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Tennessee man pleads guilty in series of church fires

Oct. 20, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man pleaded guilty Wednesday to civil rights violations for setting fires at four churches, prosecutors said. Alan Douglas Fox, 28, of Nashville, admitted during the plea hearing that he intentionally set the fires because of the...

Court: Judge erred mentioning race, faith to possible jurors

Oct. 19, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Black judge went too far discouraging Black residents from avoiding jury duty when one of them cited religion as a reason he should be excused from serving in a trial, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. A majority on the...

Jill Biden says SC 'prayer partner' helped change her life

Oct. 18, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For years, Jill Biden couldn’t bring herself to pray, her faith shattered by the 2015 death of her son Beau from brain cancer at age 46. She felt “betrayed, broken.” Then a face in the crowd at one of her husband's stops in 2019 as he...

S. Carolina churches, faith groups building affordable homes

Oct. 17, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — For years, Betty Todd was forced to pay rising rents on homes burdened with repair issues and a landlord who refused to do them. What gave her hope was an announcement by her pastor, the Rev. Steve Watson, that New Jerusalem Baptist Church in...

Southern Baptist leader resigns amid rifts over sex abuse

Oct. 15, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A top Southern Baptist Convention administrator is resigning amid internal rifts over how to handle an investigation into the SBC's response to sexual abuse, a decision that underscores the broader ongoing turmoil in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. ...

At south Mississippi church, members can give cryptocurrency

Oct. 11, 2021 08:41 AM EDT

ST. MARTIN, Miss. (AP) — A south Mississippi church is allowing parishioners to give offering or pay tithes using cryptocurrency. Back Bay Baptist Church in St. Martin launched the new method of giving late last month, WLOX-TV reported. The church...

Remnants of Black church uncovered in Colonial Williamsburg

Oct. 07, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — The brick foundation of one of the nation's oldest Black churches has been unearthed at Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum in Virginia that continues to reckon with its past storytelling about the country's origins and the role of Black Americans. ...

Judge orders evaluation, increases bond for fire suspect

Oct. 06, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge ordered a mental evaluation and increased bond Wednesday for a woman charged with setting fires that did $25,000 in damage to a prominent Baptist church in the capital. Montgomery County District Judge Monet M. Gaines increased bond...

Southern Baptist panel to open legal records for abuse probe

Oct. 05, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

A top committee of the Southern Baptist Convention agreed Tuesday to open up legally protected records to investigators who will look into how it handled, or mishandled, cases of sexual abuse within the nation's largest Protestant denomination over the past two decades. ...

Woman arrested on arson charge in fire at Montgomery church

Oct. 05, 2021 12:35 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A woman was arrested on a charge of starting a fire that did $25,000 worth of damage to the First Baptist Church of Montgomery, court records showed Monday. Xiaoquin Yan, 27, was charged with second-degree arson and jailed with bond set at...