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Pastor Leads A New Brand Of Church For 'Sinners And Saints'

Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, with her short, moussed hair and armloads of religious tattoos, is a bit of a Lutheran rock star at the moment (although the term makes her cringe). Her new book — a memoir on faith and her religious experience — recently made the New York Times best-seller list.
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After Coming Out, Gay Mormon Finds Support At Home

Jamison Manwaring says life is better since he came out to his family and friends in the Mormon community. Now you tell us: Have you had to reconcile a loved one's sexuality with your own beliefs?
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Reporter's Notebook: 'What Part Of Sacred Don't You Understand?'

The controversy over the recent Paris auctions of Hopi objects boils down to competing definitions of what is sacred. The same tension exists elsewhere in Indian Country where economic development projects are proposed for land Native Americans consider to be holy.
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A Jew And A Latino Walk Into A Recording Studio...

It's an era of music that has faded from memory, but some say it's an integral part of American history: Latin-Jewish music in the mid-20th century. Steve Berlin of Chicano band Los Lobos says if this were the soundtrack to his Hebrew school experience, he would have never dropped out.
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Minister Defrocked Over Officiating Gay Wedding Will Appeal

United Methodist church officials have defrocked the Rev. Frank Schaefer, who presided over his son's gay wedding.
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'Duck Dynasty' Attracts Christian Conservatives

The patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family has been suspended indefinitely from the hit reality TV show on A&E because of his remarks about homosexuality. He made the comments to GQ magazine. The show has spawned a multi-million-dollar industry of related products and books.
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Methodist Minister Who Officiated At Gay Wedding Is Defrocked

Rev. Frank Schaefer presided over his son's marriage to another man six years ago. When his congregation learned about the marriage this year, a complaint was filed with United Methodist officials. The church says same-sex marriage is "incompatible with Christian teaching." Schaefer disagrees.
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Judge Softens Utah's Anti-Polygamy Law To Mixed Reactions

The ruling is welcome news for those like Joe Darger, who live in polygamous relationships. But others question the court's interpretation and worry about young girls they say are vulnerable to coercion into polygamous marriages.
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In Francis' First Year, A 'Radical Pope' Seeks To Save His Church

"Who am I to judge?" With those five words, Pope Francis "stepped away from the disapproving tone, the explicit moralizing typical of popes and bishops," writes columnist James Carroll.
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'Rapture' Prophet Harold Camping Dies

In 2011 the radio preacher famously said — twice — that the world was about to end. Thousands of people professed their belief in his warnings. After they didn't prove true, he conceded that his predictions were "incorrect and sinful."

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