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Christie Storm

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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.

Protecting the flock

posted: 01/17/2015 2:19 a.m. Comments 3

Joel Humphrey thought his church had a solid security plan. But when he and fellow safety team members from Crossgate Church in Hot Springs attended a Sheepdog Seminar for Churches in Texas last year, he realized they had a lot of work to do.

Defensive living expo offers handgun class

posted: 01/17/2015 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Oak Grove Life Center, a nonprofit organization and outreach of, will offer a Defensive Living Expo on Jan. 31. The event will include a concealed-carry handgun class, as well as seminars, training and demonstrations on defensive living.

Habits of holiness

posted: 01/10/2015 2:05 a.m. Comment 1

Father Tom Elliott spends time each day writing a letter to God. It's a spiritual discipline known as journal writing and it's one the Catholic priest has practiced for more than a decade.

Interfaith program to focus on religious liberty

posted: 01/10/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host an interfaith religious liberty program today in Little Rock. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Little Rock Stake Center, 13901 Quail Run Drive.

Listening for God

posted: 01/03/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

For Jerome Kodell, the practice of silent prayer has enriched his life. Some call it contemplative prayer -- a way of seeking a deeper relationship with God through stillness and silence.

Year of violence

posted: 12/27/2014 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Attacks by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria were voted as the No. 1 religion story of the year by members of the Religion Newswriters Association and in a repeat of last year, Pope Francis was named the top Religion Newsmaker of the Year.

Tuning in to CAROLS

posted: 12/20/2014 2:50 a.m. Discuss

Carols are a familiar part of worship services during Advent and Christmas, and many of the most beloved Christmas carols have ancient origins or roots in other countries.

'Blue Christmas' services provide comfort

posted: 12/20/2014 2:48 a.m. Discuss

For those grieving the death of a loved one or struggling through divorce or job loss, Christmas can be a difficult time. Some churches in Arkansas are offering special worship services for those who find the season less than jolly.

Hanukkah events to feature mentalists

posted: 12/13/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday known as the Festival of Lights, begins at sundown Tuesday and this year's celebrations in Arkansas include public menorah lightings, latke potlucks and a number of other events.

Bishop's visit caps church anniversary

posted: 12/06/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, will be in Little Rock this weekend to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Christ Episcopal Church.

Cloud of witnesses

posted: 12/06/2014 2:05 a.m. Discuss

When Mike Skinner worships at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Springdale, he's surrounded by the saints.

Spiritually covered

posted: 11/29/2014 3:21 a.m. Discuss

Christmas is nearing and that means it's time for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's annual selection of books ideal for gift giving. This year's list includes 10 books on a variety of topics related to religion and spirituality, such as an examination of miracles, a look at the enduring popularity of C.S. Lewis and an exploration of black sacred music. That's where we'll start:

Monk's orphanage helps educate girls

posted: 11/29/2014 3:18 a.m. Comment 1

The Interfaith Center at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Little Rock recently held a series of events with Lama Tenzin Choegyal, a Tibetan Buddhist monk, to raise awareness of his work with orphans.

Church forum to confront mental illness taboos, stigma

posted: 11/29/2014 3:18 a.m. Comment 1

Park Hill Baptist Church of North Little Rock is taking on a once taboo topic for many churches -- mental health. The church is hosting a forum, "Changing Attitudes: The Church and Mental Health," at 6:30 p.m. Monday.


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