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Southfield King program to include parade of vehicles

Jan. 16, 2021 8:24 AM EST

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday will be celebrated in Southfield with a parade of vehicles and virtual commemoration. The Driving for Justice Peace Parade starts at 9 a.m. Monday at Hope United Methodist Church, north of Detroit. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, both...

FILE - In this July 31, 2000, file photo, Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church, poses during an interview in Houston. Caldwell a Texas megachurch pastor and former spiritual adviser to two U.S. presidents has been sentenced to six years in prison for bilking investors out of millions of dollars. Caldwell was sentenced Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Shreveport, La., where he and his co-defendant Gregory A. Smith, were indicted in 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip File)

Texas megachurch pastor sent to prison for fraud scheme

Jan. 14, 2021 1:51 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas megachurch pastor and former spiritual adviser to two U.S. presidents has been sentenced to six years in prison for bilking investors out of millions of dollars. Kirbyjon H. Caldwell, 67, was sentenced Wednesday in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he and his co-defendant, Gregory A....

North Dakota bill would charge abortion provider with murder

Jan. 13, 2021 5:30 PM EST

Performing an abortion in North Dakota would amount to murder and come with a life prison sentence under a bill proposed by a far-right Republican lawmaker who is a Lutheran pastor. Rep. Jeff Hoverson's bill, which is co-sponsored by some of the Legislature's other most anti-abortion members, also would make it a...

Members of the Phoenix Police Department stand vigil during the open casket viewing of former Phoenix Vice Mayor and city councilman Calvin C. Goode at the Calvin C. Goode Municipal Building in Phoenix, Ariz. on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. Goode died on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. He was 93. (AP Photo/Cheyanne Mumphrey)

Racist slurs interrupt funeral for Phoenix civil rights icon

Jan. 12, 2021 8:50 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Police Department is investigating after a virtual funeral for civil rights icon and city leader Calvin Coolidge Goode was interrupted Tuesday by hackers yelling racist slurs. “The Phoenix Police Department has been made aware of the incident and after speaking with the...

Churches, non-profit among vandalism targets in Jennings

Jan. 12, 2021 11:40 AM EST

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County police are investigating vandalism that damaged churches, non-profits and businesses in the town of Jennings, authorities said Tuesday. Police spokesman Benjamin Granda said in a news release that the first incident was at Noah's Ark Church on Dec. 10, and the second...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 file photo, a Catholic pastor receives the first of the two Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccinations at a hospital in Chicago. In a growing consensus, religious leaders at the forefront of the anti-abortion movement in the United States are telling their followers that the leading vaccines available to combat COVID-19 are acceptable to take, given their remote and indirect connection to lines of cells derived from aborted fetuses. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Anti-abortion faith leaders support use of COVID-19 vaccines

Jan. 10, 2021 9:11 AM EST

In a growing consensus, religious leaders at the forefront of the anti-abortion movement in the United States are telling their followers that the leading vaccines available to combat COVID-19 are acceptable to take, given their remote and indirect connection to lines of cells derived from aborted fetuses. One...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden, right, campaigns for Senate candidates Raphael Warnock, left, and Jon Ossoff, not pictured, in Atlanta. Sen.-elect Warnock shares more than a party with Biden: Both Democrats made faith a central part of their political identity on the campaign trail — and their victories are emboldening religious liberals. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Warnock, Biden wins give twin thrills to religious liberals

Jan. 8, 2021 12:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Rev. and Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock shares more than a party with President-elect Joe Biden: Both Democrats made faith a central part of their political identity on the campaign trail — and their victories are emboldening religious liberals. Warnock, who leads the Atlanta...

Officials: Arson is cause of historic Georgia church fire

Jan. 7, 2021 8:49 AM EST

BOWDON, Ga. (AP) — A historic Georgia church was “engulfed in flames” Monday and officials believe the fire was intentional. The Carroll County Sheriff's office said fire crews responded to Smith Chapel Methodist Church in Bowdon and found the 100-year-old building in flames, news outlets...

This Monday, Jan. 4, 2020 photo provided by Saint Peter's Lutheran Church shows flood damage in their church in the Manhattan borough of New York after a water main break. The Lutheran church was already reeling from the COVID-19 deaths of more than 60 congregation members during the pandemic. (Saint Peter's Lutheran Church via AP)

Flooding brings new woes to NYC church hard-hit by COVID-19

Jan. 5, 2021 8:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Lutheran church in New York City already reeling from the COVID-19 deaths of more than 60 members of the congregation has suffered a new trauma: Severe flood damage from the rupture of a major municipal water main. The flooding caused significant damage Monday to the sanctuary and to...

Man charged with setting fires at church held on $25K bail

Jan. 5, 2021 2:20 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Maine man charged with setting fires at a Massachusetts church with a predominantly Black congregation was held on $25,000 bail at his arraignment Tuesday. Dushko Vulchev, 44, of Houlton, Maine, is linked to three fires at the Martin Luther King Jr. Presbyterian Church in...