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Alia Abboud is the director of development and partner relations for the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD). 1. Where did you grow up? Sierra Leone, West Africa. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Isaiah 41:13. I learned that there is no room for observers in […] Read More

A majority of Protestants and Catholics in the U.S. see more similarities than differences between their traditions, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. The polling in western Europe yielded more ambiguous results. While a majority of Protestants in all the surveyed nations affirmed more similarities than differences between the traditions, only in five […] Read More

Labor Day weekend offers a “kairos moment, a moment of crisis as well as opportunity,” the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops emphasized in its annual Labor Day statement. Such a moment requires Christians to identify and support cooperative initiatives that honor workers, ensure safe working conditions and provide just wages, thereby increasing social solidarity and […] Read More

Gordon King serves as Canadian Baptist Ministries’ resource specialist. 1. Where did you grow up? Kaleden, British Columbia, Canada – a rural village of about 300 people. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? The Gospel of Luke. I became a follower of Jesus through Luke’s account of the […] Read More

The World Day of Prayer for the Care for Creation, a designation first established by the Eastern Orthodox Church in 1989, is Sept. 1. The observance was expanded in 2007, according to the World Council of Churches, into a season known as “Creationtide” or “Time for Creation,” lasting from Sept. 1 through Oct. 4. The […] Read More

Baptist groups are working to assess needs and to formulate relief plans as Hurricane Harvey continues to pour water into an already-flooded southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. Texas Baptist Men (TBM), which partners with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Southern Baptist Convention, has relief and aid initiatives already underway. These include providing […] Read More

The number of U.S. teens dying from drug overdose is on the rise, according to a report released in mid-August by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From 1999 to 2007, the CDC tracked a steady and significant increase in drug-related deaths of U.S. teenagers aged 15-19 – rising from 1.6 per 100,000 […] Read More

Renee Embree is director of youth and family ministries with the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada and the director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Studies at Acadia Divinity School in Nova Scotia. 1. Where did you grow up? Mostly in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in Ottawa, Ontario, but my dad was in the military […] Read More

Pope Francis addressed again the “lamentable situation” of migrants and refugees, calling global Christians to commit to concrete action “at every stage of the migratory experience.” Though published Aug. 21, his statement was written on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary (Aug. 15) and noted a connection between Mary and migrants: “The Holy Mother […] Read More

Religious freedom restrictions lead to “instability, human rights abuses and violent extremism,” the U.S. State Department emphasized in its annual International Religious Freedom Report, released Tuesday, Aug. 15. “Conditions in many parts of the world are far from ideal. Religious persecution and intolerance remain far too prevalent,” said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in remarks […] Read More