Protestantism

February 25, 2019 - 3:55 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The United Methodist Church is teetering on the brink of breakup after more than half the delegates at a national conference voted to maintain bans on same-sex weddings and ordination of gay clergy. The preliminary vote was held Monday. If the plan is formally approved on Tuesday,...
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Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear speaks to the denomination's executive committee Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Days after a newspaper investigation revealed hundreds of sexual abuse cases by Southern Baptist ministers and lay leaders over the past two decades, Greear spoke about plans to address the problem. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
February 19, 2019 - 12:33 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than a decade after the Southern Baptist Convention rejected the idea of creating a database of ministers credibly accused of sexual abuse, leaders say the possibility is on the table. The denomination already was looking at how it could better respond to abuse when two...
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In this 2019 photo provided by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Aimee Maddonna smiles while sitting with her children at her home in Simpsonville, S.C. The South Carolina mother has sued both the state and federal government, saying she’s a victim of religious discrimination on the part of a federally funded foster-care agency that turned her down because of her Catholic faith. Maddonna says the agency in 2014 initially encouraged her to become a foster parent but cut off ties once realizing that she is Catholic and not a “born-again” Christian, as the agency’s internal rules require. (Courtesy of Aimee Maddonna/Americans United for Separation of Church and State via AP)
February 15, 2019 - 5:14 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Catholic mother accuses a federally funded South Carolina foster agency of not working with her because she's "not the right kind of Christian," her lawyers say. In a federal lawsuit filed Friday, Aimee Maddonna and her lawyers say Miracle Hill Ministries is...
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President Donald Trump prays during the National Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
February 07, 2019 - 8:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump attended the 2019 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, where speakers addressed the level of division in the country and what one described as a "fracturing of the American family." The annual gathering brought together members of the president's Cabinet...
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Flames engulf vehicles after a fiery crash along Interstate 75, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, about a mile south of Alachua, near Gainesville, Fla. Highway officials say at least six people have died after a crash and diesel fuel spill sparked a massive fire along the Florida interstate. (WGFL-Gainesville via AP)
January 04, 2019 - 1:45 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal highway crash in Florida (all times local): 1 p.m. A pregnant woman who was among those injured in a fiery Florida highway crash that killed seven people on Thursday has delivered a baby. The birth was announced in a message posted on the Facebook...
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A car that crashed into the entrance of the Crossroads United Methodist Church located at 1100 Hague Avenue is visible from inside of the church on the morning of Sunday, December 23, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. A woman drove into the church during morning services, injuring several people. (Brooke LaValley/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
December 23, 2018 - 4:17 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A car smashed through a church wall in Ohio during Sunday morning services, injuring six people and shattering stained glass. Firefighters say the six injured at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Columbus were treated for cuts and other injuries. The Rev. Jay Anderson says...
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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2011 file photo, holding up a gay pride flag, transsexual Wendy Iriepa, who had a sex change, rides to her wedding on a classic car in Havana, Cuba. Cuba said on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 that language promoting the legalization of gay marriage will be removed from the draft of a new constitution after widespread popular rejection of the idea. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)
December 18, 2018 - 6:12 pm
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's government said Tuesday that language promoting the legalization of gay marriage will be removed from the draft of a new constitution after widespread popular rejection of the idea. Gay rights advocates had proposed eliminating the description of marriage as a union of a man...
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Exterior view of the Bethel church in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, where for more than a month, a rotating roster of preachers and visitors has been leading a non-stop, round-the-clock service at a small Protestant chapel in a quiet residential street in The Hague in an attempt to prevent the deportation of a family of Armenian asylum seekers. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
November 30, 2018 - 9:40 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — For more than a month, a rotating roster of preachers has been leading a non-stop, round-the-clock service at a small Protestant chapel in The Hague in an attempt to shield a family of Armenian asylum-seekers from deportation. Under a centuries-old tradition,...
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November 13, 2018 - 5:11 am
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A leader of the Cameroon church school where 79 students and three staff were abducted in the country's troubled northwest more than a week ago says the principal and all remaining students and staff have been released. Fonki Samuel Forba, moderator of the Presbyterian...
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Rabbi Chuck Diamond, center, a former Rabbi at the Tree of Life Synagogue, hugs a woman after leading a Shabbat service outside the Tree of Life Synagogue, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 in Pittsburgh. Last Saturday, 11 people were killed and six wounded when their worship was interrupted by a gunman's bullets. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
November 03, 2018 - 11:40 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — About 100 people gathered in a cold drizzle for what was called a "healing service" outside the Pittsburgh synagogue that was the scene of a mass shooting a week ago. Former Tree of Life rabbi Chuck Diamond led Saturday morning's 45-minute service, which featured prayers, songs...
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