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Mar 23 2023
Judge’s dismissal of 36 churches’ lawsuit holds implications for other UMC departures
A North Carolina judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by 36 United Methodist churches seeking to leave the denomination without following its required exit process. The dismissal holds broader implications for the slow-moving splintering of the worldwide denomination, which currently counts 6.5 million members in the United States. According to a press release from the Western North CarolinaBaptist News Global
Apr 09 2023
Easter egg hunt at new North Austin Center to be the first of many events for West Side church
Dressed in their Sunday best, the kids stood at the starting line each holding a brown paper bag — their allotted limit for the Easter egg hunt at the newly-opened North Austin Center sports facility. As the announcer said “go,” the children scrambled to grab as many plastic eggs as they could off the artificial turf. One child, with his bag already full, balanced another egg precariously onChicago Sun-Times
Feb 02 2023
Psychedelic churches in US pushing boundaries of religion
The tea tasted bitter and earthy, but Lorenzo Gonzales drank it anyway. On that frigid night in remote Utah, he was hoping for a life-changing experience, which is how he found himself inside a tent with two dozen others waiting for the psychedelic brew known as ayahuasca to kick in.
Soon, the gentle sounds of a guitar were drowned out by people vomiting — a common downside of the drugAssociated Press
Mar 16 2023
Buddhism Went Mainstream Decades Ago. US Churches Still Aren’t Ready.
Churches dot Linwood, a predominantly Black neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. Yet drive down a quiet road past Holy Spirit Church of Columbus and Christ Centered Apostolic Church and you’ll find an unexpected sight: a brightly colored Buddhist shrine with ornate gold accents and a pointed roof typical of Laotian architecture.
Twin red dragons guard the pathway to the shine, surrounded byChristianity Today
Mar 15 2023
Church fights Connecticut's vaccine mandate for students: 'They have overstepped their authority'
A Connecticut church is suing the state for allegedly breaching its First Amendment rights by no longer allowing parents' religious exemptions to vaccines. The lawsuit comes after the state ordered Milford Christian Church to implement the vaccine mandate and expel students who refused to comply. The parish refused to force students in its pre-K program and K-12 Academy to be vaccinated. TheFox News (Online News)
Mar 15 2023
LDS Church to permanently donate thousands of acre-feet to the Great Salt Lake
The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter Day Saints, one of the wealthiest and most influential institutions in Utah, plans to donate a pool of water to help save the Great Salt Lake. The Utah Department of Natural Resources, which helps manage the lake, announced the gift Wednesday morning. The donation amounts to about 20,000 acre-feet worth of shares that the church holds in the North PointThe Salt Lake Tribune
Mar 15 2023
Church of Jesus Christ donating 5.7K water shares to the Great Salt Lake
SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has agreed to donate 5,700 water shares that will send more than 20,000 acre-feet of water to the struggling Great Salt Lake, Utah officials announced Wednesday. The church's water donation will come from the North Point Consolidated Irrigation Company, allowing water to flow to the "critical shoreline and wetland habitat" atKSL
Feb 22 2023
Mormon church fined for obscuring $32 billion investment portfolio
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its investment arm have been fined $5 million for using shell companies to obscure the size of the portfolio under church control, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday.
The faith, widely known as the Mormon church, maintains billions of dollars of investments in stocks, bonds, real estate and agriculture. MuchAssociated Press
Feb 09 2023
Church of England Considers Shift to Gender-Neutral God
The Church of England is considering shifting its teachings to refer to God without using gendered language, succumbing to progressive pressure to change ancient religious practices to conform to modern woke mores.
“Christians have recognised since ancient times that God is neither male nor female,” a spokesperson for the Church told Reuters. “Yet the variety of ways of addressing andNational Review