Congregations thrive, he says, when they forge relationships with other community institutions and demonstrate "how people of faith can draw from deep reservoirs of inspiration and understanding and translate their tradition into meaningful public policies."
Tenafly, New Jersey, is a suburb of 16,000 people, nearly half of them Jewish, just across the Hudson River from New York City. However, when a group of Orthodox Jewish newcomers put up a symbolic boundary called an eruv, Tenafly became one of the latest battlegrounds in an ongoing civil war in the American Jewish community.
Many moral questions are posed when adult justice is imposed on juveniles. Should a boy who has murdered someone be put into a prison with grown men? Advocates of mandatory sentencing caution that these kids must be taken off the street and kept off. Critics warn that a young person spending his formative years in an adult prison has much less of a chance of ever becoming a productive citizen.
The National Conference of Catholic Bishops have approved the first national guideline for church art and architecture. Titled “Built of Living Stones,” the document advises parishes, priests, and architects on appropriate church styles, which reflect solid theological foundations. More