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18 Dec

New Pew Forum Study Estimates Size, Geographic Distribution and Median Ages of World’s Major Religious Groups

Submitted by Pew Forum Communications

Washington, D.C. — A new, comprehensive demographic study of more than 230 countries and territories conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that more than eight-in-ten people worldwide identify with a religious group. The report estimates that there are 5.8 bi... More

17 Dec

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans commits nearly $7 million in 2013 to Habitat for Humanity International

Submitted by Tami Griffin

Total contributions to the Thrivent Builds program will exceed $180 million and 3.5 million volunteer hours since 2005 MINNEAPOLIS (December 17, 2012) – Habitat for Humanity International announced today a commitment from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for $6.8 million in 2013 to help build 11... More

13 Dec

CBS will air latest Odyssey Networks Production on Christmas Eve “One Christmas Story” Celebrates the Power of Hope

Submitted by Mary Dickey, VP-Communications

New York, NY, December 12, 2012-Like so many of America’s once bustling industrial centers, Reading, PA, has been on a downward spiral for decades. The city has lost factories, jobs and population. The latest economic recession amplified its burdens. Something that Reading has never lost, ho... More

13 Dec

Six-in-ten Americans Believe Climate Change Responsible for Recent Natural Disasters

Submitted by Shannon Craig Straw

Nearly 4-in-10 say severity of storms is evidence we are in Biblical “end times” WASHINGTON — While nearly 4-in-10 (36 percent) Americans believe that the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence that we are in what the Bible calls the “end times,” more than six-in-ten (63 percent) say t... More

13 Dec

‘God With Us’ Offers Pause from Hectic Christmas Preparation

Submitted by Erin McClellan

PORTLAND, Ore. (OCP) December 13, 2012 – New prayer book and CD: God With Us, by OCP composer Dan Schutte, reminds Catholics everywhere that amid the busyness of the Christmas and Advent seasons, God is all around. “Because of the distractions and hectic pace of Christmas preparations, many of... More

12 Dec

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly Listings—December 14

Submitted by Lindsey Bernstein

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information. Show #1615 is fed over PBS on Friday, December 14 at 5:00 p.m. (check local listings).   ·       Same-Sex Marriage – In March the Supreme Court will hear ar... More

12 Dec

CBS-TV executive to receive special Wilbur Award from Religion Communicators Council

Submitted by Shirley Struchen

Honor recognizes contributions to network's Religion and Culture series NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2012 — The Religion Communicators Council is presenting a special Wilbur Award next year to a CBS Television Network executive. John P. "Jack" Blessington, executive producer of the network's Religion an... More

11 Dec

Rabbinical Council of America on Guilty Verdict of Orthodox Child Molester

Submitted by Mark Dratch

The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), the world’s largest organization of Orthodox rabbis, is encouraged by the process that led to the conviction of Nechemyah Weberman, an Orthodox Jew who acted as an unlicensed counselor and was today found guilty for the sexual molestation of an adolescent g... More

10 Dec

Open Doors to Release Worst Persecutors List Jan. 8 at D.C. Press Conference

Submitted by Jerry Dykstra

Compelling ‘The Insanity of God’ Book to Be Introduced during Event SANTA ANA, Calif. – Open Doors will release its 2013 World Watch List of 50 countries that are the worst persecutors of Christians on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, during a press conference in Washington, D.C. The press conference wi... More

10 Dec

ECFA Issues New Standard for Compensation-Setting Practices

Submitted by Ty Mays

New Standard Consistent With Recommendations of Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations WINCHESTER, Va.—ECFA has announced the addition of new policies for setting compensation for top leaders of its member organizations. These practices become effective Jan. 1, 201... More

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