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Crowd in faith’s hub praises ‘Book of Mormon’

The audience at the Tony Award-winning musical cheered wildly Tuesday, with the show’s gleefully naive missionaries singing in front of a backdrop of the Salt Lake City skyline and Mormon temple that resembles the real one just two blocks away.

Faith

How do Jewish conversions work?

Jewish conversion is at the center of a heated debate in Israel right now. Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has strict policies on what constitutes a legitimate conversion, policies that have recently come up against pushes for reform.

Faith

Advocates seek Vatican inquiry of Newark, N.J., Archbishop John Myers

A group calling themseles the Catholic Whistleblowers want Pope Francis’ new Vatican tribunal to investigate Myers, who they say has been hostile toward people with abuse allegations and has been accused of sheltering abusive priests. The plea comes as Francis prepares for his first visit to the U.S. in September, a trip which will take place against the backdrop of the broad unfinished business of the molestation scandal.

Faith

Prisons agree inmates can be humanists; Faith Walk writers wanted

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has agreed to recognize humanism as a religion after settling a lawsuit brought by an Oregon inmate. The move comes a year after the U.S. Army agreed to recognize humanism as a religious choice for service members and may signal a broader government willingness to recognize humanism, a system of beliefs that recognizes no deity and emphasizes rational thinking.

Faith

Mainline Presbyterian members win lawsuit over control of Overland Park church

Heartland Presbytery, a regional body of Presbyterian Church USA, had sued members who last year broke away and joined the more conservative ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. At issue was control of the Presbyterian Church of Stanley and its property. Heartland is willing to work with the ECO faction, allowing its members to worship at the church until it finds a new home.

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