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TV’s ‘The Waltons’ explored serious spiritual themes

The Rev. Matt Curry’s parents were children of the Great Depression, just like “The Waltons” – the beloved TV family whose prime-time series premiered 50 years ago. When Curry was growing up...

Knock, knock: Jehovah’s Witnesses resume door-to-door work

Jehovah’s Witnesses have restarted their door-to-door ministry after more than two and a half years on hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic, reviving a religious practice the faith con...

Columbia River’s salmon at core of ancient religion

ALONG THE COLUMBIA RIVER – James Kiona stands on a rocky ledge overlooking Lyle Falls where the water froths and rushes through steep canyon walls just before merging with the Columbia River...

Religions know power of getting away from it all

Summer vacations are coming to an end – though not everyone took one. Under federal law, U.S. companies aren’t required to offer a single paid vacation day, compared with the at least 20 req...

Tribal leaders, members react to pope’s apology on schools

MASKWACIS, Alberta – Pope Francis’ apology this week for the Catholic Church’s role in Canada’s residential school system and the abuses that took place within it was a full-throated denunci...

U.S. houses of worship increase security after shootings

LOS ANGELES – The Rev. Steven Marsh never thought he would see the day his church in Laguna Woods, California – a town of 16,500 populated largely by retirees – would be spending $20,000 a m...

On Greecr’s Santorini, 13 cloistered nuns pray for the world

THIRA, Greece – Cruise-ship tourists crowding souvenir shops and couples chasing the perfect Instagram sunset throng the alleyway outside the Monastery of St. Catherine, steps from Santorini...

Christians strip down at a South Texas nudist community

Outside the small Texas town of Elsa, a sheet metal fence too tall to see over surrounds a few acres of prime Rio Grande Valley land. In front of the compound’s drab, gray gate, bright orang...

What’s behind the enduring popularity of crystals?

As New York City Mayor Eric Adams attends ribbon cuttings, marches in parades and bulldozes dirt bikes, he wears an energy stone bracelet that his supporters gave him. In a recent interview,...

Anti-Roe justices a part of Catholicism’s conservative wing

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade at a time when it has an unprecedented Catholic supermajority. That’s not a coincidence. Nor is it the whole story. The justices who voted to overtur...

A roof over their head: Churches use tiny homes for homeless

Churches across the U.S. are tackling the big question of how to address homelessness in their communities with a small solution: tiny homes. On vacant plots near their parking lots and ste...

#ChurchToo revelations growing, years after movement began

A withering report about sexual abuse and cover-up in the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. A viral video in which a woman confronts her pastor at ...