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LGBTQ-friendly church OK with getting Southern Baptist boot

Sep. 27, 2022 10:39 AM EDT

When her teenage daughter came out as a lesbian several years ago, one of the first things Caroline Joyce did was to Google, “Can you be gay and be a Christian?” The family was attending a conservative Southern Baptist church in the Greensboro, North Carolina, area that...

Secret vaccinations help Zimbabwe mothers protect children

Sep. 22, 2022 03:14 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Dozens of women holding babies rushed to take their places on wooden benches at a clinic in Zimbabwe while a nurse took a separate group of anxious mothers and their children through a back door and into another room. The nurse quickly closed the door behind them. ...

Southern Baptists cut ties with LGBTQ-friendly church

Sep. 21, 2022 11:30 AM EDT

The Southern Baptist Convention's top administrative body voted to cut ties with two congregations on Tuesday — an LGBTQ-friendly church in North Carolina that had itself quit the denomination decades ago and a New Jersey congregation it cited for “alleged discriminatory behavior.” ...

Order of Service for Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

Sep. 19, 2022 02:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Here is the order of service for Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral, which will take place at 11 a.m. BST (6 a.m. EDT, 1000 GMT) in Westminster Abbey on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022": The service is conducted by The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle MBE, Dean of Westminster. The...

Order of Service for Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

Sep. 18, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Here is the order of service for Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral, which will take place at 11 a.m. BST (6 a.m. EDT, 1000 GMT) in Westminster Abbey on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022": The service is conducted by The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle MBE, Dean of Westminster. The...

Cruel or harmless? Pastors mixed on GOP migrant transports

Sep. 15, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

As Republican governors ramp up their high-profile transports of migrants to Democratic-run jurisdictions, the practice is getting a mixed reaction from Christian faith leaders — many of whom, especially evangelicals, have supported GOP candidates by large numbers in recent elections. ...

Pastor-led group seeks missing migrants in border desert

Sep. 15, 2022 11:28 AM EDT

IRONWOOD FOREST NATIONAL MONUMENT, Arizona (AP) — After strapping on knee-high snake guards and bowing his head to invoke God’s protection, Óscar Andrade marched off into a remote desert at dawn on a recent Sunday to look for a Honduran migrant missing since late July. The...

Arson investigation after fire destroys historic LA church

Sep. 11, 2022 22:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An arson investigation is under way after fire destroyed a historic church in South Los Angeles early Sunday, authorities said. The blaze at Victory Baptist Church broke out shortly before 2:30 a.m. and quickly grew to major emergency status, said Nicholas...

On Colombia's San Andres, a historic church's roots run deep

Sep. 04, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

SAN ANDRES, Colombia (AP) — First Baptist Church was born by a tamarind tree perched on a hill overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Under the tree’s shade, First Baptist’s founder taught English-speaking former slaves and their descendants how to read using the...

For a small Chicago church, closing down was an act of faith

Sep. 01, 2022 12:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO (RNS) — ­­­Like so many pastors around the United States, the Rev. Amanda Olson has kept one eye on the Bible and another on the evolving religious landscape. She knew change was coming to the church in America. Yet she hoped her congregation might be...