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Historic city churches find new life as neighborhood centers

MINNEAPOLIS – The pews were rocking at Holy Trinity on a recent Sunday as worshippers from the Minnesota Swahili Christian Congregation sang and danced beneath the lofty, dark-wood-trimmed c...

Faith in the metaverse: A VR quest for community, fellowship

Under quarantine for COVID-19 exposure, Garret Bernal and his family missed a recent Sunday church service. So he strapped on a virtual reality headset and explored what it would be like to ...

Thich Nhat Hanh, influential Zen Buddhist monk, dies at 95

HANOI, Vietnam – Thich Nhat Hanh, the revered Zen Buddhist monk who helped spread the practice of mindfulness in the West and socially engaged Buddhism in the East, has died. He was 95. ...

At many churches, pandemic hits collection plates, budgets

Biltmore United Methodist Church of Asheville, North Carolina, is for sale.

Can a Christian flag fly at City Hall? The Supreme Court will have to decide

There are three flagpoles outside Boston City Hall. One flies the United States flag. Another flies the Massachusetts state flag. What can – and can’t – fly from the third is an issue being ...

Ex-boarding school for Native children owning up to its past

PINE RIDGE, S.D. – Middle schooler Rarity Cournoyer stood at the heart of the Red Cloud Indian School campus and chanted a prayer song firmly and solemnly in the Lakota language – in a place...

Mormon women’s influence expands despite priesthood ban

SALT LAKE CITY – When she was younger, Sharon Eubank figured she would one day marry and form the kind of nuclear family typically expected of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter...

Across U.S., houses of worship struggle to rebuild attendance

When Westminster United Methodist Church in Houston resumed in-person services late last year, after a seven-month halt because of COVID-19, there were Sundays when only three worshippers sh...

What’s your religion? In U.S., a common reply now is ‘none’

Nathalie Charles, even in her mid-teens, felt unwelcome in her Baptist congregation, with its conservative views about immigration, gender and sexuality. So she left. “I just don’t feel like...

Barred from priesthood, some Catholic women find other roles

ROME – Women aspiring to leadership in the Catholic church have long come to terms with the glass ceiling that exists in the male-dominated institution, but Pope Francis’ spate of female app...

Religious abortion rights supporters fight for access

On the day the Supreme Court heard arguments in a Mississippi abortion ban case, Sheila Katz plans to be at a nearby church. It is where the Jewish organization she leads is helping to host...

Foes of death penalty offer spiritual support at executions

NEW YORK – After Sister Barbara Battista, a Roman Catholic nun staunchly opposed to the death penalty, agreed to accompany a condemned man at his execution in federal prison, she wondered do...