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The ‘Splainer: Ash Wednesday and dirty Christian foreheads

The ‘Splainer (as in “You’ve got some ‘splaining to do”) is an occasional feature in which RNS staff give you everything you need to know about current events to hold your own at a cocktail party. (RNS) Chances are you’ll see a bunch of folks walking around with shmutz on their foreheads this Wednesday (Feb. […]

In the Face of Unrelenting Snow, New England Churches Soldier On

(RNS) If God brought all this snow, he also made it very hard to get to church. New Englanders, clobbered by four major storms in the past month and bracing for a fifth, are finding it difficult to travel anywhere, including to services on Sundays. And the Rev. Andrew Cryans of Durham, N.H. — where […]

Ashes to go: Starting Lent outside the four walls

These days, you don’t have to darken the door of a church to experience Ash Wednesday. Following a strategy that’s gathering momentum, United Methodist pastors and lay folk will bring the ashes to the people—to hurried commuters in train stations in Texas, to pedestrians on busy street corners in New York and Chicago, to patrons […]

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