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Faith groups split over bill to protect same-sex marriage

Nov. 16, 2022 17:38 PM EST

Among U.S. faith leaders and denominations, there are sharp differences over the bill advancing in the Senate that would protect same-sex and interracial marriages in federal law. The measure, a high priority for congressional Democrats, won a key test vote Wednesday when 12 Senate...

As midterms near, clergy preach politics and civics lessons

Nov. 06, 2022 16:34 PM EST

Across America, faith leaders have squeezed in some final messages about the midterm elections during their worship services this weekend. Some passionately took stands on divisive issues such as immigration and abortion; others pleaded for an easing of the political polarization fracturing their...

Walker, Warnock offer clashing religious messages in Georgia

Nov. 05, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — One candidate in Georgia’s Senate contest warns that “spiritual warfare” has entangled America and offers himself to voters as a “warrior for God.” But it isn’t the ordained Baptist minister who leads the church where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached. ...

College's new name: Blue Mountain Christian University

Nov. 04, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. (AP) — A private Baptist institution of higher learning in north Mississippi is getting a name change. The Trustees of Blue Mountain College have approved the new name of Blue Mountain Christian University. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal said that the...

Black church tradition survives Georgia's voting changes

Oct. 31, 2022 00:13 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Black church leaders and activists in Georgia rallied Sunday in a push to get congregants to vote — a longstanding tradition known as “souls to the polls” that is taking on greater meaning this year amid new obstacles to casting a ballot in the midterm elections. ...

New Saddleback pastor sees women clergy in church's future

Oct. 24, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — On a recent Sunday morning, in the sanctuary of Saddleback Church, Lead Pastor Andy Wood opened with a shout-out to the congregation’s newest female teaching pastor – his wife Stacie Wood. It has been about a month since Andy Wood, 41, succeeded...

New Orleans pastor admits defrauding church, school of $900K

Oct. 19, 2022 13:14 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A well-known Baptist minister in New Orleans and Baton Rouge for more than 30 years has admitted defrauding his church, its housing ministries, his congregations and a charter school of almost $900,000. At a hearing before U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey, the Rev....

At debate, Walker denies past support for US abortion ban

Oct. 14, 2022 21:29 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker on Friday denied his previous support for an outright national ban on abortion, though he has insisted at various points throughout the campaign that it was a proposal he endorsed. Walker, a staunch...

Hurricane Ian shakes SW Florida's faith but can't destroy it

Oct. 04, 2022 11:50 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — As Hurricane Ian approached last week, Jane Compton and her husband — who lost their home and possessions to the storm — found sanctuary at their Baptist church, huddling with fellow parishioners through wind, rain and worry. They prayed for the gusts to...

Amid crises, rural roots anchor Southern Baptists’ president

Oct. 03, 2022 08:26 AM EDT

FARMERSVILLE, Texas (AP) — On the first Saturday of fall, a sweating Bart Barber trekked across a weedy pasture in search of Bully Graham, the would-be patriarch of the rural Baptist pastor’s fledgling cattle herd. With the afternoon temperature in the mid-90s, the 52-year-old...