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Whirling Dervishes of Rumi dance as a spiritual journey toward truth

Subscriber onlyFor the Whirling Dervishes of Rumi, it's all about revolving. Members of the Sufi order use dance as a form of devotion to God, and the revolution of all things -- from electrons, protons and neutrons in atoms to the earth revolving around the sun -- is at the heart of their spinning movements. Continue reading...

Protecting the flock

Security experts teach churches how to deal with violence, safety concerns

Subscriber onlyJoel Humphrey thought his church had a solid security plan. But when he and fellow safety team members from Crossgate Church in Hot Springs attended a Sheepdog Seminar for Churches in Texas last year, he realized they had a lot of work to do. Continue reading...

Defensive living expo offers handgun class

Subscriber onlyOak Grove Life Center, a nonprofit organization and outreach of ThatChurch.com, will offer a Defensive Living Expo on Jan. 31. The event will include a concealed-carry handgun class, as well as seminars, training and demonstrations on defensive living. Continue reading...

Habits of holiness

Journaling, prayer, fasting and other disciplines add depth, resilience to spiritual life

Subscriber onlyFather Tom Elliott spends time each day writing a letter to God. It's a spiritual discipline known as journal writing and it's one the Catholic priest has practiced for more than a decade. Continue reading...

Interfaith program to focus on religious liberty

Subscriber onlyThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host an interfaith religious liberty program today in Little Rock. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Little Rock Stake Center, 13901 Quail Run Drive. Continue reading...

Listening for God

Contemplative prayer focuses on being receptive to the divine

Subscriber onlyFor Jerome Kodell, the practice of silent prayer has enriched his life. Some call it contemplative prayer -- a way of seeking a deeper relationship with God through stillness and silence. Continue reading...

Year of violence

Islamic State attacks voted story of 2014 by religion journalists

Subscriber onlyAttacks by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria were voted as the No. 1 religion story of the year by members of the Religion Newswriters Association and in a repeat of last year, Pope Francis was named the top Religion Newsmaker of the Year. Continue reading...

Tuning in to CAROLS

Music is a big part of Christmas tradition, but missing stanzas reveal a deeper story

Subscriber onlyCarols are a familiar part of worship services during Advent and Christmas, and many of the most beloved Christmas carols have ancient origins or roots in other countries. Continue reading...

'Blue Christmas' services provide comfort

Subscriber onlyFor those grieving the death of a loved one or struggling through divorce or job loss, Christmas can be a difficult time. Some churches in Arkansas are offering special worship services for those who find the season less than jolly. Continue reading...

Hanukkah events to feature mentalists

Subscriber onlyHanukkah, the Jewish holiday known as the Festival of Lights, begins at sundown Tuesday and this year's celebrations in Arkansas include public menorah lightings, latke potlucks and a number of other events. Continue reading...

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