• Grace Notes: Prayers answered: Pay here

    How much would you pay to have your prayers answered?

    For the past four years, until the Seattle-based website with 1.3 million Facebook fans was taken down, people could pay the Christian Prayer Center between $9 and $35 to pray for them.

    From 2011 to 2015, more than 125,000 people forked over more than $7 million for their more than 400,000 transactions/prayer requests.

  • Freedom finds a home

    Diane Dobry

    Chronicle correspondent

    Two years ago, Bishop Jermaine Moore Sr. was packing up equipment after conducting services at the Holiday Inn in Crystal River — a routine he had been doing for two weeks.

  • Grace Notes 3/26/2016: Easter fish story

    I’ve heard it said that a man’s worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes.

    If I could do whatever I like, I’d eat several massive cinnamon rolls every morning for breakfast, spend the day on my couch watching reruns of “Gilmore Girls,” punch a few people I know in the nose, never pay my taxes or dust my house.

    That’s just off the top of my head.

  • 'We are brothers'

    Luigi Navarro & Nicole Winfield

    Associated Press

    CASTELNUOVO DI PORTO, Italy — Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Orthodox, Hindu and Catholic refugees Thursday, declaring them children of the same God, in a gesture of welcome and brotherhood at a time when anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment has spiked following the Brussels attacks.

  • Grace Notes 3/10/2016: Welcome to the theater of the absurd

    Years ago when I did a lot of conference and retreat speaking, I was invited to speak at the annual Episcopal women’s diocesan meeting at the cathedral in downtown Orlando.

    A local Episcopalian woman who had suggested my name offered to take care of all the details for me. All I had to do was show up, which is what I do best.

  • For those who helped

    Monika Scislowska

    Associated Press

    MARKOWA, Poland — Jews and Catholics offered prayers Thursday at the graves of Jews hunted by the Nazis and a Polish family killed for trying to save them, a solemn prelude to the opening of a museum honoring Poles who died for offering refuge.

  • Grace Notes 3/12/2016: 'Honey, let's chat about pride'

    Years ago, I attended a seminar at my church where the speaker, a pastor from a church in San Francisco — quite possibly the coolest city on Earth — talked about the “counterintuitive way of doing church.”

    He challenged us to make church a place where those outside the faith could feel welcome as they worked out their process.

  • Orders from above

    Nicole Winfield

    Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis imposed new financial accountability regulations on the Vatican’s multimillion-dollar saint-making machine Thursday after uncovering gross abuses that were subsequently revealed in two books.

  • A time of healing

    On March 12, Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church will host a healing ministry mission for those in the community who face post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    The healing mission titled “Focus on Inner Healing” is led by the Rev. Nigel Mumford, an international speaker, author and founder of By His Wounds Inc., which focuses on Christian healing.

  • Grace Notes 3/5/2016: Waiting and getting more

    Once upon a time I had $3 pants.

    Dark, forest-y green rayon pinstriped dress slacks, with teeny flecks of black in the fabric. Regularly $45 marked down to $14.29 with an additional 30 percent off, then another 70 percent off — $3 pants!

    I was so excited about my purchase that when I got them home I immediately put them in a place of honor in my closet and sat on my bed to admire my precious find.