November 25, 2002

On November 25, the FBI released its annual report, "Hate Crime Statistics 2001." The 136-page jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction report provides hate crime data collected under the 1990 Hate Crime Statistics Act. This report is available online at:


October 6, 2002

Dear Senator:

We, the undersigned national religious organizations, urge you to support bringing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to the floor, S. 1284, and passing it before Congress adjourns. ENDA is a modest measure that would extend employment protections to sexual...

June 14, 2002

Missouri Episcopal bishop George Wayne Smith led an interfaith defense of Islam and the Prophet Mohammed during a news conference June 12, called in response to an attack on Muslims by leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).

The Baptists were holding their national meeting in...

May 1, 2002

Bishop Herbert Thompson, Jr. of Southern Ohio issued a statement May 1 expressing his 'regret' at a decision by the board of the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) not to go to Cincinnati for its annual meeting and conference in July.

'UBE leadership appears to have based this decision...

February 14, 2002

Healing can happen when you give truth-telling a chance. That was the good news that Desmond Tutu, the retired archbishop of Cape Town in South Africa, brought to the Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The hard news: You have to give it a chance.

The guest...

January 22, 2002

In an emotional two-and-a-half-hour worship service at Mt. Olive Cathedral of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 20, nine churches that have talked about Christian unity for more than 40 years inaugurated a covenant agreement that seals them together as...

July 1, 1999

There is a phrase in the fourth chapter of the Epistle to the Ephesians: Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with which you are marked with the seal of the day of redemption. Who is the Holy Spirit, and what would grieve the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is, first of all, the minister of...