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Biden on racism: White people 'can never fully understand'

Sep. 16, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden framed current racial tensions as part of an enduring struggle that is older than the nation. "In a centuries long campaign of violence, fear, trauma, brought...

Church built out of revival, the faith of former slaves

Sep. 15, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — He preached in living rooms, in the woods and in a cotton gin. When he returned from the Azusa Street Revival speaking in unknown tongues, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason was followed by just 10 churches out of more than 100 in the split over the theological disagreement. Today, the...

51-year-old Kansas man convicted in 1988 double homicide

Sep. 13, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has been convicted of fatally shooting a Baptist church pastor and choir director three decades ago in Kansas City, Kansas. Wyandotte County prosecutors announced Thursday that 51-year-old Melvin Shields was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the...

Vermont nonprofit connects community through art and science

Sep. 11, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — What do you get when you mash up a 1906 Estey pump organ, feral sheep grazing in Nova Scotia and the producer of a public access television series named "Coma Club"? Epsilon Spires, of course. "Wait, wait," you might ask. "Epsilon what?" "The beginning of this venture was quite...

State drops same-sex rape case brought by homophobic deputy

Sep. 9, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors are dropping same-sex rape charges in a case investigated by a homophobic deputy who gave sermons as a Baptist church pastor calling for the execution of gay people. Assistant District Attorney General Sean McDermott tells the Knoxville News Sentinel that former Knox...

Police: Thieves stole 17-foot trailer from Georgia church

Sep. 7, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Police in southwest Georgia say thieves stole a cargo trailer belonging to a Baptist church and pawned the equipment they found inside. WALB-TV reports the pastor of Albany Baptist Church reported the missing trailer to Dougherty County police. The stolen 2019 Continental dual-axle...

Jobs, housing lure Karen refugees to spread across Minnesota

Aug. 31, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Greater Minnesota has given many refugees eager to make their mark in the American economy what the Twin Cities could not: ample jobs. That was especially true about a decade ago, coming on the heels of the Great Recession. Unemployment was high, and a lot of companies in the...

1 year after fire, Bow Baptist Church has a new steeple

Aug. 20, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

BOW, N.H. (AP) — Crossroads Community Church in Bow is very small congregation in a very old building. Now that congregation is moving. A fire that broke out in the steeple of the church on Tuesday will force the 20 or so parishioners to hold Sunday services at the Old Town Hall, right around the corner,...

Baptist college kicks out transgender student after surgery

Aug. 13, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — A 21-year-old transgender man says his private Tennessee college kicked him out after he got breast reduction surgery. Yanna Awtrey tells the Tennessean that his Baptist missionary parents wanted him to attend Welch College, previously known as the Free Will Baptist Bible College. He...

'Let our voices be heard': March against immigration raids

Aug. 11, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — The children of Sacred Heart Catholic Church streamed out into Mississippi's heat on a blistering Sunday afternoon, carrying what they said was a message of opposition against immigration raids their parents could not. "I will not sit in silence while my parents are taken away," read a...