Lilly Endowment makes grants to encourage youth to explore theology

INDIANAPOLIS – Many high school students yearn for opportunities to ask difficult and probing questions about their faith and the moral dimensions of contemporary challenges.  Now some private colleges and universities are creating summer institutes and other programs to encourage young people to explore these questions by studying theology and examining how their faith calls […]

Dialogue training for future religious peacemakers

Twenty religious educators and scholars from around the world have been accepted into the second KAICIID Fellows Programme, a year-long programme of training in conflict resolution, and social cohesion, the Vienna-based intergovernmental organization announced today. Almost half of them come from countries which are currently undergoing periods of violent conflict with religion as a factor, […]

Westminster Presbyterian Church opens its doors to Syrian refugees

WOOSTER, Ohio — In response to a spate of negative reaction towards the resettling of Syrian refugees in the United States, the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Wooster, OH has opened its doors to refugees.  In a letter sent to Secretary of State John Kerry, the Session of the church (its governing body) says that the congregation […]

One million student study shared by scholar at Vatican City conference shows Christian schools best hope for poor & minorities

VATICAN CITY — A quantitative analysis of over one million students by a professor/researcher indicates that low income- and minority- students benefit the most from attending Christian schools. William Jeynes, a Harvard graduate and Senior Fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey, shared the results of a meta-analysis, that indicated that the racial and […]

Are young people losing their faith because of science?

SEATTLE — Does science show there is no God?  According to many former Protestant Christians, the answer is yes. In the report, Are Young People Losing Their Faith Because of Science?  John West, Associate Director of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, which is the international hub of the intelligent design movement, highlights the challenge […]

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly – November 27, 2015

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Visit for additional information. Show #1913 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on November 27 (check local listings). Faith-based Activism on Climate Change – World leaders are gathering in Paris next week for a UN summit that is tasked with […]

Bible Belles launches The Adventures of Rooney Cruz

SAN DIEGO — Bible Belles has just launched the first book of an original children’s series titled The Adventures of Rooney Cruz. The series will focus on five superhero women from the Bible starting with the first book, “Hannah: The Belle of Prayer.” Rooney Cruz, the main character, is a regular 9 year old girl […]

28 young journalists, communicators named as Handa Fellows in Interreligious Communication

COLUMBIA, MO. — More than two dozen young professionals and students were named this week to the 2015–16 class of Handa Fellows in Interreligious Communication, among a strong field of 60 applicants. This marks the inaugural year for the joint program between the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) and the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA). The fellowships are […]

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly – November 20, 2015

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Visit for additional information. Show #1912 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on November 20 (check local listings). A New Medellin – Between civil war in its streets and massive drug traffic, the city of Medellin, in Colombia, used to […]

Groundwire calls Christians to go #Unselfie to spread message of Jesus’ love

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. – On December 1, 2015, interruption media ministry Groundwire, which operates, is rallying Christians to use their social pages to spread the message that #JesusCares by using Thunderclap, a ‘crowdspeak’ program that allows a unified message to permeate social media all at once. Users sign up to allow the app to […]