In a surprising move that promises to transform Mormon social and spiritual dynamics, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday (Oct. 6) announced that it is lowering the age of full-time missionary service to age 18 for men (down from 19) and 19 for women (down from 21).
c. 2012 Religion News Service SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Whether churchgoers realize it or not, the trees in their churchyards have religious roots.
Those tall, thin-branched trees on the corner of this city's Episcopal Church Center of Utah, Purple Robe Black Locusts, were probably named after a biblical reference to John the Baptist eating locusts and honey.
It's been years since the incident, but Bishop V. Gene Robinson's
heart still races when he sees it on film. Robinson, the Episcopal
Church's first openly gay bishop, was preaching in London when a man in
the audience stood and began yelling at him. The heckler waved a
motorcycle helmet as he ranted. Robinson silently wondered if he was
hiding a gun or a bomb beneath it.
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