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Historically holy

Numerous houses of worship in state hold honor of national distinction

Subscriber onlyDeclaring May as Arkansas Heritage Month, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and its parent agency, the Department of Arkansas Heritage, are urging Arkansans to "take time to reflect on the importance of their local historic sites," especially those on the National Register of Historic Places. The list includes dozens of houses of worship, in addition to other buildings and sites important to the state's heritage. Continue reading...

Spain's Jewish citizenship law hits hurdle

Subscriber onlyFor Alfonso Paredes Henriquez, it was the opportunity not only of a lifetime, but of a half-millennium. The Panamanian real estate developer, a descendant of Sephardic Jews kicked out of Spain five centuries ago, was elated when the country announced it would atone for the Inquisition by granting citizenship to people who can prove lineage from exiled Jews. Continue reading...

Committee hears how ISIS is wiping out history

Subscriber onlyThe small chapel in ancient Dura, near the Euphrates River in western Syria, is not a spectacular architectural site that tourists from around the world travel to see. Continue reading...

Religion News Briefs

Subscriber onlySenate connects trade, religion WASHINGTON — The Senate has voted unanimously to require U.S. negotiators to take religious freedom into account in any country taking part in trade talks. Continue reading...

Religion Calendar

Subscriber onlyMUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 W. 17th St., will present Spring Serenade, featuring music from Broadway, jazz and opera performed by the Cathedral Choir, at 7 p.m. Wednesday. (501) 372-0294 or trinitylittlerock.org. Continue reading...

Local Notes

Subscriber onlyBenton County The Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista, 1880 Forest Hills Blvd., celebrates its 30th anniversary June 14 with a dinner after the morning worship services. The theme will be "Pearls of Joy," with special readings, activities and displays. Continue reading...

Faithful transition: Unitarian Universalists share stories of transgender individuals

Unitarian Universalists share stories of transgender individuals

Subscriber only"The Unitarian Universalists have always been on the edge of social justice," said the Rev. Jim Parrish, who will be installed May 30 as the pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Fayetteville. The Unitarian Universalists supported the fight for civil rights in the last century, with a large contingent marching with Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C., Parrish said. Continue reading...

Faith Matters: Garden's non-native plant presents ethical dilemas

Subscriber onlyI've gotten myself into another ethical dilemma. Our family has a place at the lake, and the idea is for it to be as low-maintenance as possible. When we get there, we want to enjoy spending time together, not spending time on the yard or house. So years ago, a neighbor asked me if I wanted some "lamb's ear" he was thinning out of his garden. He described it as a hardy ground cover the deer wouldn't eat -- which sounded just perfect to me, so I said, "Sure!" Continue reading...

On wings ... with prayers

Missionary recruits volunteer pilots who deliver necessities, hope to American Indians on Southwest reservations

Subscriber onlyUsing a stroller as a walker, Freda Hinton emerges first from the doorless doorway of a one-room plywood structure. Continue reading...

Poll: Christians decline, but 'nones' increase

Subscriber onlyThe Christian population in the United States is declining, while the number of Americans who claim no religious affiliation is on the rise, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center. Continue reading...

Arab nuns to receive sainthood

Subscriber onlyThe Holy Land's Christians are excitedly preparing for this weekend's canonization of two Arab nuns, bringing some joy to a tiny community that has had little to celebrate in recent years. Continue reading...

How Arkansas stacked up

Subscriber onlyThe results of the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey show that the religious makeup of Arkansas differs slightly from that of the country at large, most notably in the percentage of Christians. Nationwide, Christians make up 70.6 percent of the population but in Arkansas 79 percent identify themselves as Christians. Continue reading...

Religion Calendar

Subscriber onlyMUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 1700 S. State St., will present the Throw Back Choir in concert at 6 p.m. today. The 35th annual Inspirational Choir Day will be celebrated at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. (501) 374-0485. Continue reading...

Local Notes

Subscriber onlyBenton County Unitarian Universalists of Benton County, 1110 S.E. Evergreen St., Bentonville, present Hamsa and Moshe Newmark, founders of the nonprofit Bridge of Peace Syria, speaking at 11 a.m. Sunday about the children of Syria. Continue reading...

Faith Matters: Christian pastor finds solidarity in prayer with Muslims

Subscriber only"Of course, all are welcome in God's house," the tallest of the men replied. I had approached a loose circle of congregants standing under an oak tree in the recently expanded parking lot of the Bentonville Islamic Center and asked if it would be all right if I prayed with them. The group smiled a collective smile, and without conveying the slightest bit of curiosity concerning why a priest wearing a clerical collar might want to join in their prayers, they explained the Friday prayer service had just ended. "But please," another man offered, "come back next Friday. The prayers begin at 1:00." "Yes, I will. Thank you," I answered. Continue reading...

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