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155-year-old Chickasaw County church finds renewed life

May. 15, 2022 01:08 AM EDT

HOUSTON, Miss. (AP) — New Hope Church, on a country road halfway between Houlka and Okolona, was founded on Oct. 6, 1866, less than a year after the Civil War ended. On that day, Isaac Mullins and William Gaskin deeded ground to the Methodist Episcopal Church South “for the...

Cuba hotel explosion badly damaged major Baptist church

May. 12, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Alejandro Clemente González was talking with an electrician while preparing for weekend services at Cuba's most important Baptist church when an enormous explosion shook the building and shattered the 19th century dome towering far above the pews. Concrete plunged...

After leak, religious rift over legal abortion on display

May. 08, 2022 22:23 PM EDT

America’s faithful are bracing — some with cautionary joy and others with looming dread — for the Supreme Court to potentially overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and end the nationwide right to legal abortion. A reversal of the 49-year-old ruling has never felt...

What they wore: Amish Country exhibit spotlights sex abuse

May. 06, 2022 15:26 PM EDT

LEOLA, Pa. (AP) — Clotheslines with billowing linens and long dresses are a common sight on the off-grid farms of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County, home to the nation's largest Amish settlement. For many tourists they're as iconic a part of Amish Country's bucolic scenery as the rural lanes and...

Pence: Leaked abortion draft opinion helps some '22 hopefuls

May. 06, 2022 00:09 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence applauded the essence of a leaked draft opinion suggesting that the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark case that legalized abortion nationwide, predicting that the decision could have favorable impacts for...

Pence: Leaked abortion draft opinion helps some '22 hopefuls

May. 05, 2022 21:15 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence applauded the essence of a leaked draft opinion suggesting that the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark case that legalized abortion nationwide, predicting that the decision could have favorable impacts for...

Satanic Temple asks Boston to fly flag after court ruling

May. 04, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Satanic Temple is requesting to fly a flag over Boston City Hall after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that the city violated the free speech rights of a conservative activist seeking to fly a Christian flag outside the downtown building. The Salem-based...

Leaked court document galvanizes anti-abortion activists

May. 03, 2022 17:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For veteran anti-abortion activists, the leaked Supreme Court document read like a detailed dream come true, spelling out a potential ruling that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision and allow U.S. states to ban abortion. Yet even amid their...

Church with 19 regular worshipers holds last service

May. 01, 2022 03:14 AM EDT

GULFPORT, Fla. (AP) — Half a century ago, Yvonne Johnson came to Gulfport to build a home with her husband. To her surprise, she ended up helping build a church. “This became my home,” the 93-year-old said while seated in the foyer of Gulfport Presbyterian Church on Sunday. ...

United Methodist bishops acknowledge breakup is imminent

Apr. 29, 2022 16:59 PM EDT

The United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops, ending a five-day meeting Friday, acknowledged the inevitable breakup of their denomination – a schism that will widen this weekend with the launch of a global movement led by theologically conservative Methodists. The breakaway...