While many are starting to prepare for Christmas by shopping, decorating and listening to carols, Christians who observe Advent are also preparing in a different way.
Advent, the season celebrated the four Sundays before Christmas, serves as a time for Christians to prepare for the birth of Christ.
For the first time ever, Thanksgiving and the first full day of Hanukkah will coincide, creating — as some are calling it — Thanksgivukkah.
Hanukkah, also called the “Festival of Lights,” celebrates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after it was desecrated by the Greeks. Having Hanukkah mesh with Thanksgiving offers an opportunity to illuminate the similarities between the two celebrations, said Rabbi Dena Feingold of Beth Hillel Temple in Kenosha..
SAN JOSE, Calif. — An uncommonly devout homemaker who spent the end of her life quietly in the Santa Cruz Mountains community of Boulder Creek, Cora Evans was content not to be the center of attention.
But now, after taking the first step toward sainthood, that’s no longer possible.
To many Christian evangelicals, their commitment to finding homes for the world’s orphans is something to celebrate — and they will, gathering at hundreds of churches across America to direct their thoughts and prayers to these children.
But the fifth annual Orphan Sunday, coming this week, arrives at a challenging time, and not just because the number of international adoptions is dwindling. The adoption movement faces criticisms so forceful that some of its own leaders are paying heed.
Church name: Lamb of God Lutheran Church
ROSEMEAD, Calif. — Although he’d been a practicing Buddhist for 20 years, until 10 months ago Dharma Master YongHua hadn’t even seen so much as one of the sacred relics known as shariras that are so important to his faith.
So it came as quite a surprise to the modest, soft-spoken monk when he learned he was becoming the caretaker of more than 10,000 of them.
TROY, Ala. — Tucked in rural southeast Alabama, Troy University has opened something that’s a rarity for a public college in the United States: A faith-based dorm community where daily Bible studies are common and beer drinking is strictly forbidden.
Residents live by rules that include a ban on alcohol, mandatory community service work and a minimum grade point average.
It’s been a whirlwind year for the Rev. Joshua Scheil of Hope Lutheran Church, Twin Lakes.
Scheil, 26, graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., in spring, got married to his bride Marra on June 21, and was installed as pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, 876 Lance Drive, on July 21.
Author, retreat leader and spiritual director Sister Joyce Rupp resides in a plentiful world of impressions such as fresh bread, cups, goodbyes, doors, invitations, dancing, sorrow and sauntering. She uses imagery to help herself and others connect with their inner life.
Rupp, who celebrates 49 years as a member of the Servants of Mary community in Des Moines, Iowa, will lead a half-day retreat on compassion Oct. 19, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Kenosha.