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At many churches, pandemic hits collection plates, budgets

Jan. 16, 2022 09:26 AM EST

Biltmore United Methodist Church of Asheville, North Carolina, is for sale. Already financially strapped because of shrinking membership and a struggling preschool, the congregation was dealt a crushing blow by the coronavirus. Attendance plummeted, with many staying home or...

'We want to give people hope': Americans aid tornado victims

Dec. 16, 2021 12:20 PM EST

Some remove broken tree limbs from the ground. Others prepare hot meals and shelters for those who have nowhere to turn. And many are collecting cash, toothpaste, soap, and other items for the countless who need them. Americans across the country are pitching in to help after last...

In tornado's wake, a church and pastor turn to God, service

Dec. 16, 2021 00:08 AM EST

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — After riding out the violent tornado that devastated their town in a tunnel under their church, the Rev. Wes Fowler and his family emerged to devastation stretching for blocks: Crackling power lines, piles of rubble and calls for help they couldn't pinpoint in the darkness. ...

Amid tension, Southern Baptist women lead where they can

Dec. 13, 2021 10:32 AM EST

Jacki King, the women’s minister at Second Baptist Church in Conway, Arkansas, first felt a call to ministry as a college student. She decided to follow it, giving up her pre-med major and her spot on a college softball team for ministry training at a small Bible school with a...

Women breaking through to top roles in Black churches

Dec. 09, 2021 12:15 PM EST

When an opening for bishop arose in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in 2010, Teresa Jefferson-Snorton looked around to see if any women were offering to be candidates. None were. She knew that since its founding 140 years earlier by Black Methodists emerging...

Religious abortion rights supporters fight for access

Nov. 28, 2021 11:02 AM EST

On the day the Supreme Court hears arguments in a Mississippi abortion ban case, Sheila Katz plans to be at a nearby church. It is where the Jewish organization she leads is helping to host a morning interfaith service in support of abortion rights. That gathering, and a...

Two historical markers dedicated in Bristol

Nov. 07, 2021 09:03 AM EST

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — Two state historical markers recalling a Bristol civil rights leader and the Lee Street Baptist Church were dedicated last week. One of the markers, installed at Cumberland Square Park facing Lee Street, recalls the life of Charles Spurgeon Johnson....

Louisiana College becoming Louisiana Christian University

Nov. 04, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

PINEVILLE, La. (AP) — A Baptist institution of higher learning in central Louisiana is changing its name. Louisiana College in Pineville will formally announce its new name — Louisiana Christian University — on Nov. 16 during a meeting of the Louisiana Baptist...

Foes of death penalty offer spiritual support at executions

Nov. 03, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After Sister Barbara Battista, a Roman Catholic nun staunchly opposed to the death penalty, agreed to accompany a condemned man at his execution in federal prison, she wondered doubtfully, “Am I just part of this whole killing machine?” “The answer...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Oct. 29, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Fauci had no...