A look at religion events happening across East Texas:
For 63 years, the low-slung, brick church on Twinbrook Parkway has proudly advertised its progressive values. Its logo incorporates rainbow colors. Its members march in Pride parades. A sign formerly on the front lawn declared, “All Are Welcome. Really.”
UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the world on the first international day to remember the victims of religious persecution to “step up to stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, the persecution of Christians and other religious groups.”
Life is overflowing with demands. Everything is urgent; every minute feels like it is booked. And yet, there’s no sense of direction. The what of life is clear; the why, not so much.
KODIAK, Alaska — More than 100 pilgrims ventured to Monk’s Lagoon on Spruce Island to mark the 49th Annual St. Herman of Alaska Pilgrimage on Aug. 8. Walking up the small wooden chapel where St. Herman lived and prayed, countless footsteps were muffled by thick beds of moss while a canopy of…
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A federal appeals court is reversing a lower court decision and ruling that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ policy barring atheists from delivering invocations doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Diocese of Little Rock and a church in northwest Arkansas are being sued by an unidentified person who alleges both were negligent for allowing a priest to sexually abuse him.
From fiery protests outside detention centers in Texas, New Jersey and Rhode Island to a sit-in that blockaded an Amazon store in New York, a fledgling coalition of liberal Jewish groups is increasingly making itself heard as it fights the Trump administration’s immigration policies.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by “competent” doctors.
A dozen United Methodists meeting secretly in Indianapolis earlier this summer have unveiled a blueprint for spinning off one or two new denominations, hoping to put an end to decades of battles over LGBTQ inclusion.
LAKE JACKSON — While reminiscing about their childhood experience with Vacation Bible School, Diane Tweedle and Betty Massey wondered why kids had all the fun and no such thing existed for adults.
PARIS (AP) — Catholic pilgrims have held an emotional procession past fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral, singing and parading with a statue of the Virgin Mary rescued from the flames.
CINCINNATI — Investigators say a Cincinnati-area pastor charged with a sex crime involving an underage girl told the teen she needed to be cleansed from being molested as a child.
A Texas judge has ordered a North Texas Muslim cleric to pay $2.55 million to a Muslim woman who says he groomed her for sex after counseling her for years when she was in her teens.
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s supreme leader called on all Muslims to support the Palestinian people in their opposition to the Trump administration’s “deal of the century” Middle East peace plan.
As Americans reel from back-to-back massacres in Texas and Ohio, religious leaders who have experienced violence in their houses of worship are venting their anger at the persisting violence and trying to help their congregants persevere.
EL PASO — The growing memorial for victims of the El Paso massacre reflects the city’s deep roots in Catholicism: A painting of the Virgin Mary sits among teddy bears and candles embellished with religious imagery. White crosses are adorned with countless rosaries.
Amid the obituaries and tributes for novelist Toni Morrison, who died this week at age 88; of all the shared emails, texts and calls with friends and present and former students, as I sat with my own grief at the news, one remark of Morrison’s continued to resonate. In a 2015 interview in Es…
Many religious leaders have strongly condemned President Donald Trump’s disparaging remarks about minority members of Congress. Prominent figures on the religious right have not joined in, instead maintaining public silence or insisting Trump’s tactics reflect hard-nosed politics rather than…
The Sunday after our return from this year’s youth mission trip, there was a plane crash in Addison. A small propeller plane took off and then, because of a mechanical issue, veered to one side and struck an empty hangar in the early morning hours.
WESTPHALIA (AP) — A historic rural Roman Catholic church that had served the surrounding Central Texas farming community for more than a century has burned to the ground.
HUGHSON, Calif. (AP) — A priest at a Sikh temple in Northern California said he was assaulted by a masked person who told him to go back to his country.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Legislation requiring South Dakota schools to display the “In God We Trust” motto will get assistance from the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, a group that has been working to pass such laws in all 50 states.
Faith-based groups that help the U.S. government resettle refugees fear the future of their work is in jeopardy after learning that the Trump administration is considering shutting down refugee resettlement for the coming fiscal year.
The greatest thing about being a college professor is that you are always learning. To me, the best kind of learning comes from those lessons taught to us by our students. To the student in the seats, professors may seem like insufferable, impassive, immovable know-it-alls, but trust me when…
SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ top leader urged people to love one another no matter their differences during a speech at the NAACP convention.
FARMINGTON, Mo. — A Mennonite minister in Missouri says the community has forgiven a 16-year-old who slammed into a horse-drawn carriage and killed a 7-year-old.
Government restrictions on religion have increased markedly in many places around the world, not only in authoritarian countries, but also in many of Europe’s democracies, according to a report surveying 198 countries that was released Monday.
A nationwide U.S. sweep of migrants this week has not materialized at the expected magnitude. But the prospect of such action prompted legions of pastors, rabbis and their congregations across the United States to stand ready to help vulnerable immigrants with offers of sanctuary and other s…
A group of congregants at Riverside Church are calling on the historic Manhattan pulpit to reinstate its first female minister, days after the church chose not to renew Amy Butler’s contract following a visit she took to a sex shop with church employees and a congregant.
JERUSALEM — Israel’s education minister has apologized for controversial remarks about homosexual “conversion therapy” and intermarriage among Diaspora Jews that drew widespread criticism in Israel and the U.S.