(RNS) — Christians, both conservative and progressive, are pushing Congress to pass new legislation to protect Dreamers, and reminding lawmakers of the centrality of their faith.
BOONVILLE, Mo. (RNS) — This winter celebration featuring trees, candles and wreaths predates Christianity.
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) — Artisans in and around Bethlehem specialize in carving wood from a tree that makes several appearances in the Bible. They consider the work — a millennium-old tradition — holy. But clashes between Israelis and Palestinians threaten this year's Christmastime sales.
It is easy to see why anything that Congress does to dull or dim the lustre of what goes into collection plates, envelopes, and credit card accountings jolts those who must collect and who get to put to work these donations.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — More churches are recognizing that Christmastime can be the darkest time of year for those who are grieving.
(RNS) — 'Anything you think you know about Christmas is wrong,' according to Judith Flanders. The historian is aiming to dispel some of those myths and misunderstandings in her new book, 'Christmas: A Biography.'
(RNS) — Some are clearly rooted in religious messages, while others focus on family, kindness and generosity in ways that may appeal to interfaith and secular families – and everyone else.
(RNS) — Without the Maccabees’ victory and the preservation of Jewish religious life in ancient Israel, Christianity may not have emerged 200 years later with its taproots deeply embedded within Judaism.
(RNS) — Our annual guide to gifts for the godly and the godless.
(RNS) — The actress gives voice to Abby, a creature not mentioned in Scripture but who is charged to convey the excitement of the news of the birth of Christ.
(RNS) — How I long for the days when the War on Christmas was a fiction.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas (RNS) — Some bell ringers wish passers-by 'Merry Christmas' and hope the kettle fills. But many others have honed strategies for making the most of the uncompensated work — for the Salvation Army and all who come within earshot.