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Faith and Culture

Birmingham to commemorate 60 years since the 1963 campaign for civil and human rights

Throughout 2023, the city of Birmingham, in partnership with area churches, arts organizations, activists, businesses and nonprofits, will “honor the challenges, lessons and triumphs”...

Alabama students’ ornament designs debut as part of national Christmas display

When Christy LeGros saw her students’ artwork adorning the ornaments on the Alabama Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., she said it left her “awestruck.” Students...

Reflections: Christmas is God’s open house

The prison warden circulated a note to inmates asking for suggestions on the kind of party they'd recommend for his 25th anniversary. The prisoners...

‘A Christmas Story’ has an Alabama connection

"A Christmas Story," one of the most popular Christmas movies, has an Alabama connection. Melinda Dillon, who played Ralphie’s mother in the film, was raised...

Chelsea family wins big making the season merry and ‘bright’

Let there be lights! And a Chelsea family had the best and brightest to win "The Great Christmas Light Fight." The Cloutiers, whose displays are legendary...

Aaron Johnson: Don’t forget the gift

If ever you have the chance to visit Athens, Alabama, please do.  For seven wonderful years I was blessed to serve as Pastor of...

Holiday Gift Guide 2022: Memorable gifts from rural Alabama

Rural Alabama is home to many skilled and creative artisans, whose work shines brightly during the holiday season. From intricate woodwork to inventive fragrance blends,...

Methodist churches vote to leave denomination

Nearly 200 United Methodist churches have voted to leave the denomination at a time when differing views on LGBTQ topics have shaken the church. The...

‘Shuttlesworth: Forged by Fire. Guided by Faith.’ premieres on Alabama Public Television

A new Alabama Public Television documentary explores the life and legacy of an unrelenting freedom fighter who inspired liberation movements all over the world. To celebrate the...

Aaron Johnson: We all need an advocate

My Uncle George was a big man. He stood about 6-foot-6 and when asked his weight, he would reply with a booming voice, “I...

Meet Alabama thriller author Robert Bailey

He started out as a smart aleck. Robert Bailey sat through his law school classes wondering if his professors could succeed in an actual...

Education opportunities abound on Auburn’s rooftop garden

The garden on the rooftop of the Tony and Libba Rane Culinary Science Center at Auburn University does more than provide food and adornments...

For holiday gift twist, consider an Alabama adventure this year

Think outside the gift box this holiday season. From adrenaline-pumping adventures to high-end entertainment, the ways to experience Alabama are vast and varied, and...

Legacy of Jesse Owens honored in Lawrence County ceremony

86 years have passed since Alabama native Jesse Owens enshrined his name in history after displaying a historical performance at the 1936 Berlin Summer...

Reflections: Blessing and cursing

I heard so many people talking about a TV streaming series but never had time to acquaint myself with it until COVID hit. I’m...

Deshe family gift launches campaign to renovate University of Alabama’s Alston Hall

A $2 million commitment from alumnus Ari Deshe and wife Ann kicks off the University of Alabama’s $4 million fundraising campaign to renovate Mary Hewell...

Hall of Fame songwriting legend Mike Stoller lends support to honoring Alabama’s ‘Big Mama’ Thornton

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame songwriting legend Mike Stoller says he wants to help honor Alabama native Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, who made a...

Mother, son among students receiving degrees this weekend at Auburn University

Donna Jackson considers herself a “daddy’s girl.” “My father was an electrician, and I followed him everywhere. I was wiring houses by the time I...

Watch: Saban, local leaders tout investment potential in Appalachian Alabama

Alabama's rural and traditionally economically deprived Appalachian region has benefited from increased investment of late. This injection of funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)...

Big Oak Girls’ Ranch dedicates two homes for children in need

Springville-based Big Oak Girls' Ranch recently dedicated two homes to provide stable, Christian environments for children in need. Around six to eight girls will reside...

Reflections: Is it inappropriate to display the flag in worship?

It was an interesting editorial on a Christian news site. The writer, a pastor, made the unilateral decision to remove the American flag from his...

Aaron Johnson: A smudge pot on the highway of life

Long before flashing amber lights flashed to warn drivers of road hazards, we had smudge pots. They had various brand names such as Flambo,...

Reflections: A cheater becomes a prince

He spoke to local ministers a few weeks ago and shared some of his experiences as a pastor in an Atlanta suburb. For some...

5 holiday performances you have to attend in Alabama

The magic of the holidays can be found on Alabama stages. Here are five must-see holiday performances happening across the state in December: Fantasy Playhouse...