A former Indiana court clerk filed a lawsuit on earlier this month against Harrison County and the clerk's former boss for firing her after she refused to process paperwork for a gay couple seeking to obtain a marriage license.
Linda A. Summers, who started working in the county's office in Corydon, Indiana, in 2008, was fired in December of 2014 after she requested a "religious accommodation" that would allow her to pass off the responsibility of processing marriage paperwork for same-sex couples to other employees willing to do it.
Summers worked under Harrison County Clerk Sally Whitis who rejected her request and fired her after she issued the request based on her Christian beliefs. more >>
A wave of concern is now rippling through the Christian science community after it was revealed that Jim Stump, a respected evangelical philosophy of science professor at the Christian Bethel College in Indiana, chose to resign last month because he doesn't agree with the school's new corporate position that "the first man, Adam, was created by an immediate act of God and not by a process of evolution."
The Board of Trustees of Bethel College, which is affiliated with the Missionary Church, recently approved a new policy on human origins after years of discussion between the college and the denomination which insists that the church's view on Adam "should be advocated as the official, meritorious, and theologically responsible position of the College, without disparagement."
"Though a very small part of a college's curriculum, the topic of origins has become a prominent theological conversation and an important pedagogical point of clarification for evangelical Christian institutions of higher education, including Bethel College," said the college in their statement on origins. more >>
A church in Indiana has joined several charity organizations to raise money to purchase a "Homeless Jesus" statue for the state capital.
Roberts Park United Methodist Church has partnered with Wheeler Mission, Outreach Inc., and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic to get a "Homeless Jesus" statue for Indianapolis. The Rev. Andrew Scanlan-Holmes, senior pastor at Roberts Park UMC, told The Christian Post that this was the "problem of homelessness in Indianapolis."
"Roberts Park UMC, as a large downtown church, has for the last 20 years, been actively serving this sector of the community through its Soup's On feeding program and now regularly serves an average of 250 meals every Sunday lunchtime to the homeless and food impoverished," said the Rev. Scanlan-Holmes. more >>
An Indiana pastor says local drug dealers have joined with his church to rally against the First Church of Cannabis, an organization dedicated to the recreational use of marijuana that recently purchased a building in their Eastside neighborhood.
"I don't believe it's a religion, I believe it's a drug house," said pastor Bill Jenkins who serves at the Church of Acts, which is located around the corner from the First Church of Cannabis' new location, to U.S. News.
Jenkins told the publication that he believes the local drug dealers fear competition from the newly established religious group. He blasted the marijuana church calling their claim to be a religion a "bogus excuse to get high" and will lead a protest outside the cannabis group's first service. more >>
The First Church of Cannabis, a so-called religious group, says it will abstain from using marijuana during its opening worship service, according to it's leader, amid concerns that police might arrest those in attendance because pot is illegal in Indiana.
The Indianapolis-based "church," which garnered national headlines earlier this year by becoming an officially recognized religious sect, announced Monday that marijuana will not be part of its first service.
Bill Levin, leader of the group, commented on social media that he's concerned about potential police action against the First Church of Cannabis if people use the banned substance during Wednesday's service. more >>
Indiana's First Church of Cannabis, an organization that is expected to test the limits of the state's new controversial religious freedom law by using marijuana recreationally during its services, has purchased a former church building as its worship center where it plans to host Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
The group's founder, former musician Bill Levin, told Indy Star that the new building located in Indianapolis' Eastside area will include a souvenir store and will host the recovery meetings in the basement.
"We closed on a church last night. We have the keys to our new home. It is [a] small and humble facility with love throughout every brick. We are HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!," said Levin on his Facebook page on Monday. more >>