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Access, travel rules influence missionary vaccine policies

Sep. 18, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

COVID-19 vaccine refusal rates may be high among white evangelical Christians, but the International Mission Board — which deploys thousands of missionaries — is not hesitant about the shot. The global agency of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest...

Paddling the Susquehanna in search of adventure, history

Sep. 18, 2021 03:04 AM EDT

MANHEIM, Pa. (AP) — Mark Heller, of Manheim, wanted to paddle 444 miles down the Susquehanna River for a sense of adventure. A year of COVID-19 claustrophobia and a similar yearning for exploration did it for the Rev. John Laughlin, a Millersville resident and pastor of...

Historic Vermont church to be demolished

Sep. 11, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

ENOSBURG, Vt. (AP) — A nearly 140-year-old church in Enosburg Falls will be demolished next week. The West Enosburg United Methodist Church has just three active members and keeping it operational would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars while demolishing it is...

New translation of New Testament aims at Native Americans

Aug. 31, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

(RNS) — It’s a Bible verse familiar to many Christians — and even to many non-Christians who have seen John 3:16 on billboards and T-shirts or scrawled across eye black under football players’ helmets. But Terry Wildman hopes the new translation published Tuesday...

AME Zion Church removes bishop after alleged misconduct

Jul. 30, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church has removed a prominent bishop from office after his peers accused him of fraudulently having church property deeds transferred to a shell corporation that then secured millions of dollars in loans against those properties. ...

US churches reckon with traumatic legacy of Native schools

Jul. 22, 2021 20:09 PM EDT

The discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada have prompted renewed calls for a reckoning over the traumatic legacy of similar schools in the United States — and in particular by the churches that operated many of them. ...

US churches reckon with traumatic legacy of Native schools

Jul. 22, 2021 20:09 PM EDT

The discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada have prompted renewed calls for a reckoning over the traumatic legacy of similar schools in the United States — and in particular by the churches that operated many of them. ...

United Methodist conference seizes church assets in dispute

Jul. 15, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A regional governing body for a Protestant denomination has seized the assets of a large congregation in Georgia in a dispute over who should be the senior pastor. Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, has about...

AME church to address BLM, voting rights, in delayed meeting

Jul. 06, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

The African Methodist Episcopal Church, the United States' oldest historically Black denomination, launched its General Conference on Tuesday with delegates expected to address racial issues such as voting rights and the Black Lives Matter movement. “Our church claims...

UK Methodist Church votes to allow same-sex marriages

Jun. 30, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Methodist Church announced Wednesday that same-sex couples will be allowed to get married on its premises. After debates on the topic at the Methodist Conference, the proposals to allow same-sex marriages were passed with 254 votes in favor and...