The Good Books

Give the gift of reading with the first 6 religion-theme recommendations

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Democrat-Gazette offers up the first six of its 12 selections suggested for gift-giving in its annual roundup of religion books. Continue reading...

Religion News Briefs

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Hasidic Jews to break away from town, form their own

Subscriber onlyKIRYAS JOEL, N.Y. -- For some longtime combatants, it had nearly the sweep and significance of an announcement that a hard-won Middle East peace agreement was finally at hand. Continue reading...

Pope: Put down cellphones in church or miss God's call

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- Dianne Alfaro sat in a pew in the back of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, her head bowed during Mass on Sunday morning. She cast her eyes down as the hymn "Jerusalem My Happy Home" swelled around her. Continue reading...

Muslim pop star keeps his focus on charity work, Allah

Subscriber onlyBIRMINGHAM, England -- About 11 p.m. one recent Friday, in a room backstage at the International Convention Center here, pop star Maher Zain, dressed all in white, was meeting his fans after a sold-out 90-minute show. Continue reading...

Religion Calendar

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Who's carrying your mat?

Friends support, give listening ear

Subscriber onlyThen some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are forgiven.' -- Mark 2:3-5 Continue reading...

Local Notes

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Thanksgiving all year

Church groups feed eligible Arkansans

Subscriber onlyThanksgiving is Thursday, but volunteers at the food pantry of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Little Rock have been handing out food associated with the day of gratitude and abundance for three weeks. Continue reading...

Guards, concealed guns deployed to protect churches

Subscriber onlyBefore the church massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas, there was the church massacre in Charleston, S.C. It was enough to make the Rev. John Darsey think that his young Georgia church needed a security plan -- one that involved defenders with firearms. Continue reading...

NEWS BRIEFS

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Sheepdog Seminars teach churches about security

Subscriber onlyWhen Jimmy Meeks reached Sutherland Springs, Texas, First Baptist Church was screened off as a crime scene as experts investigated the Sunday morning massacre that claimed 26 lives. Continue reading...

Calendar

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Don't shatter dreams

LatinX live in place that is truly home

Subscriber onlyAs I write this sentence, I am sitting in a narrow glass-enclosed section of the Starbucks on Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. It is a favorite place, a protected location amidst the bustle of heavy foot traffic, Uber drivers and bike couriers. There is a similar space in Fayetteville: a front corner chair at Mama Carmen's, also glass-enclosed, in which I am re-typing my notes for this column. Both spaces offer calm in the midst of movement, quiet access to chaos. Continue reading...

Local Notes

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