Views on clergy vary by age, education, religious identity

Americans’ age, education level and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to their opinions on a prospective clergy member’s sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on...

DATE: July 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Faith

Americans rarely seek guidance from clergy, poll reveals

DETROIT – Timothy Buchanan says he never consults clergy about important decisions, but it’s not for lack of faith: He regularly attends a nondenominational Christian church near his home....

DATE: July 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Faith

Southern Baptists combat sexual abuse as critics rally

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Confronting an unprecedented sex-abuse crisis, delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention’s national meeting voted Tuesday to make it easier to expel churches that mishandle...

DATE: June 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Faith

Catholic missionaries woo ‘nones’ on college campuses

More than 20% of all adults and over a third of millennials in the United States are not affiliated with a religion. For at least a decade, this number has been on the rise. Sexual abuse by clergy...

DATE: May 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Faith

Church membership in U.S. plummets over past 20 years

NEW YORK – The percentage of U.S. adults who belong to a church or other religious institution has plunged by 20 percentage points over the past two decades, hitting a low of 50% last year,...

DATE: May 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Faith

High court’s cross case could affect monuments nationally

WASHINGTON – A 40-foot-tall, concrete cross on public land in a Maryland suburb of Washington is at the center of a case before the Supreme Court. But similar monuments elsewhere in the country...

DATE: March 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Faith

United Methodist delegates reject recognizing gay marriage

ST. LOUIS – The United Methodist Church, America’s second-largest Protestant denomination, faces a likely surge in defections and acts of defiance after delegates at a crucial conference voted...

DATE: March 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Faith

Mormons increase missionary calls home from twice yearly to weekly

SALT LAKE CITY – Parents of Mormon missionaries will be able to hear their children’s voices a lot more often under new rules announced recently that allow the proselytizing youngsters to call home...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Faith

How Christian missionary media shaped the world

The Christian Broadcasting Network, founded over 50 years ago by evangelist Pat Robertson, has now created the first 24-hour Christian television news channel. Robertson said that the channel would...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Faith

Can astronomy explain the biblical Star of Bethlehem?

Bright stars top Christmas trees in Christian homes around much of the world. The faithful sing about the “Star of Wonder” that guided the wise men to a manger in the little town of Bethlehem,...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Faith

Thoughts Along the Way The strength that comes with vulnerability

If you read this column with any frequency, you know that I wonder a lot. Lately I’ve been wondering about wondering. I wonder about how wonderers engage with the world that is different from...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Faith

Mormons to spend less time at church on Sundays

SALT LAKE CITY – Mormons will start spending less time at church each Sunday – two hours instead of three – after a change announced earlier this month aimed at making worship more manageable for...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Faith

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