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On wings ... with prayers

posted: 05/16/2015 2:53 a.m. Discuss

Using a stroller as a walker, Freda Hinton emerges first from the doorless doorway of a one-room plywood structure.

Poll: Christians decline, but 'nones' increase

posted: 05/16/2015 2:53 a.m. Comments 15

The Christian population in the United States is declining, while the number of Americans who claim no religious affiliation is on the rise, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.

Arab nuns to receive sainthood

posted: 05/16/2015 2:52 a.m. Discuss

The Holy Land's Christians are excitedly preparing for this weekend's canonization of two Arab nuns, bringing some joy to a tiny community that has had little to celebrate in recent years.

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Zig Ziglar has died

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How Arkansas stacked up

posted: 05/16/2015 2:50 a.m. Discuss

The results of the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey show that the religious makeup of Arkansas differs slightly from that of the country at large, most notably in the percentage of Christians. Nationwide, Christians make up 70.6 percent of the population but in Arkansas 79 percent identify themselves as Christians.

Religion Calendar

posted: 05/16/2015 2:49 a.m. Discuss

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 1700 S. State St., will present the Throw Back Choir in concert at 6 p.m. today. The 35th annual Inspirational Choir Day will be celebrated at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. (501) 374-0485.

Local Notes

posted: 05/16/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Benton County Unitarian Universalists of Benton County, 1110 S.E. Evergreen St., Bentonville, present Hamsa and Moshe Newmark, founders of the nonprofit Bridge of Peace Syria, speaking at 11 a.m. Sunday about the children of Syria.

Faith Matters: Faith Matters: Christian pastor finds solidarity in prayer with Muslims

posted: 05/16/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

"Of course, all are welcome in God's house," the tallest of the men replied. I had approached a loose circle of congregants standing under an oak tree in the recently expanded parking lot of the Bentonville Islamic Center and asked if it would be all right if I prayed with them. The group smiled a collective smile, and without conveying the slightest bit of curiosity concerning why a priest wearing a clerical collar might want to join in their prayers, they explained the Friday prayer service had just ended. "But please," another man offered, "come back next Friday. The prayers begin at 1:00." "Yes, I will. Thank you," I answered.

Human trafficking affects Magdalene women

posted: 05/16/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

"I really love that the community has not given up on us," said Regina Mullins, a former prostitute addicted to marijuana and heroin, said. "So many people have the attitude that 'they got what they chose.'"

'Love Heals': Magdalene Fayetteville established to support sex trade victims

posted: 05/16/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

About five years ago, an Episcopalian man from another part of the state contacted the Rev. Lowell Grisham, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville. The man asked Grisham to take the Holy Eucharist to his daughter, who was serving a sentence at the Northwest Community Correction Center in Fayetteville, part of the state's prison system.

Project underway, but no timeline set

posted: 05/16/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Magdalene Fayetteville already has its first resident.

Study: Americans becoming less Christian, more secular

posted: 05/12/2015 8:34 a.m. Comments 4

NEW YORK — The number of Americans who don't affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call "nones" the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday.

Religion Calendar

posted: 05/09/2015 2:40 a.m. Discuss

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News Brief

posted: 05/09/2015 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Israel will exhibit Commandments

On Religion: Pope offers Preaching 101 tip -- don't be boring

posted: 05/09/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

It was another ordination rite in St. Peter's Basilica and the pope was expected to stay close to the ritual book during the homily.

Catholics, Lutherans unite to plan '17 event

posted: 05/09/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

PITTSBURGH -- Whatever you've seen in the movies and in photographs, Martin Luther probably didn't nail his "95 Theses" onto a church door in Wittenberg, Germany.

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