religion en With New Focus, Episcopal Church Of Louisiana Addressing A History Of Racism <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Episcopal Church of Louisiana spent the past year making plans for a new ministry, aiming to address its history of racism, as well as other forms of racism in society.</em></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, the Washington, D.C.-based leader of the Episcopal Church came to New Orleans for a special service. At Christ Church Cathedral, the oldest Episcopal congregation in New Orleans, worshippers committed to racial healing and racial justice.&nbsp;</em></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:04:00 +0000 Laine Kaplan-Levenson 52810 at BYOB Square Dancing, And Change, At First Presbyterian Church <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 195 year-old </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">First Presbyterian Church</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Broadmoor</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is growing. It's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in no small part thanks to a new pastor, who is reaching out to new communities and luring more people with special events. Like a square dance. With red beans... and beer... in a church?&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Laine Kaplan-Levenson 48770 at Germany's Merkel Pledges To Protect Religious Circumcision In Germany, the past few weeks have been marked by an intense debate over religious liberties.<p>Today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel jumped into the fray saying her administration would work to protect religious circumcision.<p>"It is absolutely clear to the federal government that we want Jewish, we want Muslim religious life in Germany. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 19:49:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 15713 at Episcopal Church OKs Same-Sex Blessings; Largest U.S. Denomination To Do So With a vote Tuesday evening by its House of Deputies, the Episcopal Church became the largest U.S. denomination so far "to officially sanction same-sex relationships," <a href="" target="_blank">as CNN's Belief blog writes</a>.<p><a href="" target="_blank">The Associated Press says</a> that "supporters of the same-sex blessings insisted it was not a marriage ceremony despite any similarities. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:22:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15499 at Religious Minorities in the Middle East <p>From the <em>America Abroad</em> series: The Middle East is largely Muslim but it&rsquo;s also the birthplace of Christianity, Judaism, and many other religions. Many non-Muslims have left in recent decades, leaving relatively small populations of non-Muslims and Muslim minority sects.<br /><br />Now, the rise of Islamist political parties in the Mideast raises questions about the rights and protections such minorities can expect or whether they can expect them at all.<br /><br />Go <a href="">here</a> for more information on this series.<br /> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 21:07:34 +0000 Ron Curtis 15384 at Evangelicals Preach Unity On Immigration Reform More than 150 evangelical leaders, from across the political spectrum, have come together to call for immigration reform. Host Michel Martin looks at the crusade for reform with Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. Fri, 06 Jul 2012 15:34:00 +0000 Michel Martin 15225 at Rev. Fred Luter Becomes First African-American President of Southern Baptist Convention <p>The Southern Baptist Convention will be under the leadership of its first African-American president. The country&rsquo;s largest Protestant denomination is hoping to diminish its troubling racist past.</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 14133 at New Orleans Pastor Set To Be First African-American President of Southern Baptist Convention <p>The pastor of the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church is poised this week to become the first African-American president of the Southern Baptist Convention.&nbsp;His career as a church pastor was not something he imagined as a child. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 13937 at