Praying the Scriptures

Lectio divina is a deeper, contemplative reading of the Bible with guidance by the Holy Spirit

Subscriber onlyAs the season of Lent begins next week, many Christians will give up something as a gesture of penitence. Others will delve more deeply into a spiritual discipline or take up a new one, such as fasting, journal writing or a specific prayer practice. Continue reading...

'Super Bold Sunday' packs meals for needy

Subscriber onlyLast year on Super Bowl Sunday, the Rev. Luke Conway surprised his congregation at Lakewood United Methodist Church in North Little Rock with a meal-packing party in place of regular morning worship services. Conway had partnered with The Pack Shack, a Rogers-based nonprofit organization, to challenge members to put their faith into action by packing meals for those in need. Continue reading...

Exhibition looks at link connecting faith, tattoos

Subscriber onlyAn exhibit exploring the intersection of faith and tattoos opens Sunday at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Conway. Continue reading...

'Practicing' Christians divided on sexual mores

Subscriber onlyWhen pastors gaze out from their pulpits, they may want to imagine what would happen if they asked their flocks to respond to this statement: "As long as it's between consenting adults, any kind of sex is fine." Continue reading...

Religion News Briefs

Subscriber onlyPope salutes China in bid to mend ties VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has expressed admiration for China and has declined to criticize its longtime onechild policy in a bid to heal decades of estrangement between Beijing and the Holy See and open a new era of dialogue. Continue reading...

Talk and retreat set by Buddhists

Subscriber onlyThe Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock will host a public talk, "Happiness and the Nature of the Mind," 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Hun Lye will discuss the nature of the mind and its relevance to contemporary life. Continue reading...

Religion calendar

Subscriber onlySPECIAL EVENTS Asbury United Methodist Church, 1700 Napa Valley Drive, will have a free Ministry Fair from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday in Wilson Activity Center. The fair will offer information on Sunday School, volunteer opportunities, missions and classes. Brunch and refreshments will be provided. (501) 225-9231. Continue reading...

Reconciling in Christ: Fayetteville congregation recognized for welcome

Fayetteville congregation recognized for welcome

Subscriber only"You all are a part of the Body of Christ," Anita Andres told the congregants Sunday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville. "We all are a part of God's creation." Continue reading...

Faith Matters: Church fires with all pistons running

Subscriber onlyWhen I was in high school, my step-father -- oddly enough -- let me and my friend borrow his 1969 Jeepster Commando for a road trip. That's right, two 17-year-olds driving 500 miles to Colorado for a photography seminar. Continue reading...

Local notes

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON COUNTY First Presbyterian Church in Springdale, 100 S. Gutensohn Road, welcomes the Rev. Kris Crawford as transitional pastor during the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday. A reception follows. Continue reading...

Dear Pope Francis

In his new book, Francis answers questions from 30 children

Subscriber only"Dear Pope Francis," 10-year-old Mohammed begins, "Will the world be again as it was in the past?" Continue reading...

Memoir details Jews role as Nazi agents

Subscriber only Throughout the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam, and while incarcerated in two prison camps, Mirjam Bolle wrote letters to her fiance that she never sent but hoped to share with him after the war. Yet when the two ultimately reunited she decided to leave the past behind and stashed them away. Now, decades later, she has published them as a memoir. Continue reading...

Religion News Briefs

Subscriber onlyAccreditors check BYU policies on gays SALT LAKE CITY — Law school accreditors are investigating Brigham Young University amid claims that the Mormon church-owned institution violates nondiscrimination standards by expelling students who live in same-sex relationships or leave The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before graduation. Continue reading...

Former LR Diocese bishop speaks at men's conference

Subscriber onlyArchbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, former bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock, will be a featured speaker during the Arkansas Catholic Men's Conference VI to be held Feb. 6 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Little Rock. Continue reading...

Pope encourages technology use, with caveat

Subscriber onlyPope Francis has promoted the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy in many symbolic ways, from spectacular liturgical rites and quiet gestures of forgiveness to sinners who have sought his help. Continue reading...

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