A Georgia jury found a man guilty of a fatal shooting at World Changers Church International, the megachurch of controversial televangelist Creflo Dollar.
Floyd Palmer was found guilty but mentally ill last week in the October 2012 shooting of Greg McDowell, a praise leader and longtime member of World Changers, reported Atlanta news station 11Alive. A Fulton County Superior Court judge sentenced Palmer to life in prison with no possibility of parole.
McDowell had been on stage leading a 10 a.m. prayer service when Palmer calmly walked into the church's chapel and fatally shot him, authorities said. Palmer shot McDowell a total of 12 times before he exited the church, got into a black Subaru with tinted windows and drove away. None of the other 20 to 25 people inside the chapel were injured. McDowell died after he was transported to a local hospital. more >>
A group of United Methodist clergy who support ending the Church's ban on ordaining non-celibate homosexuals performed an unofficial ordination service for a lesbian.
Sue Laurie, a longtime LGBT activist, was ordained in an unofficial ceremony held at the United Methodist Church's General Conference in Portland, Oregon, last Tuesday.
According to Barton Dempsey of the theologically conservative Institute on Religion & Democracy, this ceremony "has no standing" even though several UMC clergy took part. more >>
The African Methodist Episcopal Church was unclear Monday on whether the denomination will address recent allegations that one of their high profile preachers, the Rev. Jamal H. Bryant of Northwest Baltimore's Empowerment Temple Church, fathered a child out of wedlock with a woman last summer.
"If there is any action to be taken it will be on the part of the Council of Bishops," Billie Irving, executive assistant to AME's General Secretary Jeffery Cooper, told The Christian Post on Monday.
Calls to Council President Julius McAllister and Bishop William P. Deveaux Sr., who oversees the denomination's second district under which Baltimore falls, were unanswered at the time this story was published. more >>
The Ohio Supreme Court Ruled Thursday that the World Harvest megachurch led by televangelist Rod Parsley cannot collect $1 million from its insurer to put toward a $3.1 million settlement for parents who alleged their 2-year-old boy was beaten by a church daycare worker.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that justices unanimously rejected a bid by World Harvest Church to collect $1 million from Grange Mutual Casualty Co. after a lengthy battle in Franklin County courts. The decision overturned a previous ruling in the Franklin County Court of Appeals, which had found that Grange was responsible for providing coverage for damages and legal fees.
On Thursday, Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor wrote in the court's opinion that the insurers had a policy agreement with the church that had an abuse and molestation exclusion when it comes to claims. Church lawyers had argued that the boy's injuries inflicted in 2006 were not the result of abuse but excessive corporal punishment. The justices did not see it that way. more >>
The United States Supreme Court sent several challenges to the Human and Human Services Department's contraception mandate back to the lower courts, vacating the earlier rulings.
Plaintiffs, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, East Texas Baptist University, and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington will have their lawsuits decided at the lower court level.
In a Per Curiam decision released Monday morning, the highest court in the land reasoned that the lower court decisions were to be vacated in light of a new possible resolution between the two parties. more >>
A United Methodist Church bishop believes that disagreements among Christians about LGBT issues and gay marriage are "destroying the very soul" of the church, creating conflict and discord where there should be unity.
"Disagreements among us have led to unbridled acrimony that has led to seeing those with whom we disagree as being other than fully human or as really or truly Christians," said Bishop Gregory Palmer of UMC's West Ohio Conference, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
"Our capacity to turn on each another is destroying the very soul of this church, and our willingness to turn on each other rather than toward each other is under-serving our mission," he added. more >>