A group of students at Indiana Wesleyan University gave a local pizza delivery driver a tip of $1,268 along with gift cards and thousands of inspirational notes as part of an illustration during the weekly prayer service after he delivered an order worth $12.50.
The generosity followed efforts by Keith Newman, the CEO of Residential Education, to illustrate a point to 3,000 students during a weekly prayer gathering at the college's chapel: "Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone."
The Marion-based Indiana Wesleyan University is a private, evangelical Christian, liberal arts university. more >>
Long the domain of church and state officials, in Indiana the solemnization of marriages now can be overseen by people who profess to have no religion at all.
Indiana has opted to not try to delay a decision from a three-judge panel of the Chicago-based United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals allowing for non-theists to officiate weddings. more >>
An atheist group has convinced an Indiana school district to ban its teacher led-prayers in its local public schools.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Vigo County School Corporation in Terre Haute in May, demanding that it halt the practice of allowing teachers to lead prayers in area public schools. The letter came after an anonymous parent contacted the atheist organization, saying that a teacher at the local Sarah Scott Middle School had led a prayer during a recent school banquet.
The letter demanded that the school district investigate the incident and provide an outline as to how it would educate its teachers and staff on the constitutional separation of church and state. more >>
A federal appeals court in Indiana has ruled to allow humanists in the state to have their weddings officiated by a secular celebrant.
A three judge panel with the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that humanists should be allowed to have their weddings officiated by secularist celebrants, arguing that preventing them from doing so violated the First Amendment rights to freedom of religion. Previously, Indiana's law stated that marriages could only be performed by religious clergy or government officials, such as mayors and city clerks.
"This is a big step forward in recognizing the rights of nonreligious persons," Reba Boyd Wooden, executive director for the Center for Inquiry, a humanist group, said in a press release. "Now couples may have a Secular Celebrant who shares their world view solemnize their marriage." more >>
The University of Notre Dame has acquired the three-volume Bible of the first Roman Catholic priest to be ordained in the United States.
Notre Dame officially accepted the Bible of Father Stephen Badin, a native of France who was ordained in the United States in 1793.
Badin's Bible was delivered to the Indiana-based Catholic academic institution by the Sisters of Loretto of Nerinx, Kentucky, on Monday. more >>
Well-known Christian motivational speaker Justin Lookadoo who sparked controversy last year with his message that "dateable girls know how to shut up," was arrested in Evansville, Indiana, this week for public intoxication.
According to a WFIE report, Lookadoo, 44, was arrested after authorities found him in his car on the side of I-164. They said he told them he pulled over to take a nap but their investigation of his car revealed something different.
Deputies reportedly found vomit inside Lookadoo's car and said he reeked of alcohol. He also failed a sobriety test recording a BAC of .07. more >>