Religious freedom watchdog pitches adding India to blacklist

NEW YORK – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is urging that the State Department add India to its list of nations with uniquely poor records on protecting freedom to worship –...

DATE: April 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

Military chaplains pivot to serve soldiers in virus outbreak

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Maj. Brian Minietta’s eyes are locked down the barrel of a camera lens. He sways gently back and forth in silence, then his gruff voice belts out, in singsong: “A little patience...

DATE: April 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

First Baptist Church of Durango welcomes Jimmy Thoma as new senior pastor

First Baptist Church of Durango has welcomed Jimmy Thoma to his new role of senior pastor of preaching and teaching. Thoma was hired as the associate pastor in September 2016 and was then promoted...

DATE: April 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

A virus that hits all faiths tests religion’s tie to science

NEW YORK – Tanzania’s president claimed the coronavirus “cannot sit in the body of Christ.” Israel’s health minister dismissed a potential curfew by saying that “the Messiah will come and save us.”...

DATE: April 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

Partnership aims to wipe out $270,000 in medical debt in Southwest Colorado

A partnership between a Cañon City church and a New York City nonprofit will wipe out nearly $270,000 in medical debt for people and families in Southwest Colorado. Ryan McBride, pastor of the...

DATE: April 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

5 Buddhist teachings that can help you deal with coronavirus anxiety

Buddhist meditation centers and temples in coronavirus-hit countries around the world have been closed to the public to comply with social-distancing measures. But Buddhist teachers are offering...

DATE: April 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

Former Durango reverend shares experience from inside Italy

The Rev. Andrew Cooley, former rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Durango, has been in Italy for one of the world’s deadliest coronavirus outbreaks. Watching the United States’ response to...

DATE: April 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pandemic, border crackdown hamper Catholics’ aid to migrants

NOGALES, Mexico – For years, Catholic-led, U.S.-based nonprofits have been at the forefront of efforts to support migrants and asylum seekers along the Mexican border. Tough new border policies,...

DATE: April 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

Summit Church to hold virtual Easter services

Easter services at Summit Church will be conducted via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/summitchurchdurango/live . 5:30 p.m. Saturday:Easter Sunday Livestream 6:30 a.m. Sunday: Outdoor Easter...

DATE: April 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

At Summit Church, the internet helps ... a bit

A new daily devotional is offered at 9 a.m. on Facebook by Summit Church. Pastor Jeff Huber is working with his congregation to replace the words “social distancing” with the phrase “physical...

DATE: April 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Virus forces world religions to change plans for holidays

SILVER SPRING, MD. – The global pandemic is upending the season’s major religious holidays, forcing leaders and practitioners across the spectrum to improvise. They’re having to find new ways to...

DATE: April 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

As offerings dwindle, some churches fear for their future

NEW YORK – As in-person worship services are canceled or downsized amid the coronavirus outbreak, some churches across the U.S. are bracing for a painful drop in weekly contributions and possible...

DATE: March 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

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