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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...

Musician to play benefit for family-help groups

Subscriber onlyLittle Rock musician and songwriter Jason Truby has written the title track to the 1999 movie The Matrix Reloaded soundtrack and is a former guitarist for the rock group P.O.D., but there is one thing he never wants to see on the list of things he has done. Continue reading...

Moved by the spirit: Co-founder of black runners’ group encourages church members to get off pew, into shape

Subscriber onlyTony Reed has been a distance runner for more than 40 years. Continue reading...

Bridging the gap

Catholics and Protestants mark Reformation’s anniversary with discussions over differences, similarities

Subscriber onlyLutherans and Catholics will jointly commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at 6 p.m. Monday at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock. Continue reading...

Many minds, one God

Marking 200th anniversary of founder’s birth, Bahai faith celebrates equality, diversity of religions

Subscriber onlyThis weekend, members of the Baha'i faith in Arkansas will join in a worldwide celebration commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the religion's founder, Baha'u'llah. Continue reading...

Declaring His name in song

Young Mormon missionaries from far, wide to spread Gospel in Arkansas mission’s “Come Unto Christ” musical concert series

Subscriber onlyThe missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Arkansas Little Rock Mission will present the concert series "Come Unto Christ: A Missionary Musical Tribute" throughout the state beginning Sunday in Conway. Continue reading...

North Little Rock Mormons inch into social media after church approves Facebook

Subscriber onlyThe North Little Rock mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of about a dozen worldwide now allowed to use Facebook, the latest step in testing the introduction of social media to the mission field. Continue reading...

Faith vs. facts

Little Rock church offers course on striking a balance between science and religion

Subscriber onlyFrom the astronomer Galileo Galilei's heresy trial under the Roman Inquisition to the controversy that surrounded Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, science and religion are portrayed as crossing swords as often as paths throughout history, but Little Rock's Trinity Episcopal Cathedral offers an integrated understanding of both in its course "Christian Faith and Modern Science." Continue reading...

The Sooner Saint

Beatification set for Oklahoma priest Stanley Rother, martyred in Guatemala in 1981

Subscriber onlyThe road to sainthood can last many years, but an Oklahoma priest and the first American-born male martyr will take the final step required before canonization today when the rite of beatification is performed in his honor before an audience of thousands. Continue reading...

Heart and soles

Ozark Water Project collects used shoes by the pound to fund water systems for villages in Haiti, other countries

Subscriber onlyKarla Allen, executive director of Ozark Water Projects, will make presentations in schools throughout Arkansas this fall to tell students how shoes can be turned into clean water. Continue reading...

Worshipping outside the box: Annual interfaith gathering in Arkansas opens arms to people of all faiths or no faith

Subscriber onlyReligious communities will gather at 6 p.m. Thursday in a show of religious unity at the sixth annual "Love Thy Neighbor" event at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Little Rock. Continue reading...

National Day of Prayer chooses Arkansas pastor as chief

Subscriber onlyRonnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas and a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has been named president of the National Day of Prayer, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the organization. Continue reading...

Changing troops: American Heritage Girls offers alternative to Girl Scouts

Subscriber onlyFive years ago, Jennifer Walker and her family were new to the Benton area and she was looking for an activity she and her 6-year-old daughter could do together while serving others. Continue reading...

End of an era: Little Rock store selling Catholic gifts, books since 1950 to close doors next month

Owner ready to retire, unique store selling Catholic church supplies, gifts, books since 1950 to close doors next month

Subscriber onlyGuardian Church Goods store owner Michael Lipsmeyer has been busier than usual over the past couple of weeks delivering candles to Catholic churches in the Little Rock area. Continue reading...

Flowing grace

Arkansas haven for sex-trafficking survivors will have its own water well, thanks to Conway nonprofit

Subscriber onlyWater for Christ, a faith-based nonprofit in Conway that drills wells in the African country of Ghana to provide people with access to clean drinking water, has drilled a well in southwestern Arkansas at the future site of Hebron Hills, a facility for those who escaped or were rescued from sex trafficking. Continue reading...

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