In central Appalachia, churches can serve as spaces of kindness that are capable of rallying care, love, and support to those in need. Often these spaces exist beyond the fantasy and spectacle of redemption, as meeting grounds for community members to sha…
A dreadlocked Jew from Brooklyn walks into the Christian Comedy Association's annual conference to tell a few jokes...
Transgender priests like Father Shannon Kearns even have trouble finding work or acceptance with supposedly liberal or progressive churches.
Here's what commenters on white nationalist forums Stormfront and Vanguard News Network have said so far.
I concealed my true self because I feared letting down my family, my band, the fans, a higher power. But today I regret it.
Statistics from the Catholic Church in England and Wales reveal that the number of women entering convent life has hit a 25-year high. I talked to one aspiring nun in her 20s to find out why.
When a conservative suburb changed its zoning laws to keep the sex club out, its members came up with a very creative solution.
I visited Athens's Apollo street to find out what Orthodox clergymen are wearing this Holy Week.
I spent a few days with them to meet the seemingly regular people behind the hate.
Apr 2, 2015
All the targeted churches were Catholic and have previous links to sexual abuse.
I hung out with Obi Canuel while he waited to see if the Canadian government would let him wear a colander on his head in his driver's license photo.
It seems that the socioeconomic factors of religious groups may be much more important to acceptance of sexuality than religion itself.
Like the ruins of the Coliseum or shuttered drive-in theaters, the ghosts of web 1.0 linger. And scattered throughout that hidden world are the early Internet churches.
Every year, on the first Sunday of November, the monseigneur of Sainte Rita in Paris organizes a Mass exclusively for animals.
A sculpture of Angelito Negro depicts him as a black angel with horns dressed in a mariachi outfit and holding tequila. His followers believe he will be the one to judge whether they get into heaven or hell.
Historical Western witches, modern tribal witches, green witches, and the sexy contemporary ones all get lumped together into some curious mismatched sports team. You can spend days wondering which witch is which. But here's the thing: you don't want to b…
"When you love each other, you make a good team and can make a lot of money" was among the nuggets of advice I absorbed.
Some places are simply too hard to reach with a basil branch.
Kutná Hora used to be rich, famous, and important in its own right back in the Middle Ages. Today, it's been reduced to a mere day trip for fans of faded grandeur and very old human remains.
Last Sunday, Grace Baptist Church in Troy, New York, held a raffle for its congregants. But instead of giving away a dinner for two at the Golden Corral, Pastor John Koletas, a former Marine, decided to raffle off a far more powerful prize: an AR-15 assau…
Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, died last week after possibly having been excommunicated from the church. His son Nathan, who left the church at the age of 18, hadn't spoken to him since 1995.
It's been one month since Andrew Hamblin, a 22-year-old Pentecostal pastor who handles snakes for Jesus, watched his mentor die in his arms. On Friday, I called Andrew to try to understand why young men are risking their lives to pick up snakes in the nam…
I spent over a decade working for churches. I'm not an angry atheist, nor do I want to bash organized religion. But after working for enough churches, I've learned that the bad ones have no problem being as bad as possible.
A junior high in Pennsylvania received pressure to take down a large stone copy of the Ten Commandments, and a pastor started a campaign to put up more monuments to God on private property.