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The Overcriminalization of America: Are We All Criminals Now?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.06.2012 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

What happened to Michael Salman -- armed police raids of his property, repeated warnings against holding any form of Bible study at his home, and a court-ordered probation banning him from having any gatherings of more than 12 people at his home -- should never have happened in America.

As Religious Officials Get Increasingly Political, IRS Remains Silent

Reuters | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics

* Evangelical ministers plan to endorse candidates * Churches intentionally putting tax-exempt status at risk * Catholic...

PHOTOS: Tourism, Pub-Going And Dining In Cornwall

Edward Schneider | Posted 07.30.2012 | Travel
Edward Schneider

There are evidently fewer pubs than there used to be, but we always managed to fill our quota: a half pint of cask ale for every couple of churches.

Party Crasher At The Church

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 07.16.2012 | Religion
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

As I shared stories of people planting gardens around churches, installing solar panels on sanctuaries and advocating for renewable energy policies, I saw parishioners nodding in affirmation, even as they grieved a tragic death.

Serve the Community Instead of Trying to Fill Pews

Carey Fuller | Posted 06.23.2012 | Impact
Carey Fuller

How can say you serve the community if you pick and choose who gets your help? Groups must work together to solve a crisis that affects everybody, not just members of their own churches.

10 Incredibly Unusual Churches

Oddee | Posted 03.15.2012 | Weird News

Churches may be all about ritual on the inside, but some holy houses are so unconventional that only God knows what the architects were thinking....

A Bright Idea: Invite Worship Groups Evicted From Public Schools To Worship In Shuttered Catholic Churches

Michele Somerville | Posted 04.22.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Although I feel strongly that a public school should never be identified with any one religion, I tend to think a church group has as much right to rent space in a public building as a theater group has.

Trusting Love Over Fear

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 04.08.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

The people of faith in my life who dared to speak louder than the anti-gay voices around them made me believe that was true.

Still Seeking 'The Ineffable' in 2012

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 03.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there." -- Rumi "If you want special illumination, look upon the h...

How Does The Faith Community Honor Elders?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 02.16.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

How churches care for their elders like Lillian shows how much they value their elders. It also shows where their values are. I can't imagine that Jesus would forget our elders, and neither should we.

Six Experiences In Montenegro's Loveliest Corner

Jeanine Barone | Posted 02.11.2012 | Travel
Jeanine Barone

Chicory, Leopard's bane and other wildflowers dot the landscape. Tiny garden farms are the norm, with many growing patches of potatoes, tomatoes, beets, and green peas.

Churches Play Key Role In South Carolina Primary

Taylors-Wade Hampton Patch | Carolyn Farr Smith, Chris Winston, Jeff Brush, Lindsay Street, Shiresse Bell and Adam Crisp | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

Churches are as much a part of South Carolina politics, as making a stop at the world-famous Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg....

Federal Judge Is Set To Hear Arguments From Birmingham Latinos

Posted 10.24.2011 | Latino Voices

Fox News Latino As a federal judge is set to hear arguments in Birmingham from Latinos, religious leaders and other opponents of a new immigratio...

My Job Offer For Millennials

Steve Knight | Posted 08.19.2011 | Religion
Steve Knight

Programs like this are really a partnership between generations. Millennials get to imagine a new kind of Christian community, while older generations get to see their legacy live on.

Wanted: 1,000 Pastors For the Poor

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.16.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

There is a policy myth is that churches and charities alone could take care of the problems of poverty -- especially if we slashed taxes. But this really has more to do with libertarian political ideology than good theology.

Fast Food Marketing And The Local Church

Brady Boyd | Posted 08.03.2011 | Religion
Brady Boyd

Have we, as American pastors, given up our calling as shepherds and unknowingly become fast food entrepreneurs who are building a religious business and not a church?

Five Predictions For The Future of the Local Church

Brady Boyd | Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion
Brady Boyd

While the ancient sacraments will remain, everything else is up for debate. I have five predictions for the next decade of local church in America.

Mormons, Baptists Assist In Tornado Cleanup

Posted 07.23.2011 | Religion

By Greg Garrison c. 2011 Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Mormon missionaries are often unwelcome guests when they knock at local fron...

Churches Asked To Share Pulpits With Muslims

Posted 07.17.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Religious and human rights activists are asking U.S. churches to invite Jewish and Muslim clergy to...

How To Choose A Church

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Whether one is simply curious about Christianity or has been steeped in church culture for a lifetime ... it is difficult to choose a church without getting a little overwhelmed by the possibilities.

Can an Orange Bracelet Turn Hearts in Washington?

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

2011-03-04-jw.jpgCutting programs that help the most vulnerable isn't going to get us out of financial trouble, or reduce the deficit in ways that we now need.

Huckabee Swings And Misses Regarding Islam

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Like all strike outs, there will always be a later opportunity to step up to the plate, but for now, Mr. Huckabee should be sitting in the dugout reflecting on just how wrong he got it.

Religious Groups Fight Obama On Tax Deductions

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Richard Yeakley Religion News Service For the third time in three years President Obama's proposed budget will attempt to reduce tax deductions fo...

The Most Beautiful Italian Churches (PHOTOS)

Paolo Rossi | Posted 09.20.2011 | Travel
Paolo Rossi


States Caught In Crossfire Over Guns In Churches

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service The way Rev. Jonathan Wilkins sees it, members of his Baptist church in Thomaston, Ga., should have the righ...