South Carolina-based NewSpring church, headed by Pastor Perry Noble, baptized 733 teenagers in Daytona Beach, Florida during their annual summer youth camp known as The Gauntlet, last week.
The Gauntlet, which is in its ninth year, gathered over 3,000 middle and high school students for a four-day event, where teens were able to experience God and fellowship among their peers. more >>
On the day of 15-year-old Braxton Caner's funeral on Saturday, just four days after he was discovered dead at his own hands, his father, Brewton-Parker College President and Baptist minister Ergun Mehmet Caner, shared his pain in a line from W.H. Auden's poem Funeral Blues: "Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun…".
The line comes from the final stanza of the powerful ode that captures the darkness that comes with grieving the death of a loved one.
The stars are not wanted now; put out every one, Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun, Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood; For nothing now can ever come to any good. more >>
A federal judge upheld a New Jersey law that prohibits conversion therapy for minors.
U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson of the District of New Jersey rejected the second lawsuit against the law to be brought before the court.
Wolfson ruled last Wednesday in Doe v. Christie that the unnamed parents and their minor child who filed suit against the law did not have their rights violated by the therapy ban. more >>
The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution calling on the Democratic Republic of Congo not to block any longer the 1,000 Congolese children who have been adopted, or are in the process of being adopted, from uniting with their adoptive families in the United States. The Congolese government stopped processing adoption cases last September.
Sens. Mary L. Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, and Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio, announced the passage of their resolution this week, days before the three-day U.S.-African Summit in Washington, which begins Monday.
Nearly 50 African heads of state and government, including DRC President Joseph Kabila, will gather for the unprecedented meeting. more >>
WASHINGTON – Faith-based communities are a critical part of overseas aid and development, government officials declared at an event praising those efforts.
At the opening event for the multiday U.S.–Africa Leaders Summit, leaders in the government and faith-based organizations spoke about the efforts to aid development in the African continent.
The Friday morning opening breakfast event was hosted by Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. more >>
Touting a new study, some reporters and bloggers claimed that children raised in religious homes have difficulty telling the difference between fact and fiction. The study, however, does not justify these claims.
The online version of "Judgments About Fact and Fiction by Children From Religious and Nonreligious Backgrounds," authored by researchers Kathleen Corriveau, Boston University; Eva Chen, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; and Paul Harris, Harvard, was published July 3 in Cognitive Science.
Here are a few of the headlines reporting on the study: more >>