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My Faith: Why we’re doing church on Facebook tonight
At Liberty University, thousands are expected to gather on Facebook for Wednesday night services.
November 2nd, 2011
03:16 PM ET

My Faith: Why we’re doing church on Facebook tonight

Editor's note: Johnnie Moore is an author, pastor, professor and a vice president of Liberty University. He sits on the board of World Help, and is the author of Honestly: Really Living What We Say We Believe. You can keep track of him on Facebook and Twitter.

By Johnnie Moore, Special to CNN

We’re a congregation of thousands of college students. Why would we do church on Facebook? Because it’s where we are already.

For us at Liberty University, this epiphany came when we were faced with the colossal challenge this week of being a homeless congregation.

Each Wednesday, thousands of us from Liberty and our local community gather in the 10,000-seat basketball arena on our campus, or in the sanctuary of Lynchburg’s Thomas Road Baptist Church, but this week they’re both unavailable.

So my team and I - all twenty-somethings - huddled together to find a solution.

Our fix? Let’s do church on Facebook.

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Filed under: Church • Opinion • Technology

With 'I'm a Mormon' campaign, church counters lily-white image
Ruth Williams passes out bulletins at the Third Ward in Washington, D.C., a diverse Mormon church.
November 2nd, 2011
11:32 AM ET

With 'I'm a Mormon' campaign, church counters lily-white image

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Washington (CNN) - The scene at a Mormon congregation here on a recent Sunday would surprise Americans who think of Mormons as young white missionaries in stiff white shirts, black ties and name tags.

Yes, there are white missionaries handing out bulletins at Washington’s Third Ward - what Mormons call their congregations - but there's also Ruth Williams, an elderly African-American woman, decked out in her Sunday best, doing the same.

White, black, Asian and Hispanic Mormons mingle before the service begins. As it gets under way, an African-American tween plays a video game on his smartphone in one pew as a 30-something white woman across the aisle taps away on her iPad.

How Mitt Romney's Mormon faith helped shape him

On this Sunday, the Sacrament - what Mormons call the remembrance of the Last Supper and what other Christians call Communion - is said in French, a nod to the area's burgeoning West African population.

It is not a special multicultural celebration Sunday. For this growing Mormon congregation in northeast Washington, it's just another weekend.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Jon Huntsman • Mitt Romney • Mormonism • Politics • United States

Praising Occupy movement, Archbishop of Canterbury backs bank tax
The archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams expressed understanding for Occupy Wall Street protesters.
November 2nd, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Praising Occupy movement, Archbishop of Canterbury backs bank tax

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

London (CNN) -
The head of the Church of England came out in favor of taxing bank transactions Wednesday, finally tipping his hand after weeks of Occupy London protests in front of St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, said "the best outcome" of the controversies surrounding the occupation would be to "effect credible change in the financial world."

He expressed understanding for the protesters, saying: "There is still a powerful sense around - fair or not - of a whole society paying for the errors and irresponsibility of bankers."

He said there was "impatience with a return to 'business as usual' - represented by still-soaring bonuses and little visible change in banking practices."

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Anglican • Belief • Christianity • Europe • United Kingdom

November 2nd, 2011
10:24 AM ET

What terrifies an atheist

(CNN) -  Famed filmmaker John Landis brought the world "An American Werewolf in Paris" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller," but nothing scares him more than people.

In this video the avowed atheist, tells CNN's Nima Elbagir why he thinks “we make stuff up” about monsters, religion, and the devil.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • Movies

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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.

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