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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Keeping up with Pope Francis (in America)

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    People who want to keep up with the activities of Pope Francis when he visits the U.S. soon can look to a new app for details and specifics about the much-anticipated papal visit. Today, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops introduced its first mobile app called USA Catholic Church. The app is free to download from smartphones or tablet devices at Google Play, Apple iTunes or It is available in English and Spanish. According to a news release about the app, it is designed to draw Catholics closer to their faith by providing access to Church information on all screens and devices. This is the only app that will bring together information from all Catholic sources, including parishes,

  • Oklahoma City congregation gets 'fresh start' in new church building

    Updated: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    The Rev. Johnny Moore and members of Harrison Bethel Baptist Church dedicated their new house of worship Sunday in a rural area of northeast Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City rabbi gives High Holy Day call to action regarding Syrian refugees

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sun, Sep 13, 2015

    As the sun set tonight, Sunday, Sept. 13, an Oklahoma City rabbi made a special plea for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year . Rabbi Vered Harris, spiritual leader of Temple B’nai Israel, is among 125 rabbis with the Reform Judaism movement in the U.S. and Canada, who are asking their congregations to urge the nation’s elected leaders to allow more Syrian refugees into the U.S. Harris said her sermon tonight, the first night of Rosh Hashana, focused on the plight of the Syrian refugees, among other U.S. and global concerns . She said she urged members of her temple to sign a petition endorsing their support for admitting more Syrian refugees into America and calling on Congress to include funding for more

  • Three Rabbis & Rosh Hashana: Local Jewish leaders talk High Holy Days

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sat, Sep 12, 2015

    When many people think about the Jewish High Holy Days and Rosh Hashana, apples and honey often come to mind. The apples and honey are traditionally eaten by members of the Jewish community during Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, to symbolize the hope for a "sweet New Year." The Hilgh Holy Days are the 10 days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur -- the Day of Atonement and the most sacred Jewish holiday. There are some other aspects of the High Holy Days that people often wonder about. Some ask questions of the spiritual leaders of Oklahoma City's Jewish community,  who are adept at answering queries about this important time of the year.

  • Oklahoma City church will start Spanish-language worship service

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 12, 2015

    Northwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City is launching a Spanish-language worship service to reach out to Hispanics in the surrounding neighborhoods and communities.

  • Coming to America: Oklahomans are preparing to see Pope Francis during his first visit to the U.S.

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 12, 2015

    Kimberly Vaughn, of Edmond, booked her plane ticket to Philadelphia a year ago, even before she knew where she would obtain room and board during her travels. Like Vaughn, many other Oklahomans are planning to make the trip to Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia for Pope Francis’ first papal visit to the U.S.

  • Oklahoma preschooler with cancer wishes to see 'Frozen' characters at Disney World

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor | Published: Sun, Sep 6, 2015

    Brooklyn Tilley, of Piedmont, Oklahoma, is one of the children between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 whose lives have intersected with Make-A-Wish Oklahoma.

  • Make-A-Wish Oklahoma surprises Cyril teen at football game with news of Hawaii trip

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 6, 2015

    Genna Reed, 17, of Cyril, Oklahoma, was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure and officially placed on a waiting list for a kidney transplant. She dreamed of walking along sunny beaches as she stoically traipsed from doctor’s appointment to doctor’s appointment.

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Carla Hinton Tue, Sep. 29 2015 04:28:10 PM CST Well it's official. I only needed my reading glasses at night but now i realize that i need them now. Bummer.
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Carla Hinton Mon, Sep. 28 2015 01:27:37 PM CST RT @HopeChestOKC: Come out and support Tuesday all day at S&B Burgers Midtown Location at 20 NW 9th in Oklahoma Cit
Carla Hinton Mon, Sep. 28 2015 09:25:57 AM CST RT @Pontifex: With my heartfelt thanks. May the love of Christ always guide the American people! #GodBlessAmerica
Carla Hinton Sun, Sep. 27 2015 09:14:17 PM CST Well I just went to put out my trash for tomorrow's pickup and all the neighbors were outside. What? The lunar eclipse, the blood moon ...
Carla Hinton Sun, Sep. 27 2015 08:09:13 PM CST Tonight's blood moon: What's faith got to do with it?: Carla HintonA total lunar eclipse set to occur tonight ...
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Carla Hinton Sun, Sep. 27 2015 04:47:32 PM CST RT @WMF2015: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you #papalmass #popeinphilly
Carla Hinton Sun, Sep. 27 2015 04:46:00 PM CST RT @HuffPostRelig: Read the transcript of Pope Francis's final address in Philadelphia
Carla Hinton Sat, Sep. 26 2015 06:18:52 PM CST RT @RELEVANT: Millennials could be the least religious generation ever, but the situation may not be as bleak as it seems.…
Carla Hinton Fri, Sep. 25 2015 02:15:17 PM CST Elk City native Kelli O'Hara to perform today at NYC show before papal event: Carla HintonTony Award-winner Ke...
Carla Hinton Thu, Sep. 24 2015 10:50:57 AM CST Oklahoma Muslims observe Eid ul-Adha today: Carla HintonMany observant Oklahoma Muslims are celebrating Eid ul...
Carla Hinton Thu, Sep. 24 2015 10:29:59 AM CST RT @SenatorLankford: I'm thankful that @ArchbishopOKC Paul Coakley joins me for #PopeFrancis 1st address to #Congress today. #PopeInDC http
Carla Hinton Thu, Sep. 24 2015 09:59:09 AM CST RT @USCCB: .@Pontifex reminds us that nature and the poor are one and the same. We must care for them both. #PopeInUS