 Americans Think Clergy Should Endorse Candidates
IRS regulations prohibit such endorsements.

Orthodox Church Seeks New Leader After Financial Scandal
Church leaders squandered millions of dollars, a new report says.

California Baptist Board Endorses Proposed Marriage Amendment
Californians will vote on the amendment in November.

Evangelicals Want a Focus on Global Poverty

US financial crisis brings a new urgency, leaders say.

September 22, 2008

Southern Evangelicals Say Torture is Justified
Responses shift when considering the golden rule.

Slaughterhouse Charges Spark Debate Over Kosher Labeling
Authorities have filed 9,000 violations.

New Bill to Protect Chaplains' Prayers
Bill enables chaplains to pray according to the dictates of their conscience.

California Episcopal Bishops Oppose Gay Marriage Ban

A state referendum will appear on the November ballot.

September 15, 2008

College Presidents Rekindle Debate on Lowering Drinking Age
Many want to the lower age from 21 to 18.

Church of Scientology Faces Court Trial in France
The case could jeopardize the church's right to operate in France.

Florida Court Dismisses Challenge to Religious Funding Ban

The initiatives would have allowed churches to participate in government programs.

September 8, 2008

Christian Charities Say Poverty Should be Priority for Washington
Catholic Charities says current level is unnacceptable.

Pope Expresses Solidarity With Christian Victims in India
Fighting has left 11 dead.

Americans Believe God Saves Lives
Divine intervention can trump doctors advice.

Israel Moves to Preserve Dead Sea Scrolls
Process uses digital technology.

September 1, 2008

Most Americans Think Churches Should Avoid Politics
More Americans are uncomfortable with politicians talking about their religion.

Even in Tough Times, Charitable Donations Stay Strong
72 percent of Americans say the U.S. is in recession or depression.

Head of White House Faith-based Office Resigns
Jay Hein's departure date is August 29.

Young Muslims Are Telling Their Story

A new publishing venture spreads Islamic teachings.

August 25, 2008

Lutheran Membership Plunges
ELCA membership is now 4.7 million.

Baptist Pay Raises Edge Inflation
The study surveyed 12,854 churches.

Court: Doctor's Can't Discriminate Based on Sexual Orientation
California's Supreme Court's decision came on August 18.

Christian Broadcaster Nervous About Fairness Doctrine

The policy would require broadcasters to air opposing viewpoints.

August 18, 2008

California Court Declares Homeschooling Legal
New ruling reversed February decision.

Court: University of California Can Reject Christian School Classes
UC would not certify courses that taught creationism.

Chicago Archdiocese Agrees to $12.7 Million Settlement
The settlement is for 16 abuse survivors.

Episcopal Church to Apologize for Slavery
A "Day of Repentance" set for Oct. 3, 4.

August 11, 2008

McCain, Obama Urged to Address Poverty
Faith leaders want poverty issue included in convention speeches.

World Anglican Leader Says Gay Ban Needed to Preserve Church Unity
The Archibishop of Canterbury says the church cold be in "grave peril."

Faith Groups Push $10 Minimum Wage
More than 90 leaders are advocating a wage hike.

Methodists Elect Africa's First Woman Bishop
Joaquina Filipe Nhanala will head the church in Mozambique.

LifeWay: Cutback Reflects "Hard Times"
The Baptist resource provider will reduce staff by five percent.

August 4, 2008

Gunman Kills 2 at Unitarian Church
The attack is the first of its kind on a Unitarian church.

Appeals Court Blocks Internet Porn Law
Judges said the law violated freedom of speech.

Catholics Tally Cost of Katrina Damage
Initial estimates total $288 million.

Methodists Back Bush Library at Southern Methodist University
The project cost is estimated at $500 million.

July 28, 2008

California Court Lets Marriage Amendment Stay on Ballot
The move is seen as a win for conservatives.

Saudi King's Conference Urges Dialogue
More than 300 religious leaders participated in discussions.

Churches See Victory in NJ Housing Law
New law promotes affordable housing.

AME Zion Church Elects First Female Bishop
The election was held July 19 in Los Angeles.

July 21, 2008

Women's Ordination Issue Could Split the Church of England
Some 1,300 clergy have threatened to pull out.

Gay Man Sues 2 Christian Publishers
He claims their Bibles call homosexuality a sin.

Study: Religious Families are Happier
They are also less likely to divorce.

Audio Bible Wins Christian Book of the Year

It's the first time ever that the ECPA has given the award to an audio product.

July 14, 2008

Churches Get Creative in Helping Offset Gas Prices
Reshuffled schedules help reduce parishoner's travel costs.

Religious Giving Tops $100 Billion
Church giving increased by 4.7 percent last year.

Grassley: Some Investigated Ministries Make Reforms
U.S. Senate probing financial practices of ministries.

Birmingham Named Most Generous City
Residents give 3.6 percent of income.

July 7, 2008

Virginia Judge Sides With Breakaway Episcopal Churches
Judge rules that the churches can keep their properties.

Study: US Faith Has More Nuance, Less Dogma
Researchers studied 35,000 people.

Anglican Head Rebuffs Challenge to His Authority
Conservative Anglicans plan new leadership group.

Bibles to be Available at China Olympics

Some 180 organizations are funding the distribution initative.

June 30, 2008

Presbtarians Report Largest Membership Loss in Nearly 30 Years
Church loses 57,000 members.

Another Faith-healing Death at Secretive Followers of Christ Church
An autopsy showed that the 16-year-old boy died from a preventable illness.

Report: Judaism Faces Gender Imbalance Crisis
In some circles, men are opting out of religious activities.

Christian Reformed Church Elects Woman to Second Highest Office

The annual Synod was the first session where women served as delegates.

June 23, 2008

Canada Apologizes For Abuse at Church-run Schools
PM Stephen Harper apologizes to Canada's aboriginal people.

World's Oldest Church Believed Found in Jordan
Underground chapel could date back to AD 30-70.

Presbytarians to Tackle Gay Clergy Debate
The back-and-forth debate has continued for 30 years.

U.S. Muslims Launch National Census

The study will be released in 2009.

June 16, 2008

Study: 1 Percent of Churches Close Doors Each Year
Those that survive learn to adapt.

American Bible Society Removes Its President
The CFO was also placed on leave.

Southern Baptists Elect President, Dismiss Abuse Database
Georgia pastor takes up reigns.

Pastors Propose Ban on Sunday Morning Sports
Clergy seek to restore "sacredness  of the Sabbath.

June 9, 2008

Vatican: Women Seeking Priesthood Should be Excommunicated
The decree was published in the Vatican's official newspaper.

Study: Few Churchgoers Tithe
Reports show that church giving has declined in recent years.

Fourth Canadian Diocese Approves Same-sex Weddings
Clergy and lay-delegates voted the measure on May 26.

Dads Create Christian Myspace
The social network now has more than 1,000 members.

June 2, 2008

British Parliament Backs Human-animal Hybrids
The votes dealt a blow to pro-lifers.

Alabama Says Churches Must Rehab Prisoners
Alabama releases 11,000 inmates a year.

Court Backs Oregon Gay Marriage Ban
Voters approved the ban in 2004.

Churches Applaud Burger King's Migrant Worker Agreement
The agreements could add $20 a day for laborers.

May 26, 2008

Supreme Court Approves Child Pornography Law
The measure bars promotion through mail and internet.

Vatican Reports High Growth in Africa
American growth stalls, Europe declines.

Canadian Lutherans Ordain Openly Gay Married Man
The action occurred amid discipline threats.

Conservatives Launch IRS Protest

The group includes evangelical Protestants and Catholic priests.

May 19, 2008

Pope's Approval Ratings Rise After U.S. Visit
Americans believe the pontiff does a good job of relating to other faiths.

'Evangelical Manifesto' Targets Stereotypes
New document could spur dialogue between evangelicals and other faith groups.

Presbytarians Tap First Black Seminary President
Brian Blount will head Union Theological Seminary

Where's the Beef?
British Airways pulls meat meals to avoid offending Hindus.

May 12, 2008

Divorce, Out-of Wedlock Births Cost U.S. Taxpayers $112 Billion
Criminal justice and poverty program costs increase.

Bush Marks National Day of Prayer Amid Controversy
Have evangelicals high-jacked the celebration?

Methodists Torn on Who Can, Should be Members
United Methodist leaders review membership policies.

Watchdog Panel Issues Religious Freedom Recommendations
Panel wants 11 countries named for religious liberty concerns.

May 5, 2008

Southern Baptists Baptisms Plummet to Lowest Level in a Decade
Membership also dropped in 2007.

Episcopal Church Sues Breakaway Bishop for Control of Money, Property
The Bishop led 30 congregations to split from the Episcopal Church.

Study: Americans More Versed in the Bible Than Europeans
More than 90 percent of U.S. households possess a Bible.

Parents Charged With Homicide After Daughter's Death

The 11-year-old died of untreated diabetes.

April 28, 2008

Supreme Court: Lethal Injection Method OK
Thirty-six US states are using the method.

New Studies Support Abstinence Education
Findings show that education seems to reduce sexual activity in youth.

Australian Anglicans Appoint First Woman Bishop
Australia is the church's fourth region to have an active female bishop.

National Day of Prayer Observed From the air, on the Ground
Fifty private pilots will fly over 50 state capitols.

April 21, 2008

Planned Parenthood Income Tops $1 Billion
PP abortion figures also increased markedly.

Catholics Close 33 Parishes in Post-Katrina New Orleans
Some churches would remain open as missions.

Archdiocese of Portland Hands Over Deeds to 124 Parishes
The change is required by the bankruptcy settlement last April.

Poll: Bible is America's Favorite Book

Researchers say its rare to find such consensus among Americans.

April 14, 2008

Sex Trafficking of Minors Grows in US
SHI says from 100,000 to 300,000 minors are at risk.

NY Teachers to Strike When Pope Visits
The teachers have worked without a contract since August 31.

Religious Freedom Panel Urges Bush to Boycott Olympic Games
The group wants China to open talks with Tibetan monks.

4 of 6 Prominent Ministries Submit Financial Data to Senate Leader
The senate finance committee was investigating some ministry practices.

April 7, 2008

Update: Parents Indicted After Faith-healing Death of Girl
Ava Worthington died on March 2.

Pope Unknown to Most Americans
The Pontiff visits the US April 15-20.

Vatican: Islam Adherants Outnumber Catholics
Muslims make up 19 percent of the world population.

Evangelicals Less Likely to Divorce, Barna Survey Says
The survey was based on a sample of 5,017 adults.

March 31, 2008

Pennsylvania Pastor Admits Stealing Church Members' Identities
The pastor got cash advances for personal purchases of nearly $30,000.

Study: Spirituality a Big Part of Kid's Happiness
The study tested 315 children.

More Worshippers in UK Mosques Than Catholica Churches in 2020.
The continuing Muslim growth has major implications for the UK. 

Christianity Today Names 2008 Book Award Winners


March 24, 2008

Marijuana is Far More Harmful Than Cigarettes, Study Says 
Smoking one joint is like smoking 20 cigarettes. 

Teens at Risk as Permissive Sex Yields STD Epidemic 
About 3.2 million youth are infected. 

Lutherans Find No Consensus on Homosexuality 
Latest draft statement takes no position. 

Indiana Voters Send Second Muslim to Congress 
Andre Carson, raised a Baptist, converted to Islam 10 years.

March 17, 2008

'No Right to Homeschool.' California Court Says
The decision has implications for the state's 166,000 homeschoolers.

Catholic Abuse Cases Total $615 Million
Nearly 700 cases were reported in 2007.

Former British PM Tony Blair to Teach Religion at Yale
The course will promote understanding between major faiths.

No State Funds at Baptist University, Judge Rules
The judge ruled that a public grant was unconstitutional.

March 10, 2008

Bipartisan Religious Liberty Panel Urges Cuba to End Religious Repression
The panel wants Cuba to guarantee protection of religious expressions.

Study Links Subprime Mortgage Crisis to Hunger
The poorest counties in the US are the hardest hit.

Update: Benny Hinn Submits Records to Senate Committee
The committee is investigating six prominent ministries.

Canadian Court Sides With Breakaway Anglican Parishes
The court's decision allows congregants to continue meeting in their churches.

March 3, 2008

Study Finds American's Fluid in Their Religious Affiliation 
Church members often migrate from one faith to another. 

Same-sex Unions Spark Defections Among Canadian Anglicans 
Seven congregations cut ties with national church. 

NFL OKs Big-Screen Church Super Bowl Events 
The change comes after objections from several members of congress.

February 25, 2008

Jehovah's Witness Logs Highest Growth Rate in US
The church has more than 1 million members in the US and Canada.

Presbyterian High Court Bars Noncelibate Gay Clergy
Ministers must be in heterosexual marriages or remain celibate.

Alaska Catholic Diocese to Declare Bankruptcy
More than 140 people have filed sex-abuse claims against the church.

IRS Probes Huckabee Endorsement By California Pastor
Churches are prohibited from supporting political candidates.

February 18, 2008

UU Students Return Feb. 20
More than 1,100 students were displaced when a tornado hit the campus.

Democrats Lodge Complaint Over Evangelical Polling
Howard Dean wants pollsters to honor America's religious diversity.

Canadian Catholics Will Probe Church's Role in School Abuse
Bishops to take part in a truth commission on abuse at Indian schools.

Egyptian Court Allows Muslims to Become Christians

Williams Says Shariah 'Unavoidable' in UK Laws

February 11, 2008

51 Students Injured, 9 Hospitalized After Tornado Hits Union University
The men's and women's residence halls were almost completely destroyed.

Senator Specter Moves to Allow Churches to Show Super Bowl
Current restrict the use of big-screen TVs by churches.

Presbyterians Test New Rules On Gay Clergy
Minnesota Presbytery seeks to restore ordination of openly gay man.

Orthodox Jews Unveil 'Kosher' Phone Services
Service would prohibit out-going calls to unsavory businesses.

February 4, 2008

ABC Draws Heavy FCC Indecency Fine 
US government levies a $1.43 million judgment. 

Grass Roots Effort Turns Back Gambling 
A Baptist pastor and Bible school Teacher spearheaded the effort. 

Bush Touts Push for Permanent Faith-based Programs 
The president's faith-based initiative faces an up-hill battle in Congress. 

Churches Feel Pinch of Rising Health Care Costs 
Some churches offer incentives to employees with a healthy lifestyle.

January 28, 2008

Study Finds Abortion at Lowest Rate Since 1974 
But anti-abortion groups find little to cheer about. 

Churches Reluctant to Challenge Super Bowl Party Rules 
Games can't be shown on big-screen TVs. 

Catholic Charities Study Links Poverty, Racism 
Catholic Charities want to cut US poverty rate in half by 2020. 

Pastor Challenges IRS Rules on Pulpit Politicking 
A Wisconsin pastor aired his concerns in a full-page Wall Street Journal ad.

January 21, 2008

4 Adventists Stand Trial for Fraud
The four are charged with conning fellow church members out of $6.3 million.

Virginia Church Property Fight Costs $2 Million and Counting
Episcopal diocese is fighting 11 to keep assets of 11 breakaway congregations.

Church Leaders Say Democratic/GOP Polling Skewed
Democratic voters are never asked the evangelical question.

British Catholics Seek Baptisms for School Enrollment
Decreasing class slots bring high competition.

January 14, 2008

Iraq: Bomb Blasts Target Christian Churches
The blasts damaged Christian sites in Bagdad and Mosul.

High Court Weights Lethal Injections
A Kentucky case challenges the method calling it cruel and unusual punishment.

Episcopal Head Says U.S. Church is Held to "Double Standard"
The issues of gay bishops and same-sex unions have split Anglican congregations.

'In God We Trust' Will Move From Edge of New Coins
The change will occur in 2009.

January 7, 2008

Super Bowl Ban Fuels Congregation's Growth
Church attendance grows by 150.

More Clergy Dollars Going to Democrats
Senator Obama is top recipient.

Judge Halts Oregon Civil-union Law
The ruling is a victory for opponents of the state's domestic partnership law.

Al Gore Named  'Baptist of the Year'
The former vice president was cited by the Baptist Center for Ethics.

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