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David Crary

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...

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...

A new book on faith from popular author who died in 2019

NEW YORK – Christian author Rachel Held Evans left behind a legion of loyal readers when she died in May 2019, at the age of 37. Last June, a children’s book she’d been working on was publis...

Some abortion foes question tactical wisdom of new Texas ban

The new Texas law that bans most abortions in the state has been welcomed by many of the religious leaders who help bolster the anti-abortion movement. Yet some abortion opponents in U.S. re...

Admirers urge sainthood for chaplain killed on Sept. 11

NEW YORK – Among the nearly 3,000 people killed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Mychal Judge, a Catholic chaplain with New York’s fire department, left a uniquely complex legacy that continu...

Liberal groups see post-election bump

Fundraising is up for many progressive associations after Trump’s election

United Way loses its ranking as America’s largest charity

NEW YORK – United Way, ranked as America’s largest charity for all but one of the past 25 years, has been emphatically knocked from that spot by Fidelity Charitable, the leader of a rapidly ...

Increase in threats reported at U.S. abortion clinics

NEW YORK – Threats and violence directed at U.S. abortion clinics increased sharply in 2015, according to the National Abortion Federation, which attributed the surge to the release of under...

In rural Colorado, outreach aims to reduce suicides

In many Western Slope counties, guns used in 60 percent of cases

The debate over scope of sex education is raging on

Conservative values confront effort to provide students with reliable information

Editors choose Islamic State conflict as top news story of 2015

Gay marriage ruling ranked No. 2

Homicides of transgender women in U.S. reach alarming high

For a few transgender Americans, this has been a year of glamour and fame. For many others, 2015 has been fraught with danger, violence and mourning. While Caitlyn Jenner made the...