The New York City mayor's office recently announced their plan to allow private pre-kindergarten schools that receive taxpayer funding to have prayer breaks and a flexible calendar schedule.
By the start of next school year, pre-K schools, including religious ones, will be allowed to have time for prayer and religious instruction during the day.
Stacey Dash, outspoken conservative known primarily for her 1995 role in the cult classic "Clueless," has been cast to portray Sudanese Christian and near-martyr Meriam Ibrahim in a planned feature film currently seeking $500,000 in funding from the public.
Ibrahim captivated the world's attention in 2014, when it was revealed that she had been arrested and sentenced to death for alleged apostasy. Ibrahim, pregnant with her second child and imprisoned with her toddler son, was convicted by Sudanese authorities on the grounds that she had converted from Islam to Christianity — an act prohibited by law and considered a capital offense in the Muslim-majority country.
The 27-year-old woman, married to Sudanese, U.S.-based emigrant Daniel Wani, insisted that she was raised as a Christian by her mother after her Muslim father disappeared early in her childhood. The young woman, whose charges were eventually dropped, testified in court, "I am a Christian, and I have never been a Muslim." more >>
Bishop Efraim Tendero, whose tenure as Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance began March 1, met with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York to discuss ways to strengthen their partnership on issues such as poverty, conflict and inter-faith dialogue.
"For many years, we have been engaging with U.N. bodies and mechanisms in New York and Geneva," Tendero said in a statement about the involvement of the WEA, which represents about 600 million Evangelicals in more than 120 nations.
"A meeting with the U.N. secretary general only a few days after I took office at the WEA shows how much they value the presence and contribution of Evangelicals at the United Nations and the relevance of the WEA as one of the three world church bodies," he added. more >>
Catholic church members in New York can now contribute to their local parishes by way of a newly instituted program that provides a free graduate degree to laypeople who are willing to take on the challenges of managing their church's administrative duties.
As part of an effort to take managerial burdens off of clergy, the Church introduced a new two-year online training program Wednesday that's being offered through a partnership with Villanova University's Center for Church Management and Business Ethics, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The archdiocese is aiming to enroll 50 people in the program who will earn a master of science in church management degree when it's complete. more >>
The Luis Palau Association, Jesus Culture and youth leaders in New York City have teamed up for three days of gatherings "designed to mobilize and encourage students to become passionate, faithful followers of Jesus."
Around 5,000 young people were expected to attend the three-day event, according to Kevin Palau, president of the Portland, Oregon-based Luis Palau Association.
The Friday evening gathering will see Jesus Culture, Misfit youth pastor Chris Durso of Queens megachurch Christ Tabernacle, evangelist Andrew Palau, and God Belongs in My City founder and youth leader Daniel Sanabria come together to inspire those 25 and younger to impact their city. more >>
Brian Ivie, a 24-year-old filmmaker from Orange County, California, set out three years ago to South Korea to make the film to end all films. Fortunately for him, that didn't work out. Instead, he encountered the man he now calls his spiritual father — and became a curator of this man's powerful and profound story of sacrifice and love.
Ivie, eager and working from a script set in his mind of how things would certainly go, set out on Dec. 15, 2011, for Seoul, South Korea, with a crew of 11 (mostly friends and his younger brother, Kevin) after a simple email exchange with Pastor Lee Jong-rak.