Memorial Day means different things to different people. For many it is the start of the summer season with all that entails. The weather gets warmer and many outside activities begin. This is something we all need after a long winter when many of us get cabin fever.
The only one we can truly work on and change is our self. The internal journey takes precedence over the external. For our motivation flows from within. Grand external things often keep us occupied and distracted from the hard inner work that we avoid or hide from. The Lie, “Just stay busy, …
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It’s April Fool’s Day, and while some of us may enjoy the occasional prank or practical joke, nobody likes to make a fool of themselves. No one likes to be embarrassed. The fear of feeling like a fool may be strongest in middle school or high school, but all of us want to be accepted and res…
Secularism has had a powerful impact on our world. Our high standard of living, the wisdom of the enlightenment, and a false understanding of freedom leave little room for God.
Of the many house cleaning chores that I undertake, dusting has to be the most challenging. It isn’t that I don’t enjoy a room that has been recently dusted, it’s the sheer magnitude of everything that dust seems to infiltrate that I find so discouraging! Dust...is...everywhere. Part of me w…
Mainstream Christians tend to be rather quiet — quiet in worship (no cries of "Amen" and "Hallelujah") and quiet in our good works, of which there are many. Not known for accosting people on the street and asking if they've been saved.
DEER LODGE — A judge entered a not guilty plea in Deer Lodge district court recently for a Bear River, Wyoming, man facing drug and DUI charges.
At the recent Ecumenical meeting, spiritual leaders gathered in prayer for Christian unity. Our prayers addressed the deep divisions in our world among religions and especially in politics. The upshot has been, and can be, fairly brutal attacks — at least verbally, if not worse — on those wh…
During this week or weekend, many Christians will be celebrating Epiphany. The feast celebrates the arrival of the three wise men representing the various people of the world. Some have referred to them as astrologers, others as the Magi (short for magicians), or even others as kings.
MISSOULA — Getting ready for the first night of Hanukkah on Saturday, Missoula’s Har Shalom spiritual leader Laurie Franklin spent the morning recalling the reasons for the seasons.
As the election season raged all around us — and burns and smolders still — Father Bob Porter has stayed grounded and thankful.
The Rev. Eda Lorello is among a tiny minority of Roman Catholic women who have been ordained as priests.
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A forum featuring Dr. Ian Hutchinson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and moderated by Evan Barrett will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the Montana Tech Auditorium. A reception will follow.
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HELENA — Some say preventing future sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic clergy may depend on ending the requirement for celibacy and allowing women into the priesthood.
HELENA — Helena Bishop George Leo Thomas held prayer services in seven Montana communities last year in the wake of a nearly $21 million settlement to resolve claims by about 380 people who accused the Diocese of Helena of sexual abuse.
An armed and masked man present at Pioneer Park on Saturday as about 150 residents were preparing to show their support for the Billings Islamic community was told to move on by Billings police — and he complied, a police spokesman said Wednesday.
BILLINGS — About 150 people gathered in support of the Billings Muslim community at Pioneer Park on Saturday, many showing their support after telephone threats and heightened anti-Muslim political rhetoric by donning the hijab, the traditional headscarf worn by Muslim women.