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Methodists end minister’s NY same-sex wedding case

NEW YORK (AP) — The United Methodist Church has dropped its case against a retired minister accused of breaking church law by officiating his son’s same-sex marriage. The Rev. Thomas Ogletree says he’s grateful his […]

03/10/2014

Nativity features Trayvon Martin instead of Jesus

CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California church nativity scene is featuring a bloody Trayvon Martin in place of the infant Jesus in an effort to stir a community conversation about gun violence. The nativity […]

12/29/2013

The sign outside Cornerstone Baptist Church displays its message to drivers in Farmington Hills, Mich.  (AP Photo/Detroit News, Neal Rubin)

Church signs roll the dice getting hip with quips

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pastor Mike Butzberger insists he only had holiday spirit in mind when his Florida church’s marquee read: “Christmas — Easier to spell than Hanukkah.” But after a passer-by told him she […]

12/24/2013

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Pa. pastor won’t quit voluntarily over gay wedding

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A United Methodist minister in Pennsylvania plans to defy a church order to surrender his credentials for performing a same-sex wedding. The Rev. Frank Schaefer says he cannot uphold the church’s Book […]

12/16/2013

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Churches changing bylaws after gay marriage ruling

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Worried they could be sued by gay couples, some churches are changing their bylaws to reflect their view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman. Although […]

08/24/2013