The reality star shared photos of Psalm, Chicago and Saint participating in the sacred ceremony at the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin in Armenia.
The judge argued that the Florida city didn't have the legal authority to ban therapy to change someone's sexual orientation or gender expression.
The comedian, whose dad was an Eritrean Jew, said the hardest part of getting ready for the ceremony is learning to read another language.
During the Days of Awe -- the Jewish calendar's holiest season -- progressive Jews are advocating for the rights of undocumented immigrants.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation accused Judge Tammy Kemp of violating church-state separation by proselytizing to the convicted former police officer.
Trump told evangelicals he would defend religious liberty. He's undermining that pledge by cutting refugee admissions, a Christian group says.
It's a question that LGBT Catholics must come to terms with at some point in their lives. Official church doctrine asks Catholics to love the sinner and hate the sin -- a prospect that sounds compassionate from afar, until you realize it's your child, your friend, your lover or yourself who is being asked to stay celibate or leave the church. Catholic institutions have fired or dismissed well-respected gay teachers, administrators, musicians and volunteers who have fallen in love and married their partners. New Ways Ministry, a Catholic LGBT advocacy group, estimates that since 2008 over 50 people have had employment disputes with Catholic institutions due to LGBT issues.
As Pope Francis arrives in Bolivia on Wednesday, he’ll encounter a country where indigenous gods and religious beliefs are holding their ground. Bolivian miners take part in a ritual for Pachamama (Mother Earth) inside a shaft of the Hitos Nueva San Jose tin mine on the outskirts of Oruro, Bolivia, on February 8, 2013.
Muslims are bringing hope to Christian communities in the South after a recent spate of fires devastated black church buildings. Three Muslim organizations have teamed up to raise money to rebuild worship centers in Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina that were destroyed by fire the past few weeks. The “Respond With Love” campaign, organized by the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, the Arab-American Association of New York and Ummah Wide during the holy month of Ramadan, has already raised close to $25,000 with the help of more than 500 individual supporters.
The revelation about Rev. L.M. Fenwick, which came during a court case, caused a frenzy at Milwaukee’s St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church and eventually resulted in the pastor leaving his post, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Andrew Wender Cohen, an associate professor of history at Syracuse University, told The Huffington Post that he discovered Fenwick's story when he was digging through historical records in the weeks after the parents of Rachel Dolezal, the former president of an NAACP chapter in Washington, claimed publicly that their white daughter had spent years passing as a black woman. Become a founding member of HuffPost Plus today.
A self-professed church nerd, Garcia says she was “a good Catholic boy” when she was in her teens. Today, she is a candidate for ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Last year, the ELCA welcomed its first openly transgender clergy member, Megan Rohrer, pastor at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in San Francisco.
The ancient Greeks used a crane to lift actors playing God onto the stage, where they'd promptly settle differences and bring the script to a swift, dramatic ending. Actor Morgan Freeman is perhaps Hollywood's most popular voice of God -- he's spoken for the deity in "Bruce Almighty" and "Evan Almighty." The 78-year-old will be using his holy credentials in an upcoming National Geographic series called "The Story of God," where he'll visit important religious sites around the world to examine humans' relationship to the Supreme Being. Watch the video above to get a sampling of the actors who have played God in the movies.
JERUSALEM (RNS) An Israeli family experienced the surprise of a lifetime when, during a home renovation, workers discovered a 2,000-year-old Jewish ritual bath, called a mikvah. The discovery lends weight to what some archaeologists have long suspected: that a Jewish community existed in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem neighborhood during the time when Jesus lived. On Wednesday (July 1), the Israel Antiquities Authority briefly showed the ritual bath to journalists and awarded the owners, Oriah Shimshoni and her husband, Tal, a certificate of appreciation for reporting the discovery, which “contributed to the study of the Land of Israel,” the IAA said.
The First Church of Cannabis won’t have cannabis for its inaugural service Wednesday, church founder Bill Levin said on his Facebook page on Monday (June 29). Marion County prosecutor Terry Curry and IMPD chief Rick Hite had a news conference Friday (June 26) to warn about arrests if people had marijuana. After that news conference, Levin said it changed nothing about his plans.
After the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on same-sex marriage last week, the heavyweights of evangelical Christianity -- like Franklin Graham, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention -- charged forward to voice their discontent. About 100 evangelical pastors and leaders signed an online letter published Friday supporting the ruling, and then went one step further by calling on Christians around the country to continue to work for LGBT rights in other areas -- like bullying in schools and employment and housing discrimination.
As part of the holy month of Ramadan, which started last week, millions of Muslims around the world will abstain from food and water between dawn and dusk. The "iftar," or evening meal, comes with its own challenges -- families and friends usually gather for big celebratory dinners, which can often be filled with tempting fried foods. The first Muslim-American to compete on the show, Saab knows a thing or two about the challenge of cooking flavorful food on a strict deadline, as well as about the Ramadan fast.
A group of teens in Jerusalem is making strides toward interfaith understanding. Runners Without Borders brings young people from Jewish and Arab homes together for spirited runs on one of the most hotly contested pieces of real estate in the world. Jews and Arabs in the divided city generally attend separate schools.
The Shroud of Turin has captivated thousands of Christians over centuries, some of whom believe it covered Jesus Christ during his burial -- and on Sunday, Pope Francis joined a throng of pilgrims to see the 14-foot strip of cloth in the Italian city of Turin. The pope prayed silently before the shroud for several minutes inside Turin’s cathedral. According to CNS, Francis crossed himself and placed his hand on the case before walking away.
“The cross and the Confederate flag cannot co-exist without one setting the other on fire,” Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, wrote in a widely noted blog post on Friday (June 19). The column touched a chord because it landed in the midst of the national anguish, and debate, over racism in the U.S. following the massacre of nine parishioners by a white gunman inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The suspect, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, espoused white supremacist views and proudly displayed the Confederate flag, which continues to be flown full-mast on the South Carolina State House grounds.
On Jan. 4, 1861, a Catholic bishop named Rev. A. Verot ascended a pulpit in The Church of St. Augustine, Florida, and defended the right of white people to own slaves. It's no secret that hundreds of Christian pastors like Verot used the Bible during the Civil War to justify slavery. White Christians in the South didn't just support slavery -- the Southern church was the backbone of the Confederacy and its attempts to keep African Americans in bondage, according to Harry Stout, Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History at Yale University.