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Baptized 'out in nature'

GUTHRIE — Avery Haley anticipated being baptized at her church on Palm Sunday. The sixth grader had watched ministers of...

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Sculpture of John Paul II with rock, red water makes waves

WARSAW, Poland — A new statue that depicts the late pope St. John Paul II throwing a boulder into red water has provoked debate...

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Japan Catholic Church sued for damages in alleged sex abuse

TOKYO (AP) — A woman has filed a suit against the Roman Catholic Church in Japan alleging that a priest raped her four decades...

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Israel tightens second lockdown as coronavirus cases soar

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Thursday moved to further tighten its second countrywide lockdown as coronavirus cases continued to...

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Shared Hope: How J.C. Watts came to an uplifting perspective on divisiveness

J.C. Watts Jr. recently spoke to my “Esther Women” luncheon group and was so inspirational. This former football star from...

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Bible lesson for Sept. 26

“Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. But some of them went to the...

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The Latest: Louisville protest ends after a night of tension

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a grand jury's decision not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related...

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Politics mixes with law as Trump closes in on court pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is infusing deliberations over his coming nomination of a new Supreme Court justice...

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Powerful Vatican official Cardinal Becciu resigns as head of saints office, rights as a cardinal amid financial scandal

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Powerful Vatican official Cardinal Becciu resigns as head of saints office, rights as a cardinal amid...

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The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume

HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control...

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Monks at St. Gregory's Abbey prepare for big honey harvest

SHAWNEE — The drip, drip, drip of sweet golden liquid oozing into a trough can only mean one thing. The monks at St. Gregory's...

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Norman church's community event creates platform for change

Knowing their community needed to have the hard conversations, two pastors at Timber Creek Fellowship Church wanted to provide...

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Evangelicals at base of Trump hopes for Pennsylvania repeat

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s homestretch push to repeat his razor thin victory in Pennsylvania four years...

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Nun's treadmill marathon raises money for Chicago's poor

When the Chicago Marathon was canceled due to the coronavirus, Sister Stephanie Baliga decided to put on her sneakers and run...

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Oklahoma faith brief for Sept. 19

Cultural group to host Tibetan monks NORMAN — The Norman Cultural Connection will host a series of virtual events with Tibetan...

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Shared Hope: Amid dark times, look and listen for God’s light

A little over a year ago, my husband, Jerry, was in Mercy Hospital for surgery, expecting to stay a few days. Instead, we were...

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Oklahoma Jewish center event helps feed hope

About 25,000 pounds of food was distributed at a drive-thru food giveaway event on Sept. 10 at Chabad Community Center for...

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Exhibit at OKC temple displays stories of forgiveness amid trauma

A local Jewish temple is hosting a special exhibit that incorporates one of the important themes of the High Holy Days:...

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Bible lesson for Sept. 19

“But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’” — John 11:37 When...

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Pope seeks to 'liberate' Virgin Mary from the Mafia

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is giving his blessing to a new Vatican think tank that is seeking to prevent the Mafia and organized...

By land and air, weather researchers track tornadic storms

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SALINA, Kan. — For the first time in almost a decade, meteorologists from across the Midwest will track and intercept tornado birthing grounds as part of a large-scale collaborative research project. The TORUS Project, or Targeted Observation...

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Baptists seem poised to leave 'Southern' behind

Delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2012 annual meeting approved the term “Great Commission Baptists” as an...

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Virus death toll linked to Maine wedding grows to 7

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — At least seven people have died in connection to a coronavirus outbreak that continues to sicken people...

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Pope teams up with Slow Food founder for environment appeal

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has formed an unusual partnership with the agnostic Italian founder of the Slow Food movement while...

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Jewish New Year will usher in High Holy Days

Rosh Hashana, also known as the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown Friday. The holiday marks the beginning of the Jewish High...

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Bible lesson for Sept. 12

“Jesus said to Martha, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Sept. 12

Church will mark centennial in Moore MOORE — Central Church of Christ in Moore will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Sept. 20...

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St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral set to install its first female dean

The young woman had watched her mother's breathing grow more labored. The family priest entered the room and began praying for...

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Shared Hope with Jane Jayroe Gamble: Standing strong in your convictions

I’ve always been a big fan of Vicki Miles-LaGrange. In 2017, she provided a beautiful devotional piece for my book, “Practice.”...

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The Latest: NYC teachers union will block school reopening

NEW YORK — The New York City teachers union warns it won’t let the nation’s largest school district reopen for in-person...

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Bahrain becomes latest Arab nation to recognize Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bahrain on Friday agreed to normalize relations with Israel, becoming the latest Arab nation to do so as part...

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The Latest: S Korea's coronavirus resurgence seems to slow

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s new coronavirus cases have stayed below 200 for an eighth straight day, suggesting the...

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Norwegian lawmaker nominates Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An anti-immigrant Norwegian lawmaker said Wednesday that he has nominated U.S. President Donald...

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Almost 300 Rohingya found on beach in Indonesia’s Aceh

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Almost 300 Rohingya Muslims were found on a beach in Indonesia's Aceh province on Monday after...

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Prison ministry leader helping eliminate confusion about felons' voter eligibility

Fourteen years. That's the stretch of time Michael Johnson Sr. went without voting — all because he didn't know he could....

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Members not flocking back to houses of worship

Their theology may be different, but a local preacher and a local Muslim imam have something in common these days. Both the...

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Gas pipeline blast kills 16 praying at Bangladesh mosque

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An underground gas pipeline near a mosque exploded during evening prayers outside Bangladesh's...

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Bible lesson for Sept. 5

“For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” — John 11:15 When Jesus learned that...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Sept. 5

Jewish center to host food distribution A drive-thru food box distribution event will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the...

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Popular interfaith youth tour will be virtual in 2020

A tour that has attracted numerous youths from across the state and metro area is going virtual this year. The Oklahoma...

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Shared Hope: Amid crisis, God is solid as a dock

When I was Miss America, I often was invited to give my Christian “witness.” I wanted to speak, but I was self-conscious...

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A Holocaust survivor has hope: 'You are looking at a person who has risen from the ashes'

SEATTLE — In February 1942, Julia Symchuk was a 17-year-old maid in a Ukraine police station when she overheard her employers...

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Friends and family will gather to say farewell to longtime peace activist Sadie Mast

A few months ago, members of Joy Mennonite Church gathered outside a modest house in Spencer and sang a classic song of love,...

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Biden, in Kenosha, says U.S. confronting 'original sin'

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Joe Biden told residents of Kenosha, Wisconsin, that recent turmoil following the police shooting of Jacob...

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The Latest: Trump mocks the way Biden wears his mask

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local):7:45 p.m.President Donald Trump is mocking his...

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Liberty University announces independent investigation into school operations during Jerry Falwell Jr.'s tenure

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Liberty University announces independent investigation into school operations during Jerry Falwell Jr.'s...

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Diplomat tapped to be PM vows reforms in crisis-hit Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister-designate on Monday called for a new government to be formed “in record time,” pledging...

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Sudan, rebel alliance reach deal in ongoing peace efforts

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Sudan’s transitional authorities and a rebel alliance signed a peace deal on Monday following months...

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Local contemporary Christian music groups lauded

Switch and Life.Church Worship have something to celebrate these days. Switch was recently nominated for a "New Artist of the...

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"Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them — not because you must, but because you are willing,...

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Faith briefs for Aug. 29

Esther Women series set for virtual season debut Women from a variety of Christian denominations and different zip codes will...

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St. Anthony hospitals support schools with donations

St. Anthony Hospital is helping a group of teachers stay safe in the midst of the pandemic. Officials with SSM Health, the...

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Methodist pastor to lead book series exploring racism and the American Church

An Oklahoma City minister will explore the intersection of racism and the American Church in a book discussion series set to...

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Laura victims may go weeks without power; US deaths reach 14

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The Louisiana coastline devastated by Hurricane Laura began a long and gloomy recovery Friday as...

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College towns growing alarmed over outbreaks among students

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As waves of schools and businesses around the country are cleared to reopen, college towns are moving...

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The Latest: Reported tornado in Arkansas spins off Laura

The Latest on Laura:JONESBORO, Ark. — A reported tornado tore part of the roof from a rural church in northeastern Arkansas as...

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Putin: Russia is ready to provide security help to Belarus

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that he stands ready to send police to Belarus if protests there...

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Buying masks, delivering food: Teens step up in pandemic

DALLAS (AP) — In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, communities across the country have discovered a powerful resource that...

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New Zealand mosque shooter sentenced to life without parole

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques was sentenced...

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#ThrowbackThursday: Ladders of labor

We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter...

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Edmond church opens doors to local students

EDMOND — With many families juggling a combination of in-person and virtual school schedules, a metro church has opened its...

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The Latest: SKorea reports highest new virus total in months

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 441 new cases of the coronavirus, its highest single-day total in months, as...

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Belarusian police disperse Minsk protesters, detain dozens

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police in Belarus dispersed protesters who gathered on the capital’s central square Wednesday, detaining...

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The Latest: First lady expresses sympathy for virus victims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump is expressing sympathy for families affected by COVID-19, an “invisible enemy” she said has...

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The Latest: SKorea urges striking doctors to return to work

SEOUL, South Korea -- Health officials in South Korea called on thousands of striking doctors to return to work as the country...

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Jerry Falwell Jr. says he's submitted resignation as head of evangelical Liberty University, in wake of controversies

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jerry Falwell Jr. says he's submitted resignation as head of evangelical Liberty University, in wake of...

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Jerry Falwell Jr. tells Virginia news outlet that reports he has resigned are "completely false"

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jerry Falwell Jr. tells Virginia news outlet that reports he has resigned are "completely false.

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After Beirut explosion, helpers tend to shock and trauma

When a massive explosion ripped through Beirut this month, Yorgo Younes scurried to flee his building. He saw children crying...

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump's distortion on Dems and the pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is accusing the Democrats of taking God out of the Pledge of Allegiance at their...

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The Latest: South Korea sees steady rise in virus cases

BEIJING — China on Sunday reported 12 new confirmed coronavirus cases and no additional deaths. The National Health Commission...

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Mississippi flag designs: Would they make good tattoos?

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — After mothballing its old Confederate-themed state flag, Mississippi could choose a new one with a...

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OBU ceremony gives peace, confidence to incoming nursing students

SHAWNEE — Tess Batchelor and other junior nursing students gathered on the campus lawn with a sense of expectancy. It was their...

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Oklahoma opioid summit will be offered as virtual experience

A faith-based conference focusing on opioid addiction will go on, despite the pandemic. The Rev. Shannon Fleck, executive...

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Shared Hope: A prayer for our schools

Recently, I attended matriculation at Oklahoma City University, as a trustee. It’s one of my favorite events. The faculty,...

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Bible lesson for Aug. 22

"Many came to Jesus, and they were saying, ‘John performed no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.’ And...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Aug. 22

YouVersion shares parent resources The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for parents as they face the start of a new...

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Asia Today: Seoul surge appears to spread around South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea added its most new virus cases in months on Friday, driven by a surge around the capital...

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The Latest: Biden vows to unite an America mired in crises

Joe Biden is vowing to unite an America torn by crisis and contempt.Biden accepted the Democratic presidential nomination on...

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Two local organizations report database breach to supporters

Two more local organizations are among nonprofit agencies around the globe that may have been affected by a recent Blackbaud...

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The Latest: Australia announces coronavirus vaccine deal

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia has announced a deal to manufacture a potential coronavirus vaccine being developed by...

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Bible lesson for Aug. 15

"My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will...

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Sidewalk Prophets' 'Virtual Tour' brings concerts to the fans

Members of a contemporary Christian band have become pioneers in a pandemic. The group Sidewalk Prophets has created a “Virtual...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Aug. 15

Healthy food ministry offers kids' recipe kits A Table in the Wilderness, a faith-based healthy food ministry is offering free...

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Shared Hope: Friendships are life-saving medicine

A magic moment years ago remains vivid in my mind’s eye today. It was very early in the morning, and I was hiking in the...

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Two pastors foster friendship, bring congregations together despite pandemic

Two pastors are forging a friendship and nurturing relationships between their church members in the midst of challenging times...

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AP PHOTOS: Across faiths, pandemic alters worship, rites

London and its environs are home to a notable diversity of faiths and flocks. Rites that have been the bedrock of their beliefs...

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The Latest: Seattle schools to start with remote teaching

SEATTLE — The Seattle school board has voted unanimously to begin the academic year with remote teaching only.The Seattle Times...

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The Latest: Omar holds off well-funded primary challenger

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday's elections (all times local):10:25 p.m.Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has survived a...

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Catholic archdiocese shares information about data security breach

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and several other Catholic agencies are among organizations who may have been affected by a...

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Board of evangelical Liberty University names interim leader while Jerry Falwell Jr. on leave after photo uproar

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Board of evangelical Liberty University names interim leader while Jerry Falwell Jr. on leave after photo...

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Karen Friday’s story of trust and prayer

Blogger and speaker Karen Friday's father left her family when she was a child. When he returned, he told her God didn't exist....

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Alexander Hamilton and the Bible: The Broadway musical sings of God

Today, we're unpacking Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical "Hamilton" and looking at the many references to God and the Bible. We look...

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Shared Hope: Rooted in faith

"When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother...

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Oklahoma churches continue back-to-school efforts during pandemic

Despite the pandemic or maybe because of it, several churches are continuing their longstanding tradition of providing...

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OK Justice Circle will host virtual town hall

The OK Justice Circle will host a virtual town hall from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Jon Middendorf, one of the justice...

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Delayed ceremony honors Okahoma Baptist University graduates

SHAWNEE — Oklahoma Baptist University graduates embarked on a symbolic final walk across campus before arriving in front of...

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Bible lesson for Aug. 8

“For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Aug. 8

Episcopal bishop seating ceremony set A service for the welcoming and seating of the new bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of...

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Liberty U's Falwell takes leave after social media uproar

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jerry Falwell Jr. took an indefinite leave of absence Friday as the leader of Liberty University, one of...

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Local Muslim leader feared for relative working near Beirut explosion

Imad Enchassi read the messages popping up on his cell phone with growing dread. His niece, a dentist, operated a dental...

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The Latest: Mainland China, Hong Kong report fewer new cases

BEIJING — Both mainland China and Hong Kong reported fewer new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as strict measures to contain new...

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Churches offer 'masks-required' worship services as option

A special worship service at Bridgeway Church was deemed a success when people who hadn't been to in-person worship in months...

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Pastor continues call for Tulsa Race Massacre reparations; says historic church symbolizes a way forward

TULSA — When the Rev. Robert Turner walks onto the sidewalk outside Tulsa City Hall, he thinks of the members of his historic...

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Shared Hope with Jane Jayroe Gamble

"I will lift up mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help? My help cometh from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." —...

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Oklahoma Jewish camp leaders coordinate drive-thru baby shower for Infant Crisis Center

Gracia Mejia-Jacobson arrived with diapers and other baby items. The preteen had come bearing gifts for the recent Drive-Thru...

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OKC ministry awards scholarship

Christian Women's Job Corps (CWJC), a ministry of the Women's Missionary Union, recently awarded a scholarship to an Oklahoma...

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Churches deliver food to Oklahoma Black towns

A northeast Oklahoma City church is delivering boxes of food to residents in several historically Black towns across the state.

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Bible lesson for Aug. 1

“The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”...

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Oklahoma faith briefs

Church calls new pastor EDMOND — Southern Hills Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has called the Rev. Robert Crawford as...

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California prosecutors refile child rape charges against leader of Mexican megachurch.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California prosecutors refile child rape charges against leader of Mexican megachurch.

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John Lewis mourned as 'founding father' of better America

ATLANTA (AP) — Hailed as a “founding father” of a fairer, better United States, John Lewis was eulogized Thursday by three...

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The Latest: Hard hit Australian state sees new cases drop

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state has recorded its lowest daily tally of COVID-19 cases in nine days...

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Metro area woman takes message, prayer to Northeast OKC

A Black motorist driving an SUV honked his horn and gave a thumbs up. A white man in a sports car honked, nodded his head and...

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The Latest: New virus cases rise in China's Xinjiang region

BEIJING — New coronavirus cases continue to rise in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang, with 57 reported on Tuesday.The...

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Body of civil rights icon John Lewis crosses Selma bridge

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The late U.S. Rep. John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, for the final time Sunday...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Some houses of worship have postponed return for regular indoor worship services

After hosting two outdoor worship gatherings during several months of online worship, a metro area congregation finally joined...

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Backyard Bible School rules

EDMOND —A young girl attempted to toss a ring over a plastic cup with a picture of the Apostle Peter on it. Then, she tried to...

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Religion rail for July 25

Missionaries draw scenes of Christ's life in chalk Scenes from the life of Christ will be depicted in chalk drawings created by...

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Local minister and his fraternity chapter honor Rep. John Lewis

The Rev. Jesse Jackson remembered being part of the crowd that gathered at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 2015 in Alabama to mark...

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Shared Hope: Pondering the ripple effect of our actions, words

I’ve noticed something very unflattering in recent months. Underneath my mild demeanor is a lot of emotion and it’s not always...

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Bible lesson for July 25

"I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father." — 2 John 1:4...

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Pastors and police community cookout postponed

Pastors and police planned to break bread together on Saturday at a community event in northeast Oklahoma City. However, the...

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The Latest: Nepal ends 120 days of coronavirus lockdown

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepal’s government has ended a lockdown 120 days after it was imposed to control the spread of...

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Yom Kippur synagogue attacker goes on trial in Germany

MAGDEBURG, Germany (AP) — A 28-year-old German right-wing extremist went on trial Tuesday for a Yom Kippur attack on a...

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Virus concerns nudge some teachers toward classroom exits

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As pressure mounts for teachers to return to their classrooms this fall, concerns about health risks from...

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Myanmar leader Suu Kyi to run again in November election

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will be a candidate in this November’s general election, a...

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Religious leaders weigh in on mask mandate's exemption for religious gatherings

When church members walk into First Southern Baptist Church of Del City on Sunday, they won't have to wear masks even though...

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Shared Hope: God uses pets to change lives in profound ways

The dog days of summer have a new meaning this year. Since March’s stay-at-home situation, more and more tails have been...

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Jehovah's Witnesses participate in virtual convention

Jehovah's Witnesses in Oklahoma are participating in the faith group's first-ever virtual annual convention. Paris Sanders, of...

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Former members demonstrate outside OKC church

A small but determined group recently gathered outside a metro-area church to protest the church's lack of response to...

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Methodist conference names new coordinator

The Oklahoma Conference has appointed the Rev. Bessie Hamilton as the conference's new coordinator of Multi-Ethnic...

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Addiction recovery ministry offers online program

An addiction recovery ministry has launched a new online program in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lance Lang, founder of...

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Bible lesson for July 18

“Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’” — John 9:35 No...

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OKC-area Jewish center to host second mask distribution

A Jewish group's mask giveaway event was so successful that they are holding a second drive-thru distribution on Sunday. The...

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Vatican says bishops 'should' report sex abuse to police, going beyond previous advice to follow local reporting laws

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican says bishops 'should' report sex abuse to police, going beyond previous advice to follow local...

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Oklahoma Episcopal churches are requiring masks

Another Oklahoma faith group is requiring that masks be worn during worship and other church activities. In a letter to the...

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The Latest: China eases restrictions on domestic tourism

BEIJING — China is further easing restrictions on domestic tourism after reporting no new local cases of COVID-19 in nine...

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China to bar entry to US Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Rep. Chris Smith, religious freedom ambassador Sam Brownback

BEIJING (AP) — China to bar entry to US Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Rep. Chris Smith, religious freedom ambassador Sam...

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The Latest: Mexico tops 35,000 deaths, 4th highest toll

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican officials say the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths has passed 35,000, making it the country with the...

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Fire destroys much of 249-year-old church in California

SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (AP) — A fire early Saturday destroyed the rooftop and most of the interior of a Catholic church in...

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Chabad hosts day camp as summer haven amid pandemic

If there was a year to host a popular Jewish camp program in the metro, 2020 was the year. Such was the thinking of Nechoma...

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Religion rail for July 11

Outdoor Gospel Singing concert is planned DEL CITY — The Del City Gospel Singing will have an Outdoor Concert at 7 p.m....

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Finding grace to live each day

Mary Ann Hille is one of Tulsa’s outstanding citizens. She writes about Alzheimer’s with candor and compassion. Sometimes hope...

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Turkey's president formally changes status of Istanbul's Hagia Sophia to a mosque

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president formally changes status of Istanbul's Hagia Sophia to a mosque.

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Two metro civic leaders join local rabbi for mask giveaway event

"To save one life is to save an entire universe." — Rabbi Ovadia Goldman — Wearing their own cloth coverings to set a good...

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Churches will distribute fresh produce and dairy

Several Oklahoma City churches will host a food distribution beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Tabernacle, 9700 N...

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OKC Catholic archbishop issues mask mandate

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley said Thursday masks or face coverings are required to be worn by individuals attending all public...

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Listen: Comic book experts discuss religion in Marvel's 'Daredevil'

On the latest edition of the Positively Joy podcast, host Yvette Walker is joined by comic book experts Anthony Brown and Kade...

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Atheist group debates loans to religious entities

Should houses of worship, faith-based universities and religious affiliates have been privy to forgivable loans administered...

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'We're grateful': Faith groups express gratitude for loans in pandemic era

When houses of worship were forced to close during the recent COVID-19 shutdown, many faith groups and religious affiliates...

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Court: Some employers can refuse to offer free birth control

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled broadly Wednesday in favor of the religious rights of employers in two cases that...

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The Latest: China easing into reopening as local cases wane

BEIJING — China says it has nine new confirmed coronavirus cases, all of them brought from outside the country, and no new...

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Two COVID-19-ravaged churches take different recovery paths

NEW YORK (AP) — The paths of two New York City churches diverged this week — one reopened and one stayed closed. But they have...

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OKC Jewish center will distribute free masks

A drive-thru Mask Distribution will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Chabad Community Center for Jewish Life and Learning, 3000...

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Virus loans helped entities tied to Trump evangelical allies

NEW YORK (AP) — Churches connected to President Donald Trump and other organizations linked to current or former Trump...

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New at Saudi hajj: Bottled holy water, sterilized pebbles

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has issued guidelines for about 1,000 pilgrims who will be allowed to perform...

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The Latest: Air New Zealand puts hold on new flight bookings

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s national carrier has put a temporary hold on new bookings for flights into the country...

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Small business aid went beyond hard-hit companies, data show

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Monday identified roughly 650,000 mostly small businesses and nonprofits that received...

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Houses of worship continue pandemic precautions

The Rev. Phil Larson became alarmed when he heard that "faith-based activities" were among a list of activities and locations...

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Oklahoma church plans to open center aimed at improving the lives of military men and women

DEL CITY — A local congregation plans to open a center designed to improve the lives of military members and their...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for July 4

Church will host Vacation Bible school TUTTLE — "Concrete & Cranes" vacation Bible school will be 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday...

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Bible lesson for July 4

"So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, 'Give glory to God! We know that this man...

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Shared Hope with Jane Jayroe Gamble

My mother always made sure that an American flag flew in her front yard. Four of her brothers and her husband, my Dad, served...

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Some say faith in the midst of COVID-19 means following health recommendations

Editor's note: Faith editor Carla Hinton was asked to take off her mask as she conducted a recent interview in Tulsa. The...

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Oklahoma Baptists take Falls Creek worship to the people

First Baptist Church of Cushing has rented a cabin at Falls Creek each summer for at least the last 60 years. The COVID-19...

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Ministers voice support for Oklahoma County judge

A group of Black ministers voiced their support Thursday for an Oklahoma County District Court judge who is facing disciplinary...

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Archdiocese names director for Rother shrine

The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley has selected Leif Arvidson as the executive director for the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine in...

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Death Cafes help ease grief, loss in the time of coronavirus

NEW YORK (AP) — Panic attacks, trouble breathing, relapses that have sent her to bed for 14 hours at a time: At 35, Marissa...

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Church's senior minister officially resigns

A metro-area church besieged with numerous allegations of misconduct continues to hold worship services, at least online....

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High court ruling protects Oklahoma scholarship program aiding religious schools

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in a Montana case on Tuesday effectively protected a scholarship program in Oklahoma that...

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With a pen stroke, Mississippi drops Confederate-themed flag

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — With a stroke of the governor’s pen, Mississippi is retiring the last state flag in the U.S. with the...

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Supreme Court lifts ban on state aid to religious schooling

WASHINGTON (AP) — States can't cut religious schools out of programs that send public money to private education, a divided...

Health

China cuts Uighur births with IUDs, abortion, sterilization

The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a...

News

Abortion foes vent disappointment after Supreme Court ruling

NEW YORK (AP) — Abortion opponents vented their disappointment and fury on Monday after the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision...

Sports

Look away, Dixie: Mississippi to lose rebel emblem from flag

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers voted Sunday to surrender the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, more...

Health

The Latest: South Korea still coping with new virus clusters

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has confirmed 62 additional cases of the coronavirus over a 24-hour period as the Asian...

Life

Religion briefs

Storytelling organization shares an glimpse into the lives of Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood The up-close and candid digital...

Life

Keeping faith in times of doubt

Mo Anderson grew up poor in material wealth but rich in spiritual bounty and love. Her parents were tenant farmers in rural...

Life

Bible Lesson

“The (formerly blind) man answered, ‘Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my...

Crime

The last surviving KKK member convicted in a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four black girls has died in prison

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The last surviving KKK member convicted in a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four black girls...

Life

Coronavirus healing, racial justice central to former Oklahoma State football player's Statewide Prayer Walk

Jamie Thompson built a career around anticipation. It is a needed skill as a defensive back. Where is the receiver going? Where...

Business

Evangelical Liberty U rattled by its own racial reckoning

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As the nation wrestles with how to do more for racial equality, Liberty University — a school whose...

Health

The Latest: SKorea continues upward trend in new infections

SEOUL, South Korea __ South Korea has reported 51 additional cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, a continuation of...

Business

Walmart says it will stop displaying Mississippi state flag because of Confederate emblem

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Walmart says it will stop displaying Mississippi state flag because of Confederate emblem.

Health

Surging US virus cases raise fear that progress is slipping

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alarming surges in coronavirus cases across the U.S. South and West raised fears Monday that the...

Life

Tulsa Juneteenth celebration draws large crowd

TULSA — Despite bouts of rain, thousands of people converged on the historic Greenwood District on Friday to celebrate...

Life

Vatican says climate change efforts go forward even without US

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican stressed Thursday that the movement to combat climate change is unstoppable and worldwide, although...

Life

Oklahoma City archdiocese to launch training program

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has created a new training program for volunteers, staff members and clergy that will be...

Life

Shared Hope: Speaking God's truth

Alton Carter won the esteemed Oklahoma Book Award for writing "The Boy Who Carried Bricks." Alton is married, a father to sons,...

Life

Bible lesson for June 20

“Some of the Pharisees said, ‘This man (Jesus) is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.’ But others said, ‘How can...

Crime

Georgia senators say hate crimes law should protect police

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans in Georgia’s state Senate have added police as a protected class to proposed hate crimes legislation...

News

The Vatican says Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is in Germany to be with his brother, who is in poor health

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is in Germany to be with his brother, who is in poor health.

Life

Former church members seek accountability for alleged misdeeds

Former members of a metro area church said the house of worship should close immediately and its founders should be held...

Health

Amid pandemic, scores of US Catholic schools face closure

Catholic schools have faced tough times for years, but the pace of closures is accelerating amid economic fallout from the...

Life

Shared Hope with Jane Jayroe Gamble: Trust is built in daily talks with God

One of the great leaders in our community is Natalie Shirley, the president and chief executive officer of the National Cowboy...

Life

Oklahoma faith briefs for June 13

Crossings to host blood drive Crossings Community Church is partnering with the Oklahoma Blood Institute for a two-day blood...

Life

Life.Church gives to hospitals, food pantries

As part of a larger COVID-19 response effort, Life.Church recently donated a total of $50,000 to two Oklahoma hospital...

Health

OKC church provides housing for missionaries in coronavirus era

As COVID-19 rapidly became a worldwide crisis and much overseas travel came to a standstill, many Southern Baptist missionaries...

Life

Bible lesson for June 13

"His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’” — John 9:2 Humans often spend...

Life
Video

Trump reschedules Tulsa rally amid controversy; Oklahoma Black caucus focuses holiday narrative

TULSA — On Friday afternoon, a group of Black state legislators said nothing will stop them from placing the focus of this...

Health

The Latest: South Korea capital adds more coronavirus cases

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 49 new coronavirus cases.Most most of them are in the densely populated Seoul...

Business

After Floyd’s death, a reckoning for immigrant store owners

This content is written and produced by Religion News Service and distributed by The Associated Press. RNS and AP partner on...

News

Official: Bomb explodes in Kabul mosque, at least 4 killed

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb exploded Friday inside a mosque in western Kabul, killing at least four people, including the...

Health

Amid pandemic, scores of US Catholic schools face closure

Catholic schools have faced tough times for years, but the pace of closures is accelerating dramatically amid economic fallout...

Health

The Latest: SKorea reports 45 new COVID cases, most in Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 45 new cases of COVID-19, all but two of them in the capital region, continuing a...

News

Canceling Ivanka Trump spurs backlash for Kansas college

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Donors are pushing Kansas' higher education board to fire Wichita State University's president after he...

Crime

Friends say Gugino is a Catholic peace activist, not Antifa

(RNS) Is Martin Gugino an Antifa provocateur?Or a beloved Catholic peace activist who was the victim of police brutality in...

Life

Panel discussion on faith and race is set

Several organizations have joined together to host a virtual discussion on face and race. "A Community Conversation: Faith and...

Health

The Latest: George Floyd's casket taken inside mausoleum

TOP OF THE HOUR:— `He is going to change the world’: Funeral held for George Floyd.— New York passes bill to unveil police...

Health

The Latest: SKorea requires QR codes at 'high-risk' venues

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 50 new cases of COVID-19 as officials begin requiring nightclubs, karaoke rooms...

Health

`He is going to change the world': Funeral held for Floyd

HOUSTON (AP) — George Floyd was fondly remembered Tuesday as “Big Floyd” — a father and brother, athlete and neighborhood...

News

Federal appeals court axes Satanic Temple abortion lawsuit

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday filed by a member of the Satanic Temple...

Health

The Latest: Seattle police use of pepper spray criticized

TOP OF THE HOUR:— Seattle mayor, police chief criticized for police use of flash bangs, pepper spray— Artists paint ‘End Racism...

Health

World reaches 400,000 virus deaths as pope urges caution

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The confirmed global death toll from the COVID-19 virus reached at least 400,000 fatalities on Sunday,...

Life

Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Midnight Basketball continues without the games

A popular faith-based summer program will continue for its 22nd year, but with a twist due to the COVID-19 crisis. A nonprofit...

Life
Video

Tough talks needed to fight racism: Local pastors, police officer, discuss the issue at 'Lets Talk About Race' forum

"We gotta go there." The Rev. Herbert Cooper looked into a livestreaming video camera and then out into the crowd gathered at...

Health

Massive, peaceful protests across US demand police reform

WASHINGTON (AP) — Massive demonstrations against racism and police brutality filled some of the nation’s most famous cityscapes...

Health

The Latest: Flash bang, pepper spray disperses Seattle crowd

TOP OF THE HOUR:— Police use flash bang devices, pepper spray to disperse Seattle protesters— Mayor of Portland, Oregon, orders...

Health

The Latest: China has 1st non-imported infection in 2 weeks

BEIJING — China has reported its first non-imported case of the new coronavirus in two weeks, an infected person on the island...

Life

Bible lesson for June 6

"The Jews answered Jesus, 'Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?'" — John 8:48 Jesus told the...

Life

Baptists cancel annual meeting amid pandemic

The Southern Baptist Convention's 2020 annual meeting was canceled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. The last annual...

Life

Nevada defends cap on church services; sheriff won't enforce

RENO, Nev. — Nevada’s lawyers are stepping up their defense of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s 50-person cap on religious gatherings in a...

Life

Oklahoma faith briefs

Crossroads Church will host food distribution Crossroads Church is partnering with Convoy of Hope to host a food distribution...

Life

Southern Baptists see 13th year of membership decline

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The nation’s largest Protestant denomination is almost 2% smaller than it was in 2018. The Southern Baptist...

Life

Episcopal diocese consecrates new bishop

A consecration for the Rt. Rev. Poulson C. Reed recently was held at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. Reed was formally ordained...

Life

'Send Me Wings,' filmed in Oklahoma, delves into faith, purpose and community

Actress Rachel Cannon is excited about the coming deadCenter Film Festival debut of the faith-based film " Send Me Wings." The...

Life

Shared Hope with Jane Jayroe Gamble

There’s a great warrior who stands guard over Oklahoma. I got to meet him close up with his maker, artist and state Sen. Kelly...

Life

Group demands removal of Christian-themed messages for Fort Sill Facebook page

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has sent an email to the garrison commander at Fort Sill demanding that he have...

Health

The Latest: China orders pangolin protection amid pandemic

BEIJING — China is ordering its highest level of protection for the armadillo-like pangolin as part of its crackdown on the...

News

US cardinal at Vatican prays for Floyd, and America's future

ROME (AP) — The highest-ranking American cardinal at the Vatican on Friday deplored the “unjust” killing of George Floyd,...

Health
Video

Battling 'two pandemics' with prayer: Crowd gathers near Edmond Police headquarters for faith event

EDMOND — The need for unity was a theme that ran throughout a prayer gathering held Thursday near the Edmond Police...

Health

The Latest: Filipino leader says US unrest hurts virus fight

MANILLA, Philippines — Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says that he is glad “Filipinos are really law-abiding” and that...

News

Photo gallery: Crowd gathers near Edmond police station for prayer event

A crowd of about 100 gathered near Edmond Police headquarters Thursday morning for a prayer event. Browse our photo gallery for...

Life

'How can the Church be silent under the motif of love?': Ministers discuss the Christian response to racism

EDMOND — A trio of black ministers shared their views about how Christians should respond to racism during a recent discussion...

Life

Methodist conference, clinic partner to aid Navajo Nation

The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church is partnering with the Oklahoma Indian Missionary...

Life
Video

'Morning of Prayer' gathering is planned in Edmond

EDMOND — A community prayer gathering is set for 8 a.m. Thursday outside the Edmond Police Department, 100 E First St. The...

Health

Jewish Federation statement supports peaceful protests

The Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City Wednesday released a statement expressing support for the peaceful protests in...

News

GOP senators offer rare rebuke of Trump on church visit

WASHINGTON (AP) — A handful of GOP senators spoke out Tuesday against President Donald Trump, criticizing his visit to a church...

Health

The Latest: UN body calls for action on debt amid pandemic

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older...

Health

The Latest: Thousands on New York City streets after curfew

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police...

News

Afghan official: Kabul mosque bombed, 2 dead, 2 wounded

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb exploded inside a mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday killing two people, including...

News

Afghan official says bombing of mosque in capital Kabul kills one, wounds three, including prayer leader

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan official says bombing of mosque in capital Kabul kills one, wounds three, including prayer...

Life

Churches will host discussions on the Christian response to racism

Several churches are hosting discussions about race relations in the coming days. First Presbyterian Church of Edmond will host...

Health

Trump threatens military force against protesters nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wielding extraordinary federal authority, President Donald Trump threatened the nation’s governors on Monday...

Life
Video

Churches will host discussions on the Christian response to racism, race relations

Several churches are hosting discussions about race relations in the coming days. First Presbyterian Church of Edmond will...

Health

Vatican centralizes contracting to cut waste, corruption

ROME (AP) — Gone are the days of the half-million euro Christmas Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square.The Vatican is...

Health
Video

Catholic, Methodist leaders denounce racism

Two clerical leaders in Oklahoma City released statements Friday denouncing racism in the wake of the death of a Minneapolis...

Life

For top U.S. virus experts, faith and science work together

NEW YORK — The relationship between faith and science has faced its share of strain during the coronavirus pandemic — but for...

Life

Dippin' Dots treats private Christian school students and their families

Students of a local private Christian school recently received food and other supplies from Dippin' Dots. Youths who attend...

Life

Religion rail for May 30

Esther Women series will go virtual with Anne Graham Lotz Anne Graham Lotz will be speaking to "Esther Women" via a virtual...

Life

Shared Hope with Jane Jayroe

Many people know Phil Busey Sr. as the founder of Delaware Resource Group and co-founder with his wife of the El Sistema music...

Life

Bible lesson for May 30

“Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not from God.” — John 8:47Jesus...

Health

Supreme Court rejects challenge to limits on church services

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state...

Health

Asia Today: Virus cases jump again in South Korea, India

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Thursday reported its biggest jump in coronavirus cases in more than 50 days, a...

Life

Christian rock band members react: Lead singer of Hawk Nelson reveals he doesn't believe in God

The members of Hawk Nelson are speaking out after the Christian rock band’s lead singer, Jon Steingard, announced he no...

Business

Appeals court sides with tech giants in activists' lawsuit

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that accused Twitter, Facebook and other tech giants of...

Health

Nevada to reopen casinos June 4, welcoming tourists again

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday night that he would allow casinos to reopen June 4, welcoming...

Health

Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Veteran banker, 91, fought COVID-19 and won

The voice on the other end of the cell phone captured Gene Rainbolt's attention as he lay in a hospital room struggling with...

Health

Creating buzz: St. Gregory's Abbey finds homes for bee hives in expanded honey operation

SHAWNEE — Wanted: homes for hives. The unusual appeal from the monks at St. Gregory's Abbey generated a surprising response....

Health

US Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this...

Health

Holiday amid pandemic: Americans divided on how to respond

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump played golf at one of his courses Saturday during the Memorial Day weekend as he urged...

Life

Four roommates of different faiths face a pandemic together

LOS ANGELES — Hadar Cohen, Ala' Khan, Maya Mansour and Jonathan Simcosky arrived as strangers, ready to embark on a new...

Life

Oklahoma Episcopalians prepare to welcome new bishop

A 50th birthday is typically considered a milestone worthy of great celebration. Within about a week of turning 50, the Rev....

Life

Oklahoma faith briefs

Archdiocese sells former church site The Archdiocese of Oklahoma recently sold a former church building in south Oklahoma...

Health

'Stories of Inspiration': Oklahoma United Methodists will offer TV special

Morgan Grizzle headed to New York on a mission. As an Oklahoma City University graduate who works as a travel nurse, she...

Life

Latter-day Saints group reaches out to Muslim neighbors

NORMAN — Members of one metro-area house of worship refused to let the coronavirus crisis keep them from reaching out to people...

Life

Bible lesson for May 23

“Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the...

Life

Use tougher times to build stronger dreams

This spring there is a definite lack of pomp and circumstance as thousands of young people are graduating from high school and...

Life

Free milk to be distributed at Crossroads Church

Free gallons of milk will be distributed beginning at 2 p.m. Friday at Crossroads Church, 8901 S Shields. The church has...

Health

US health officials quietly release more reopening guidance

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials have quietly released more reopening guidance that was created more than a month ago but...

Health

Oklahoma to increase oversight of midwives under new law

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday signed legislation requiring state regulation of non-nurse midwives. The governor signed Shepherd’s...

Health

Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Where is God in the pandemic?

What role has God played in the pandemic? Is He a vengeful God seeking to destroy mankind because of sin? Is COVID-19 one of...

Health

Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Baptists cancel Falls Creek youth camp season

DAVIS — Falls Creek youth camp, a summer tradition for church youth groups across Oklahoma and beyond, has been canceled for...

Health

Automakers help restart US industry as globe reopens further

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — More than 130,000 autoworkers returned to factories across the U.S. for the first time in nearly two...

Health

The Latest: India reports largest single-day virus surge

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

Health

Priest draws squirt gun in fight against coronavirus

DETROIT (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest in the Detroit area has taken aim at his parishioners in a bid to maintain social...

Health

In Detroit, NYC, kindness comes one slice of pizza at a time

NEW YORK (AP) — Before the pandemic, Shalinder Singh spent Sundays at his gurdwara, helping serve a community meal for 300...

Health

Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Hospital chaplains offer comfort and hope during evolving crisis

Brian Warfield felt like he'd been dropped into the middle of a science fiction movie. But he's a hospital chaplain, not a...

Life

Shared Hope with Jane Jayroe Gamble

Gratitude‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌strong‌ ‌pathway‌ ‌to‌ ‌hope.‌ ‌University of Oklahoma ‌football‌ ‌legend ‌Dewey‌ ‌Selmon ‌shares‌ ‌how‌...

Health

New Oklahoma Presbyterian church plant moves forward despite pandemic

The idea of planting a church in the midst of a pandemic seemed a little daunting — but doable. The Rev. Casey Shutt and a core...

Life

More Oklahoma City-area houses of worship prepare to reopen

Oklahoma City-area houses of worship continue to take steps to reopen as restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic are...

Life

Oklahoma faith briefs for May 16

Virtual panel discussion on anti-Semitism is planned The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ) will host an online...

Health

First Southern Baptist Church of Del City hearkens to days of Starlight Crusades

A crowd of people from a prominent Southern Baptist church recently gathered for a time of worship at a high school football...

Life

Bible lesson for May 16

“I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.” — John 8:24 When...

Health

The Latest: India surpasses China in coronavirus cases

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

Health

Most US states fall short of recommended testing levels

WASHINGTON (AP) — As businesses reopened Friday in more of the U.S., an overwhelming majority of states still fall short of the...

News

Retired pope suggests St. John Paul II be called "the Great"

ROME (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has honored St. John Paul II on the centenary of his birth and floated the idea that he...

Health

The Latest: China’s foreign minister lashes out

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

Health

The Latest: Philippines prep for typhoon amid coronavirus

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

Health

Lebanon to reinstate total lockdown amid spike in infections

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese rushed to food stores to stock up on vegetables and basic items, hours before the government reinstated...

Health

Poll shows a partisan split over virus-era religious freedom

NEW YORK (AP) — As the nation’s houses of worship weigh how and when to resume in-person gatherings while coronavirus...

Health

Couples turn to `minimonies' to salvage wedding plans

NEW YORK (AP) — Couples trying to salvage weddings put on hold by the coronavirus are feeding a fresh trend in the bridal...

Life
Video

Clergy, professors denounce racist and anti-Semitic hacking incident

The signs dotting the landscape near NW 23 and Blackwelder Avenue focused on love, hope and unity. Jay Williams was at...

News

Gun control group starts faith-driven push ahead of election

NEW YORK (AP) — A leading gun control advocacy group has enlisted more than a dozen religious leaders to boost voter turnout...

Health

The Latest: India’s trains get ready to roll again

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

Life

Shared Hope with Jane Jayroe Gamble: Sometimes surrender is the pathway

Meet Ashleigh Robinson, Miss Oklahoma City, who reminds us that sometimes surrender is the pathway to hope. She writes this...

Life

Oklahoma faith briefs for May 9

Day camp to offer virtual activities The Jewish value of pikuah nefesh, saving a life, takes precedence over all other Jewish...

Life

OKC area parishioners thank clergy with parades

The cars drove by one by one, and there was such a steady stream that the priest stopped counting. The Rev. Joseph Jacobi...

Life

Interfaith community hosts virtual memorial for professor's father

The Oklahoma City interfaith community recently came together to celebrate the life of a local professor's father. The virtual...

Life

Metro-based gospel recording artist launches virtual series

With her backyard providing a fitting backdrop, gospel recording artist Sandi Patty and her husband Don Peslis recently...

Life

Bible lesson for May 9

“Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the...

News

Archdiocese installs webcam to show progress on Rother shrine

One could call it shrine cam. The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has come up with a way for the faithful to watch the building of...

Health

The Latest: Pakistan lifts lockdown amid jump in virus cases

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

Life

Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Churches, community donate gifts, supplies for inmates

Prison ministry volunteers can't visit incarcerated women at an Oklahoma City prison because of the coronavirus outbreak....

Life

Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Virtual National Day of Prayer speakers address pandemic

Some aspects of the Oklahoma City National Day of Prayer observance were different on Thursday but the most important element —...

Life

Hunter tweets to Norman mayor: Cities can't discriminate against churches

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter admonished the mayor of Norman on Thursday to treat churches equally in the city’s...

Health

The Latest: Japan, U.S. agree to cooperate in COVID-19 fight

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

Life
Video

Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Reserve a seat at church

Heading to church? It's more important than ever to RSVP. In the new era of social distancing, Life.Church is asking members to...

Health
Video

Catholic churches prepare to reopen for public Mass

Catholic churches across the state will reopen the week of May 18 for public Mass, leaders of the faith group said Wednesday....

Health

The Latest: UN ups appeal to fight virus to $6.7 billion

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

Health

Justices wary of 'Obamacare' birth control coverage changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed concerned Wednesday about the sweep of Trump administration rules that would allow...

Life

Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Prison ministry is coordinating donation drive for inmates

A prison ministry is leading a donation drive for items like puzzles, sketch pads, playing cards and toiletries to give to...

Health

The Latest: Virus to delay regional elections in Indonesia

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

Health

The Latest: Experts back Japan plan to extend virus measures

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

Health
Video

Churches join Langston University to aid students

LANGSTON — A group of metro churches and a local credit union recently came to the aid of several Langston University students...

Health

The Latest: Hundreds protest Oregon's stay-at-home order

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

Health

As warmer weather beckons, NYPD to enforce social distancing

NEW YORK (AP) — As warmer weather tempted New Yorkers to come out of quarantine, police dispatched 1,000 officers this weekend...

Life

OKC National Day of Prayer goes digital

The Oklahoma City National Day of Prayer observance set for Thursday will include musical selections and prayers by...

Life

Bible lesson

“‘In the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?’ They said this to test him, so that they might have...

Health
Video

Falls Creek camp delays start with tentative new schedule

Falls Creek Youth Camp season, a popular summer staple for hundreds of young people, will likely be held this year. However,...

Life

Religion briefs for May 2

Local Holocaust Remembrance event moves forward A postponed community-wide Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony has a new...

Crime

Man charged with hate crime over fire set at Missouri mosque

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a 42-year-old man accused of setting fire to a Missouri mosque last week with a...

Health

Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Houses of worship decide on reopening date for in-person gatherings

The Rev. Dan Maxwell is inviting his church members to return for in-person worship on Sunday. It will be the first time since...

Health
Video

Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Residents get free, healthy food as part of Mobile Market program

Marvin Holmes stopped to get the free fruits and veggies but left with so much more. The northeast Oklahoma City man also...

Life

Metro area Muslims give back for Ramadan

Observant Muslims are fasting from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan but that hasn't stopped two metro Muslim groups from making...