The heads of the National Association of Evangelicals and The Episcopal Church are among those newly named to President Barack Obama's faith advisory council.
Obama announced on Friday his intent to appoint a dozen religious and secular leaders, including NAE president Leith Anderson and Episcopal Presiding Bishop the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to be of service to the larger community in this way," Jefferts Schori said in a statement. "The ability to build partnerships between civic and religious bodies can only expand our capacity to heal a broken world." more >>
The Muslim population in the United States is projected to more than double by 2030, according to a new Pew Forum report.
There are about 2.6 million Muslim adults and children in the United States (0.8 percent of the U.S. population) in 2010. That figure is expected to rise to 6.2 million (1.7 percent) in 2030, predicted the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life report released Thursday.
Most of the growth will be due to immigration and higher birth rates among Muslims. Christians are, however, expected to still make up by far the majority of the population. But by 2030, Muslims are predicted to be as numerous as Jews or Episcopalians are in the United States today. more >>
An influential Southern Baptist withdrew from an interfaith coalition that assists in protecting Muslims against discrimination with regard to building mosques in the U.S.
Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, made the announcement Friday after fellow Southern Baptists had expressed concerns with his involvement in the Interfaith Coalition on Mosques, established by the Anti-Defamation League.
"While many Southern Baptists share my deep commitment to religious freedom and the right of Muslims to have places of worship, they also feel that a Southern Baptist denominational leader filing suit to allow individual mosques to be built is ‘a bridge too far," Land wrote in a letter to the ADL, according to Baptist Press. more >>
More than 680 young people from different religions applied for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s Faiths Act Fellowship this year, the Foundation reported.
Forty-one percent of the applicants to the interfaith youth leadership program were Christians. Muslims and Hindus made up the second and third highest faith groups that applied, accounting for 17 percent and 18 percent of the total applicants, respectively.
“The idea that young people are not motivated by faith to help others – or that faith only inspires conflict – is simply wrong,” said Tony Blair, founder and patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, in a statement Thursday. more >>
WASHINGTON – Faith leaders and supporters of the DREAM Act participated in a “Jericho march” around the U.S. Senate building on Tuesday in hopes that opponents to the bill will fall in favor of the immigration reform.
A coalition of interfaith leaders converged in Washington, D.C., for an emergency prayer summit and a "Jericho march" aimed at Senators poised to vote on the DREAM legislation before the Christmas break.
“The churches are united from Pentecostals to Evangelicals, Catholics, [and] mainline Protestants … this is a clear biblical issue, a moral issue,” said Jim Wallis, an evangelical author and founder of social policy group Sojourners. more >>
Partnerships between the Washington, D.C., faith community and the city government, mired by scandals and neglect, will be restored in the New Year, Mayor-elect Vincent Gray promises.
During a Sunday forum at the Washington National Cathedral in the District of Columbia, Gray announced plans to resurrect interfaith partnerships after he takes office in January.
“One of the things I want to do through the mayor’s office is build a closer relationship with the religious community in the city,” he shared with attendees. more >>