The New York City Fire Department swore in its first ever lesbian chaplain on Tuesday.
Rev. Ann Kansfield, who ministers at Greenpoint Reformed Church in Brooklyn, New York, is the first openly gay female chaplain to serve in this position. She was profiled by The New York Times in an article published Monday where she shared her attitude toward people's opinions about the FDNY's decision.
"We shouldn't have to hide ourselves or worry about being judged," shared Kansfield, who grew up with firefighters in her family, including her grandfather who worked as an Illinois fire chief. more >>
A mammoth hot air balloon featuring the painting of a smiling Jesus will ascend to the skies of western New York during the Easter season.
Named "RISEN!", the hot air balloon will be 80-feet-tall and have a volume of 105,000 cubic feet, being constructed from more than 2,000 square yards of fabric.
Sky Sail Balloons, Inc., an Ashville, New York-based hot air balloon company, will create the RISEN!, with its maiden voyage slated for this Easter season. more >>
Cardinal Timothy Dolan has compared terror group ISIS to the infamous Irish Republican Army, claiming that both sets of militants distorted the respective religions they claim to represent.
"These extremists do not represent genuine Islamic thought," Dolan said about ISIS in an interview with CNN. "Even the majority of temperate, peace-loving Muslims would say, 'I'm afraid they have a particular strand of erroneous Islam.' But I do think they are, they are distorting it."
Bun B, one half of the legendary rap group U.G.K., made an appearance on the Hot 97 Morning Show late last month where he discussed a new course on religion and hip-hop that he's teaching.
The rapper was asked about Christian rap group DC Talk by host Peter Rosenberg and if they are discussed in the curriculum of the class that he teaches alongside professor Anthony B. Pinn at Houston's Rice University.
Rosenberg laughed about the group, while host Ebro bounced back by citing Lecrae as a good example of faith-based hip-hop. Bun B replied to both hosts by relating both acts. more >>
Megachurch pastor and author Erwin Raphael McManus appeared on a CNN program to comment on the debate surrounding the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, Jesus Christ's purported burial cloth. During his brief appearance, McManus made it clear, however, that the show's anchors had failed to ask the most relevant question.
McManus, pastor of California multi-site MOSAIC church, appeared Thursday on CNN's "This Hour," morning program hosted by John Berman and Kate Bolduan.
Berman and Bolduan wanted to know the pastor's thoughts on why there's so much curiosity about the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and why anyone would need scientific evidence to prove Jesus' existence. more >>
Multiplatinum R&B singer Chris Brown recently made an appearance on the syndicated radio show Power 105.1's "The Breakfast Club" on Monday where he discussed various topics including marriage and having children.
The 25-year-old singer expressed his opinion on why marriage seems to be less appealing to millennials.
"I'm cool with having a baby," he said. "The marriage thing, I'm not cool giving [a woman] half of what I earned all my life. In our generation marriage has been distorted because it hasn't worked. [For] the older generation it has worked. Our generation 'what we've seen' [it hasn't worked]." more >>