Young Mormons drive faith’s gradual acceptance of gay marriage

SALT LAKE CITY – Mormon Alex Landers supports the legalization of gay marriage, despite her religion’s opposition, for a simple reason: She has LGBTQ friends who she loves and respects, including...

DATE: May 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Faith

Can yoga be Christian? Yes, it can

Invocations of Jesus, images of the cross and biblical scripture are unlikely to be what we envision when we think of yoga. Yoga is typically seen as either a Hindu practice or, more recently and...

DATE: March 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Faith

Anti-Semitic incidents in U.S. soar by 57 percent in 2017, report says

The Anti-Defamation League is reporting a 57 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. last year, the highest tally that the Jewish civil rights group has counted in more than two...

DATE: March 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Faith

A place of eternal torment? Never

I recently had a conversation with a woman that broke my heart. Let’s call her Ann. Ann is intelligent, inquisitive, and has a syndrome that leaves it difficult to tell by her behavior what her age...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Faith

A year after the election, more find a haven in church

A year ago, in the days after learning that Donald Trump would be the next president, Charleen Ward was afraid. And come Sunday, she was in church. “I was really scared. I felt that things were...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Faith

‘Wicked Bible’ advises: ‘Thou shalt commit adultery’

WASHINGTON – The “Wicked Bible” omits one crucial word from the Seventh Commandment. “Thou shalt commit adultery,” the Wicked Bible commands. Definitely not the message conveyed on the stone...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Faith

Mormon missionaries can now use smartphones

SALT LAKE CITY – The Mormon church’s gradual embrace of the digital age for missionaries took another step forward this month as the religion announced it is nearly doubling the missions where...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Faith

Bible study group to start classes in Durango, Ignacio, Cortez

Bible Study Fellowship International will start weekly classes in Durango, Ignacio and Cortez. Bible study will be held at 9 a.m. Thursdays, starting Sept. 14, at First United Methodist Church,...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Faith

Bible Study Fellowship to meet in Cortez, Durango, Ignacio

The Journal Bible Study Fellowship International will start classes at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15 at Grace Fellowship Church in Cortez. Classes start at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 at First United...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Faith

Former Cortez priest, Rev. Larry Gallegos, dies at 78

The Rev. Larry Gallegos, who had been with Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Durango on and off for nearly 30 years, died Friday. He was 78. “You won’t believe how many people I’ve had call me and...

DATE: June 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Faith

Regional synagogue plans to donate part of Seder feast

“They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat.” That, in a nutshell, is the premise of Passover, according to Sam Bridgham, the board vice-president of Durango’s lone synagogue, Har Shalom. And so...

DATE: April 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Faith

New Mexico archbishop uses ‘Social Gospel’ to fight poverty

ALBUQUERQUE – When Pope Francis appointed a new archbishop of New Mexico’s largest diocese last year, some anti-poverty advocates expressed optimism given his previous work on immigration reform...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Faith