This post was originally published on this siteHanukkah is coming. It’s time to tell stories about armed resistance against oppression. Children will read about the five brave Maccabee sons in picture books. Hebrew school students will enact dramatic battles in seasonal plays. Feminists and art lovers will view graphic paintings of Judith cutting off the head of Holofernes. Musicians will sing about the wars won by God and human beings.

This post was originally published on this siteNarrated Ibn Mas`ud: A man said, “O Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him)! Shall we be punished for what we did in the Prelslamic Period of ignorance?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever does good in Islam will not be punished for what he did in the Pre-lslamic Period of ignorance and whoever does evil in Islam will be punished for

This post was originally published on this siteCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (RNS) Colorado Springs, known as “the Vatican of evangelical Christianity,” is headquarters of dozens of conservative evangelical ministries which oppose abortion. Many condemned Friday’s shooting. The post Anti-abortion groups condemn Planned Parenthood shooting appeared first on Religion News Service.

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This post was originally published on this siteA film about legacies lives up to its own. mpaa rating:PG-13 (For violence, language and some sensuality.) Genre:Drama, Sports Theatre Release:November 25, 2015 by Warner Bros. When I watch movies about the experiences of people who are different from me, I’ve found they usually invite one of two approaches. Some films take a sort of anthropological approach: the characters are depicted sympathetically, and

This post was originally published on this site“Every year the problems are getting worse,” the pope said. “We are at the limits. If I may use a strong word I would say that we are at the limits of suicide.” The post Pope Francis: World headed toward ‘suicide’ if no climate agreement is reached appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this siteCANTERBURY, England (RNS) The inquiry will consist of 12 different investigations, including whether the Church of England and Roman Catholic Church in England failed to protect children. The post British sex abuse inquiry to focus on churches, politicians appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this siteJERUSALEM (RNS) An Israeli women’s rights organization says the rabbi who is administrator of the Western Wall lacks the legal authority to withhold Torah scrolls from any Jewish worshipper. The post End ban on women reading Torah at Western Wall, group petitions appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this site(UPDATED) Attack at abortion clinic leaves three dead and nine wounded. Members of Hope Chapel in Colorado Springs gave thanks on Sunday for the life of Garrett Swasey, a church elder and police officer who was killed on Friday in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic . The congregation of about 100 people watched a video clip of Swasey,

This post was originally published on this site(RNS) Solutions must come from the Paris conference but they also must come from rapid education and change of values, from what the gospels call “metanoia” or change of consciousness. The post Why battling climate change requires a spiritual rebirth (COMMENTARY) appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this siteBETHLEHEM (RNS) The Palestinian Authority has asked the municipality of Bethlehem not to set off holiday fireworks this year and to limit the festive lights and decorations to two main streets. The post Palestinian Authority limits Christmas celebrations in West Bank appeared first on Religion News Service.