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'Doorkeepers' for worship

Century-old associations train ushers, who play crucial role in black churches, creating friendly, reverent and orderly atmosphere

Subscriber onlyVanessa Lucas, an avid churchgoer, says she'd love for everyone to be as blessed by the Scriptures as she has been. So when a friend missed a half-dozen services, she decided to investigate. Continue reading...

Same-sex union hiring ban lifted

Subscriber onlyEastern Mennonite University says it will no longer discriminate against job prospects who are in same-sex marriages. Continue reading...

Israeli government, liberal Jews clash

Subscriber onlyIsrael's narrow coalition government, propped up by two ultra-religious parties, is butting heads with liberal streams of Judaism that dominate Jewish life in the United States -- widening a rift that risks further alienating American Jews at a time of growing U.S.-Israel estrangement. Continue reading...

Church, community, barbecue feed the soul

Subscriber onlyThe year was 1902 and the faithful at Denver's Campbell Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church decided to have a fundraiser serving up some this flock's famous barbecue. Continue reading...

Church Calendar

Subscriber onlyAllison Memorial Presbyterian Church, 922 Wright Ave., will celebrate Men's Day at 11 a.m. Sunday with Monte Coleman, head football coach at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, speaking. Continue reading...

Local ministries taken for granted

Subscriber onlyAlthough not quite as formal, ushers in Northwest Arkansas churches play an important role in weekly worship services. Continue reading...

NWA Local Church Notes

Subscriber onlyVillage Bible Evangelical Free Church in Bella Vista, 210 Town Center S.E., presents guest pastor Don Moor speaking on "Knowing the Real Enemy" at the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday. Continue reading...

Surf Chapel students gather to hear sermon, catch some waves

Subscriber onlyOn such a gray, nippy morning, most self-respecting college students would pull the covers over their heads and languish for a couple of extra hours in the sack. Continue reading...

Jesus answers questions, understands fears, builds morale

Subscriber onlyAnyone who has ever worked at a company, been on a team or served in a church has had experience with morale. Morale is a collective mindset of positivity. Continue reading...

Prayer by Arkansan starts day for Senate

Subscriber onlyThe Rev. Ken Carney of Arkansas opened the U.S. Senate's session Thursday with a request for divine grace, wisdom and mercy. Continue reading...

Bless this food ...

… that it will nourish our bodies (and not make us sick)

Subscriber onlyAh, the potluck -- that beloved tradition of church fellowship. Just the thought conjures up images of tables filled with prized family dishes like chicken spaghetti, broccoli and cheese casserole and scrumptious cakes and pies of all types. Continue reading...

Black rabbi: Jews traditionally 'global'

Subscriber onlyWhen Rabbi Capers Funnye Jr. enters an unfamiliar synagogue at dawn to join the daily recitation of Hebrew prayers, his presence inevitably prompts questions. Continue reading...

Churchy O'Connor on U.S. stamp odd but right

Subscriber onlyFamous authors are often invited to elite dinner parties in New York, a setting in which the rich Georgia drawl of Flannery O'Connor stood out like a dish of cheese grits next to the caviar. Continue reading...

Religion Calendar

Subscriber onlySecond Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, will present the Love the Music ... Love the Earth documentary film festival Sundays through Aug. 2. Continue reading...

Monsignor moved from jail pope to visit

Subscriber onlyA former church official jailed for his handling of priest sexual abuse complaints is no longer housed at a Philadelphia jail that Pope Francis plans to visit. Continue reading...

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