Carla Hinton
Features 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

  • 'Blessed are the peacemakers': Pastor, Oklahoma City police chief discuss community relations at International Day of Peace event

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    Views by Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, a local pastor, about how to ease tensions between law enforcement and minorities, were the focus of “Healing the Breach,” an recent event at Oklahoma City University in conjunction with the International Day of Peace.

  • Singer's dream: Gospel recording artist Sandi Patty partners with Oklahoma university to offer worship team leadership program

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Updated: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    Gospel recording artist Sandi Patty, who says she always wanted to be a teacher, is realizing her dream through a special partnership with Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City.

  • Sacred dance: Pawhuska-based ballet group prepares to perform Sunday during pope's visit to Philadelphia

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    Pawhuska resident Randy Tinker Smith, who created and directs "Wahzhazhe — An Osage Ballet," said she is thrilled that the dance will be featured Sunday during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia.

  • Pew Report forum in Oklahoma City focuses on how churches reach out to others

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    The question of what makes people want to attend a church and what seems to repel them rose to the surface at "Evening of Listening: The Pew Report, the Changing Church Culture," a recent public forum held in Oklahoma City.

  • New pastor sets goals for Crown Heights Christian Church in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    The Rev. Aaron Krueger, of Edmond, will be installed Sunday as the senior pastor of Crown Heights Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma City.

  • Elk City native Kelli O'Hara to perform today at NYC show before papal event

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Tony Award-winner Kelli O'Hara will be among the celebrities who will perform during a show today in Madison Square Garden that will precede a Mass featuring Pope Francis. O'Hara is an Elk City native and an Oklahoma City University graduate. According to the New York Times, other stars scheduled to perform in the show include Harry Connick Jr., Gloria Estefan and Jennifer Hudson.  The two-hour show preceding the much-anticipated Mass with Pope Francis is to include prayer and devotional music, according to the Times' report.

  • OKC archbishop expresses pride after historic address

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, said he had seen the pope on Wednesday on several occasions, but the pontiff's congressional appearance on Thursday was particularly poignant.

  • Oklahoma Muslims observe Eid ul-Adha today

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    Many observant Oklahoma Muslims are celebrating Eid ul-Adha today, Thursday, Sept. 24. It is the Festival of the Sacrifice, a celebration that often spans between three and four days. According to a news release from the Islamic Council of Oklahoma,  the Saudi government announced that the “Hajjis” (Muslim pilgrims in Mecca) observed the Day of Arafat on Wednesday , Sept. 23, the most imporant day of the Hajj.  Eid ul- Adha is the celebration that follows the Day of Arafat. "Oklahoma’s 35,000 Muslims who are not on their pilgrimage traditionally fast in solidarity with three million Hajjis, while the Hajjis spend the Day of Arafat in devout worship.

  • Oklahoma City priests participate in canonization

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    The Rev. Stephen Bird, pastor of Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church; the Rev. John Aram, associate pastor at Epiphany; and the Rev. Christopher Tran, pastor of St. Eugene Catholic Church in Weatherford, were concelebrants Wednesday at the canonization Mass for the Rev. Junipero Serra in Washington, D.C.

  • Oklahoma Baptists disaster relief volunteers are responding to California wildfires

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    A group of Oklahoma Southern Baptists are in California to help with disaster relief needed in the wake of devastating wildfires. Among the volunteers are members of First Baptist Church of Chandler, who offer a laundry service trailer for victims and volunteers. The Oklahoma volunteers are serving in San Andreas and other areas. Sam Porter, disaster relief director for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, said Oklahoma Baptists offer a wide range of disaster services. “From wildfires to floods, our trained volunteers have a heart to serve people in need to show the love of God. Our services include meal preparation, laundry service, ash removal, chaplaincy and more,” he said.

  • Pope to be featured on cover of Time

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    Pope Francis will be on the cover of the Sept. 25 edition of Time. The cover story about the pontiff's historic trip to the United States is written by Time Editor Nancy Gibbs and religion writer Elizabeth Dias, who is traveling with the Pope aboard his plane, known as "Shepherd One," throughout his visit.  In a news release, Time said the cover photo was taken when the pope arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington. On the pope's first visit to the U.S., Gibbs and Dias write that "he presented himself as pastor more than righteous prophet… He got so busy taking selfies with school children on his first morning in Washington that he was 20 minutes late to the White House.

  • Oklahoma City priest receives kidney donation from priest in Louisiana

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    The Rev. John Metzinger, pastor of Our Lady’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City, said the priest-to-priest kidney donation has made an indelible imprint on the church community.

  • Former ambassador to the Holy See (w/Oklahoma ties) says pope's visit provides historic opportunity

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    U.S. News & World Report ran an op-ed piece by Francis Rooney of Tulsa (pictured), former ambassador to the Vatican, on the Faith Matters blog at The piece provides interesting and insightful commentary as Pope Francis prepares to arrive in the U.S. on Tuesday for his first papal visit to America.  Rooney served as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2008. He is author of the book "The Global Vatican." Here is Rooney's U.S. News & World Report op-ed: Pope Francis’ First Visit to U.S.

  • 'Made4More': Shirts, events are used to brighten a darkness

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    Rachelle Small, of Edmond, Oklahoma, is a human trafficking survivor who founded the Voices in the Darkness Foundation as a nonprofit that seeks to bring Christ’s light of hope to those who need it.

  • Interfaith and nonreligious individuals aid Oklahoma City's Jesus House shelter through service project

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    People of different faiths and some who profess no belief in God recently joined together for a project to aid an Oklahoma City shelter as part of the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma's "Beyond Coexistence" initiative.

  • Choral society invites public to feast of music and food in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    Canterbury Choral Society will bring a dramatic flair worthy of the "Belshazzar's Feast" story in a performance of a set for Oct. 2 in Oklahoma City.

  • Crop full of blessings: Oklahoma rancher, nonprofit partner to provide seeds for community gardens

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    Susan Bergen with Bergen Ranch partnered with the Lynn Institute to plant vegetables in vacant lots and available land at three northeast Oklahoma City churches and other targeted locations.

  • Illness doesn't keep Oklahoma man from shofar tradition

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    Michael Barlow, 70, stood at the back of Temple B'nai Israel and began to blow into the horn, making a series of sounds the Oklahoma City congregation has grown accustomed to hearing at the start of the Jewish New Year. Barlow's part in the ceremony stirred listeners' emotions, because they weren't sure he would be able to perform the honorary task due to his cancer.

  • Sister Rosemary's Sept. 23 presentation at OCU has been postponed

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    Oklahoma City University officials just announced that a free public presentation featuring Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, the humanitarian leader from Uganda, has been postponed. According to the university's communications team, Nyirumbe encountered unexpected difficulties traveling out of Uganda. She was to speak at OCU, 2501 N Blackwelder, on Wednesday, Sept. 23. "OCU officials are working with Sister Rosemary and the Sewing Hope Foundation to reschedule her visit to our campus for later this fall," the university said in a news

  • What's goin' on?: Forum on religious landscape study is tonight

    BY Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    Why are more people than ever before claiming no affiliation to organized religion? What would draw young adults to churches more often? These are some of the questions that likely will be raised at tonight's discussion of the recent Religious Landscape Study published by the Pew Research Center. "Evening of Listening ... The Pew Report" is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Sept. 17 at St. Paul's Cathedral, 127 NW 7. The event is free and open to the public. Come for the panel discussion on the 2014 Religious Landscape Study then stay for a question-and-answer session.

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