As Gilbert Becker of Blue Springs, Mo. approached the end of life, he and and his family decided to plan a “green” or “natural” burial at Green Acres Cemetery near Columbia, Mo.
(RNS) Billed as a landmark Jewish-Muslim-Christian prayer space, the building will combine a church, a synagogue and a mosque under one roof, next to one of Berlin’s busiest streets.
My educated guess is that the symbols, traditions, and ritual actions around marriage which will survive are those that, in some way, nurture relationships.
The last handful of times that I have been to a wedding, one word in the service has particularly caught my attention. That word is “mutual.”
(RNS) Thursday’s service marked nearly a year since a massacre took 26 lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Americans from a spectrum of faiths prayed, sang and testified about a gun violence epidemic they said is poisoning the nation’s soul.
As cities grapple with the problem of homelessness, some believe the solution is to move them to “retreats” outside the city. But critics say such proposals are cases of “out of sight, out of mind” that will actually result in more homelessness.
DOLEV, West Bank (RNS) Evangelical Christians are increasingly coming to the disputed West Bank to help Israelis and Palestinians with their harvests. The Christians see it as a religious duty.
Kim Lawton looks at the ways some churches are urging their members to avoid consumerism and practice more meaningful Christmas gift giving.