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Joel Penton, founder and CEO of LifeWise Academy, sits May 30 at LifeWise Academy offices in Hilliard, Ohio.

Christian group expands classes at public schools

Joel Penton, founder and CEO of LifeWise Academy, sits May 30 at LifeWise Academy offices in Hilliard, Ohio.

June 15, 2024, 5:14am Churches & Religion

An Ohio nonprofit that provides off-site Bible instruction to public school students during classroom hours says it will triple its programs in Indiana this fall after new legislation forced school districts to comply. Read story

Two blind pilgrims preform Hajj with the help of their guide outside of the Grand Mosque during the annual pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, June 13, 2024. Hajj is the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia that is required once in a lifetime of every Muslim who can afford it and is physically able to make it. Some Muslims make the journey more than once.

Muslims start the Hajj against the backdrop of the destructive Israel-Hamas war

Two blind pilgrims preform Hajj with the help of their guide outside of the Grand Mosque during the annual pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, June 13, 2024. Hajj is the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia that is required once in a lifetime of every Muslim who can afford it and is physically able to make it. Some Muslims make the journey more than once.

June 14, 2024, 8:52am Churches & Religion

In sweltering temperatures, Muslim pilgrims in Mecca converged on a vast tent camp in the desert on Friday, officially opening the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Ahead of their trip, they circled the cube-shaped Kaaba in the Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site. Read story

Messengers raise their ballots in support of a motion put up for vote during a Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting Tuesday, June 11, 2024, in Indianapolis.

Southern Baptists narrowly reject formal ban on churches with any women pastors

Messengers raise their ballots in support of a motion put up for vote during a Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting Tuesday, June 11, 2024, in Indianapolis.

June 12, 2024, 8:23am Churches & Religion

Southern Baptists narrowly rejected a proposal Wednesday to enshrine a ban on churches with women pastors in the denomination's constitution after opponents argued it was unnecessary because the denomination already has a way of ousting such churches. Read story

Mourners kiss the coffin of Hezbollah senior commander Taleb Sami Abdullah, 55, known within Hezbollah as Hajj Abu Taleb, who was killed late Tuesday by an Israeli strike in south Lebanon, during his funeral procession in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Hezbollah fired a massive barrage of rockets into northern Israel on Wednesday to avenge the killing of the top commander in the Lebanese militant group as the fate of an internationally-backed plan for a cease-fire in Gaza hung in the balance.

More than 1.5 million foreign pilgrims arrive in Mecca for annual Hajj pilgrimage

Mourners kiss the coffin of Hezbollah senior commander Taleb Sami Abdullah, 55, known within Hezbollah as Hajj Abu Taleb, who was killed late Tuesday by an Israeli strike in south Lebanon, during his funeral procession in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Hezbollah fired a massive barrage of rockets into northern Israel on Wednesday to avenge the killing of the top commander in the Lebanese militant group as the fate of an internationally-backed plan for a cease-fire in Gaza hung in the balance.

June 12, 2024, 8:15am Churches & Religion

Muslim pilgrims have been streaming into Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca ahead of the start of the Hajj later this week, as the annual pilgrimage returns to its monumental scale. Read story

Amanda Visser holds her embryo-adopted six-month-old sons Collin and Jackson at her home May 13, in Sterling, Colo. When faced with infertility, Christians who believe life begins at or around conception wrestle with the ethics of IVF and how to build a family in a way that conforms with their beliefs.

Christian couples wrestle with ethics of IVF choices

Amanda Visser holds her embryo-adopted six-month-old sons Collin and Jackson at her home May 13, in Sterling, Colo. When faced with infertility, Christians who believe life begins at or around conception wrestle with the ethics of IVF and how to build a family in a way that conforms with their beliefs.

June 8, 2024, 6:05am Churches & Religion

When faced with infertility, Amanda and Jeff Walker had a baby through in vitro fertilization but were left with extra embryos — and questions. Tori and Sam Earle “adopted” an embryo frozen 20 years earlier by another couple. Matthew Eppinette and his wife chose to forgo IVF out of ethical… Read story

Grow It organizer Leah Reichardt-Osterkatz, right, helps children make smoothies from strawberries they picked, plus kale grown on the farm May 29 at Spring Forest in Hillsborough, N.C.

‘Farmastery’ sows Christian values through its outreach

Grow It organizer Leah Reichardt-Osterkatz, right, helps children make smoothies from strawberries they picked, plus kale grown on the farm May 29 at Spring Forest in Hillsborough, N.C.

June 8, 2024, 5:08am Churches & Religion

On a warm, sunny morning in farm country, a group of 40 preschoolers and their parents fanned out across several rows of crops to pluck strawberries from beneath crowns of green leaves. Read story

The Rev. Meredith Stone welcomes participants to the 2022 Baptist Women in Ministry Annual Gathering, June 28, 2022, at Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas. The organization plans prayer gatherings in support of Baptist female pastors outside the Southern Baptist Convention&rsquo;s annual meeting in Indianapolis June 11-12, 2024.

Southern Baptists are poised to ban churches with women pastors. Some are urging them to reconsider

The Rev. Meredith Stone welcomes participants to the 2022 Baptist Women in Ministry Annual Gathering, June 28, 2022, at Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas. The organization plans prayer gatherings in support of Baptist female pastors outside the Southern Baptist Convention&rsquo;s annual meeting in Indianapolis June 11-12, 2024.

June 6, 2024, 2:12pm Churches & Religion

From its towering white steeple and red-brick facade to its Sunday services filled with rousing gospel hymns and evangelistic sermons, First Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia, bears many of the classic hallmarks of a Southern Baptist church. Read story

An IMPACT Camas-Washougal volunteer, left, verifies the contents of a food box in the spring of 2023.

IMPACT Camas-Washougal’s annual ‘call to action’ grows

An IMPACT Camas-Washougal volunteer, left, verifies the contents of a food box in the spring of 2023.

June 1, 2024, 6:06am Churches & Religion

IMPACT Camas-Washougal began in 2015 as a call to action from St. Matthew Lutheran Church pastor Bob Barber. Read story

Writer Lulu Fairman, left, talks with writer and co-producer Maryam Chishti before a performance May 22 of &ldquo;What Do I Do With All This Heritage?&rdquo; in Los Angeles.

Theater show spotlights Asian American Jews

Writer Lulu Fairman, left, talks with writer and co-producer Maryam Chishti before a performance May 22 of &ldquo;What Do I Do With All This Heritage?&rdquo; in Los Angeles.

June 1, 2024, 6:04am Churches & Religion

David Chiu’s mother comes from a long line of Lithuanian Jews; his father is an immigrant from Hong Kong. For most of his life, the 42-year-old Southern Californian has felt like he “never completely belonged in either world.” Read story

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Fire sprinklers dampen flames from apparent arson at Hazel Dell church

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May 28, 2024, 6:05pm Churches & Religion

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent arson Sunday at a Hazel Dell church. Read story