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  • Cook calls 'religious objection' laws dangerous

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook said that so-called "religious objection" legislation being introduced in a number of states is dangerous and bad for business. The bills, like the one enacted last week in Indiana, create a legal framework for individuals, mostly business owners, to claim that a law or regulation mandated by the government...

  • Woodmen Valley Chapel hosts caring ministry workshop

    "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." - Galatians 6:2 Biblically speaking, ministering is not only a pastoral duty, but the obligation of all faithful. "The law of Christ boils down to loving your neighbor and loving everyone," said the Rev. Brent Williams, director of pastoral care at Woodmen Valley Chapel in...

  • HBO's 'Going Clear' leaves future of Scientology unclear

    The only murky thing in "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," HBO's scathing new documentary, is: What will happen to the church that sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard built more than 60 years ago after it airs? The two-hour film directed by Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney is a merciless examination of the Church of...

  • Kara Tippetts' funeral draws hundreds in Colorado Springs

    In what might have been the most cheerful funeral ever, hundreds of people gathered Saturday to honor anti-suicide advocate Kara Tippetts, who died of breast cancer one week ago at age 38. The Colorado Springs wife and mother of four had urged brain-tumor patient Brittany Maynard not to undergo doctor-assisted suicide. But with the support of...

  • Meet the Muslim actor playing Jesus in Bill O'Reilly's 'Killing Jesus'

    "Bless you for playing Jesus, peace be upon him." This was the response of Lebanese-born actor Haaz Sleiman's mother after she learned that her son had been cast as Jesus in National Geographic Channel's "Killing Jesus." The three Abrahamic religions will collide on Palm Sunday when the television special premieres at 6 p.m., with a...

  • Colorado Springs area religious events starting March 29, 2015

    RELIGION CALENDAR Music/Drama SUNDAY "King of Kings" Silent Film - 2 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 846 E. Pikes Peak Ave., $5; 636-5011, ilc-cos.org. "The Thorn" - Ballet Society Dancers, 3 p.m., New Life Church, 11025 Voyager Parkway, $14-$49; thethorn.net. MONDAY "The Great Divorce" - 6 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. performance,...

  • Clerics urge US to end family detention of immigrants

    DILLEY, Texas (AP) — About 80 faith leaders from around the U.S. have signed a letter to President Barack Obama urging the government to stop detaining immigrant families, while high-ranking clerics visiting a South Texas detention facility Friday criticized the practice. The U.S. government opened the detention centers, including two in...

  • Analysis: Kara Tippetts, Brittany Maynard and 'death with dignity'

    Metastatic breast cancer took Kara Tippetts from her pastor husband, Jason, and their four children Sunday. She was only 38. But in her last years of life, her saga of accepting suffering became, in a quietly powerful way, a cultural force for another way of choosing death with dignity, one that refused to hasten death. In recent years, the...

  • Poll: Colorado ranks low in weekly church attendance

    Colorado ranks among the bottom 10 states when it comes to attending church on a weekly basis. According to a Gallup poll, only 25 percent of residents say they go to religious services every week. Meanwhile, our neighbors to the west top the list at 51 percent. The high volume in Utah is "a direct result of (the state)'s 59 percent Mormon...

  • 'The Thorn' set to open at New Life Church in Colorado Springs

    What began as a skit for high school kids in 1997 has grown into a nationally known and sought-after touring production. About 17,000 to 18,000 people attend the local annual performances of "The Thorn," a show often described as "The Passion of the Christ" meets "Cirque du Soleil." It opens Thursday at New Life Church. "It's the Bible on...

  • Will Pope Francis have a short papacy? Don't bet on it

    In a wide-ranging interview he gave this month for the second anniversary of his election, Pope Francis touched on a variety of topics, from his concern about bad homilies to his upcoming U.S. visit to his one real wish: to go out for a pizza without being recognized. But leading most of the news coverage were his remarks suggesting that he...

  • Sand painter comes to Colorado Springs to demonstrate art - and love of Bahá'í faith

    Mitchell Silas paints on his knees, grabbing pinches of colored sand that he swiftly sprinkles into precise shapes, demonstrating a ritual of his Diné culture, formerly known as Navajo. His public painting isn't only a nod to tribal traditions, however. It's also intended to attract people to learn about the Baha'i faith. At the Baha'i...

  • Colorado Springs area religious events starting March 22, 2015

    RELIGION CALENDAR Music/Drama SUNDAY "Messiah - Parts II and III" - The Chancel Choir, orchestra and soloists of First United Methodist Church, 5 p.m., 420 N. Nevada Ave., $10; 471-4361. Bach Celebration Concert - 8 p.m., First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., free-will offering; 633-8888. THURSDAY Rock and...

  • Gallery of Living Art at First Lutheran of Colorado Springs

    Every spring for 20 years, First Lutheran Church of Colorado Springs has brought to life some of the world's best known and most beloved works of spiritual art. By recreating scenes from famous paintings and sculptures such as Michelangelo's "Pietà" and "Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane" by Heinrich Hofmann, the volunteer cast of the...

  • NYC's plan for prayer break in pre-K classes raises concerns

    NEW YORK (AP) — The leader of a group that champions the separation of church and state says a plan to permit a midday prayer break in some publicly funded New York City prekindergarten classes is "asking for a lawsuit." The controversy comes as Mayor Bill de Blasio aims to expand his signature initiative to offer full-day pre-K classes for...

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