Articles for Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman's Religion Editor
  • Muslim civil rights group celebrates 10 years in Oklahoma

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 9, 2016

    During its recent 10th anniversary celebration, Oklahoma Muslim leaders and several from other states heaped praise on the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations for its work defending Muslim civil rights, whether it was needed on behalf of a woman denied employment because...

  • Couples' night out: Oklahoma City church's "Double Date" events encourage married couples to interact with others

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 9, 2016

    About 320 married couples participated recently in "Double Date Nite OKC," a program offered at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City. The church offered couples an opportunity to bring their children to the church, where the kids could enjoy fun activities while their parents enjoyed an...

  • Kirk Franklin ready to celebrate with Oklahoma City

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Apr 7, 2016

    "For those of you that think gospel music has gone to far. You think we got too radical with our message. Well I got news for you, you ain't heard nothin yet, and if you don't know now you know. Glory, Glory!!" Kirk Franklin in "Stomp" ------------------------------- Grammy...

  • Citywide Unity Service designed to get Oklahoma City-area churches to work together

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 2, 2016

    Individuals and churches across the Oklahoma City metro area are encouraged to step past boundaries of culture and denomination for the second annual Citywide Unity Service, set for April 10 at Southern Nazarene University.

  • With grace and gratitude: Oklahoma City-based gospel singer Sandi Patty launches 'Forever Grateful' tour to say farewell and thanks to fans

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 2, 2016

    It was in July 1986, at the rededication of the Statue of Liberty, Sandi Patty's image was beamed across the country via television airwaves. But it was her voice singing the national anthem that propelled her to superstardom, becoming one of the most popular contemporary Christian singers.These...

  • Oklahoma City presentation features Tibetan bowls used in holistic program that now aid villagers' earthquake recovery

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

    Mark Peebler, a California-based holistic healing practitioner and speaker, recently brought his healing and charity event called "333 Tibetan Healing Bowls" to Oklahoma City. The event also included the sale of bowls, made by villagers of Gilung, Nepal, to help rebuild their village that was...

  • Considering the lilies of Easter

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sun, Mar 27, 2016

    "The flowers give us the total sensory experience of Easter," said the Rev. Lawrence Stasyszen, abbot of St. Gregory's in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

  • Hip-hop artist to give Easter performance at People's Church NW OKC

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sat, Mar 26, 2016

    Hip-hop recording artist Gregory Jerome will be part of the Easter worship experiences at People's Church Northwest Oklahoma City on Sunday. The musician, 37, is known for his socially conscious rap style and dedication to using hip-hop to uplift and educate those around him. He will perform...

  • ‘Baptism’ renews ‘beauty and the best’ of historic Oklahoma City congregation

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Mar 25, 2016

    First Christian Church of Oklahoma City (Disciples of Christ) has been renamed Restoration Church at the Dome, a literal connection to its iconic midcentury modern building featuring a large white dome. "I think baptism is the perfect illustration for what is going on. It’s a new creation," said...


Carla Hinton

Religion Editor

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide variety of news, including social services, transportation, minority affairs and Oklahoma City Hall.

Hinton also serves as assistant editor and editor of the local news section for several years, but she is perhaps best known as The Oklahoman's religion editor, a post she has held since June 2002. She has enjoyed learning about the many different world religions in her role as religion editor and doesn't consider it a bad thing when colleagues refer to her as "the church lady."

Career highlights have included meeting renowned evangelist Billy Graham and covering local reaction to the election of a new pope after the death of Pope John Paul II. In her spare time, Hinton enjoys reading suspense novels (ala James Patterson), watching HGTV shows and keeping up with the activities of her two grown sons and (almost grown) daughter

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