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50 years after 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, victims still hold onto stained glass hope

From left, Lisa McNair, sister of 16th Street Baptist Church bombing victim Denise McNair, and Reps. Terri A. Sewell, Spencer … Continued

Crowds recall the faith that animated MLK’s unfinished dream

WASHINGTON — Fifty years to the day after Martin Luther King Jr. knocked on the nation’s conscience with his dream, … Continued

Does the Catholic Church really respect women, or the men who support them?

March 31, 2013Pope Francis arrives to lead an open-air Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Pope Francis … Continued

Late-night cross-country prayers help a mother find solace, faith

CRANFORD, N.J. — Every Friday at 2 a.m. JoAnne Whalen’s cell-phone alarm goes off and the 60-year-old wakes up in … Continued

D.C. imam provides counseling, weddings and prayer space for gay Muslims

Imam Dayaiee Abdullah never knows how many people are going to show up for Friday prayers. Some weeks, nearly a … Continued

Three popes at Vatican as Francis welcomes head of Egypt’s Copts

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Friday (May 10) met with Pope Tawadros II, head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, … Continued

Why the faith of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects doesn’t matter, but yours does

It simply does not matter that Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the two Chechen-born brothers suspected of perpetrating the attacks were … Continued

Faith in Boston

“My city, this cradle of liberty, sways with compassion tonight.” Thus my poet friend described the response to the Boston … Continued

Tensions flare over women’s prayers at sacred Western Wall

JERUSALEM — The ultra-Orthodox rabbi in charge of the sacred Western Wall assured a government emissary on Thursday (April 4) … Continued

On gay marriage, Supreme Court ponders not ‘if’ but ‘how’

WASHINGTON — Isn’t it remarkable, attorney Ted Olson said after arguing for same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court on Tuesday … Continued

A Jewish guide to love

Love is not the rush evoked by cards and gifts, flowers and chocolate. Real love is an enacted emotion. It … Continued

Interfaith(less) dialogue

There are two types of people who sometimes object to participating in interfaith ceremonies: religious and irreligious. First the religious. … Continued

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On Homosexuality, Many Christians Get the Bible Wrong

Will Christians of tomorrow read the Bible’s homosexuality passages the way Christians of today read the slavery passages?

Lutheran prayers at Newtown

In case you thought that every evil consequence of guns, mental illness and cruelty had been wrung from the Newtown … Continued

Newtown’debacle’ reopens old wounds for Missouri Synod

ST. LOUIS — A decision by the leader of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod to censure a pastor for participating in … Continued

Lutheran pastor apologizes for praying at Newtown vigil

A Lutheran pastor in Newtown, Conn., has apologized after being reprimanded for participating in an interfaith vigil following the shooting … Continued

Preachers pray for unity at National Cathedral inaugural service

WASHINGTON — President Obama started his second term with a traditional worship service and a challenge to help heal the … Continued

Obama extols a biblical vision of equality for all in second inaugural

A presidential inauguration is by tradition the grandest ritual of America’s civil religion, but President Obama took the oath of … Continued

Methodist pastor to preach at inaugural National Prayer Service

The Rev. Adam Hamilton, a United Methodist pastor known for his skilled preaching and centrist views, will deliver the sermon … Continued

‘Virtual’ public schools draw interest of religious families

Worried about exposure to foul language, immodest dress, peer pressure, and other inappropriate behavior, Susan Brown didn’t want her two … Continued