As the Greek Orthodox enthroned a new archbishop, we looked at the practice of praying with icons. Whether singing or speaking their prayers, whether at home or in church, Orthodox Christians from all ethnic backgrounds use icons in their prayers. We talked to Frederica Mathewes-Green, a convert to Orthodoxy and author of several books about the faith.
Church historian Martin Marty seems to be just about everywhere. He studies the impact of religion on health, travels around the country to explore religion where it's practiced, writes columns and reviews, and more. But perhaps Marty's greatest contribution has been as teacher, what he refers to as his true calling. The energetic pastor is booked two years ahead and scheduled to a minute, using every spare moment of his time.
There's a 10-mile-long stretch of New Hampshire Avenue in Maryland lined with churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques. Located just outside Washington D.C., it's literally a drive-by tour of America's new religious landscape, strikingly diverse.
The Church of the Savior was founded in 1947 by an ex-paratroop chaplain, Gordon Cosby, his wife Mary, and five others. It settled in a large house in Washington, D.C., and its members' first priority was total commitment to Christian life. Although it's never had more than 130 members, many church historians say it's become one of the most admired places of worship in the country.