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Catholic church is stonewalling sex abuse investigation, Washington attorney general says

Catholic church is stonewalling sex abuse investigation, Washington attorney general says

[ad_1] SEATTLE (AP) — The Catholic church is refusing to cooperate with a Washington state investigation into whether it unlawfully used charitable trust funds to cover up sexual abuse by priests, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday, asking a court to force the Seattle Archdiocese to turn over decades of records. The archdiocese called the allegations a surprise, saying in a statement that it welcomed the investigation and has been collaborating since receiving a subpoena last July. The archdiocese shares the state’s goals — “preventing abuse and helping victim survivors on their path to healing and peace,” it said. “We have a good understanding of the content of our files and we have no concern about sharing them with the Attorney General lawfully and fairly,” the statement said. Ferguson, a Catholic himself, told a news conference that the archdiocese has refused to provide even a single document that had not already been made public, claiming an exemption as a religious institution. The archdiocese disputed that as well, saying it offered this week to provide private …

United Methodist Church passes historic resolution on persecuted Indian Christians

United Methodist Church passes historic resolution on persecuted Indian Christians

[ad_1] UMC calls on US State Department to declare India a “Country of Particular Concern” CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The General Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC), which met in Charlotte, NC on April 30, 2024, overwhelmingly passed a resolution recognizing the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in India by the Hindu nationalist movement and calling on the US government to take action. The resolution focuses on the 2023 violence against tribal Christians in Manipur, India, where at least 120 people were killed by armed mobs operating with sanction of the state’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The UMC is the first denomination in the world to pass such a resolution. The resolution appeals to the US State Department to “designate India as a ‘country of particular concern,’ or CPC, for engaging in systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom, as defined by the International Religious Freedom Act.” The Rev. Scort Christy, President of the New Federation of Asian American United Methodists (NFAAUM), who introduced the petition, said, “Too often, …

Over 1,600 individuals declare their faith at Church of Eleven22’s beach baptism

Over 1,600 individuals declare their faith at Church of Eleven22’s beach baptism

[ad_1] OVER 1,600 INDIVIDUALS PUBLICLY DECLARE THEIR FAITH AT THE CHURCH OF ELEVEN22’s RECORD-BREAKING BEACH BAPTISM. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — In an extraordinary display of faith, The Church of Eleven22 witnessed a staggering 1,614 individuals publicly declare their faith through baptism today at Hanna Park Beach in Jacksonville, Florida. Thousands of additional church members, family and friends joined them to celebrate.  This represents an increase of almost 500 from last year’s event, where 1126 people were baptized, making it one of the largest beach baptisms in American history​. Participants traveled from all corners of the country, including many from our local community in northeast Florida and southeast Georgia.  Pastor Joby Martin, founder and lead pastor of The Church of Eleven22, remarked, “We are a movement for all people to discover and deepen a relationship with Jesus Christ. Today, we celebrated over 1,600 people proclaiming Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. It doesn’t get much better than that. The church is alive and well, the Spirit of God is on the move and the gospel of …

Harlem church offers vegan cooking classes to promote healthy lifestyle

Harlem church offers vegan cooking classes to promote healthy lifestyle

[ad_1] NEW YORK (RNS) — On a recent Sunday afternoon, staff members of Harlem’s Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church traded their Saturday church clothes for aprons as they prepared to host the church’s vegan cooking class. Throughout April, congregants and Harlem neighbors were invited to multiple Sunday afternoon events at the church — which, as part of the Seventh-day Adventist tradition, holds services on Saturdays — to learn to cook savory plant-based recipes, get tips on growing vegetables in urban gardens and hear advice on how to avoid processed foods. The initiative, imagined by the church’s health ministry, was named “Taste & See” as a nod to a verse in Psalm 34, proclaiming: “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” “We’re showing people that you can eat healthy and satisfy your taste buds,” said Karen Phipps, director of the church’s health ministry. The church created the ministry two years ago to promote the Seventh-day Adventist lifestyle. Since its founding in the early 1860s, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has encouraged believers to give their bodies the …

Atlanta to Pay .8 Million to Family of Church Deacon Who Died in Struggle With Officer

Atlanta to Pay $3.8 Million to Family of Church Deacon Who Died in Struggle With Officer

[ad_1] ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta City Council has agreed to pay $3.8 million to settle a lawsuit by the family of a church deacon who died in a struggle with a city police officer following a minor car crash. Deacon Johnny Hollman’s family sued the the city, Officer Kiran Kimbrough and Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum in January, alleging Kimbrough used excessive force after the 62-year-old refused to sign a citation finding him at fault for the crash. An attorney for Kimbrough has said Hollman resisted arrest and Kimbrough acted lawfully when he deployed his stun gun and used force. The city council, without comment, unanimously approved the settlement at its regular meeting on Monday. An attorney for Hollman’s family, Mawuli Davis, issued a statement saying the settlement allows the family to “focus on healing from the devastating and senseless loss of their beloved father.” Hollman’s daughter, Arnitra, expressed gratitude to Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and the city council. Photos You Should See – April 2024 “On behalf of my siblings and our entire …

A man tried to shoot a pastor during a church service but his gun wouldn’t fire, state police say

A man tried to shoot a pastor during a church service but his gun wouldn’t fire, state police say

[ad_1] (AP) – A man who tried to shoot a pastor during a service at a Pennsylvania church because “God told him to do it” was thwarted when his gun didn’t fire and he was tackled by a congregant, authorities said. The chaos at the Jesus’ Dwelling Place Church in North Braddock took place Sunday while the service was being livestreamed, state police said in a news release. Bernard J. Polite, 26, of Braddock entered the church just after 1 p.m. and walked toward the front while the Rev. Glenn Germany was giving a sermon, police said. The pastor told WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh that Polite smiled at him and they made eye contact just before Polite pointed the gun at him. Germany then ducked out of the way as a male congregant tackled Polite. Germany and the congregant then worked together to wrest the gun away from Polite, who was soon subdued and held until state troopers arrived. Polite said “God told me to do it” and that he planned to shoot Germany and “wait …

Turkey Formally Opens Another Former Byzantine-Era Church as a Mosque

Turkey Formally Opens Another Former Byzantine-Era Church as a Mosque

[ad_1] Turkey formally converted The Church of St. Saviour in Chora, known as Kariye in Turkish, into a mosque in 2020, soon after it similarly turned Istanbul’s landmark Haghia Sophia into a Muslim house of prayer. Both conversions drew praise from Muslim faithful but criticism from Greece and other countries who had urged Turkey to protect the important Byzantine-era monuments. Both are listed as U.N. World Heritage Sites. Like Haghia Sophia, which was a church for centuries and then a mosque for centuries more, the Chora had operated as a museum for decades before it was ordered turned into a mosque. The Chora’s formal launch as a mosque, however, was delayed as the structure then underwent restoration. Erdogan on Monday remotely presided over a ceremony marking the opening of the Chora — as well as other recently-restored structures — from a conference hall at his palace complex in Ankara. “May it bring good fortune,” Erdogan said during the televised event. Photos You Should See – April 2024 The church, situated near Istanbul’s ancient city walls, …

Eastern Orthodox Church ordains Zimbabwean woman as its first deaconess

Eastern Orthodox Church ordains Zimbabwean woman as its first deaconess

[ad_1] (RNS) — On Thursday (May 2), the Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all of Africa ordained in Zimbabwe the first deaconess of any patriarchate in the global Eastern Orthodox Church, marking the culmination of years of efforts to revive the female diaconate in the Church. The Archbishop of Zimbabwe, Metropolitan Serafim, ordained Angelic Molen at the St. Nektarios Mission Parish near Harare, the capital of the southern African country. The ceremony took place on Holy Thursday, a few days before the start of Orthodox Easter. The service’s liturgy focused on the meaning of the Eucharist, which the new Deaconess will distribute to the faithful as part of her new role, explained Serafim. “At first, I was nervous about going into the altar, but when Metropolitan Serafim blessed me to enter the altar as part of my preparation this week, those feelings went away, and I felt comfortable. I am ready,” said Molen about her ordination.  For years, debates over the ordination of deaconesses have divided Orthodox Christians worldwide. Some see it as a revival …

Expanding clergy sexual abuse probe targets New Orleans Catholic church leaders

Expanding clergy sexual abuse probe targets New Orleans Catholic church leaders

[ad_1] NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities have expanded an investigation of clergy sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in New Orleans to include senior church officials suspected of shielding predatory priests for decades and failing to report their crimes to law enforcement. Louisiana State Police carried out a sweeping search warrant last week at the Archdiocese of New Orleans, seeking a long-secreted cache of church records and communications between local church leaders and the Vatican about the church’s handling of clergy sexual abuse. The search signaled a new phase of the investigation that will seek to determine what particular church leaders, including Archbishop Gregory Aymond and his predecessors, knew about claims that the warrant describes as “ignored and in many cases covered up.” “The Archdiocese of New Orleans has been openly discussing the topic of sex abuse for over 20 years,” Bill Kearney, an archdiocese spokesman, said in a statement. “In keeping with this, we also are committed to working with law enforcement in these endeavors.” The warrant contained several new details about the …

How Bondage Built the Church | Tiya Miles

How Bondage Built the Church | Tiya Miles

[ad_1] When the Florida State Board of Education approved new standards for the middle school curriculum last July, there was an uproar. The standards advised teachers to tell their students that enslaved people had acquired skills that “could be applied for their personal benefit,” suggesting an upside to dehumanization and forced servitude. Historians, media commentators, and politicians from Republican senator Tim Scott to Vice President Kamala Harris criticized the rhetorical acrobatics of this guidance. The new standards appeared to be in sync with the broader political agenda of some Republicans to narrow the teaching of African American history in public schools, avoiding subject matter that might make white students feel guilt or discomfort—and hence potentially excluding nearly any event, cause, or effect in Black history. The question of how to teach slavery in relation to the country’s history has become an unfortunate proxy for polarized political views (consider the 1619 Project controversy,1 or the former Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s reluctance to identify slavery as a cause of the Civil War while she was on …