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Historic Lutheran Vote Allows Gays to Preach God's Wordnew

Lesbian Lauren Wendt, a volunteer coordinator for Goodsoil, a Lutheran group working for the full inclusion of gays and lesbians in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, can finally follow her calling into the ministry.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Bradley Campbell  |  08-26-2009  |  Religion

The Leader of a High-Profile Florida Church is Enveloped in Scandalnew

Next month, Pastor Gaston Smith of Friendship Missionary Baptist is set to stand trial for allegedly stealing from a community fund named for his hero, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Miami New Times  |  Gus Garcia-Roberts  |  08-17-2009  |  Religion

Dissent in the Shambhala Communitynew

New website Radio Free Shambhala illuminates a disagreement over the relationship between Buddhism and Shambhala.
The Coast, Halifax's Weekly  |  Tim Bousquet  |  08-05-2009  |  Religion

Phoenix Police Raid a Local Pastor’s Home For Holding Church Servicesnew

Did the City of Phoenix overreach when it sent a swarm of police officers to local pastor Michael Salman's home to investigate an alleged zoning violation?
Phoenix New Times  |  Sarah Fenske  |  06-23-2009  |  Religion

Pro-Choice Provocateur: Meet Cambridge Divinity Dean Katherine Ragsdalenew

Rev. Katherine Ragsdale, who next month will become president and dean of Cambridge's Episcopal Divinity School, is an abortion-rights champion -- and bete noire to the right.
Boston Phoenix  |  Adam Reilly  |  06-03-2009  |  Religion

Creating a World-Class Islamic University in Berkeleynew

By founding Zaytuna College in downtown Berkeley, Hamza Yusuf and Zaid Shakir aspire to promote an American alternative to traditional Muslim education.
East Bay Express  |  Don Lattin  |  06-03-2009  |  Religion

Dalai Lama on the 50 Yard Linenew

The New England Patriots played host to a very different out-of-towner last week, as the Dalai Lama made a most incongruous visit to Gillette Stadium.
Boston Phoenix  |  Mike Miliard  |  05-14-2009  |  Religion

Who Profits from Pint-Size Preacher Terry Durham?new

While television and newspapers have chronicled his growing success, the circle of adults that surrounds him, and their respective criminal histories, makes the story more complex.
Miami New Times  |  Natalie O'Neill  |  05-04-2009  |  Religion

Silent Protestnew

Some University of Arizona students find an angelic way to counter Brother Jed and Sister Cindy.
Tucson Weekly  |  Mari Herreras  |  04-02-2009  |  Religion

The COR of Beliefnew

For 40-plus years, the Community of Reconciliation has shown how faith can bring us together -- and how hard that really is.
Pittsburgh City Paper  |  Chris Potter  |  03-16-2009  |  Religion

Covenant Marriage Laws in Louisiananew

When Louisiana became the first state to enact covenant marriage, supporters expected it to sweep the country and lower the rate of divorce in America. What are the results of this experiment?
Gambit  |  Kevin Allman  |  03-11-2009  |  Religion

Jason Berry's Saga Endsnew

The Vatican's admission of a powerful priest's secret life is vindication for a New Orleans writer and a filmmaker who exposed the scandal.
Gambit  |  Jason Berry  |  03-11-2009  |  Religion

Jesus and Meatnew

PETA's claims that good Christians should be vegetarians lack biblical backing.
Tucson Weekly  |  Tom Danehy  |  03-05-2009  |  Religion

The Old Catholic Church Ordains Four, Including Three Openly Gay Mennew

“We walked away from the papacy in 1870,” explains Michael Seneco, the Archbishop of the North American Old Catholic Church. He and his colleagues believe it isn’t accepting papal infallibility that makes someone Catholic or not.
New Haven Advocate  |  Vivian Nereim  |  02-17-2009  |  Religion

Will Phoenix's Camelback Neighborhood Become a Scientology Recruitment Mecca?new

If one talks at length with the concerned citizens who live in Phoenix's tony Camelback Village neighborhood, it becomes apparent that these nice people are afraid that their neighborhood will become known not for its neatly xeriscaped lawns, but for turning out culty radicals.
Phoenix New Times  |  Robrt L. Pela  |  02-10-2009  |  Religion

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