Animal rights activists can't stop a religious rite

Every year, Jews around the world seek repentance before the holiday of Yom Kippur through an atonement ritual known as kapparot. In exchange for a donation, a rabbi gently waves a chicken over one's head, reads a blessing, and then the bird is humanely slaughtered according to Jewish dietary laws. Animal rights groups have repeatedly tried - and failed - to stop this ancient ritual. They tried again this year, filing a federal lawsuit in California against Chabad of Irvine, and seeking a restraining order just 12 days before Yom Kippur.


4 secrets of Jewish parenting

Through all the hoopla about the parenting secrets of Asian Tiger Moms whose children practice piano for hours and French moms whose children happily tuck into four-course meals, I kept wondering: When are we going to start talking about Jewish moms?


Perry Noble breaks silence

Former NewSpring Church pastor Perry Noble reflected on his treatment after he was ousted from the church this summer for reasons including alcohol dependency.


Former NewSpring pastor vows to ‘go dark’ on Facebook for while

Ousted NewSpring pastor Perry Noble said he spent about a month in an Arizona treamtent facility earlier this summer, but the Facebook post he used to update his followers will likely be his last for a while. He’s being advised to “go dark” on social media while he mends his relationship with his family.


One SC prison chaplain’s ‘long nights in the death house’

“Next Stop, Eternity” tells the story of the Rev. Charles M. “Red” Kelly, founder of Columbia’s First Church of the Nazarene who was later tapped to become chaplain at the SC state penitentiary in the 1940s. He spent prisoners’ final nights with them, witnessing more than 30 executions.


What is the future of NewSpring Church?

What happens next at NewSpring Church, after the departure of founding pastor Perry Noble, depends on several factors, experts said Monday. The most important factor, they said, is the congregation’s resilience.


Night of Joy Rehearsal

First Baptist Church of Columbia and Brookland Baptist Church combined choirs practice for Sunday's "Night of Joy", an inaugural event at the new Spirit Communications Park on Bull Street.
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Night of Joy Rehearsal 1:51

Night of Joy Rehearsal

VIDEO: The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 2:08

VIDEO: The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

VIDEO: Our Lady of the Hills Choir 1:43

VIDEO: Our Lady of the Hills Choir

Make-A-Wish Foundation makes local boy's wish come true 2:18

Make-A-Wish Foundation makes local boy's wish come true