One Virginia church is attempting to make a wide range of members feel included — and it seems to be working
Between now and Christmas, Michael Flanagan, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia, will once again see large numbers of parishioners lining up before the confessional. It’s the season of Advent, the time of repentance for Catholics as they prepare to celebrate the Nativity.
Like it has for just about everything else, the Internet has led to new trends in penance.
Web sites such as IveScrewedUp.com, run by a Protestant church in Florida, and DailyConfession.com., which arranges confessions based on the 10 Commandments, offer penitents a chance to forgive themselves through anonymous, online confessions.
For those who celebrate Christmas, the Christmas tree is as much a part of the holiday as Santa Claus. But how the tradition of decorating evergreen trees began isn’t so clear.
Ashish Sharma Pawan's handwritten records of 2,500 Hindu families date back 144 years.
Later this week, more than two million Muslims are expected to descend on Mecca for the annual hajj. The Rashids are one of at least two Muslim families from Columbia who will be among them.
When John Baker and others reflect on his ministry and how First Baptist has pursued social justice and a sense of community over the last decade, it is clear his work has tried to be consistent with the church’s heritage.
Hanukkah, which began Dec. 4 and runs through Dec. 12, is different from its neighbors on the December holiday calendar.
Muslims in Columbia have been without an imam since July, but the likelihood of finding a replacement before next spring is slim, said Ahmed Habib, chairman of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri.
This is the first time in several years that the Jewish festival of lights falls during the school year and not during finals week. For this reason, representatives of MU’s residence halls have decided to team up with Hillel, a campus Jewish student organization, to bring menorahs — and Hanukkah — to the dorms.
With the holiday season approaching, stress is nearly inevitable. One way to de-stress is through meditation, the focusing of thoughts and promotion of calmness.
According to statistics from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 million of the 13 million Mormons in the world live outside of the United States.
Christian networks from across the world are spending millions of dollars annually to distribute the Bible through audio, video and multimedia to the furthest corners of the earth.
Muslims continue a tradition of pilgrimages to the second-most holy city of Islam.
The Blind Boys of Alabama have been making gospel music since 1939. Throughout its career, the group has known tragedy and success.
The significance of male circumcision differs for each of the world's three largest religions.
“Lake of Fire” is receiving publicity both for its graphic images and its attempt to document the views of those on both sides of the abortion divide.
Chris Wyatt, a 38-year-old seminary student, created the fastest growing site on the Web, according to comScore. GodTube.com, a Christian version of YouTube, drew more than 4 million unique visitors during October.
Belief in Brief: Imprecatory prayer called against leaders of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Southern Baptist pastor encourages the wrathful prayer after being accused of endorsing Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee.