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The National Congregations Study’s latest look at the country’s churches, synagogues and mosques — the third wave of studies that began in 1998 — finds more congregations: • Open their doors to gays and lesbians in active membership and in leadership. • Show racial and ethnic diversity in the pews. • Encourage hand-waving, amen-shouting and dancing-in-the-aisles during worship. • Disconnect from denominational ties... U.S. religious congregations are marching to their own drums now more than ever. The National Congregations Study’s latest look at the country’s churches, synagogues and mosques — the third wave of studies that began in 1998 — finds more congregations: • Open their doors to gays and lesbians in active membership and in leadership. • Show racial and ethnic diversity in the pews. • Encourage hand-waving, amen-shouting and dancing-in-the-aisles during worship. • Disconnect from denominational ties... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58407037@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:45:50 MDT Global religious gathering coming to Utah in 2015 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58393306-78/parliament-gandhi-interfaith-religions.html.csp The globe’s largest and oldest interfaith gathering, Parliament of the World’s Religions, is bringing its message of tolerance and engagement to the Beehive State in October 2015 for a historic meeting. On Tuesday, Parliament representatives announced the upcoming meeting at a news conference, noting that it will be the first time in 22 years the conference will be held in the United States. Previous Parliament cities span the globe from Cape Town, South Africa, to Barcelona, Spain, and Melbour... The globe’s largest and oldest interfaith gathering, Parliament of the World’s Religions, is bringing its message of tolerance and engagement to the Beehive State in October 2015 for a historic meeting. On Tuesday, Parliament representatives announced the upcoming meeting at a news conference, noting that it will be the first time in 22 years the conference will be held in the United States. Previous Parliament cities span the globe from Cape Town, South Africa, to Barcelona, Spain, and Melbour... 58393306@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:33:08 MDT Arkansas State removing cross decal from football helmets http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58407085-80/state-cross-religion-arkansas.html.csp Arkansas State is removing a Christian cross decal from the back of its football helmets after a complaint that it violated separation of church and state, the university said Wednesday. Athletics director Terry Mohajir said he wanted to fight the decision because the decal was intended to honor former player Markel Owens and equipment manager Barry Weyer, who both died this year. However, Mohajir said he had little choice but to follow advice from the university’s legal counsel to remove or mod... Arkansas State is removing a Christian cross decal from the back of its football helmets after a complaint that it violated separation of church and state, the university said Wednesday. Athletics director Terry Mohajir said he wanted to fight the decision because the decal was intended to honor former player Markel Owens and equipment manager Barry Weyer, who both died this year. However, Mohajir said he had little choice but to follow advice from the university’s legal counsel to remove or mod... 58407085@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:33:08 MDT Victor Stenger, atheism’s ‘fifth horseman,’ dies at 79 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58369338-80/stenger-religion-science-atheism.html.csp The atheist community is mourning the death of Victor Stenger, a prominent physicist who championed rooting out religion from the public sphere and was best known for quipping: “Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings.” Stenger, who also graced a short list of authors who hit The New York Times best-seller list writing about atheism, died Aug. 25 in Hawaii. He was 79. Atheist, skeptic and science blogs, in the U.S. and in England, were filled with tributes and remembranc... The atheist community is mourning the death of Victor Stenger, a prominent physicist who championed rooting out religion from the public sphere and was best known for quipping: “Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings.” Stenger, who also graced a short list of authors who hit The New York Times best-seller list writing about atheism, died Aug. 25 in Hawaii. He was 79. Atheist, skeptic and science blogs, in the U.S. and in England, were filled with tributes and remembranc... 58369338@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 13:43:14 MDT Surging Islamic State overshadowing al-Qaida http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58378709-80/islamic-state-qaida-group.html.csp Washington • Al-Qaida’s call Thursday for a holy war in India is the latest sign of how the terror group is battling to stay relevant in the face of its new rival, the Islamic State. That rival, which began as an al-Qaida breakaway group, is overshadowing the old-guard terrorist group from which it sprang. “They are today’s story as compared to al-Qaida, which is definitely yesterday’s story,” said Omar Hamid, an analyst at IHS, a consulting firm. The rivalry between the two groups and the growi... Washington • Al-Qaida’s call Thursday for a holy war in India is the latest sign of how the terror group is battling to stay relevant in the face of its new rival, the Islamic State. That rival, which began as an al-Qaida breakaway group, is overshadowing the old-guard terrorist group from which it sprang. “They are today’s story as compared to al-Qaida, which is definitely yesterday’s story,” said Omar Hamid, an analyst at IHS, a consulting firm. The rivalry between the two groups and the growi... 58378709@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 13:43:14 MDT ‘Duck Dynasty’ star on Islamic State: Convert ’em or kill ’em http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58369225-80/islamic-robertson-state-convert.html.csp You knew “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson, who says he never goes anywhere without his Bible or his “woman” (wife “Miss Kay”), would bring a fresh perspective on what to do about the Islamic State terrorists. Robertson talked to Sean Hannity on Tuesday about the beheading of two journalists by the Islamic State and offered his solutions for how to handle it. “Why is it when we’re not even over there in the Middle East, why do they continue to slaughter each other?” asked Robertson. He wen... You knew “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson, who says he never goes anywhere without his Bible or his “woman” (wife “Miss Kay”), would bring a fresh perspective on what to do about the Islamic State terrorists. Robertson talked to Sean Hannity on Tuesday about the beheading of two journalists by the Islamic State and offered his solutions for how to handle it. “Why is it when we’re not even over there in the Middle East, why do they continue to slaughter each other?” asked Robertson. He wen... 58369225@www.sltrib.com Wed, 03 Sep 2014 11:23:52 MDT Cracks in the ‘stained-glass ceiling’: Women reach prominent pulpits http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58352087-80/women-church-butler-pastor.html.csp Chicago. New York. Washington, D.C. In quick succession this year, three women have been chosen to lead historic tall-steeple churches in all these cities. In May, the Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner became the first woman solo senior pastor at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church. In June, the Rev. Amy Butler was elected senior pastor of New York City’s Riverside Church. And finally, in July, the Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli began leading Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. “For wom... Chicago. New York. Washington, D.C. In quick succession this year, three women have been chosen to lead historic tall-steeple churches in all these cities. In May, the Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner became the first woman solo senior pastor at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church. In June, the Rev. Amy Butler was elected senior pastor of New York City’s Riverside Church. And finally, in July, the Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli began leading Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. “For wom... 58352087@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:44:25 MDT Anne Frank’s stepsister recalls her own Holocaust nightmare http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58340243-80/schloss-anne-frank-family.html.csp Park City • Eva Schloss is not as well-known as her famous stepsister, Anne Frank, but her experience in the Holocaust was no less harrowing. As a young girl, Schloss faced anti-Semitic discrimination — first in Vienna, then in Amsterdam, where her family fled. She, her parents and her brother hid for two years in seven Dutch safe houses. They eventually were betrayed by a double-agent nurse. The 85-year-old survivor recounted her experiences Tuesday night at a special fundraiser organized by R... Park City • Eva Schloss is not as well-known as her famous stepsister, Anne Frank, but her experience in the Holocaust was no less harrowing. As a young girl, Schloss faced anti-Semitic discrimination — first in Vienna, then in Amsterdam, where her family fled. She, her parents and her brother hid for two years in seven Dutch safe houses. They eventually were betrayed by a double-agent nurse. The 85-year-old survivor recounted her experiences Tuesday night at a special fundraiser organized by R... 58340243@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:33:11 MDT John Lennon’s killer: My life is all about Jesus now http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58352032-80/chapman-lennon-jesus-parole.html.csp The man who murdered John Lennon wants only one thing now — to tell others about Jesus. Mark David Chapman, 59, told parole examiners he no longer was the man who sought notoriety through killing the Beatles rock star in 1980. Now, he said, he’s sorry, “forgiven by God” and eager to spend his days — in prison or out — ministering to others. Examiners on Aug. 20 denied Chapman the possibility of parole for the eighth time. According to the 25-page transcript of the hearing, Chapman expected that ... The man who murdered John Lennon wants only one thing now — to tell others about Jesus. Mark David Chapman, 59, told parole examiners he no longer was the man who sought notoriety through killing the Beatles rock star in 1980. Now, he said, he’s sorry, “forgiven by God” and eager to spend his days — in prison or out — ministering to others. Examiners on Aug. 20 denied Chapman the possibility of parole for the eighth time. According to the 25-page transcript of the hearing, Chapman expected that ... 58352032@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:33:11 MDT Is James Foley a martyr? Brutal death sparks faith-based debate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58343708-80/foley-martyr-martyrdom-faith.html.csp From the moment news broke that U.S. journalist James Foley had been beheaded by Islamic State extremists in the Middle East, many Christians, especially Foley’s fellow Catholics, began calling him a martyr, with some even saying he should be considered a saint. Yet that characterization has left others uneasy, and the discussion is raising larger questions about what constitutes martyrdom. Foley’s parents seemed to validate the martyrdom label when his father, John, spoke at an emotional news c... From the moment news broke that U.S. journalist James Foley had been beheaded by Islamic State extremists in the Middle East, many Christians, especially Foley’s fellow Catholics, began calling him a martyr, with some even saying he should be considered a saint. Yet that characterization has left others uneasy, and the discussion is raising larger questions about what constitutes martyrdom. Foley’s parents seemed to validate the martyrdom label when his father, John, spoke at an emotional news c... 58343708@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:32:50 MDT