Editor’s note: April sees the convergence of three major religious holidays — Passover, Easter and Ramadan — which will look very different this year due to social distancing and stay-at-home orders. We’re looking at how members of each faith are adapting plans for worship and celebration.
When Dara Murphy opened a women’s boutique in downtown Anniston three years ago, she named it after a woman she barely knew. The store — called Rosa Lee — is named after a homeless woman Murphy had met in New York City, who, despite having almost nothing, nonetheless possessed faith, peace, …
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
For many years, Greenbrier Road Baptist Church has put on a live Nativity for the community at Christmas. This year’s event will be bigger than ever, thanks to the influence of new pastor Keith Screws.
For more than a decade, Greenbrier Road Baptist Church in Anniston has been putting on a live nativity for Christmas. Visitors take a hayride and visit different scenes from the Biblical story of Christ’s birth. There are guardsmen and gatekeepers, townspeople and a choir of musicians. Mary …
Earlier this month, Dedra Shannon hung a 6-foot drawing of Linus from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" — complete with scrawny tree and Bible quote — from the nurse’s office door at the middle school in Killeen, Texas, where she works.
As I write this, my Jewish relatives are counting the days left before Hanukkah, and my Christian relatives are doing the same for Christmas. Why are they counting? These holidays are the time for presents!
The ’Splainer (as in "You’ve got some ’splaining to do") is an occasional feature in which the RNS staff gives you everything you need to know about current events to hold your own at the water cooler.
After the spring holidays of Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot (Feast of Weeks), the Jewish people settle back into the routine cycle of weekly Sabbaths and monthly New Moons. This lasts through the summer until the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in the late summer and early fall.
Jews around the world will be celebrating Purim on Thursday. The celebration includes a reading of the Book of Esther, one of the wonderful stories enshrined in the Jewish and Christian bibles.
For Jews around the world, Hanukkah begins at sundown Sunday. This holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the temple in Jerusalem in 165 BCE.
At sundown on Oct. 23, 2016, the Jewish people will celebrate Hoshana Rabba, and at sundown the next day will begin Simhat Torah. This concludes a series of Holy Days that began on Oct. 2 with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
Sukkot, the Jewish Feast of Booths, begins at sundown on Oct. 16, 2016. It is one of three festivals celebrated by ancient Jews with a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem and a feast. The other two are Pesach and Shavuot, the Passover and Feast of Weeks.
In Jewish tradition, the Lord opens His Book of Life on Rosh Hashana and keeps it open for 10 days. During that time, Jews reflect on the past year, hoping that on balance the good will outweigh the bad. On Yom Kippur — the Day of Atonement — the Lord closes the Book, determining the fate of…