Protestantism

February 25, 2019 - 4:55 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 - 1:41 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 said on Monday night the possibility is on the table. The denomination already was looking at how it could better respond...
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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 - 12:55 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Catholic mother says a federally funded South Carolina foster agency abruptly stopped working with her and won't allow her to foster children because she's "not the right kind of Christian." In a federal lawsuit filed Friday, Aimee Maddonna and her lawyers say Miracle Hill...
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February 10, 2019 - 3:48 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Two newspapers are reporting that about 380 Southern Baptist church leaders and workers have been accused of sexual misconduct since 1998, leaving more than 700 victims. The San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle reported Sunday that their six-month joint...
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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 - 9:27 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is attending the 2019 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, where speakers have been addressing 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...
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Pope Francis speaks during an Interreligious meeting at the Founder's Memorial in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Pope Francis arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. His visit represents the first papal trip ever to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
February 04, 2019 - 2:27 pm
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Against the backdrop of the first papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula is an interfaith conference that includes prominent U.S. rabbis and Christian evangelicals, who are seeking stronger recognition of Israel through closer ties with Muslim figures and Arab...
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In this Thursday Dec. 13, 2018, file image, Minister Henk ten Voorde leads a service at the Bethel church in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. A non-stop service started in October by a Dutch protestant church to protect a family of Armenian asylum seekers from deportation is ending after the government announced changes to its immigration policy. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
January 30, 2019 - 11:39 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch Protestant church ended a months-long, round-the-clock service Wednesday that started in October to protect a family of Armenian asylum-seekers from deportation after the government announced changes to its immigration policy. The Bethel Church, a small chapel...
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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 - 5:17 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 - 7:12 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 - 11:00 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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