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Question our monuments to ourselves

Ornamental graves: self-indulgent or spiritually honoring?

Minn. church whistleblower says she has no regrets about speaking out, but ‘didn’t do enough’

ST. PAUL, Minn. — After she made her First Communion as a little girl, Jennifer Haselberger was distraught to learn … Continued

Religion news in brief

Evangelist Billy Graham turns 95 next month NEW YORK — A major celebration is planned next month for the 95th … Continued

‘12 Years a Slave’ prompts calls for racial reconciliation

WASHINGTON — The new movie “12 Years a Slave” may depict a bygone era in American history, but religious leaders … Continued

EXCERPTS: Billy Graham on sin, salvation and ‘trendy religion’

RNS () — Evangelist Billy Graham, who preached the gospel for more than seven decades, has written his 32nd book: … Continued

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

Italian school seeks to revive Catholic dominance of sacred art

FLORENCE, Italy — Set in a luscious park along the banks of the Arno River, an art school is trying … Continued

Home schooling without God? Humanists find a way

When KellyAnne Kitchin began home schooling her three sons three years ago, she had difficulty finding  curriculum programs that fit … Continued

Barber wins right to continue haircuts for the homeless

HARTFORD, Conn. — Every Wednesday around 5 p.m., the homeless start lining up in Bushnell Park. They come for the … Continued

The very personal ethics of prenatal testing

(Bigstock photo/ ) Every pregnant woman has decisions to make about prenatal genetic testing, and it’s not as simple as … Continued

Lifetree Cafes offer space for tough topics

WATERBURY, Conn. — On a recent Monday evening, a room inside Christ Community Church was transformed into a coffeehouse with … Continued

Religious groups OK with gay Scout ban for years now say no problem. What gives?

For years, the biggest faith groups in the Boy Scouts Mormons, Catholics and Methodists supported the organization’s ban on openly … Continued

Is entertainment our new American idol?

Christopher Polk GETTY IMAGES FOR NARAS Singer Justin Timberlake (L) and rapper Jay-Z perform onstage during the 55th Annual GRAMMY … 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

Hope after Russia’s adoption ban: Adopting justice

DMITRY LOVETSKY ASSOCIATED PRESS Children look on in the Republican Hospital for Infectious Diseases, which specializes in treating HIV-positive children … Continued

Where was God?

Newtown, I just have one question today for our readers. Where was God? The shooting massacre we saw in Newtown, … Continued

Fate of accused abusive pastor in the hands of his flock

STOVER, Mo. — The Rev. Travis Smith paced First Baptist Church’s sanctuary, decorated for the holidays with poinsettias and a … Continued

Remembering transgender voices

On Sunday, the Boston-area trans community came together for the 14th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance . This global celebration … Continued

For Petraeus, echoes of that other warrior David

It’s tempting to view the sex scandal surrounding retired Army Gen. David Petraeus through a religious lens. After all, most … 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