As bitter winter advances, religious communities from Portland to New York are opening their doors to Occupy protesters. How many“Christmas among the Occupiers” stories do you think we'll see this year?
Christmas, by the way, is on a Sunday this year. The vast majority of churches (91 percent) plan to hold some sort of worship service, according to Lifeway Research. Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafeesays that anyone upset that he calls the blue spruce erected in the Statehousea holiday tree instead of a Christmas trees hould hush up and go feed the poor.
Speaking of charity,donations are inching up, but it could take years to return to pre-recession levels, USA Today reports.
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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.