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Readers share their lessons of faith

We recently asked readers to share the lessons they have learned from their own — or other — faith traditions. They responded with examples from their families’ background to the teachings of Buddhism. Here is a sampling of what they said:

Author’s spiritual institute seeks to transform souls

As director of the Aprentis Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation, James Bryan Smith has a heavenly agenda for a down-to-earth mission.

Smith’s new book provides direction for the faithful

“The deep waters of God's life are already flowing. We simply learn the strokes that will enable us more and more to be at home in them.” – Richard Foster, “Life With God”

Author’s ‘proof of heaven’ questioned in Esquire magazine

RALEIGH, N.C. – An author born and educated in North Carolina is facing accusations that he lied in his best-selling book that details his near-death experience and what he says was his journey to heaven and back.

With faith in God, man turns four-page rap sheet into success story

AKRON, Ohio — Anyone can spot Carmine Robinson as he drives through the roughest sections of Akron, Ohio, inside his flashy SUV with its glistening 24-inch rims spinning off sunshine.

The Restored Church of God opens new world headquarters in Ohio

The Restored Church of God has officially moved into its new home — a multimillion-dollar, 40,000-square-foot building in Wadsworth, Ohio.

Spiritual-care course trains chaplains, others for the next disaster

The three mass-casualty disasters in the Northeast this past year — Superstorm Sandy, the Newtown shootings and Boston Marathon bombings — brought attention and the nation’s sympathies not only to the victims but also to the many people who came to their aid: particularly police, fire and medical first-responders.

100 Buddhas rise from vacant lots in hopes of calming city’s violence

CHICAGO — Some believe the solution to neighborhood violence is increased police presence and arrests. For others, it’s teaching parents how to raise respectful children. And then there is a small cadre of idealists who believe all it takes is art.

Hundreds mourn scholar, author Rev. Andrew Greeley

His final farewell unfolded as if he had choreographed every song and step. With people in the pews belting out the Celtic hymn “Lord of the Dance,” the Rev. Andrew Greeley was carried out of Christ the King Roman Catholic Church in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood for a private burial.

Scammers bedevil religious leaders with fake Facebook pages

Search for the Rev. Adam Hamilton on Facebook and you’ll likely get two seemingly identical pages to choose from.

Iconographer paints images to inspire faithful

COPLEY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A plain white wall rose above the altar in the sanctuary at St. Demetrius Serbian Orthodox Church.

Rethinking the doctrine of atonement

“Healing the Gospel: A Radical Vision for Grace, Justice, and the Cross” by Derek Flood (Cascade Books, 108 pages, $17)

Lay ministers share in pastoral responsibilities

BATH TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Stephen Ministry is looking for compassionate men and women who want to help people who are hurting.

Pagels wrestles with the Book of Revelation

“Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation” by Elaine Pagels (Penguin Books, 244 pages, $16)

Neighbor prays, writes letters for sick boy

It looked like time might be running out for Chip Madren.

‘Emergence’ shows changing Christianity

“The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why” by Phyllis Tickle (Baker Books, 224 pages, $14.99)

Crafting leather for the soul

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Scott Hofert’s career is a marriage of automated and manual, spiritual and tangible — a veritable workshop of internal growth and external product.

‘New New Testament’: Pastor’s book may anger some, but he hopes it also illuminates

“In the beginning was the Word,” begins an ancient Middle Eastern text, “and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Kosher, in tasty new translations

Mounds of juicy meat glisten in hot pans and on nicked carving boards in the dining room of the Mark on Pico Boulevard. Braised sirloin with oregano and onion; Santa Maria tri-tip with garlic, molasses and chutney; rich flank steak tacos with lime and salsa; English roast with horseradish; bone marrow with red wine and olive oil; and piles of filet mignon, New York strip and rib-eye are all on offer.

Priest blesses, then rides, the waves

The story goes that in 2011, a holy man saved the “Gathering of the Tribes” longboard contest at Trestles beach.

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