On Oct. 13, clergy members in Ferguson, Missouri, led several hundred during a march from a church to police headquarters. Amid unrest and racial tensions, people look to leaders of the faith for guidance. (AP)

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in August has echoed across the country. In the five months since, people have found themselves looking to religious leaders to navigate the unrest as elements of that case and several others have come to light. Old […]

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By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – A downtown Oxford congregation is planning for a major upgrade and expansion of its facilities. “The addition helps us address the needs of a growing church,” said the Rev. Eddie Rester, pastor of Oxford-University United Methodist Church, which fronts on University and Tyler Avenues and 9th and 10th […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Lawndale Presbyterian Church will receive a healthy dose of faith and imagination Friday night, courtesy of Jonathan Rogers, author of the young adult series, The Wilderking Trilogy, among other novels, as well as nonfiction works “The World According to Narnia,” “Saint Patrick,” and “The Terrible Speed of Mercy: […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Like many mothers, Mona Warlick looks forward to cooking her sons’ favorite meals when they come home for the holidays. Some of her own best memories, she said, revolve around eating, around pulling up to the same table. “There’s something inherently disarming about it,” she said. “It’s so cultural, too. […]

Human Rights Campaign organizer Brad Clark speaks at a recent news conference in Jackson to announce a new faith-based public awareness campaign designed to give the LGBT community in Mississippi equal rights. Behind him are, from left, State Representative Alyce Clar, Southern Baptist mother Mary Jane Kennedy, HRC faith director Denise Donnell and State Representative Jim Evans. (AP)

By Riley Manning Daily Journal There’s a new effort gaining momentum in Mississippi aimed at changing the conversation about homosexuality. Earlier this year, the Human Rights Campaign, a nationwide advocacy group for LGBT rights, compiled a massive survey to assess the experiences and priorities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Mississippi. Among their […]

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Rev. Chris Traylor, Tupelo and Lee County NAACP President, delivers the message Thursday.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The Rev. Chris Traylor is a man of many hats. But the pastor of Little Zion Church, the president of the Tupelo and Lee County NAACP, and member of the Tupelo Accountability Task Force was humble Thursday as he addressed the small crowd gathered for the community Thanksgiving […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The City of Tupelo will host a brief Thanksgiving service for the community on Thursday. Held at The Orchard, the noon service will feature guest speakers Mayor Jason Shelton, the Rev. Will Rambo of The Orchard and the Rev. Chris Traylor, president of the Tupelo and Lee County […]

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Susan Gilbert begins putting names on the Salvation Army's Angel Tree at The Mall at Barnes Crossing on Monday.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The Salvation Army Angel Tree campaign went into full swing Monday at The Mall at Barnes Crossing food court. Each year, the Army decorates a Christmas tree with anonymous profiles of children in need. These profiles include a child’s age, clothing sizes, and three items from their Christmas […]

By Michael R. Sisak Associated Press PHILADELPHIA – A pontiff who has long championed humble acts – sneaking off to break bread with the homeless as an archbishop and washing the feet of young prisoners early in his papacy – is coming to the City of Brotherly Love. Pope Francis confirmed Monday that he will […]