Faith communities issue interfaith statement calling for urgent action toward nuclear abolition at NPT PrepCom in Geneva

On April 25, diverse faith-based organizations and individuals committed to a nuclear-weapon-free world presented a joint statement at the second session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The statement was read by Hayley Ramsay-Jones of SGI on behalf of the group Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons during the session of statements from non-governmental organizations.

Inside the life of a Catholic who once was spiritual but not religious

Tyler Blanski was always a seeker. From his youth in a fundamentalist Baptist home, to his years as a hipster making music, his heart was being pursued, but he didn’t quite know by what. Blanski’s new book, AN IMMOVABLE FEAST:  How I Gave Up Spirituality for a Life of Religious Abundance, tells the story of how one young man learned that the one thing he had disdained most, religion, would ultimately become his salvation.

Christian author publishes Colorado trilogy

These exhilarating novels are like riding a fast horse down a steep mountain. You’ll feel the wind, smell the pine trees and wonder—what will happen next? Each saga illuminates God’s love and power as you travel from the ranchlands to the mountains, to the ballrooms of New York City!

Dr. James H. Cone, founder of black liberation theology, elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

James H. Cone, Bill and Judith Moyers Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Cone is one of ten inductees in Philosophy and Religious Studies. The list of 177 new Fellows includes Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor; journalist, writer, and educator Ta-Nehisi Coates; actor Tom Hanks; and President Barack Obama.

The Rabbinical Alliance of America mourns the passing of former first lady Barbara Bush

The Rabbinical Alliance of America joins the country in mourning the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Mrs. Bush served the country as First Lady during her husband George H.W. Bush’s term as President and as Second Lady during his two terms as Vice President. She was also the mother of President George W. Bush during his two terms as President. With this unprecedented closeness to the leadership of the free world for twenty years over three decades, Mrs. Bush displayed a universally acknowledged dignity. In her unique role, she championed the cause of family literacy by encouraging parents and children to read together.

Father and infant daughter nominated for New England Emmy Award

Matt Weber, host of Catholic TV’s The Lens, was announced as a nominee for the 2018 New England Emmy Awards for his segment, “Infant Wisdom,” featuring his 8-month old daughter, Rose Weber. Matt shares his nomination with Rose – quite possibly the youngest candidate for an Emmy thus far – for her role as a co-writer and featured subject in the piece. The Lens is an original series that looks at life from a Catholic millennial’s perspective with games, social media, pop culture, and humor.

Love changes everything

In a culture where death is seen as the ultimate failure, where suffering is to be avoided at all cost, and assisted suicide is increasingly the answer, what is there left to say about end of life issues? And, what’s love got to do with it?

Religion communicators explore peace and justice through communication

Religion communicators, meeting in Atlanta last week during the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, explored how communication could help advance peace and justice. The theme for the 89th annual national convention of the Religion Communicators Council, which ran from April 5 through 7, was “Realizing the Dream: Peace and Justice Through Communication.”

North Texas author pens book about addiction

In her latest book, Three Weeks to Forgiveness: God’s Redemption in the Dark Places of Addiction, Dewberry describes life growing up in an alcoholic household, the patterns she repeated as a result, and how God doesn’t waste one moment of our lives. Three Weeks to Forgiveness is a gripping story of parental love, turmoil, forgiveness, and God’s redemption of her past.