NEW YORK — A pastor chooses to declare to his congregation during a Sunday service, and just as the megachurch is finally debt-free, Earth-shattering news that threatens to level their decade-old ministry and rend their relationships — so goes the synopsis of Lucas Hnath's "The Christians," enjoying its debut in New York City.
Although Christian history is chock full of the kind of schisms depicted on stage at Playwright Horizons, and in many modern news reports, rarely do those far removed from the situation get such an insightful look at the personal potential losses faced by those who choose to take a stand on a particular side of the pew when wrestling with theological doctrines.
That is what makes Hnath's "The Christians" a play for the times. more >>
Neighbors found a baby girl dead outside a New York City apartment on Monday afternoon with her umbilical cord still attached.
The building superintendent's wife found the baby unresponsive and unconscious in an alleyway outside the Bronx area residence. The police declared the girl dead at the scene.
Multiple outlets say the baby's mother, Jennifer Berry, tossed the baby out of the apartment's window, which is seven floors above. The New York Daily News says she was still alive when the "maniacal" mother threw her to her death. more >>
Hollywood actress Hayden Panettiere inadvertently sparked marriage rumors during a recent interview, while recalling her 9-month-old daughter's baptism in Europe.
The "Nashville" star detailed the "incredible" moment that she and fiancé Wladimir Klitschko had their daughter, Kaya Evdokia, baptized in his native country of Ukraine during an appearance on "Live! With Kelly and Michael," which aired on Monday. Panettiere, 26, was sharing a funny exchange that took place between Kaya and the priest when she referred to Klitschko, 39, as "my husband."
"We did her baptism [in Ukraine] and that was one of the most incredible parts of the trip," the New York native said. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson recently praised God following a terrifying car accident during New York Fashion Week.
The 18-year-old A&E personality was left shaken after the car in which she was traveling was involved in an accident last week. Although Robertson sustained minor injuries, she expressed gratitude for her safety via Instagram on Sept. 15. Robertson had been participating in New York Fashion Week, where she supported designer Sherri Hill, before the accident occurred.
"Current mood. but thankful I'm okay — got into a car accident this morning. I walked away with just a swollen knee and a sore neck. the other person is fine as well. the Lord protected me & I will praise His name for that," she wrote to her two million followers. more >>
NEW YORK — First lady Michelle Obama is promoting the launch of a new campaign aimed at helping 62 million girls around the world gain access to education.
Obama spoke about the program during an appearance at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on Saturday. The 62 million girls campaign, which builds on the Let Girls Learn initiative, is part of an effort to help millions of girls around the world complete their education through a Peace Corps program and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
After a touching introduction from pop megastar Beyonce, who was among this year's lineup of performers, Obama took the stage and spoke of the need for the global campaign. more >>
The Rev. A. R. Bernard, pastor of New York City's largest church and president of the Churches of the City of New York that represents 1.5 million Christians, called the multi-religious worship experience with Pope Francis at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum an "amazing experience." He also addressed concerns some Christians might have about "the concept of the papacy."
"I will tell you, it was beautiful, it was deep, it was moving and I think with the backdrop of 9/11 where it was religious extremism that created that situation and brought America to a whole new place in this country, as that being the backdrop and to have religious leaders from around the world, in terms of the religious expressions around the world, coming together like that was very, very special," Bernard said, reflecting on the Sept. 25 gathering during a broadcast of his radio program.
Bernard also revealed that he was chosen to greet Benedict XVI on behalf of the Protestant community when the then-pope visited New York City in 2008. The pastor of the 37,000-member Christian Cultural Center marveled that "here it is seven years later and I have the opportunity to actually go from greeting to worshipping with the new pontiff, Pope Francis." more >>