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November 7, 2011 – 5:05 am |

More than a century ago Leo Tolstoy wrote about a greedy farmer in his tale, “How Much Land Does a Man Need?” This farmer was discontent with his life because he never seemed to have …

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Mormon film Church Ball" is a real brawl

April 21, 2006 – 9:40 am |

I recently got the chance to screen the new film Church Ball, the latest movie by HaleStorm Entertainment, which has a growing list of films with themes related to the Church of Jesus Christ of …

Restraining others’ beliefs is shameless

April 19, 2006 – 12:30 pm |

“Shameless is a powerful word. Its the label we can put on an outrageous action that is open to others view and reaction and disdain. The act is shameless because the perpetrator does it …

Low Sunday can be a high time

April 17, 2006 – 6:08 pm |

Its called Eastertide, the days and weeks after Easter Sunday when the joy of Easter and resurrection sweeps Christians along toward Pentecost, which comes 50 days after Easter, or June 4 this year.Pentecost, the so-called …

Mapping America’s religious landscape

April 14, 2006 – 4:36 pm |

The American religious landscape is a curious thing. Thanks to a website that colors American counties on a map according to each faith group’s relative membership dominance, we can quickly see the general distribution of …

William Sloane Coffin remembered

April 14, 2006 – 12:28 pm |

The Rev. William Sloane Coffin was a three-name theologian like the great ones: Martin Luther King, Harry Emerson Fosdick and Robert McAfee Brown.The clergyman who fought war, civil rights injustice, poverty and hatred in the …

Pageant sidelines debate

April 12, 2006 – 1:42 pm |

The annual Easter pageant on the grounds of the Mesa Arizona Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been enjoying mild weather and no rain, but there is plenty of stormy …

Late Great Margie Frost

April 11, 2006 – 2:29 pm |

The Valley’s faith community gets a lot of credit for scaring away the cold and quelling hunger pains of the homeless, and Margie Frost worked tirelessly in her unforgettable way to help that happen.As the …

Priests rotation

April 7, 2006 – 4:15 pm |

For Catholics in some Valley parishes, Mass this time of year can sometimes mean a diocesan letter being read and distributed. Swallow hard and listen. The priest will be going somewhere else, or a …

Sun setting on sunrise services?

April 7, 2006 – 3:12 pm |

Easter comes three weeks later this year, and many East Valley houses of worship will notice that when they count heads on Easter Sunday. And they DO count worshipers to track changes and patterns.When …

Shelter spells relief

April 7, 2006 – 2:37 pm |

In mid-February, the Tempe faith community launched I-HELP to provide emergency shelter to the homeless Friday through Sunday nights. They never expected among their first guests would be a first-rate speller who decided the shelter …