Evangelical churches refine message on gay issues
The Rev. Robert Jeffress has changed the way he talks about homosexuality from the pulpit.
The pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Dallas hasn’t stopped preaching that homosexual sex is sinful, but he no longer singles it out for special condemnation. Now, Jeffress says he usually talks about homosexuality within “a bigger context of God’s plan for sex between one man and one woman in a lifetime relationship called marriage.”
COMMENTARY: Catholic adherence to dogma helps all
The Catholic Church is no stranger to criticism from those who disagree with its teachings, but the petition posted recently on the White House website to label the church a "hate group" is beyond the pale, even in an age when an aggressive secularism seeks to marginalize the influence of religious belief.
Sacred Heart Church’s celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Approximately 700 parishioners took part in the recent Hispanic celebration honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of Mexico, North and South America, Latin America and the Philippines.
More people answer call of Kirtan chanting
Beth Swick was a 40-year-old atheist with warm childhood memories of singing in the church choir when she found herself drawn by a one-word event notice taped to a door: "Chanting." Inside, she found something called a kirtan, or group devotional music.
Widow of Medgar Evers to give invocation at Inauguration
President Barack Obama has picked the widow of slain civil rights icon Medgar Evers to deliver the invocation at his swearing-in this month, believed to be the first time a woman and a non-clergy member has been chosen to deliver perhaps America's most prominent public prayer.
National Cathedral to host same-sex weddings
Washington National Cathedral — the seat of the Episcopal Church, one of the world's largest cathedrals and the host of the official prayer service for the presidential inauguration later this month — has decided to start hosting same-sex weddings.
Do gays need a church of their own anymore?
On that Sunday in 1968 when Troy Perry borrowed a minister's robe and started a church for gays in his living room, the world was a very different place.
‘Hidden Keys to Loving Relationships’ to be free seminar at Grace Episcopal
“Hidden Keys to Loving Relationships”, a program designed for young couples of all ages to help strengthen and bless marriages, will be offered from 9:15 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Grace Episcopal Church in the Arnold House, 305 Arnold Street, Cullman 35055.
In 2012, the rise of a new religious America
The first Hindu elected to the House of Representatives, Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, will take the oath of office in a few weeks - and she has chosen to place her hand on the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred text of her tradition.
Meanwhile, the woman she replaces in Congress, Mazie Hirono, will be sworn in as the first Buddhist elected to the U.S. Senate.
Welcome to the new religious America.
INTERNATIONAL: Pope's Christmas message focuses on Mideast, China
In his Christmas message to the world Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI called for an end to the slaughter in Syria and for more meaningful negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, while encouraging more religious freedom under China's new leaders.
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