August 30, 2010 - Homeschooling: Fastest-Growing Form of Education

Homeschooling: The Fastest-Growing Form of Education in the U.S. It appears that in the U.S., homeschooling is the fastest-growing form of education, according to independent research conducted by organizations ranging from the National Home Education Research Institute (, a nonprofit research and educational organization, to the federally funded National Center […]

August 29, 2010 - Eat, Pray, Love helps revive faith memoirs

By Steve Rabey Religion News Service (RNS) Believers have been writing about their spiritual journeys ever since St. Augustine invented the autobiography 16 centuries ago. Today, spiritual memoirs are enjoying a popular resurrection. Exhibit A is Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love,” which describes Gilbert’s midlife meltdown and her subsequent yearlong […]

August 28, 2010 - Local churches press Family Day to get everyone back to dinner table

Parishes encouraged to promote Family Day By Portland Archdiocese Parishes in the Archdiocese of Portland are being encouraged to promote Family Day. September 27 is the tenth anniversary of “Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with your Children.” This celebration was started in 2001 by the National Center […]

August 27, 2010 - Family-Faith Film Review: Takers

Family-Faith Film Review: Takers By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting Takers—Crime drama that devolves into a cliched exercise in gunfire, explosions and insipid dialogue. Director and co-writer John Luessenhop tells the story of a gang of five skilled thieves (Idris Elba, Paul Walker, Chris Brown, Michael Ealy and Hayden […]

August 27, 2010 - Family-Faith Film Review: The Last Exorcism

Family-Faith Film Review: The Last Exorcism By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting The Last Exorcism—Middling fright fest about an evangelical minister and self-confessed charlatan (Patrick Fabian) who brings a film crew (led by Iris Bahr) along to document his final faked exorcism. But he gets more than he bargained […]

August 27, 2010 - Poll shows Americans view of mosque debate

Majority Oppose Proposed Islamic Center and Mosque in NYC, But Support Mosque in Own Local Community — Majority say former site of World Trade Center is ‘Sacred Ground’ By Public Religion Research Institute WASHINGTON, D.C.—As the debate over building a Muslim community center and mosque in lower Manhattan rages on, […]

August 26, 2010 - Census riles 65% of Oregonians says poll

Oregon faith Report Online Poll, Most Oregonians consider the Census process an uncomfortable experience according to an Oregon Faith Report online straw poll.   The question asked was “In filling out the 2010 census, did you feel comfortable/uncomfortable on the questions asked?” with 65% saying uncomfortable, 21% comfortable and 14% undecided. […]

August 25, 2010 - Church Girls Gone…Mild?

Church Girls Gone…Mild? Paul Coughlin, Oregon author of No More Christian Nice Girls No book on the Christian Nice Girl problem would be complete without looking at how the church socializes girls and women.  Rather than trying to resolve every “hot button” doctrinal issue related to gender, such as whether […]

August 24, 2010 - Family-Faith Film Review: The Switch

Family-Faith Film Review: The Switch By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting The Switch—Seven years after his unmarried best friend (Jennifer Aniston) conceived a son (Thomas Robinson) by artificial insemination, and left town to raise the boy, a successful but neurotic New York stock trader (Jason Bateman) reconnects with her. […]

August 24, 2010 - Family-Faith Film Review: Lottery Ticket

Family-Faith Film Review: Lottery Ticket By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting Lottery Ticket—Broad comedy centers on a hardworking, good-natured 18-year-old (rapper Bow Wow) from an Atlanta housing project who wins the lottery but must survive a long holiday weekend before he can collect. He must evade the wiles of […]