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Obama Becomes More Private About His Religion

The Boston Globe | Ariel Sabar | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

...But since President Obama took office a year ago, his faith has largely receded from public view. He has attended church in the capital only four t...

Why the Village People Don't Play Kampala

Todd Hartley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Todd Hartley

If you showed up for church one Sunday, and the priest (or reverend or rabbi or imam or whoever) showed the congregation some gay pornography, what would you think?

Texas Churches Struck By Fires Following Arson Announcement

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

DALLAS — A sheriff's dispatcher says fires have struck two more rural east Texas churches, just hours after investigators announced that a blaze...

Rev. Steven Poole Arrested: Catholic Priest Accused Of Shoplifting Butter, Sofa Cover

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WEST CITY, Ill. — A Roman Catholic priest was accused of shoplifting butter and a sofa cover at a Wal-Mart in southern Illinois. Police arrested...

Joseph Reyes Violates Court Order By Taking Daughter To Church, Could Face Prison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Joseph Reyes was doing Sunday what millions of parents do all across the country: taking his daughter to church. But for this 35-year-old father w...

A Church That Pays You To Attend Services

SouthtownStar | Guy Tridgell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Rev. Dan Willis is passing the collection plate in reverse. He will give you money to go to church. ...

German Officer accused of having sex in church

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BERLIN — Police in southern Germany said an officer has been suspended from duty after allegedly having sex in a Catholic church during a servic...

Judge Orders Phoenix Church To Stop Feeding Homeless

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The homeless in Phoenix, Ariz. will have to find a new place for a pancake breakfast after a court ruling forced a neighborhood church to shut down it...

The Great Marriage Debate (In Victorian Britain)

Alan Elsner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Alan Elsner

Adam Kuper's Incest & Influence describes one of the most protracted political battles that gripped Victorian Britain: a law that prohibited marriage between a man and the sisters of his deceased wife.

Ministers confront Glenn Beck outside his Christmas stage show (Video & Photos)

James Rucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Rucker

Rev. Tillard speaks out against Glenn Beck Last night, Glenn Beck performed "The Christmas Sweater" -- a stage play that was broadcast live in theat...

Mitch Albom's "Have A Little Faith" Fixes Hole In Church Roof (VIDEO) | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Mitch Albom's newest book, "Have a Little Faith" focuses in part on a struggling Detroit church that didn't have enough money to repair the hole in it...

Catholic Church Shows Its Influence In Health Care Fight

Wall Street Journal | Peter Wallsten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Injecting itself aggressively into the health-care debate, the Roman Catholic Church in America has emerged as a major political force with the potent...

Ill. priest attempts suicide after abuse claim

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A Roman Catholic priest who was removed from his suburban Chicago post because of an abuse allegation was in intensive care Thursday a...

ACLU Attorney Who Fought For Miranda Rights Rules Against the Poor

Auburn McCanta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Auburn McCanta

The attorney who introduced the concept of Miranda rights into U.S. legal doctrine ruled this month that poor church members can't eat pancakes before a worship service.

Burned-Out Church Had Anti-Jewish, Anti-Christian

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A former Bronx synagogue that was turned into a church was torched by assailants who smeared Satanic graffiti on its walls. "We have...

Will Spirituality Ever Be Serious?

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

All too often, however, spirituality reinforces rather than transcends conventional limits, boundaries, and notions of the ego. Sandwiched in between manicures and lunch dates, the quickie yoga class becomes just another way to augment and reinforce the self.

The Lottery Question

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Everyone has dreams and desires but usually keep them hidden, back in the recesses of their minds. The lottery question gets those dreams and desires out in the open, on the front burner.

Rifqa, the Reverand and Apostasy

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Salam Al Marayati

Mohamed Bary says she can practice any faith she wants -- clearly, he is not a fundamentalist. He believes his daughter was brainwashed and kidnapped.

Outsourcing Mass To India

Global Post | Saritha Rai | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

It is dawn in Kerala, a palm frond of a state in India's South West. As the sun's first rays hit the church steeple, a Holy Mass is being conducted ...

True Blood Sucker Punch: Episode 7

Mark Blankenship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark Blankenship

Are you serious, True Blood? Are you really going to spring Godric on me in the last moment of Episode 7 ("Release Me") and then cut to the credits? D

Whither Historic Riverside Church?

Sheryl McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Sheryl McCarthy

Will Riverside continue to be a liberal, socially activist church that is welcoming to Christians of all races, genders and sexual persuasions, or will it will take on more of the trappings of a black, evangelical church?

U.S. Nuns Facing Vatican Scrutiny | LAURIE GOODSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Vatican is quietly conducting two sweeping investigations of American nuns, a development that has startled and dismayed nuns who fear they are th...

Three Moral Issues of Health Care

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

With an issue like health, deeply personal but of great public concern, the faith community has a unique and important role to play: to define and raise the moral issues that lay just beneath the policy debate.

A Church In Need

Keith Leon and Maura Leon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Keith Leon and Maura Leon

Our large economic challenges have impacted the religious community in distressing ways.

Park Avenue Paparazzi Angers Residents | SARAH KERSHAW | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The sight of doormen in charcoal gray jackets and smooth white gloves is de rigueur on Park Avenue -- Main Street for a rarefied slice of Manhattan. T...