BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Episcopal Bishop Kee Sloan of Alabama voted in favor of his church's new ritual for blessing same-sex unions - but he won't allow priests in his diocese to perform it. By Greg Garrison.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Could a Virgin Mary statue under a pine tree in the middle of a cow pasture in rural Alabama one day become an officially recognized international pilgrimage site of the Roman Catholic Church? By Greg Garrison.
STERRETT, Ala. (RNS) Marija Lunetti, one of six young peasants who claimed that the Virgin Mary began appearing to them in 1981 in Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, says the mother of Jesus is aware of the economic crisis in Europe. By Greg Garrison. About 650.
c. 2008 Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Birmingham’s Church of the Highlands has been named the fastest-growing church in America by Outreach magazine, a publication for religious leaders that does an annual analysis of church growth. In the yearlong survey of church attendance ending in spring 2008, Highlands grew by 3,418 from the previous […]
c. 2008 Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ They were pastors and civil rights leaders who broke the back of unjust segregation laws and set in motion the transformation of America into a more racially tolerant nation. Forty years after the violent death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, the […]
c. 2007 Religion News Service GADSDEN, Ala. _ On a recent Friday night at Temple Beth Israel, with no rabbi present, Fran Beresid-Andrepont stepped forward to light the Sabbath candles, reciting a prayer. “As these Shabbat candles give light to all who behold them, so may we, by our lives, give light to all who […]
c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Paul Porter likes to jigsaw for Jesus and carve Scripture with a scroll saw. Cutting tiny, intricate patterns into blocks of olive wood imported from Bethlehem, he has shaped startling icons reflecting sacred themes. Many of the pieces have been given to clergy, missionaries, the sick and shut-ins. “I […]
c. 2007 Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Next to an open Bible on a table inside the Riverview Animal Clinic, pet Chaplain Marcus Allison cuddled a sick, shivering brown puppy in one arm, reading aloud a verse of Scripture. Then he stroked the dog’s fur and spoke softly. “The Lord loves you,” he said. […]
c. 2007 Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ People driving by Faith Chapel Christian Center might get the feeling they’re passing a futuristic alien colony now that the church has built its seventh dome, giving the 137-acre campus an otherworldly appearance. Faith Chapel started with a $15 million, 3,000-seat sanctuary under a dome in 2000. […]
c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In his new book, TV evangelist, megachurch pastor and best-selling author Bishop T.D. Jakes advises his readers to transform themselves and move into a new stage of life. The book, “Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits,” also appears to be part of Jakes’ own strategy of remaking himself as […]
c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Harvard University biologist Edward O. Wilson, perhaps the world’s most famous insect expert, was baptized by immersion as a Southern Baptist long ago. “I went under the water,’ Wilson said. “I’m respectful. That’s one reason I can talk about it. I know the faith; I respect it.” Wilson, a […]
c. 2007 Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ It wasn’t exactly “The Da Vinci Code,” but a Birmingham Catholic priest recently jetted around the world and helped deliver one of the most important documents in Christian history to the pope. “It contains the oldest copy of the Lord’s Prayer in the world,” said the Rev. […]
c. 2007 Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ It seems as if Birmingham civil rights pioneer the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth is now at peace with his legacy outside the shadow cast by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. That was illustrated recently in a joint appearance by Shuttlesworth and King’s oldest son, Martin Luther King […]
c. 2007 Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ On a Sunday afternoon at the Birmingham Shambhala Meditation Center in Avondale, children sitting on red cushions took turns talking about Buddha and discussed learning how to meditate. “I’m kind of crazy these days,” said Ashlin Duncan, 6, “and my mom says I should come here.” “I […]