Roma Downey, the Irish-born actress and co-producer of the hit History Channel miniseries "The Bible," along with the Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), called for religious tolerance and respect between Muslims and Christians in the Middle East at an event hosted by Jordan King Abdullah II in Anman, which ended Wednesday, to discuss the escalating violence against Christians in the region.
Downey, who attended the event with her producer husband Mark Burnett, spoke Tuesday as a representative of the WEA, which represents more than 600 million evangelical Christians worldwide, before an influential group of guests, which included the Jordan King's Chief Advisor for Religious and Cultural Affairs, Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad and Vatican representatives.
"I personally experienced firsthand the impact of sectarian violence and religious discrimination," said Downey, who drew a parallel between the religious violence engulfing the Middle East today to the Catholic-Protestant violence that took place in her native Northern Ireland, according to a copy of her speech obtained by The Christian Post. The former "Touched by an Angel" actress noted some of the crackdown efforts done to fellow Catholics in her hometown of Derry, which she described as "a city divided by a river with Catholics living on one side and Protestants on the other." more >>
A black megachurch pastor said he'd rather use the "multiracial, multicultural" body of Christ to solve racism than commemorate Trayvon Martin by displaying his hooded sweatshirt in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, as suggested by the Rev. Al Sharpton.
"I'm just leaving Sanford, Florida now," Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Md., told The Christian Post in a Thursday interview.
"I've just signed on to something called the Sanford Declaration," he announced, introducing the document as "just an idea that we can end racism in America, and that a multiracial and multicultural team of people from the church – Christians – can start to transform the nation from our racist/insensitive roots in the next decade." more >>
A small yet growing evangelical Christian academic institution based in New York has received an honor for being an excellent place to work.
Nyack College, which has about 300 faculty and staff, was given the 2013 Great College to Work For honor earlier this week from The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Part of the Chronicle's sixth annual survey project on the "Academic Workplace," Nyack was one of 97 American colleges to get such an honor. more >>
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was recently nominated for Sainthood in the Christian church by the Holy Christian Orthodox Church. The Holy Christian Orthodox Church (HCOC) is a movement of Orthodox Catholic Communion of Churches consisting of four million members worldwide.
The members of the Communion have origins in the Catholic, Evangelical and Pentecostal branches of Christianity. The HCOC, is submitting their nomination for canonization to the World Bishops Council in hopes of beginning the process.
"Dr. King was Catholic because he inspired the universal Church, he was Evangelical because of his Baptist roots, and he was Charismatic. The Roman Catholic Church cannot make him a saint because he was not a Roman Catholic, but our Church body, which has full apostolic succession can present him to the entire Christian faith to be venerated on April 4th, the date of his assassination," stated Patriarch of the Holy Christian Orthodox Church and current President of the World Bishops Council Archbishop Timothy Paul to Christian Newswire. more >>
My alma mater, The University of Chicago, was recently in the news for an overtly politically correct act for replacing its historic Bond Chapel's pews for Muslims to worship. This act is raising hackles reminiscent of the university's other, recent, tone-deaf decision to demolish the childhood home of former President Ronald Reagan, on its campus, and replace it with a parking lot and a commemorative plaque.
The school, founded by the Rockefeller family in the late 19th century as a Baptist-affiliated institution of higher learning, with an English-style undergraduate college, and German-style graduate research school, today positions itself as completely non-denominational research university.
However, being a non-denominational organization means that the organization is Christian, in terms of values, but does not express its Christianity in a particular form, welcoming all baptized Christians, regardless of denomination. more >>
Pope Francis I has presented himself since his first appearance at the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square as a simple and humble man committed to the poor, leading observers to speculate that the Latin American leader from Argentina could invigorate faith communities beyond the 1.2 billion Catholics who look to him as pope.
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, which has more than 40,000 member churches, is among those who believe Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, has the capacity to not only "attract young Latinos who want to do good in the name of Jesus" but also stir up U.S. evangelicals to pursue a deeper commitment to the poor.
"There is something that evangelicals can learn from our Catholic brothers and sisters. We get the vertical right … I think we lack at the horizontal, where the Catholic Church gets it right and we lack," Rodriguez told CP, noting differing Catholic and Protestant views on the doctrines of salvation and justification in his explanation of the "vertical." more >>