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The bookish Episcopal bishop who dared to say “Apostasy”

Terry Mattingly It has been three decades since the Rt. Rev. C. FitzSimons Allison took his first step away from his life as one of the Episcopal Church’s strongest evangelical voices. That tentative move took place in a small-group discussion during an Episcopal House of Bishops meeting at the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, North…

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Somali Americans, many who fled war, now seek elected office

SAMANTHA HENDRICKSON and DAVID SHARP Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It’s a busy Friday afternoon at a Somali restaurant on the northeast side of Columbus, home to second-largest Somali population in the United States. The smell of spices is just as robust as the loud conversation, and the East African restaurant is crowded after…

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Turkish singer appears in court over religious schools joke

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish pop singer accused of “inciting hatred and enmity” with a joke about Turkey’s religious schools rejected the charge Friday during her first court appearance. Singer-songwriter Gulsen was charged and briefly jailed over the joke she made during a concert in April, when she quipped that the “perversion” of one of…

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In the Room

James C. Jones Lead Minister Taylorville Christian Church The pandemic affected us all in so many powerful ways that it is almost difficult to count them all, but most church leaders will gladly tell you that it affected church life in ways that we are still working to understand. What I know is that virtually…

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Headcovers have always been political in Iran – for women on all sides

Eliz Sanasarian USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences (THE CONVERSATION) A friend and I were strolling through Tehran’s streets one afternoon when she was approached by a member of the “morality police,” an agency tasked with enforcing modesty laws in public. First, the policewoman warned her to cover her hair by pulling forward…

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Pope marks 60th anniversary of Second Vatican Council

NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the landmark meetings that brought the 2,000-year-old Catholic Church into the modern era, amid continued disagreement about what the council taught that divides the faithful today. Francis is celebrating a Mass on Tuesday…

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Faith, family, and the dropping number of marriages (Part II)

Terry Mattingly It’s a message young people in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hear early and often: You should get married, because marriage is wonderful and family life is at the heart of the faith. The problem is that church leaders haven’t grasped the power of cultural trends in technology, education and…

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Churches defend clergy loophole in child sex abuse reporting

JASON DEAREN and MICHAEL REZENDES Associated Press It was a frigid Sunday evening at the Catholic Newman Center in Salt Lake City when the priest warned parishioners who had gathered after Mass that their right to private confessions was in jeopardy. A new law would break that sacred bond, the priest said, and directed the…

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The quiet, yet public, path of Elizabeth II

ON RELIGION By Terry Mattingly Before wearing the Imperial State Crown, Queen Elizabeth II knelt at the Westminster Abbey altar for a moment of silent, private prayer. The three-hour coronation in 1953 contained myriad oaths and symbols, but the most ancient rite — Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher anointing Elizabeth with holy oil — sought…

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The faith questions that haunted the life of Gorbachev

It isn’t every day that one of the creators of a political thriller gets to ask its real-life protagonist to evaluate the novel’s plot. But that happened when the late Billy Wireman, president of Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, handed the last Soviet Union leader a copy of “The Secret Diary of Mikhail Gorbachev.”…

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