You may have never strolled the narrow lanes of a quaint English town, but thanks to modern media, you’ll recognize one when you see a picture. The village church, made of native stone, will generally be surrounded by the graves of generations of its congregants.
You might not know that one of the oldest and most honored houses of worship on our island began as an enormous pile of 500,000 ballast bricks on an oceangoing vessel out of Holland.
The first schools in colonial America were in the home, but the next were faith-centered collectives that taught children how to read the Bible. And it was a preacher, Cotton Mather, who was the first to fight a rampant smallpox plague devastating Boston in colonial America. Mather demonstra…
We’ll meet two principals of faith-based schools in Galveston County today. Both will share about their mentors, their journeys to becoming heads of schools and their hopes for the future of their students.
The rapid collapse of the Afghanistan government and its fall to Taliban control has sent chills throughout the world. We are haunted by the desperation written on thousands of Afghan faces huddled at the Kabul airport seeking escape. Our hearts and our prayers go out to them.
Partnership between churches and the health district has helped get the vaccine to more people, but some religious leaders are hesitant to urge the hesitant.
Being the 12th rector of an 180-year old church sounds like a good billet for a historian, but the Rev. Jimmy Abbott’s own history isn’t quite the kind of Episcopalian past you might expect.
Galveston County boasts almost a dozen faith-based schools. Campus life can be different here, whether that means weekly chapels or differing takes on COVID-19 precautions.
I went to Walmart the other day. Something I do as a part of the middle-class ritual. Sometimes I visit other stores with fewer choices and higher prices just to avoid crowds. But Walmart has most of the things I need, and I can wear my sweatpants and no one notices.
Your house of worship may have your friendliest folks in the foyer, greeting guests and regulars. But what would happen on Sept. 1 if one of those greeted was sporting a large, shiny six-shooter on his or her hip?
Naomi Osaka made international news when she withdrew from the French Open and opted not to play at Wimbledon because of her struggles with depression.
Before the first Juneteenth’s joy in 1865, there were already Black churches on our island. Set up by those still enslaved, these churches were places they could freely teach and worship apart from their overseers.
A couple of hundred years ago, people lived in isolation, farming land on open prairies. Travel and communication were slow and uncertain. Letters took weeks, if not months, to reach their destination. Responses were long-delayed. A visit to town might take an entire weekend.
Perhaps your cell phone has awakened you in the wee hours of the morning with news, good or bad. Or the front desk at a motel has rung your room with an urgent morning message.
Every summer for generations, church camps have been part of an ongoing Texas tradition. In summer and fall, women’s groups from hundreds of churches here also will hold retreats at area camps, as well as a smaller number of men’s fellowships.