Last week to enter 2016 Wilbur Awards

Secular media producers, writers, publishers and bloggers can submit work for the 2016 Wilbur Awards. The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) will accept entries through Feb. 5th for one of the oldest recognition programs for religion coverage by secular communicators. Submissions must be produced during 2015. Entry forms are available online along with our brochure. The […]

Two States for Two Peoples: a three-part plan for peace

Presbyterians for Middle East Peace (PFMEP)  announces the publication of Two States for Two Peoples, a new resource for Christians and others concerned with peace in the Holy Land. The publication comes as many view the Palestinian-Israeli peace process as stalled, and as activists from the global Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement are working […]

Shambhala Sun announces magazine name change to Lion’s Roar

HALIFAX, N.S. — Lion’s Roar Foundation, publishers of the Shambhala Sun magazine, the largest-circulation Buddhist magazine in the English language, today announced that the magazine has changed its name to Lion’s Roar. The new name is a reference recognizable by Buddhists of all traditions, and expresses the Foundation’s long-standing mission to provide the broadest possible […]

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly – January 29, 2016

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Visit for additional information. Show #1922 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on January 29, 2016 (check local listings). Ultra-Orthodox Yeshiva Controversy – Some Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Yeshivas in New York are being sued for not teaching the secular curriculum required […]

Hartford Seminary adds Ph.D. to its degree offerings

For more than a century, the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations has embodied Harford Seminary’s commitment to the study of Islam and Christianity and the complex relationship between the two religions throughout history and in the modern world. As an extension of that commitment, the Seminary will offer a Ph.D. […]

Sieberg, top journalists among leaders of spring Religion Communicators convention

NEW YORK — Daniel Sieberg of Google News Lab, is being joined by representatives of some of the nation’s top media organizations as well as many other experts at the intersection of media and religion to lead the Religion Communicators Council’s (RCC) annual convention, March 31-April 2, in New York City. Religion communicators will build […]

Hartford Seminary establishes first Shi’i chair in North America

HARTFORD, Conn. – The first academic chair in North America dedicated to Shi’i studies has been established at Hartford Seminary. The Imam Ali Chair for the Study of Shi’i Islam and Dialogue Among Islamic Legal School provides a voice in the academy for Shi’i Islam and encourages dialogue among the diverse Islamic legal schools, including Shi’i […]

Buddhist leader calls for respect for dignity of all, protection of refugees and most vulnerable

TOKYO — In his annual peace proposal released on January 26, titled “Universal Respect for Human Dignity: The Great Path to Peace,” Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, calls for intensified efforts to respond to the needs of humanity’s most vulnerable, including those displaced by conflict in Syria and elsewhere […]

Best Christian Workplaces Institute announces honorees

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. – Healthy, flourishing workplace culture makes for increasingly effective organizations. That’s the upside for 62 faith-based organizations across the U.S., Canada and Australia, which have just been honored as Certified Best Christian Workplaces by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI). BCWI’s FLOURISH Model measures eight essential factors of a thriving, healthy culture:  […]

New poll: Americans overwhelmingly oppose United Methodist decision to ban intelligent design group

SEATTLE—According to a new poll released today by Discovery Institute, a super-majority of Americans oppose the decision of United Methodist Church (UMC) officials to ban the pro-intelligent design Discovery Institute from sponsoring an information table at the UMC’s upcoming General Conference in May. An even greater majority believes that the UMC’s ban contradicts its stated […]