Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly – December 19

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Visit for additional information. Show #1816 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on December 19 (check local listings). Turkey’s Refugees – Rising violence by ISIS and the ongoing civil war in Syria have generated what the United Nation’s calls the […]

Tolkien’s Christmas wish: limited government and a good movie?

SAN FRANCISCO – The highly anticipated final installment of The Hobbit film trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” opens nationwide today. The epic conclusion to the film series has led to increased interest in the literary history and background of its creator, J.R.R. Tolkien. Few people know that Tolkien’s work was riddled […]

Critical Steps for Healing of Domestic Human Trafficking Survivors Outlined in New Documentary

BALTIMORE, Md. – Jeanne Allert, founder of The Samaritan Women (, is a modern-day abolitionist featured in the upcoming documentary “In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom” (, where she shares critical steps for healing of those who have been victims of human trafficking in the United States. Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar […]

Yale Institute of Sacred Music Launches Online Magazine

What do heart rates, hymnbooks, and jazz improvisation have to do with one another? They all involve singing, which is the theme of the first issue of a new publication from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music: The Yale ISM Review. This publication is unique in that it pulls together a wide range of perspectives […]

New Album Time Stands Still, Debuts with U.S. Tour

PORTLAND, Ore. (OCP) / The long-awaited new album from acclaimed contemporary Catholic musician Tom Booth will celebrate its debut with a U.S. tour kicking off in Scottsdale later this month. Time Stands Still, published by Spirit & Song, marks the 11th solo collection from this highly regarded veteran Catholic composer. Recorded in Nashville, Tenn. as […]

Assemblies of God Leader Supports Church of God in Christ Black Lives Matter Sunday

(Memphis, TN) The Assemblies of God, the nation’s largest historically white Pentecostal denomination in the country, is supporting the Church of God in Christ, the largest black Pentecostal denomination’s Black Lives Matter Sunday. The two largest Pentecostal denominations are standing united in solidarity to support Black Lives Matter Sunday, December 14, 2014. The Church of […]

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings – December 12

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Visit for additional information. Show #1815 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on December 12 (check local listings). Colombia’s Many Wars – For 50 years, Columbia has torn itself apart with civil war, drug wars and other persistent violence. Now, Fred […]

Black LGBT Religious Leaders United

LGBT Black Christians and faith leaders join tens of thousands of historically Black congregations/denominations and allies to wear black to church on Sunday, December 14 in response to police brutality: “Black LGBT bodies must matter, too!” Spokespersons – Bishop Yvette Flunder, Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM) – Rev. Elder Darlene Garner,Director […]

GRACE Releases Final Report of the Investigatory Review of Sexual Abuse Disclosures and Institutional Responses at Bob Jones University

Lynchburg, VA – This morning GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) published its final report of its two-year independent investigation of Bob Jones University’s responses to sexual abuse disclosures.   This 300- page report is a culmination of an investigation that included the receipt and review of over 900 confidential surveys, 20 written statements, […]

American Baptist leaders call for examination of U.S. criminal justice systems

VALLEY FORGE, PA  — In response to the Staten Island, N.Y., grand jury ruling in the case of New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo, 34 national and regional leaders of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) have issued a statement calling for a national examination of the U.S. judicial system as well as the nation’s […]