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Prayer service, open house all part of McMaster inauguration

Dec. 06, 2022 15:06 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster plans a prayer service, open house and an inaugural ball when he is sworn into office next month for a second full term. Inauguration day on Jan. 11 will start with a prayer service at First Presbyterian Church in downtown...

Poll: Religious Americans less worried about climate change

Nov. 17, 2022 10:18 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Most adults in the United States – including a large majority of Christians and people who identify with other religions – consider the Earth sacred and believe God gave humans a duty to care for it. But highly religious Americans – those who pray daily,...

Faith groups split over bill to protect same-sex marriage

Nov. 16, 2022 17:38 PM EST

Among U.S. faith leaders and denominations, there are sharp differences over the bill advancing in the Senate that would protect same-sex and interracial marriages in federal law. The measure, a high priority for congressional Democrats, won a key test vote Wednesday when 12 Senate...

Louisiana churches leave Methodist denomination amid schism

Nov. 13, 2022 17:10 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — The United Methodist Church, a mainstay of the American religious landscape, has cut ties with 58 churches in its Louisiana conference amid a nationwide schism within the Protestant denomination. The disaffiliations, approved in a virtual conference session...

Tennessee pastor takes on political polarization

Nov. 12, 2022 12:03 PM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Jennie Hobbs recently joined a small circle of people in chairs, while about a hundred more looked on, and answered a prompt designed to invite calm upon a controversial subject: “This is what I know about immigrants, and this is when I learned it.” ...

LGBTQ-friendly votes signal progressive shift for Methodists

Nov. 12, 2022 09:11 AM EST

The United Methodist Church moved toward becoming more progressive and LGBTQ-affirming during U.S. regional meetings this month that included the election of its second openly gay bishop. Conservatives say the developments will only accelerate their exit from one of the nation’s largest...

Calling brings minister to Milford’s First Presbyterian

Nov. 12, 2022 09:08 AM EST

MILFORD, Del. (AP) — The new minister at First Presbyterian Church of Milford knew he wanted to be a worship leader in his early teens. In his hometown of Frankfort, the capital of Kentucky, Rick Upchurch was the only child of a single mother, who served as a deacon at his...

Midterms reinforce Christian voter trends on abortion, GOP

Nov. 11, 2022 12:03 PM EST

In the midterm elections, evangelical Christians across the nation reconfirmed their allegiance to conservative candidates and causes, while Catholic voters once again showed how closely divided they are -- even on abortion. On a successful, high-profile ballot measure in the...

Republican US Sen. Moran wins reelection in Kansas

Nov. 08, 2022 21:02 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republican Jerry Moran on Tuesday won a third term in the U.S. Senate, defeating Democrat Mark Holland, former mayor of Kansas City, Kansas. Former President Donald Trump endorsed Moran early in 2021, insulating him from a serious Republican primary...

As midterms near, clergy preach politics and civics lessons

Nov. 06, 2022 16:34 PM EST

Across America, faith leaders have squeezed in some final messages about the midterm elections during their worship services this weekend. Some passionately took stands on divisive issues such as immigration and abortion; others pleaded for an easing of the political polarization fracturing their...