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Lawsuit accuses Reno of shady dealings with ordinance change

Jan. 20, 2020 12:36 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A church built in downtown Reno nearly a century ago is among those suing the city over a change in a shade ordinance they say is intended to benefit a luxury hotel development that could have been subject to more stringent height-related restrictions. The suit filed Jan. 6 in Washoe...

Church denomination forgives Atlanta college's $4M debt

Jan. 9, 2020 8:55 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Leaders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church forgave $4 million in debt owed by a college it founded in Atlanta. The financial boost for Morris Brown College was announced Tuesday night, news outlets reported. In exchange, the college agreed to establish a $1.5 million scholarship for...

FILE - In this May 11, 1969 file photo, civil activist James Forman walks in New York's Riverside Church. Fifty years ago, Forman interrupted the Sunday worship service and demanded $500 million in reparations for the mistreatment of African Americans from white churches and synagogues. The demands never caught fire in the broader American religious community. But five decades later, the reparations debate has reentered the national spotlight, with some faith-based institutions leading the way. (AP Photo, File)

Reparations and Religion: 50 years after ‘Black Manifesto’

Dec. 30, 2019 4:47 PM EST

(RNS) — On a Sunday morning in May of 1969, as clergy processed into the sanctuary of New York’s august Riverside Church, civil rights activist James Forman vaulted into the pulpit to demand $500 million in reparations for the mistreatment of African Americans from white churches and synagogues. At...

In this Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, photo, the Rev. Luis Barrios, left, places his hand on the head of Mercedes Katrocino, center, a deaf congregant, as he and the rest of the congregation pray for Katrocino's health and failing eyesight at Holyrood Episcopal Church in New York on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

A silent worship revival at an Episcopal church for the deaf

Dec. 27, 2019 12:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Lord’s Prayer ended with the bang of dozens of fists that landed on open palms after a circular motion and a thumbs up in a joint “Amen!” Not a voice could be heard inside the cavernous sanctuary of Holyrood Episcopal Church-Iglesia Santa Cruz in Manhattan. There...

Attorney clerics combine vocations to serve

Dec. 27, 2019 9:37 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — For the past 28 years, John Bullock has been an attorney, but he recently added another vocation to his life’s work. On weekdays, he’s in his sixth-floor office at Stevens & Brand LLP in Lawrence helping clients resolve conflicts. On Sundays, he’s the curate...

Hospice singers offer comfort of song to those at life's end

Dec. 16, 2019 1:01 AM EST

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Twice a month on Wednesday nights, a dozen or so women sit in a circle surrounding a folding chair in the Guild Hall of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Seemingly spontaneously, they break into songs with words like “May peace be with you,” and “Let the...

Episcopal Church creates new priest certification program

Dec. 12, 2019 9:42 AM EST

CHARLESTOWN, N.H. (AP) — The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire is launching a new training program to make becoming a priest easier. The diocese in New Hampshire will offer a certificate program that requires students to attend nine in-person weekend trainings, according to church officials. In addition to...

Missouri Episcopalians elect openly gay man as next bishop

Nov. 25, 2019 8:21 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri has elected an openly gay man as its next leader. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Rev. Deon Johnson will replace Bishop George Wayne Smith upon Smith’s retirement this spring. The election was held this weekend at Christ Church...