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Dearly Beloved, Let Us Share A Few Laughs

Did you hear the one about the preacher, the pope and the television evangelist? There are plenty of ‘em. Religion inspires more jokes than probably any other topic, which is …


Secular View Some Parents Work To Instill Values In Children While Keeping Organized Religion At Arm’s Length

Oliver and Pam Parr, attending services in Gaithersburg, Md., with daughter Betsy, are former church dropouts who returned for their children’s sake. Photo by TPN


Bishop Meeting With Krishnas

Roman Catholic Archbishop J. Francis Stafford is trying to mend fences with the Hare Krishnas. Stafford has been meeting with Denver-area Krishnas since he made a negative reference to the …


Prayers In School Won’t Hurt - But They Won’t Help, Either

Beneath the lamplight in the living room of my youth, my sisters and I knelt in front of our mother. She said the familiar words, “Our father, who art in …


Bethany Home Celebrating 75-Year Mark

This year marks the 75th since members of the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination dedicated Bethany Home to service. Since then, the boarding home at 9111 E. Upriver Drive has become …


Past Bedevils Promoter Acker Boosts Christian Music, Principles But Has History Of Less-Than-Model Behavior

Dick Acker, right, and Bill Fisher are co-founders of People for Christ. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review


Christian Scholar To Tackle Major Theological Questions

A visiting evangelical Christian scholar will address some of the biggest questions next weekend during three days of appearances at Valley Fourth Memorial Church. Doug Geivett, who contributed a chapter …


Story Of Faith TV Evangelist Oral Roberts Shares His Successes, Disappointments In Autobiography

Oral Roberts said his autobiography shows what can happen when God invades the life of a “normal average guy.” Photo by Associated Press


Health By Faith Research Shows People With Active Spirituality Display More Resistance To Disease

Kathleen Burghardt panicked when she heard the diagnosis: a lump in her right breast. She had just lost two friends to breast cancer the previous year.


Film Gets Mixed Blessing From Priests Controversial Movie Not Perfect, But Neither Are Priests, Say Local Clerics

Actor Linus Roache in “Priest.”


Unitarians Adopt Old Ideas Church To Add Native American, ‘Earth-Centered’ Traditions

Unitarian Universalist leaders wrapped up their national assembly in Spokane this week by adding Native American and other “Earthcentered” traditions to those used in worship services. General Assembly delegates called …


‘Mystery Dad’ Front And Center At Nazarene Service

This Father’s Day weekend, a “mystery dad” at Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene is going to receive a familiar gift. No, it’s not another tie or a pair of …


Jackson Apologizes For Anti-Semitic Lyrics

Michael Jackson apologized Friday for using anti-Semitic slang in a song and said he will include a statement with his “HIStory” album explaining his intentions. “My intention was for this …


Rhetoric Of Right Criticized Unitarian President Decries Actions Of Religious Right

Church members stand with a rainbow of congregation banners from across the country. More than 3,000 followers gathered Thursday night at the Spokane Opera House. Photo by Kristy MacDonald/The Spokesman-Review


Couple Won’t Follow Court Order To Divorce Husband’s Writing Prompted Unusual Ruling

The husband and wife who have been ordered to divorce because of the man’s writings about Islam said Thursday they will stay together. In an unprecedented ruling, an appeals court …


Unitarians Will Attack Christian Right

More than 3,000 members of one of America’s most liberal churches are in Spokane this week, and topping their agenda is lambasting conservative Christians. Both the president and moderator of …


Small Group, Large Impact

The Unitarian Universalist congregation in Spokane is small in size - 425 adult members in the Inland Northwest - but enormous in its ability to make news and impact the …


Divine Biography Former Jesuit Uses Old Testament To Depict God As Changing, Growing

No one can accuse Jack Miles of thinking small when he decides to write a book. He went straight to the top, and his work is receiving critical acclaim for …


Christian Singer Has Many Endeavors

John Michael Talbot, once a celibate friar, will perform at St. Aloysius Church Thursday night.


Exiled Converts Lose Episcopal Church Most Of Congregation Remains Positive About Future Despite Court Ruling

Rev. Robert Creech tells his supporters on Wednesday, “No matter the decision, we are still winners.” Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review


Judge Asked To Side With Congregation Decision Expected Today On Fate Of Holy Trinity Church After Split

When a congregation divorces its church, who gets the building and the money? Washington courts have traditionally sided with the church hierarchy, which is an “injustice,” according to Spokane attorney …


In Search Of Unity Pope John Paul Ii Suggests Christian Leaders Discuss Ways To Bring The Faithful Closer

Pope John Paul II is firm about holding on to supreme papal authority. Photo by Associated Press


Catholics Gather For ‘Big Happening’

Catholics from Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories will come together for the first synod in the Holy Land since the time of the apostles, church officials said Thursday. The …


Salutatorian Torn By Ruling Madison High Senior Wrestles With Court Order Not To Pray

Mandi Johnson wrestled with her beliefs after a federal judge ordered students and administrators not to pray at Idaho high school graduations. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints …


Walking The Walk Area Christians Assemble In Multitudes To March For Jesus

1. March for Jesus participants fill Post Street in downtown Spokane on Saturday morning. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review 2. Barry Buchanan of Oakesdale, Wash., prays in Riverfront Park after …


Churches In Bind Over What To Do With Money Alleged Ponzi Scheme Leaves Some Dangling, Others ‘Blessed’

Leaders of churches that benefited from an alleged Ponzi scheme, apparently on the burden of other churches, are finding themselves in a moral dilemma about what to do with their …


Militia Theologies Outside Mainstream Conspiracy Theory Opposite Of Conservative Call For Civic Activism

Those who study the extreme right say it is unfair to associate the “religious right” with the militias that label themselves “Christian.” They stock Bibles along with their ammunition and …


Lecture Series On Relationships Tempered With Good Humor

The Rev. Gordon Mallory, a family issues expert and a former international missionary, will present the last of his series of messages on relationships at 7:30 p.m. today at Cornerstone …


Local Christians March To Show Unity

When a London, England, church congregation decided to take their worship service outside and down the street, the March for Jesus was born. That was in the early 1980s. The …


Prayer At Graduation Banned U.S. Supreme Court May Hear Appeal Of Idaho Case

When Samuel Harris goes through high school graduation at Grangeville June 2, there will be no prayer as part of the ceremony, a federal court says. That also means school …