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New lawsuit targets faith-based policy at Michigan resort

Apr. 22, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — A resort community in northern Michigan is being sued again over membership policies that are related to religion. Bay View Association last year eliminated a rule that requires cottage owners to be of "Christian persuasion." But a lawsuit filed last week in federal court targets a...

United Methodists edge toward breakup over LGBT policies

Apr. 20, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There's at least one area of agreement among conservative, centrist and liberal leaders in the United Methodist Church: America's largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors. The differences...

Nebraska Methodist church defies denomination's rule

Apr. 14, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Methodist church in Omaha has decided to defy its larger denomination by condoning same-sex marriages. The Omaha World-Herald reports the leaders of First United Methodist Church in Omaha recently decided to allow same-sex weddings at the church and allow its pastor to officiate at...

Severe weather with possible tornadoes forecast for South

Apr. 12, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The National Weather Service is advising pastors to have someone monitor the weather during Palm Sunday services this weekend amid heightened risk for damaging tornadoes in parts of the South. A line of storms is expected to bring gusty winds and hail and potentially strong tornadoes on...

Plover church destroyed by fire

Mar. 19, 2019 7:17 AM EDT

PLOVER, Wis. (AP) — Officials say a Plover church is a total loss following a fire. Authorities say no one was inside the Springs United Methodist Church when the fire broke out Monday. Fire officials say the blaze apparently started in the attic. Members of the congregation say the church recently...

3 big US churches in turmoil over sex abuse, LGBT policy

Mar. 2, 2019 12:13 PM EST

It has been a wrenching season for three of America's largest religious denominations, as sex-abuse scandals and a schism over LGBT inclusion fuel anguish and anger within the Roman Catholic, Southern Baptist and United Methodist churches. There's rising concern that the crises will boost the ranks of young...

Pastor of large Kansas Methodist church disappointed by vote

Feb. 27, 2019 10:45 AM EST

LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — The pastor of the largest Methodist congregation in the U.S. says he is deeply disappointed by a vote of the church's delegates that rejected easing the faith's ban on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy. Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton with the United Church of the...

United Methodist delegates reject recognizing gay marriage

Feb. 26, 2019 9:33 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The United Methodist Church, America's second-largest Protestant denomination, faces a likely surge in defections and acts of defiance after delegates at a crucial conference voted Tuesday to strengthen the faith's divisive bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy. Emotions...

The Latest: Methodist conference rejects same-sex marriage

Feb. 26, 2019 6:32 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on The United Methodist Church's deliberations on LGBT inclusion (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Delegates to a crucial conference of The United Methodist Church, America's second-largest Protestant denomination, have rejected a move to ease the faith's ban on same-sex marriage and...

United Methodist Church on edge of breakup over LGBT stand

Feb. 25, 2019 5:08 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The United Methodist Church teetered on the brink of breakup Monday after more than half the delegates at an international conference voted to maintain bans on same-sex weddings and ordination of gay clergy. Their favored plan, if formally approved, could drive supporters of LGBT inclusion...