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Driver charged with desecrating cemetery during car chase

Nov. 23, 2021 11:36 AM EST

RAVENEL, S.C. (AP) — A driver has ben charged with desecration of a human burial ground after he drove over several gravestones and knocked over a headstone in a Charleston County cemetery as he tried to run from police, investigators said. When deputies checking a...

Tennessee man pleads guilty in series of church fires

Oct. 20, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man pleaded guilty Wednesday to civil rights violations for setting fires at four churches, prosecutors said. Alan Douglas Fox, 28, of Nashville, admitted during the plea hearing that he intentionally set the fires because of the...

Across Africa, major churches strongly oppose LGBTQ rights

Oct. 20, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

In Ghana, home to a diverse array of religions, leaders of major churches have united in denouncing homosexuality as a “perversion” and endorsing legislation that would, if enacted, impose some of the harshest anti-LGBTQ policies in Africa. In Nigeria, the umbrella...

Reforestation set for historic New Orleans neighborhood

Oct. 15, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A nonprofit is seeking volunteers to help plant trees and restore a historic New Orleans neighborhood this weekend. Sustaining Our Urban Landscape, or SOUL, will launch its reforesting park project Saturday in the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood with...

Mississippi Book Festival goes online amid COVID concerns

Oct. 10, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Book Festival is being shown online after the in-person event was canceled because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers say videos of 31 panel discussions have been recorded in the past month. Those will become...

Angels among us: Georgia couple starts a ministry at church

Oct. 09, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Ellen and Alan Huth are in sync. And it’s no surprise after nearly 50 years of marriage. On a dreary Thursday afternoon, the couple was seated in the reception area of First United Methodist Church in Brunswick. Both were clad in matching shirts...

Church spreads the wealth years after getting large gift

Sep. 25, 2021 09:23 AM EDT

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — A large gift to a small church continues to provide benefits to people in Shiawassee County. Nearly 10 local organizations recently got grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 from Juddville United Methodist Church, The Argus-Press reported. ...

Boy Scouts' bankruptcy creates rift with religious partners

Sep. 23, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amid the Boy Scouts of America’s complex bankruptcy case, there is worsening friction between the BSA and the major religious groups that help it run thousands of scout units. At issue: the churches’ fears that an eventual settlement — while protecting the BSA from...

Access, travel rules influence missionary vaccine policies

Sep. 18, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

COVID-19 vaccine refusal rates may be high among white evangelical Christians, but the International Mission Board — which deploys thousands of missionaries — is not hesitant about the shot. The global agency of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest...

Paddling the Susquehanna in search of adventure, history

Sep. 18, 2021 03:04 AM EDT

MANHEIM, Pa. (AP) — Mark Heller, of Manheim, wanted to paddle 444 miles down the Susquehanna River for a sense of adventure. A year of COVID-19 claustrophobia and a similar yearning for exploration did it for the Rev. John Laughlin, a Millersville resident and pastor of...