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Mass Baptism Filmed At Football Practice Prompts Investigation

USA Today Network | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.02.2015 | Religion

VILLA RICA, Ga. — A Georgia school district is investigating after video of a mass baptism was posted on YouTube. The v...

Italian Priest Offers 'Baby Bonus' Money To Parishioners Who Have Three Or More Kids

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.15.2015 | Religion

ROME (RNS) A Tuscany priest is offering a baby bonus of more than $2,000 to Italian Catholic families who have three or more children. But there are s...

Inmates Indexing Genealogy Records

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Megan Smolenyak

For me, one of the most important days of my life was when I held my first newborn daughter in my arms. I was just so happy. I could not even begin to imagine what it would be like watching her traded for a handful of garden tools.

Renewing Commitment and Faith

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.01.2015 | Weddings
Brandi Megan Granett

Sarah McCoy, author of the novel The Mapmaker's Children, and her husband, an Army orthopedic surgeon she calls Doc B, recently celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary with a vow renewal and baptismal ceremony.

June, Weddings and Father's Day

Barbara Hammond | Posted 06.05.2015 | Fifty
Barbara Hammond

It's June, the month of Father's Day and weddings. With that in mind, I thought I would combine the two in one post about my favorite step-father and my wedding many years ago.

Pentecost 2015: History, Facts And Traditions

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 05.23.2015 | Religion

Pentecost marks the end of the 50-day Easter season for Christians and falls on Sunday, May 24 in 2015. History The second chapter of the Book of ...

Should Babies Be Baptized? Pastor Sparks Debate Within Baptist Church

Religion News Service | Heidi Hall | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion

(RNS) The sprinkling-style baptism of a Dayton, Ohio, infant — a scene heartwarming and commonplace for Catholics and mainline Protestants — is to...

Baptism, Baby Jack and the Bishop of Central Florida

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 05.08.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

If you missed the memo, there's a very sad situation down in the Diocese of Central Florida wherein Baby Jack was denied the sacrament of baptism because Baby Jack happened to have two dads.

UPDATE: Son Of Gay Dads Will Be Baptized At Episcopal Church After Initial Denial

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion

Baptism is usually a time to celebrate new life and spiritual community. But for Rich McCaffrey, a new father in central Florida, the ritual took on a...

In Brokenness, Beauty

Monica Stevens-Kirby | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Monica Stevens-Kirby

There is a visceral and magnetic power of babies to express profound and concentrated emotion in experiences adults take for granted

Icy Faces: Eastern Orthodox Christians Take Chilly Epiphany Plunge

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion

Eastern Orthodox Christians took an icy plunge on Sunday to mark the Epiphany feast. Thousands of faithful Orthodox Christians in Russia, Ukraine, ...

Died, Passed Away or Passed

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.29.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Exactly when did the change in terminology occur, what was the reason for the change, is it helpful for the family of the deceased, and what are the theological implications of using "passed away" or "passed" instead of "died"? I decided to explore the matter.

The Virgin Mary Visited My Very Angry but Lovable Teenage Son

Fiona Finn | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Fiona Finn

He walked side by side next to Mary. Yes, Mary the mother of Jesus, that Mary. She was cloaked in blue and he was calling her 'mom' as they spoke. Mary spoke gently to Connor letting him know he would be getting help for his teeth.

Baptism by Ice

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 10.26.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

In our church life, there are times when water is poured on our heads or our whole bodies are immersed in pools of water. Through this sacrament we experience that same type of connection to others in our faith. That is baptism.

Plunged into Chaos

Broderick Greer | Posted 10.25.2014 | Religion
Broderick Greer

I will never forget the day I was baptized. Ever the aquaphobe, I remember my eight-year-old self praying, "Jesus, if I don't die while I'm under the water, I'll serve you forever."

Could Baptizing Children Of Gays Become New Battleground?

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Despite numerous controversies over dismissing gay Catholics from church posts and the U.S. hierarchy’s campaign against same-sex marriage, Ca...

Justin Bieber Reportedly Baptized Following Racist Comments Leak

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion

Justin Bieber was reportedly baptized last week by Hillsong Church pastor Carl Lentz in a low-key ceremony in New York City, according to celebrity go...

Pentecost 2014: History, Facts And Traditions

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

Pentecost marks the end of the 50-day Easter season for Christians and falls this year on Sunday, June 8. History The second chapter of the Book o...

A Mother Without Children

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 07.11.2014 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

I was a mother long before I had children, because I am a Christian. As a Christian, I'm baptized into a family. Not a club. Not a private little 2.5 child nuclear family with two parents and a white picket fence.

Sarah Palin On Waterboarding: Someone Needs To 'Look Up What It Means To Baptize'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) further clarified her statement that "waterboarding is how we'd baptize terrorists" in an interview with Mario Lope...

Torture Is to Baptism as the Demonic Is to the Holy

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 06.29.2014 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

To take the most holy and life-giving rite of our faith and compare it to torturing a prisoner is demonic.

This Is the Night: The Darkness of Holy Saturday

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Unlike the hosannas of Palm Sunday and the yearned-for glory of Easter Day, this day in Holy Week, Holy Saturday, speaks most directly to the daily reality of our lives. After the shock of death or words that bring despair -- words like cancer, divorce, terminal, downsizing -- we find ourselves entering the dark void of unknowing.

A Joyous Welcome: The Baptism of Umma Azul

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

On April 5, a little baby, two-month old Umma Azul, was baptized into the Catholic faith. That may seem unremarkable until one realizes that the parents were a recently married lesbian couple.

Jesus and Paul Chose to Die as Dedicated Jews--According to the New Testament

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.08.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

It's well documented that both Jesus and Paul were arrested and indicted on the charge of blasphemy against Judaism. By what authority did the Sanhedrin invoke these charges?

Daily Meditation: Down To The River

Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...