Buddhists from around the state are expected in Charlottesville this weekend, where an unusual traveling exhibit opens – promising peace and medical miracles.
The source -- mysterious bead-like objects that remain when spiritual leaders are cremated.
A video posted online tells the tale of the Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour featuring relics taken from the cremated remains of Buddhist masters. Leena Rose Miller, who organized the event here, says these pearl-like objects promote peace, healing and inspiration.
As churches struggle to keep young Americans in the fold, some are moving their services to surprising places. In Charlottesville, more than three dozen of the faithful assemble at a bar each month to drink beer and sing hymns.
A new church in southwestern Virginia is looking to local culture to inspire its congregation.
It celebrates the Appalachian spirit of community and practicality best demonstrated by potluck dinners and conversation, followed by music and dancing. The new church, called “Wild Goose,” opened earlier this year in a remote part of Floyd County.