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Rising to the challenge

posted: 01/31/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

These days in addition to hours filled with prayer and contemplation, members of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity in Berryville also spend time mixing, baking and packing baked goods to ship around the country.

Home will transition to serve single mothers

posted: 01/31/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

This month the Promise House Maternity Home in Little Rock welcomed its 215th baby. Since its start in 1991, this program of Arkansas Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries has helped hundreds of unwed pregnant teens and preteens. But with the arrival of the last baby, the ministry will have a new mission -- serving adult single mothers and their children.

On Religion: Media need to recognize religion's role in world

posted: 01/31/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

For more than a century, Western diplomats and scholars were sure of one thing -- that religion's role in world affairs would decline as humanity evolved toward a future rooted in logic and science.

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Zig Ziglar has died

One of the world’s most famous motivational speakers has died. Zig Ziglar was 86 years old. Ziglar’s Facebook page describes him as “The Undisputed King of Motivation, Inspiration and Education.” ...

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Pope's plan to canonize California missionary draws fire

posted: 01/31/2015 2:04 a.m. Discuss

For generations, fourth-graders in California's schools, often with a parent's touch, have built models of church missions out of poster board or sugar cubes to celebrate the Rev. Junipero Serra and the religious communities he established along the West Coast in the late 1700s.

Church to end fast, just in time for Super Bowl

posted: 01/31/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Members of ThatChurch.com in Sherwood will end a 21-day fast on Sunday, just in time for their Super Bowl party. The annual fast has been done for about four years as a way to draw closer to God, said Scott Harness, senior pastor.

Calendar

posted: 01/31/2015 2:02 a.m. Discuss

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT The St. Luke’s Festival of the Senses concert series will present a performance by soprano Christine Westhoff and organist Tim Allen at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 4106 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock. (501) 753-4281.

Religion News Briefs

posted: 01/31/2015 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Priest bans altar girls, says boys can’t keep up SAN FRANCISCO — A Roman Catholic church in San Francisco has become one of a handful around the country to prohibit girls from being altar servers, a decision that has disturbed some parishioners.

Us against the World

posted: 01/31/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Sunday, the New England Patriots will face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49. Undoubtedly, in an attempt to motivate their teams, both head coaches will employ a tried-and-true method in their pregame speeches -- "Us against the world."

Hope for healing

posted: 01/31/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

The statistics are sobering: An estimated 7 million people are enslaved in the world today — roughly the 2010 population of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming. An estimated 1,200,000 thousand children are trafficked — a population the size of Dallas.

Local Notes

posted: 01/31/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

BENTON COUNTY Bella Vista United Lutheran Church, 100 Cooper Road, sponsors its JAM ministry in the annual Souper Bowl fundraiser following the church service Sunday. Additionally, the youth serve a soup lunch after the service.

Turn, turn, turn

posted: 01/24/2015 3:07 a.m. Discuss

For the Whirling Dervishes of Rumi, it's all about revolving. Members of the Sufi order use dance as a form of devotion to God, and the revolution of all things -- from electrons, protons and neutrons in atoms to the earth revolving around the sun -- is at the heart of their spinning movements.

Pope's climate stance irks conservatives

posted: 01/24/2015 3:07 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- Conservative distrust of Pope Francis, which has been building in the United States throughout his pontificate, is reaching a boiling point over his plan to urge action on climate change -- and to do so through a document traditionally used for the most important papal teachings.

News Briefs

posted: 01/24/2015 3:06 a.m. Discuss

7 offer to endure lash in blogger’s place

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posted: 01/24/2015 3:05 a.m. Discuss

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On Religion: Critic: Journalists' avoidance of God dangerous

posted: 01/24/2015 3:03 a.m. Discuss

When British media critic Jenny Taylor talks to journalists about why they need to take religion seriously, she tells them stories about news stories -- mostly stories many journalists try to avoid.

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