With fewer people carrying cash, churches plan to use special card readers for collecting fees and the offering.
Many Copts fear a resurgence of militant power more than the autocratic tendencies of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
“Probably the best description of him is a master manipulator,” Ricks said of David Koresh, who died in a fire in 1993 along with dozens of his Branch Davidian followers.
A group of progressive Christians gathered near Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Liberty University, both critiquing Falwell's theology and asking to pray with him.
The ecumenical National Council of Churches has also launched a Truth and Racial Justice Initiative, “a nationwide accounting of how churches and their leaders have been complicit in, and have perpetuated, racism in America.”
Police spied on ordinary people at mosques, restaurants, and schools starting in 2002.
Lingayat Dharma “started as a revolt and protest against Hindu orthodoxy,” said a leader in the movement advocating status as a minority faith.
Groups are meeting growing interest through efforts such as Friday prayers in Spanish and #TacoTrucksatEveryMosque events to break Ramadan fasting.
The lifelong AME Church member was at the center of the 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education.
Smith is one of the surviving workers whose strike brought Martin Luther King Jr. to Tennessee in 1968.
Pastors are more likely to say their churches are made up of multiple racial and ethnic groups than they were four years ago.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has likened Turkey's army to Ottoman troops in WWI, calling them martyrs fighting for their religion.
Church elders and an outside firm investigated and cleared Hybels. But recently several former employees went public with their accounts—and doubts about the investigations.
He was an air force captain who became a conscientious objector. Now he'll lead a historic peace church.