Author: Editor - Religion News

Brooklyn pastor resigns from Trump’s evangelical advisory board

(RNS) — The Rev. A.R. Bernard has resigned from the White House’s evangelical advisory council, the first departure from that board in the wake of President Trump’s widely-condemned comments on a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Bernard owed his departure to a “deepening conflict of values” with the administration. My statement regarding my resignation from the President’s Evangelical Advisory Board. pic.twitter.com/Ocae6SQxjZ — A. R. Bernard (@ARBernard) August 18, 2017 The lead pastor at the Christian Cultural Center, the largest evangelical church in New York City, Bernard tweeted out his letter of resignation from the high-profile board on Friday Read More At Article Source | Article...

Read More

Signs and wonder: How people of different faiths view the total solar eclipse

(RNS) Pope Urban VIII had counter-magic performed and cardinals jailed amid predictions that solar eclipses in 1628 and 1630 spelled doom for his papacy, and he later issued a papal bull prohibiting Catholics from practicing astrology. A 1652 solar eclipse that blotted out the sun in Scotland and Ireland was widely interpreted as the beginning of God’s wrath, a sign of the imminence of the Day of Judgment. And months before a solar eclipse passed over London for the first time in nearly 600 years in 1715 it was heralded as “The Black Day or a Prospect of Doomsday.”...

Read More

The ‘Splainer: Did a solar eclipse darken the skies during Jesus’ crucifixion?

“Christ on the Cross,” by Carl Heinrich Bloch from 1870, showing darkened skies. Image courtesy of Creative Commons 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 the water cooler. (RNS) — It’s a scene familiar from movies and even some modern translations of the Bible: As Jesus Christ hangs on the cross, an eclipse blots out the sun. But did a total solar eclipse actually darken the skies during the Crucifixion? For centuries, scholars have...

Read More

Black clergy call for churches to foster healing in the aftermath of Charlottesville

(RNS) A coalition of African-American clergy is calling on churches to serve as sacred spaces for healing in the aftermath of violence in Charlottesville, Va., and as the nation grapples with racism and other bigotry. “We urge churches across the country to create safe and sacred spaces for prayer, healing, dialogue and honest conversations about the history and reality of racism, bigotry, anti-Semitism and white supremacy in this nation,” the black clergy said in a Friday (Aug. 18) statement. “Our youth and young adults especially need a place to process this assault on their being and the very soul of this Read More At Article Source | Article...

Read More

Biggest Christian festival in the UK decides to showcase some Islam too

Attendees gather during the 2016 Greenbelt Festival at Boughton House in Northamptonshire, England. Photo courtesy of Greenbelt Festival LONDON (RNS) — Greenbelt, the biggest Christian festival in the United Kingdom, will feature Muslim worship for the first time this year. The decision by organizers of the annual festival — which began more than 40 years ago as a gathering that drew about 1,500 young people — has stirred some controversy, according to organizers. Now Greenbelt draws a much larger crowd of about 20,000 over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Aug. 25-28, and offers not only music but also theological discussion...

Read More