Rev. Kevin Parviz places ashes on his grandchildren Johnna Opheim, 7 1/2 and infant Aubrey Smith during Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, March 5, at Congregation Chai v'Shalom in Dogtown with his wife Colleen, right.The service combined both Christian and Jewish liturgy. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, courtesy of St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Lutheran ministry seeks to convert Jews

ST. LOUIS (RNS) The work of Congregation Chai v’ Shalom falls under the umbrella of Lutherans in Jewish Evangelism Inc. The organization is one of the Missouri Synod’s roughly 300 recognized service organizations.

Lutherans find common with Catholics on Obama mandate

ST. LOUIS (RNS) The conservative Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has not had much in common with Roman Catholics, but President Obama's contraception mandate has led the St. Louis-based church to find “large consensus with the Roman Catholic Church on moral issues,” its new president said. By Tim Townsend.

Sparks fly as House GOP blasts contraception mandate

WASHINGTON (RNS) A House committee holds hearings Thursday that will find the Obama administration guilty of trampling on religious freedom by requiring employers to provide insurance that includes contraception coverage. By Lauren Markoe.