The liturgy is confusing, unfamiliar, mostly chanted or sung without recognizable tunes and half in a foreign language. The overly incensed air produces an immediate headache.
DENVER — A group of Colorado nuns said Thursday they will go to the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal a ruling that allows their employees to receive birth control from a third party under the Affordable Care Act, fueling a combustible argument about contraception and religion ahead of next year’s presidential election.
Linda Choi is a messenger. But she’s not the kind who wears flowing priestly robes or white collars lined in black. She resembles a military officer. She wears a black military-style skirt and jacket with red emblems symbolizing her rank as a Salvation Army officer on the collar.
On this past hot Sunday morning in July, I took in the delightful odor of a freshly mown grass parking lot at the Unity Spiritual Center of Denton in Krugerville. The peacefulness of the quiet neighborhood enfolds me as I walk to the building.
“It was like going to my grandmother’s house in all the best ways.” Thus my companion described the gentle and welcoming 10:50 a.m. service this past Sunday at First Christian Church of Denton. We sensed hospitality, joy at our presence and a relaxed family atmosphere well-connected to the past.
The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads this way: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
“The doors of the church are still open.”
Bishop Michael F. Olson appointed Douglas Jones as the new associate superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth.
On this past steamy Sunday morning, I worshipped at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in downtown Denton.
VATICAN CITY — With a poet’s lyricism, a former chemist’s precision and a pontiff’s moral thunder, Pope Francis recast humanity’s relationship with nature in stark ethical terms, hoping to spur a warming, filthy world to clean up its act “before it’s too late.”
How can I resist a place that calls itself “The Cathedral of Frisco?” The massive structure of the Elevate Life Church dominates an upper-class neighborhood in far eastern Denton County.
ST. LOUIS — The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops engaged Thursday in a rare public discussion about whether their priorities properly reflect those of Pope Francis, with one church leader urging an emphasis on helping immigrants that’s at least as energetic as the bishops’ focus on religious freedom.
The Village Church holds 18 worship services each weekend at multiple sites.
An impressive website suggested a young, passionate church presence.
“Wow! Joel Osteen and The Summit in Houston have nothing on this place.”
In 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill that proclaimed an annual day of prayer, giving the president the privilege of setting the day each year.
BEIJING — A Chinese province where authorities have forcibly removed hundreds of rooftop crosses from Protestant and Catholic churches has proposed a ban on any further placement of the religious symbol atop sanctuaries.
Iread The Cross and the Switchblade many years ago. It’s a book about David Wilkerson and his passion for ministering to drug addicts in Times Square. Eventually, his work turned into the Times Square Church.
DALLAS — Recently, between Palm Sunday services, pastor George Mason weaved confidently and quickly through the halls of Wilshire Baptist Church. He greeted everyone with his trademark smile, passing some with a handshake, others with a pat on the shoulder.
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — “Shall we tell your mother where we attend church or just let her be surprised?” my daughter-in-law asked my son.They live in a lovely town north of New York City. Their three adorable...
CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George was remembered Thursday as a man of deep faith, intellect and compassion as Catholics said their final goodbyes to the man who led the nation’s third-largest archdiocese and was known as a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy.
Just walking to the door identified us as visitors with outsider status. I wore tailored dress slacks, boots and blazer and my companion was similarly clothed with a dress shirt, jacket and slacks.
JERUSALEM — We stood in a tight crowd, unable to move, barely able to breathe, waiting our turn. Security guards with high-powered automatic weapons had been charged with crowd control outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Good Friday. Only a few could go in at a time.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Despite concerns that giving the holy Bible the same status as a salamander is a little tawdry and could be unconstitutional, Tennessee lawmakers are forging ahead with plans to make it the official state book — something at least two other states have failed to do.
JERUSALEM — It was the acacia tree that got to me. I am with a group of pilgrims, still mostly strangers to one another, who had started at the top of the Mount of Olives and were slowly making our way down the unexpectedly steep slope toward the Kidron Valley.
I found the location unimpressive. The buildings sit far back from the street in a beat-up area of Dallas not far from Parkland Memorial Hospital.
VATICAN CITY — Several members of Pope Francis’ sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint a Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations from victims that he covered up for Chile’s most notorious pedophile.
After the service, I asked the young men who accompanied me to worship last week: “What did the music leader use so that people would know the beat of the music?” In unison all three replied, “He snapped his fingers!”
It may have been the first Sunday of daylight saving time, but that didn’t keep people from filling the worship space at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Teasley Drive in Denton.