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Spreading the Word

‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Headlines Fundraising Event for School

Subscriber onlyBentonville Christian Academy will host its first fundraiser April 25 at the Lodge at Bentonville Church of Christ. Continue reading...

Acceptance and Love

Diversity Surrounds Benton County

Subscriber onlyThe modern mystic Cynthia Bourgeault in her book "The Wisdom Way of Knowing" writes serious engagement in the spiritual practices handed down to us from the ancient monastic traditions -- prayer, meditation, chanting, awareness of the present moment -- can enhance the spiritual seeker's powers of "creative perception," heightening an ability to sense when a convergence of events is occurring. I do not count myself among those "sensitive interpreters of patterns," but I have learned to pay attention to coincidence and to look for spiritual meaning in the patterns that seem to emerge while going about the business of everyday life. Continue reading...

The RESURRECTION

At Easter, many churches scramble to welcome newcomers and nominal worshippers

Subscriber onlyFor many churches, Easter Sunday requires an intricate balance between logistics and liturgy. Directing traffic in the parking lot, welcoming newcomers and adding extra services to make sure everyone has a seat, all while keeping the focus on the Gospel can be a daunting task. Continue reading...

Bomber, grieving grandma bond after killings

Subscriber onlyNineteen years ago today Kathy Sanders’ young grandsons died in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Continue reading...

What does Easter mean to doubters,‘nones’?

Subscriber onlyIt’s the first thing people do after meeting strangers in coffee shops and clubs favored by the young professionals now flocking into Austin, Portland and America’s other trendy postmodern cities. Continue reading...

NEWS BRIEFS

Subscriber onlyObama says no plans for immigration fix WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has told religious leaders that he has no plans to make unilateral changes to the nation’s immigration laws. Continue reading...

Communities of Faith

Subscriber onlyScholastica hosts caregiver retreat FORT SMITH — Jillian Guthrie, a licensed clinical social worker, will present a retreat for caregivers May 29-31 at St. Scholastica Monastery’s retreat center. During the “Balance in Action” program participants will learn how to help others while taking care of their well-being. They will also hear stories, participate in activities and experience meditative exercise. Continue reading...

Church tries to revive confession

Subscriber onlyHACKENSACK, N.J. — One of loneliest places in church these days is the confession line. The act of confessing one’s sins, a requirement for Catholics, has sharply fallen over several decades with evolving views on sin, penance and the stature of the priesthood. Continue reading...

Acceptance and Love

Benton County Sits in Unique Place, Time of Diversity

Subscriber onlyThe modern mystic Cynthia Bourgeault in her book "The Wisdom Way of Knowing" writes serious engagement in the spiritual practices handed down to us from the ancient monastic traditions -- prayer, meditation, chanting, awareness of the present moment -- can enhance the spiritual seeker's powers of "creative perception," heightening an ability to sense when a convergence of events is occurring. I do not count myself among those "sensitive interpreters of patterns," but I have learned to pay attention to coincidence and to look for spiritual meaning in the patterns that seem to emerge while going about the business of everyday life. Continue reading...

On the path

By walking the Stations of the Cross, Christians follow Jesus’ way to the cross

Subscriber onlySince the earliest days of the church Christians have been walking the Stations of the Cross, following in the steps of Jesus on his path to crucifixion. Continue reading...

Termites’ temerity is no match for church

Subscriber onlyLast year when new custodians began working at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Little Rock they spotted a troubling sign others had missed — termites. Continue reading...

NEWS BRIEFS

Subscriber onlyWould-be burner OKs plea deal BARTOW, Fla. — A Florida minister who was arrested Sept. 11 while attempting to burn 2,998 Korans at a Polk County park has accepted a plea agreement that will prohibit him from returning to the county for six months. Continue reading...

Pilgrimage for Peace is set for Good Friday

Subscriber onlyFaith and activist groups in Pulaski County will join in a Pilgrimage for Peace to mourn victims of violence and pray for peace on Good Friday. Continue reading...

Communities of Faith

Subscriber onlyCelebrate Jesus Parade to be held EUREKA SPRINGS — The Western Carroll County Ministerial Association will have its annual Celebrate Jesus Parade and Concert on Friday and April 19. Music will be featured 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in Basin Park on Friday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 19. The parade begins at 2 p.m. and music will continue after the parade until 5. Continue reading...

Building a monastery in the land of Celtic giants

Subscriber onlyThe Rev. Seraphim Aldea is so committed to building the first Orthodox monastery in the Scottish isles in more than a millennium that he did something no monk searching for solitude would ever, ever do. Continue reading...