One of the most familiar and moving works of the holiday season is George Friedrich Handel’s “The Messiah.” Green Valley Presbyterian Church is presenting the music in concert Dec. 3 with help from the harpsichord and a rousing chorus that includes the audience.
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Pope Francis confirmed Monday that he will make his first papal visit to the United States with a trip to Philadelphia next September for the World Meeting of Families, a conference held every three years in a different city to celebrate the importance of family.
As difficult as it is for most Americans kids to imagine, there are children in the world who have never received a gift, not for their birthday, a holiday or any other occasion. Operation Christmas Child works to fill that void.
Maryland’s biggest school district has stripped references to religious holidays from next year’s calendar, removing Christmas, Easter, Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah from the lineup of days off.
The Mormon church has admitted that founder Joseph Smith married about 40 women including a 14-year-old and others who were already the wives of his followers, having maintained for nearly 200 years that he was monogamous.
A Mormon bishop in Los Angeles apologized Sunday for the tone of a blog saying Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was unworthy to enter the faith’s temples, but stood by his criticism of Reid’s stands on some issues.
The march from the “old” Unity Baptist Church at 545 Marion Drive to its new building on Oct. 31 was about a stone’s throw. The new church is right next door, at 543 Marion Drive. But the journey to get there has been long.
Violent crimes can be traumatic for neighbors as well as victims. To comfort and reach out to those who may be suffering, local police created PEACE Shield, which involves religious leaders going into such neighborhoods and talking to people face to face.
Scientific theories including the “Big Bang” believed to have brought the universe into being 13.7 billion years ago and the idea that life developed through a process of evolution do not conflict with Catholic teaching, Pope Francis said on Tuesday.
A U.S. pastor who was defrocked after officiating his son’s same-sex wedding ceremony, and later reinstated, can keep his ordination, a Methodist judicial council has ruled.
Officials say a pastor at a Texas Panhandle church has resigned after being arrested on a prostitution charge.
Mormon church founder Joseph Smith had a teenage bride and was married to other men’s wives during the early days of the faith when polygamy was practiced, a new church essay acknowledges.
The Mormon church is addressing the mystery that has long surrounded undergarments worn by its faithful with a new video explaining the practice in-depth while admonishing ridicule from outsiders about what it considers a symbol of Latter-day Saints’ devotion to God.
“It took us almost 30 years to get here,” says Eileen Castle, board secretary of the new Las Vegas Buddhist Sangha Center in North Las Vegas, at the monthly service. “To fill up the building won’t happen overnight, but now that we’ve built it, they should come.”
Religious conservatives are moving their fight to state legislatures, seeking exemptions that would allow some groups, companies and people with religious objections to refuse benefits or service for gay spouses.
A Vatican document said on Monday that homosexuals had “gifts and qualities to offer” and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognize positive aspects of same-sex couples.
Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members.
As a military chaplain for the Nevada National Guard, Maj. Harold Woomer Jr. has learned there are no certainties when it comes to how soldiers are going to react to the cross on his uniform, especially in wartime.
Yom Kippur marks a period of reflection and repentance, local rabbis say. “It’s a day God forgives us,” says Rabbi Shea Harlig, director of Chabad of Southern Nevada, a hub of Jewish education and outreach in the valley. “We regret what we’ve done and we resolve never to do it again.”
Every week, somewhere in the valley, a local congregation is opening its doors to house and feed homeless families that might otherwise have no place to go. Meeting rooms, libraries, parish halls and kitchens are transformed into makeshift overnight shelters run by congregants who volunteer their time.
Ignoring rebukes from church leaders, members of a Mormon women’s group pushing for gender equality for the first time joined men at regional church buildings across the U.S. to watch a live broadcast of the male priesthood meeting.
A high-ranking Mormon leader reiterated the church’s opposition to gay marriage Saturday, but he urged members to be gracious toward those who believe differently.
From the time members drew up an official charter in 1964, Westminster Presbyterian Church has prospered by being intimate, diverse, friendly, liberal, tolerant, charitable and quirky.
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