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National Day of Prayer will be held online, on radio Thursday

The National Day of Prayer is an annual event held on the first Thursday of May every year since its inception in 1952. In years past, about 30,000 events take place on that day ...

Religious freedom watchdog pitches adding India to blacklist

NEW YORK – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is urging that the State Department add India to its list of nations with uniquely poor records on protecting freedom to wor...

Military chaplains pivot to serve soldiers in virus outbreak

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Maj. Brian Minietta’s eyes are locked down the barrel of a camera lens. He sways gently back and forth in silence, then his gruff voice belts out, in singsong: ...

First Baptist Church of Durango welcomes Jimmy Thoma as new senior pastor

First Baptist Church of Durango has welcomed Jimmy Thoma to his new role of senior pastor of preaching and teaching. Thoma was hired as the associate pastor in September 2016 and...

A virus that hits all faiths tests religion’s tie to science

NEW YORK – Tanzania’s president claimed the coronavirus “cannot sit in the body of Christ.” Israel’s health minister dismissed a potential curfew by saying that “the Messiah will come and sa...

5 Buddhist teachings that can help you deal with coronavirus anxiety

Buddhist meditation centers and temples in coronavirus-hit countries around the world have been closed to the public to comply with social-distancing measures. But Buddhist teach...

Pandemic, border crackdown hamper Catholics’ aid to migrants

NOGALES, Mexico – For years, Catholic-led, U.S.-based nonprofits have been at the forefront of efforts to support migrants and asylum seekers along the Mexican border. Tough new border polic...

Summit Church to hold virtual Easter services

Easter services at Summit Church will be conducted via Facebook Live at 5:30 p.m. Saturday:Easter Sunday Livestream 6:30 a.m. Sunday: Outdoor Easter Sunrise Service 9:30 a.m. Sund...

Virus forces world religions to change plans for holidays

SILVER SPRING, MD. – The global pandemic is upending the season’s major religious holidays, forcing leaders and practitioners across the spectrum to improvise. They’re having to find new way...

As offerings dwindle, some churches fear for their future

NEW YORK – As in-person worship services are canceled or downsized amid the coronavirus outbreak, some churches across the U.S. are bracing for a painful drop in weekly contributions and pos...

Mormons to hold major conference without attendees

SALT LAKE CITY – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Wednesday that it will hold a major conference in April that features speeches by top leaders without any attendees...

Summit Church offers community support in times of stress

Summit Church, formerly First United Methodist Church of Durango, 2917 Aspen Drive, offers a communitywide program with highly trained, caring volunteers to help people through life’s chal...