Growing numbers of people are flocking to U.S. churches that center their practice around a psychedelic tea known as ayahuasca. Organizers and their legal advisers argue a 2006 Supreme Court ruling protects them from prosecution and participants say they are taking part in a religious service. Some experts raise concerns that the benefits of ayahuasca haven’t been well studied. Many who attend the ceremonies, which can last for days, argue their experience on the illegal substance brings them closer to God than they ever felt at traditional religious services. Surveys have also found many come away feeling better afterwards, with some saying it helped with depression and problems with risky substance use.
On Jan. 27, the world will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a symbolic date to commemorate the victims of Nazism. Murderous Nazi terror targeted millions for reasons of biology, nationality, or political ideology. But few people know that the Nazis’ victims included thousands of…
Sierra Vista — Mike and Sue Smith will travel to Denver, Colorado on January 30, to serve their fourth mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Courts and Crime
- Self-Help Center opens at courthouse in Sierra Vista
- Man sentenced to more than 40 years for attempted murder of co-worker
- Sierra Vista JP will decide where McIntyre's case should be tried
- Police report on McIntyre arrest shows he was trying to avoid officer
- Tombstone child molester sentenced to more than 100 years in prison
- County attorney to meet with team to determine future following DUI arrest
- Cochise County Attorney charged with extreme DUI
- Convicted child molester now charged with witness tampering
- Douglas murder case heading to trial in the fall
- Former soldier gets five-year sentence in child molestation case
- Surveillance camera details fatal shooting at Bisbee construction site
- Manslaughter case continues to be delayed in Superior Court
- Mother of slain Douglas toddler pleads guilty in child abuse case
- Settlement attempt fails; accused child molester headed for trial
- Appeals court upholds voting by mail in Arizona
- Marana can't pin upgrade costs on new development, court rules
- Local true crime murder podcast hits the airwaves
- Undocumented migrant sentenced to prison for attack on Border Patrol agent
- Adult rape, sexual assault a challenge to prosecute, officials say
- Appeals court to expedite Lake's election claims
After the Christmas season and before Lent, Orthodox priests have — for centuries — rushed to visit church-members' homes to bless them with prayers and splashes of holy water flung about with a foot-long brush or handfuls of basil.
In a rite before the funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Vatican officials placed unique symbols of his pontificate inside his cypress casket, along with a scroll in Latin describing his ascent to the Chair of St. Peter.
Islam’s annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia will return to pre-pandemic levels this year after restrictions saw the annual religious commemoration curtailed over concerns about the coronavirus. That's according to an announcement from the kingdom on Monday night. The hajj is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life and represents one of the world’s largest gatherings of people. Before the pandemic, the pilgrimage drew millions each year to Islam’s holy city of Mecca, which is home to the cube-shaped Kaaba that observant Muslims pray toward five times a day.
There was no way that Christmas was going to be easy for Daniel Brooker and his two young children after his wife, Lyndsie, lost her 10-year battle with cancer.
BERLIN — Holocaust survivors from around the globe are marking the third day of Hanukkah together with a virtual ceremony as Jews worldwide worry about a sharp increase in antisemitism in Europe, the U.S. and elsewhere.
Back in the heady church-growth days of the 1980s and 1990s, researchers John and Sylvia Ronsvalle began hearing caution creep into their interviews with church leaders.
A civil lawsuit concerning the sexual abuse of the children of a former member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bisbee that has been dragging through the court for two years could be headed toward mediation, the parties said recently.
It was totally logical for the Southern Baptist Convention to pass its “Resolution on Moral Character of Public Officials” in 1998.
Navajo Nation leaders have introduced two new initiatives to address missing and murdered Diné people. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez issued an Executive Order on Oct. 22 to adopt and implement the Navajo Nation Guidelines for Missing Persons or, in Navajo, the Nihí K’éi dóó Béédahoozinígíí Náalkaa Bikégó Naaltsoos. “Many families know the personal heartbreak […]
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On Saturday, Oct. 22, approximately 135 volunteers from the Sierra Vista Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in five service projects in the community in honor of National Make a Difference Day.
On the first-ever papal visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Pope Francis will close a forum on dialogue, meet with the grand imam of al-Azhar, and pray at a new Catholic cathedral.
On Sept. 27, Simon Bastian returns from serving two years as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tacoma, Washington, and Bridgetown, Barbados.
During the private funeral of her husband, Queen Elizabeth II sat alone near the St. George’s Chapel altar, socially distanced from her family and wearing a black pandemic mask.
Lloyd and Jean Howden and their daughter, Tina, have been called as military relations missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They will serve on Fort Huachuca for six months and started in August.
It isn’t every day that one of the creators of a political thriller gets to ask its real-life protagonist to evaluate the novel’s plot.