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America's moral obligation in the global refugee crisis

Rev. David Hollenbach argues that the U.S. and other developed nations have an obligation to find solutions.

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Hamblin & Peterson: When will love be free of loss and lamentation?

A prominent Christian philosopher's most heartfelt book emerged from an experience that he never sought and would dearly love to have never had. Read more »

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Music and the Spoken Word: A silent hymn to the fallen

At the historic West Point Cemetery at the United States Military Academy, we remember and reflect upon the service and sacrifice of those who have served our nation since its founding. Read more »

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In a first, Trump PAC reaches out to Amish

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Will the bearded, the bonneted, the barn-building Amish vote for the clean-shaven, combed-over, casino-building Donald Trump? Read more »

May 26, 2016

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Indian synagogue held first Sabbath service in decades

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A nearly 900-year-old synagogue recently held its first Sabbath service in decades in one of the diaspora’s farthest-flung places: the coastal Indian city of Cochin. Read more »

May 25, 2016

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Donald Trump moves to win over wavering evangelical Christians

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Donald Trump is moving quickly to rally the evangelical base of the Republican Party as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee pivots toward a general election contest where the conservative... Read more »

May 25, 2016

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Pope embraces Al-Azhar imam in sign of renewed relations

Pope Francis on Monday embraced the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the prestigious Sunni Muslim center of learning, in a sign that a five-year suspension of important Catholic-Muslim ties was over. Read more »

May 23, 2016

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Music and the Spoken Word: Of happiness and complaints

Yes, life can be a challenge at times, but there are better ways to face life’s challenges than complaining about them. Read more »

May 22, 2016

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Jerry Earl Johnston: A church focused on spiritual signs and wonders

Bethel Church is all about spiritual signs and wonders. It is, to me, in a way, part of the “new spirituality” being practiced by young people these days. It is religion without... Read more »

May 21, 2016

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Religious freedom is good for business, Elder Christofferson says, so all have a stake in it

Research shows freedom of religion or belief contributes to better economic and business outcomes, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said Friday at the... Read more »

May 20, 2016

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Methodists trying to avoid church split over gay rights

ing to avoid a split over gay rights, the top policy-making body of the United Methodist Church on Wednesday narrowly approved a full review of all church law on sexuality, amid an emotional... Read more »

May 18, 2016

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Top nun pushes for greater role for Catholic women

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Catholic sisters globally would be better-equipped to carry out their work if they could become deacons, the head of a global network of nuns has said, an important marker in the sharp debate over... Read more »

May 18, 2016

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Methodists vote to cut ties with group some consider anti-Israel

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United Methodists, voting at their General Conference, have called on their church’s mission agency to withdraw from a group founded to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.... Read more »

May 18, 2016

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Chicago shocker: Catholic archdiocese to offer 12 weeks of paid parental leave

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The Archdiocese of Chicago has announced that it will begin offering 12 weeks of paid parental leave to its employees, a policy that is almost unheard of in Catholic dioceses and one that reflects... Read more »

May 18, 2016

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United Methodist leadership recommends deferral of LGBT decisions

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In an effort to stave off a schism in one of the nation’s largest Protestant denominations, United Methodist Church leaders are recommending a deferral of decisions on whether to accept LGBT... Read more »

May 18, 2016

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Pope Francis on ISIS, the Gospel, sex abuse, money and much more

What do the tango, Islam and conscientious objection have in common? They are just three of the references that Pope Francis made in his latest blockbuster interview. Read more »

May 17, 2016

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Methodist leader acknowledges struggle to maintain unity

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The United Methodist Church is struggling to maintain unity amid deep divisions over Scripture and sexuality, the presiding bishop of America’s second-largest Protestant denomination... Read more »

May 17, 2016

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3 ways Pope Francis' opening on women deacons can change Catholicism

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When Pope Francis suddenly agreed, during an off-the-cuff chat last week with nuns gathered in Rome, to explore the idea of ordaining women as deacons he touched off what has by now become a... Read more »

May 17, 2016

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Biden and Boehner, teary and grateful, receive high Catholic honor

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Vice President Joseph Biden stood at the University of Notre Dame’s commencement ceremony on Sunday (May 15) with a medal signifying American Catholicism’s highest honor slung on a blue... Read more »

May 16, 2016

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Hamblin & Peterson: The development of early Christian sanctuaries, from temples to homes to basilicas

Christian church buildings, in the sense familiar to us since even before the Middle Ages, took several centuries to emerge. And they still show some signs of the temple that they partly replaced. Read more »

May 14, 2016

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Holy Twitter! Trump takes on a top Baptist theologian

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Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, has mounted a Twitter war with the Southern Baptist Convention’s chief ethicist, the Rev. Russell Moore. Read more »

May 9, 2016

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Fulfilling a mission: Guadalupe School marks 50 years of transforming lives

Next week, Guadalupe School will observe 50 years of transforming lives through education. What began as a modest community center for Latinos on the city's west side has evolved into a nationally... Read more »

May 7, 2016

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Egypt court recommends death for 2 Al-Jazeera employees

An Egyptian court on Saturday recommended the death sentence against six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees, for allegedly passing documents related to national security to Qatar and the... Read more »

May 7, 2016

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In Minnesota, 100s take opportunity to sue over sex abuse

It's been nearly three years since Minnesota opened a path for lawsuits by victims of long-ago childhood sexual abuse. Read more »

May 7, 2016

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London's new Muslim mayor vows to be leader for everyone

Sadiq Khan has a simple, striking message for Londoners: He'll be a mayor for people of all faiths and none. Read more »

May 7, 2016

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Jerry Earl Johnston: Finding the divine in Wyoming

In Wyoming, Anthony’s Lord Lurks just beneath the skin of things; Like water in a blade of grass. Like the color blue Hiding in the color green. Read more »

May 7, 2016

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National Day of Prayer speakers decry moral decline

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Long a celebration of evangelical influence in Washington and beyond, speakers at this year’s National Day of Prayer observance decried what they saw as America’s moral decline, in... Read more »

May 5, 2016

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Graham daughter: Prayer, not politics

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Author and speaker Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, has been named chair of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. Read more »

May 5, 2016

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On Holocaust Remembrance Day, many worry about violence against religious minorities

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A new report on religious freedom violations around the world noted that violence against Muslims and Jews is on the rise in Europe. Read more »

May 5, 2016

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Catholics, LDS stand together on issues 'good for America,' archbishop says

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, visiting Salt Lake City at the invitation of the LDS Church, said Wednesday the two faiths stand together “on issues that are good... Read more »

May 4, 2016

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Dave Ramsey says: Small churches should save for emergencies

You should already be running a monthly and annual budget on the church, so separate the necessities per month and multiply that by a three to six month figure. Read more »

May 3, 2016

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Report: Religious freedom deteriorating around the world

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Religious freedom remains under “serious and sustained assault” around the globe, according to a new annual report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Read more »

May 3, 2016

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Hamblin & Peterson: Sepphoris 'The ornament of the Galilee'

A city that isn't even mentioned in the Bible may have been a key part of the earthly upbringing of Jesus and might help us to understand some of the expressions that he used in his teaching. Read more »

April 29, 2016

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Why pray? Different faiths are united over common cause

Though different religions have different conventions when it comes to prayer, the reasons for praying are strikingly similar. In interviews with local church leaders, most cited strengthening... Read more »

April 29, 2016

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Should your boss know that you keep the Sabbath?

More than half of Americans believe employers should accommodate workers who want to keep a Sabbath. Read more »

April 27, 2016

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For Hillary Clinton, church offers a trusted comfort zone

Sunday mornings at Baptist churches fall right into Hillary Clinton's comfort zone. Read more »

April 24, 2016

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Muslims for Trump, though few, see past rhetoric, bluster

As a Donald Trump supporter, Nedal Tamer feel he's in the minority among Muslim-Americans, comfortable with his choice yet somewhat confounded that he doesn't have more company. Read more »

April 24, 2016

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Passover candy: Good or evil?

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The ritual Passover meal requires each participant to eat matzo, drink four cups of wine and — in many Jewish households — end the feast with some really questionable candy. Read more »

April 21, 2016

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5 faith facts about Harriet Tubman: 'American Moses' is coming to $20 bill

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Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, the Treasury Department is expected to announce Wednesday. Read more »

April 20, 2016

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Why some big city churches are turning into condo developments

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Buildings that once housed faith communities are being sold and torn down. Read more »

April 16, 2016

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Bernie Sanders: No photo with Pope Francis, but more than a Roman souvenir

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VATICAN CITY — In the end, Bernie Sanders got something almost as good as a picture with Pope Francis: blanket international news coverage and a chance to deliver his stump speech wrapped in... Read more »

April 15, 2016

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Court to spaghetti: You are not a god

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A federal court has ruled that the Flying Spaghetti Monster, referred to as “His Flying Noodliness” by fans and followers, is not, alas, the object of a real religion. Read more »

April 14, 2016

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Israel to free 12-year-old Palestinian girl held in prison

A 12-year-old Palestinian girl who was imprisoned after she confessed to planning a stabbing attack in a West Bank settlement will be released early, Israel's prison service said Monday, capping a... Read more »

April 11, 2016

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Virgin Mary statue stirs up debate in secular Uruguay

The South American country of Uruguay has a long tradition of secularism, to the point that a popular president in the early 1900s insisted on writing the word "God" with a lowercase "g'' whenever... Read more »

April 9, 2016

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Jerry Earl Johnston: Is animal sacrifice a religious right?

As the United States thaws its frosty attitude toward Cuba, some unforeseen consequences will surely surface. For one, normalization of relations with Cuba may mean normalization of Santeria, the... Read more »

April 9, 2016

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Music and the Spoken Word: Important days

Be our celebrations large or small, it’s good to take time to remember, reflect and rejoice. Read more »

April 9, 2016

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'Start taking care of children and I'll take care of you'

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Salt Lake County, Sandy City and private donors have formed a unique partnership to guide, nuture homeless young men ages 18-21 through the Salt Lake County Youth... Read more »

April 8, 2016

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Pope emphasizes flexibility over rules for modern families

In a sweeping document on family life that opened a door to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, Pope Francis insisted Friday that church doctrine cannot be the final word in answering tricky... Read more »

April 8, 2016

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Pope Francis calls on the world's Catholics to support families in crisis

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"Amoris Laetitia," or "The Joy of Love," is a new letter from Pope Francis on what people must do to support successful family life. Read more »

April 8, 2016

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Catholics react to Pope Francis' document on family life

the world, Catholics reacted Friday to a sweeping document in which Pope Francis said they must be guided by their own informed consciences and not rely exclusively on church doctrine to negotiate... Read more »

April 8, 2016

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Merle Haggard turned to God more and more as he aged

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Merle Haggard rejected his mother's faith at a young age, but turned to God in his old age. Read more »

April 8, 2016

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