G. Jeffrey Macdonald| Religion News Service

Stories by G. Jeffrey Macdonald| Religion News Service

From burlap sack to digital file, church records get makeover

BOSTON — Six years ago, the people of First Congregational Church of Rowley in Massachusetts were convinced they’d lost their … Continued

As denominations decline, numbers of unpaid ministers rise

RNS () — The 50 members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Hitchcock, Texas, are looking forward to December, when … Continued

(Correction) Mass. Supreme Court weighs challenge to Pledge of Allegiance

BOSTON — Justices of Massachusetts’ highest court examined the nature of the Pledge of Allegiance Wednesday (Sept. 4) as they … Continued

Mass. Supreme Court weighs challenge to Pledge of Allegiance

BOSTON — Justices of Massachusetts’ highest court examined the nature of the Pledge of Allegiance Wednesday (Sept. 4) as they … Continued

Non-Christian groups could win free Mass. campus

RNS () — Eager to give away a 217-acre campus that’s been earmarked for donation since 2009, the owners of … Continued

New Gettysburg museum explores role of faith in Civil War

When Confederate soldiers bore down on Gettysburg, Pa., in 1863, a quiet seminary building atop a ridge was transformed — … Continued

ANALYSIS: Where are the Christians on burying Tsarnaev?

BOSTON — Soon after the Boston Marathon bombings, local Christian leaders stepped swiftly into the public eye, convening vigils and … Continued

Boston amputees face a long spiritual struggle ahead

BOSTON — In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings that left three dead and more than 260 injured, perhaps … Continued

Boston bombings bring chaplains into new ground

BOSTON — Two days after the Boston Marathon bombings, Boston Medical Center chaplain Sister Maryanne Ruzzo was checking on staffers … Continued

Louisiana monks score second win in bid to sell caskets

A group of woodworking Louisiana monks is celebrating after a federal appeals court ruled they can sell simple handmade caskets … Continued

Episcopal bishops agree not to help breakaway congregations

The Episcopal Church has a new commandment for its bishops: Thou shalt not assist former Episcopalians who are trying to … Continued

Alcoholics Anonymous wrestles with its spiritual roots

BEVERLY, Mass. — For Alcoholics Anonymous to continue helping addicts find freedom in sobriety, the 75-year-old organization has to reclaim … Continued

All eyes on Texas, S.C. church property fights

When disgruntled congregations have left hierarchical denominations such as the Episcopal Church, they’ve often lost property battles as civil courts … Continued

Fasting like an Old Testament prophet gains followers during Lent

Amy Lester has followed Jesus for decades, but her keen appreciation for his sacrifice on the cross came only recently … Continued

Boston cardinal reshuffles parishes to meet priest shortage

Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley on Thursday (Nov. 15) launched an ambitious, five-year plan to consolidate local parish leadership and reinvigorate … Continued

Is it ethical to defy evacuation orders?

As Hurricane Sandy bore down on the barrier islands of New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie gave stubborn residents one more … Continued

After winning free campus, Grand Canyon University says’no thanks’

Five weeks after accepting a free, 217-acre campus in western Massachusetts, a for-profit Christian university has walked away from the … Continued

Election Day Communion aims to heal the partisan breach

Come to me, all ye who are weary of negative political ads and burdened by the wounds of a brutal … Continued

For-profit Christian college wins free campus

A for-profit, Christian university in Arizona has won one of the education world’s most sought-after prizes: a free, historic, freshly … Continued

Churches shifting summer worship from Sunday to Wednesday nights

SALEM, N.H. — As New England sweltered in early July, Sunday mornings came and went without a single soul showing … Continued