Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly – October 17

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Visit for additional information. Show #1807 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on October 17 (check local listings). The “T” in “LGBT” – As people who are transgender speak out increasingly about their lives and their needs, some churches and other […]

‘Christmas in Harvard Square’ wows with impressive debut on Billboard charts

ATLANTA, Oct. 16, 2014 – CHRISTMAS IN HARVARD SQUARE, the debut major label and international recording from the Boys of St. Paul’s Choir School, Harvard Square that was released last week, had an impressive opening week on the Billboard magazine charts, grabbing the No. 2 spot on the overall Classical Traditional Chart, the No. 6 spot on the overall […]

Results of Seminaries Not Engaging Five Realities: An Estimated 1.9 Million Child Deaths in 2015, and Church in U.S. Weakens — New empty tomb Report

A new report updating church giving and membership data through 2012 observes that Christian seminaries and intellectuals have not engaged five cultural realities. As a result, according to the report, an estimated 1.9 million preventable global child deaths will occur in 2015. Further, church members in the U.S. not being effectively challenged to mobilize giving […]

20,000 Incarcerated Females join Daughters of Destiny

Mel and Annie Goebel experienced a journey out of incarceration years ago which changed their lives forever. Now as authors and speakers their message of hope is spreading across the US into female correctional facilities and churches. Today over 20,000 women are members of Daughters of Destiny which in 8 years has grown to be […]

More Americans Mix Religion with Healthcare

A recent Pew Research Center study found that 72 percent of Americans feel that religion is losing its influence on U.S. life and that this is a bad thing. But many Americans are bucking this trend and mixing faith with their healthcare needs. Medi-Share, a healthcare sharing program that aligns with the Christian faith and offers members […]


(Washington, D.C. – October, 14, 2014) National Geographic Channel (@NatGeoChannel) announces the cast in the upcoming television event Killing Jesus produced by Scott Free Productions. Kelsey Grammer (“Partners,” “Boss”) will perform as King Herod, the unrelenting and ambitious Roman King of Judea, who attempted to kill Jesus at his birth, and Stephen Moyer (“True Blood”) […]

United Methodist Communications Uses Text Messages To Share Ebola Prevention Tips

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nashville-based United Methodist Communications is using text-messaging technology created for use in developing nations to help spread the word about Ebola prevention in West Africa, where disinformation and superstition run rampant. “In the Ebola crisis, communication precedes prevention and treatment,” said the Rev. Larry Hollon, chief executive of United Methodist Communications. “The […]

Merrimack College to award the 2014 Goldziher Prize to Dr. Yousef Waleed Meri on 11/5/14

North Andover, Massachusetts—October 7, 2014; Catholic College near Boston will award its third biennial prize for Jewish-Muslim dialogue to Dr. Yousef Waleed Meri, visiting professor in the Department of Studies of Islam in the Contemporary World at the University of Jordan in Amman. Goldziher (1850-1921) was a Jewish scholar who established Islamic Studies as an […]

Universal Quest plans new film “Vivekananda: America’s First Guru” on how Yoga and Vedanta first came to America

If you ever wondered how Yoga, words like Namaste, Karma, Dharma and ideas like the universal mind, the divinity within and that all religions are true, first entered the American conversation and became a part of common parlance, then prepare to be enlightened. A new film from Universal Quest entitled “Vivekananda, America’s First Guru” will shed […]