Catholic South shall rise

Catholics in the urban Northeast are getting used to the headlines.Parishioners in East Harlem have decided to conduct a vigil in a beloved old sanctuary because church leaders plan to lock the doors -- forever. The Archdiocese of New York recently said it would close or merge 21 churches in order to gather more people in fewer pews to be served by a declining number of priests.A parishioner at Our Lady Queen of Angels told the New York Times: "People have been baptized here and married here, … [Read more...]

Church signs along the road

Donald Seitz had suffered through a long day during a bad week at his office on Nashville's famous Music Row.On his way home from a business call, he drove past the Greater Pleasant View Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tenn. As usual, the no-tech sign out front offered a folksy thought for the week. This one caught his eye."He who kneels before God can stand before anyone," it said, in black, movable letters inserted by hand into slots on a plain white background.Seitz pulled over and got out of … [Read more...]

Symbols & Substance in Alabama

Susan Pace Hamill's colleagues on the law faculty at the University of Alabama were puzzled when she decided to spend her hard-earned sabbatical studying the Bible.Why study Greek at Samford University's evangelical Beeson Divinity School? What was a tax-law specialist who had worked in New York City and Washington, D.C., supposed to do with a Masters in Theological Studies degree?Hamill wasn't exactly sure herself, but she certainly wasn't trying to start a political crusade."If you divide the … [Read more...]