A new documentary about Johnny Cash highlights faith is set to premiere in theaters December 5-7. It highlights the religious journey in the midst of addiction and mental health struggles of the famous singer who died in 2003. It features never before seen interviews with Cash and contributions by Marty Stewart, Wynonna Judd, Tim McGraw and many other well-known country singers.
Salt Lake CityLatter Day Saints church endorses federal legalization on same sex marriage. Congress is halfway through the process of passing federal legislation recognizing same sex marriage nation-wide. The law also grants exceptions to religious institutions and organizations including universities who do not want to host or endorse gay marriage. Latter-day Saint leaders said because the bill guarantees the rights of both LGTBQ Americans and religious groups with more traditional views of marriage they support it as a compromise for the common good.
Artist duo Jesse and Leah Roberts completed their COVID-inspired psalm project. On January 1, their Christian folk band known as Poor Bishop Hooper released a song based on Psalm 1. This month they released a song based on the last psalm. Every week in between, they released new songs that work through the Psalter. That’s 150 songs, released one per week, for three years. (This is not to be confused with The Psalm Project led by Shane Heilman.)
Bishops elect Pope Francis critic to three-year tern as president. Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Military Services, who oversees Catholic ministries to the U.S. armed forces, was elected Tuesday as the new president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Broglio, 70, was elected to a three-year term from a field of 10 candidates. He will succeed Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, who assumed the post in 2019. Usually the election of a new USCCB presdient is a formality, with the bishops elevating the conference’s vice president to the post. But this year’s election was wide open because the incumbent VP — Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron — will turn 75 soon, making him ineligible to serve.
New Oklahoma education superintendent supports Christian patriotism curriculum. Oklahoma Education Secretary Ryan Walters was elected as state superintendent of schools. He is on record criticizing “liberal” teachers with a goal of “indoctrinating” school children. He promised to put God back in public schools and introduce a curriculum that features “patriotic, Christian curriculum,” including those produced and distributed by Hillsdale College in Michigan.