Republican lawmakers in Indiana pledged on Monday to clarify a religious freedom bill that was slammed by businesses and activists for sending a message of discrimination against gays after it was passed last week.
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“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.
Rosh Hashana, the first of the Jewish High Holy Days, begins at sundown Wednesday and ends at sundown Friday. It’s the Jewish new year, and in the spirit of hoping for a sweet year, honey gets plenty of attention.
Pope Francis has ordered a review aimed at simplifying the Church’s procedures for annulments, the Vatican said on Saturday, a move that could make it easier for Catholics to end marriages.
Every fall for 42 years, St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church has taken a leap of faith and invited the community to sample the tastes, sounds and rituals of its culture.
If you’re wondering where to find the perfect gift or decoration for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas, we might just have the answer. The RJ’s annual listing of holiday bazaars is filled with options spread across the valley.
Shoppers love variety, and they want to know where to find it. If you’re putting on a bazaar this holiday season, check our rules and then send us your information.
The life of a Methodist pastor isn’t a series of afternoon tea parties. Especially for a minister who’s also a lawyer, wife, mother of three daughters and the leader of two congregations planning to merge.
Studies show that Millennials are less inclined to practice religion and more inclined to practice volunteerism and altruism — ironically, a cornerstone of most religious doctrine.
A federal judge in Utah has issued a final ruling that strikes down parts of the state’s anti-polygamy law in a lawsuit filed by the family that appears on the TV show “Sister Wives.”
A Pew Research Center study found that young adults are less religious than any other age group, with nearly a third declining to affiliate with any organized religion. They’re also less devout than previous generations were at the same point in their lives.
For more than 20 years, the largest Catholic church in Las Vegas has gone largely unnoticed by the valley’s nearly 650,000 Catholics.
Now on its own 40-acre campus at Lone Mountain Road and Jones Boulevard, Canyon Ridge Christian Church calls to people who don’t have a church family, according to the Rev. Kevin Odor, senior pastor.
The Greater New Jerusalem Baptist church now under construction in west Las Vegas is around five times the size of the congregation’s current church, but some parishioners are worrying about where the money is going to come from and how the project could affect the health of its existing church.