Latest Religious education News

North Carolina priest recalls life in rock band

May. 19, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Father Christopher Foley sometimes scrolls through the comments on Facebook about his college band, whose music is making a resurgence thanks to a social media campaign that's resulted in a documentary film premiering in New York this week. "I've been reposting like crazy. ... This...

Jimmy Carter won't teach Sunday school days after procedure

May. 18, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter canceled plans to teach Sunday school just days after undergoing surgery for a broken hip. "Though he is progressing well, he underestimated the amount of time he would need to recover from his recent hip replacement," Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said in...

Kansas to award master's degree to student who died in class

May. 18, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas plans to award a posthumous master's degree to a 30-year-old student who died in class. Mahmoud Samak, a graduate student from Cairo, will receive the award from the university's Religious Studies Department. Campus police Deputy Chief James Anguiano said...

Windows honoring Baptist leader in Texas removed from chapel

May. 15, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Stained-glass windows honoring some religious leaders who helped shift the Southern Baptist Convention to a more conservative stance have been removed from a Texas chapel. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Wednesday that the windows featured dismissed Southwestern Baptist...

Anxiety, hope as church schools wait to reopen in Sri Lanka

May. 15, 2019 2:34 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Catholic officials and parents in Sri Lanka are hopeful that church-run schools will begin to reopen soon for the first time since last month's devastating Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels. All of the island nation's schools were set to reopen the day after the...

Buttigieg, husband attend Jimmy Carter's Sunday school class

May. 5, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

PLAINS, Ga. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten, joined the large crowd at former President Jimmy Carter's Sunday school class in rural South Georgia. At Carter's invitation Buttigieg stood and read from the Bible as part of the lesson at Maranatha Baptist...

Study: German churches to lose half their members by 2060

May. 2, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's two main Christian churches will lose millions of members over the coming decades and will have to tighten their financial belts as a result, according to a study published Thursday. Researchers at the University of Freiburg predict that the combined membership of the German...

Pakistan to bring religious schools under government control

Apr. 29, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military spokesman says authorities plan to bring over 30,000 religious schools under government control as part of their campaign against extremism. Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor says millions of students in the seminaries currently only get religious education but once the schools...

Choctaw historian to release new book on food sovereignty

Apr. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The published works of Devon Mihesuah fill a wide space between two bookends in her office at the University of Kansas. The prolific author juggles her time between being a professor, writing (both fiction and nonfiction), and advocating for healthy eating in the Native American...

Yeshiva schools must exclude unvaccinated amid measles surge

Apr. 8, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Health Department ordered all ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in a neighborhood of Brooklyn on Monday to exclude unvaccinated students from classes during the current measles outbreak. In issuing the order, the health department said that any yeshiva in Williamsburg that...