Georgetown, a Jesuit university, is now the first academic institution in the United States with a Hindu chaplain, Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan, who led the first Hindu worship service on campus on Sunday.
Sharan began the morning service by asking worshipers, about 40 college students, to still their minds. "Close all the tabs that are open, just as you would do to a Firefox window," he said, according to The Washington Post.
The first Hindu priest to serve in the role of chaplain at any university in the United States, Sharan was wearing a traditional white garb as he chanted Sanskrit mantras and played the harmonium as he led the service on campus in Washington, D.C. more >>
A high school in South Carolina that barred students from bringing American flags to sporting events after they were allegedly used to taunt Hispanic students from another school, has since reversed its decision.
Local news station WNCN reported earlier this week that Travelers Rest High School Principal Lou Lavely had decided to bar students from bringing the U.S. flag to football games, because some students were accused of taunting Hispanic students from Berea High as the two schools competed against each other on Friday night.
"Any decision to not allow the American flag to be used in an improper 'taunting,' unsportsmanlike manner is first and foremost in the interests of promoting the safety and well-being of all in attendance at school events," Lavely explained in his statement on Saturday. more >>
A Clemson University official allegedly forced a man to leave the campus of the highly selective public research university in South Carolina last Thursday for praying outside designated free speech areas and students are now up in arms about it.
The incident, first reported by the conservative group Young Americans for Freedom, involved graduate student Kyra Palange who is studying applied economics and statistics at Clemson. Palange is also a member of YAF.
"I was walking across the grassy area near Fort Hill after class at about 3:15 when I saw someone sitting in a folding chair. Next to him was another folding chair with an 8x10 sign that said PRAYER. I approached him and we sat down to pray for a few minutes," Palange told YAF. more >>
God made every human being to please Him and to not be defined by others, says Saddleback Church pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
"Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts," reads 1st Thessalonians 2:4b., Warren shared in a devotional on Monday.
Warren said the scripture shows "success in life is being exactly who you were created to be and nothing more." more >>
The United States House Select Panel on Infant Lives has accused the University of New Mexico of illegally transferring babies' tissue from Southwestern Women's Options, a late-term abortion clinic in Albuquerque, to the university after its chancellor admitted in a video interview that students dissected aborted babies' brains and other body parts at a "summer camp."
In a recent video, UNM chancellor Paul Roth admitted in a matter-of-fact way that the dissection did happen. "Yes, we had a faculty member who obtained some tissue, and during one of these summer workshops, uh, dissected I think one or two fetal brains," Roth said in a video posted on YouTube by New Mexico Alliance for Life.
The House Select Panel has written to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, pointing out violations of a state law. more >>
Students pursuing a ministry degree at an evangelical seminary in Texas are now required to complete sexual abuse awareness training as part of their education.
Dallas Theological Seminary announced earlier this month that it's partnering with the group MinistrySafe to provide training for ministry degree students.
Reportedly the first seminary in the nation to do so, the requirement takes effect during the fall semester, which began on Monday, and can be met via an internship offered by MinistrySafe. more >>