Heather Cook, the first female to be elected bishop of The Episcopal Church of Maryland, pleaded guilty Tuesday to automobile manslaughter and three other criminal charges for her role in the drunken-driving death of 41-year-old Thomas Palermo, a married father of two and biking enthusiast last December.
According to The Baltimore Sun, prosecutors have asked for a sentence of 20 years, with all but 10 years suspended. This would be followed by five years' probation. Judge Timothy Doory who scheduled sentencing for Oct. 27, said he would not sentence the former bishop any more time than prosecutors are seeking but could give her less.
Cook, 58, who resigned her post on May 1 and was later stripped of her clergy credentials, was charged with murder earlier this year after she hit Palermo then fled the scene as the doting father died. more >>
Grammy award-winning singer Karen Clark Sheard joined her husband, Bishop J Drew. Sheard, on a trip to Israel with the Church of God in Christ and is sharing the experience with her fans.
The trip was organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, and included members of the COGIC church, which included pastor Sheard and his wife, Karen, of the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ in Detroit, Michigan.
Criminals posing as nuns are walking door-to-door in a Lehigh Acres, Florida, neighborhood asking residents for money and claiming that the charitable donations are for the St. Raphael Church.
Since Saturday, the church has been warning parishioners and the local community about the scam which is allegedly being carried out by women in their 20s, according to WinkNews.
Those who've encountered the fake nuns say they're extremely aggressive when asking for money and have even demanded that they drive residents to a nearby ATM machine so they could withdraw cash. The sly criminals have also been accused of pressuring victims into revealing their credit card information after barging into their living rooms. more >>
The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States recently hosted a same-sex wedding at its national office in Louisville, Kentucky.
An official with Presbyterian Church (USA) officiated a wedding last Thursday between Paul Kempf and Robb Gwaltney at the Presbyterian Center's chapel.
A PC(USA) spokesperson told The Christian Post that the ceremony had "perhaps 25 people in attendance, a combination of family and friends, along with a few staff." more >>
Anna Duggar, the wife of Josh Duggar, a reality star who recently came under fire for being a member of the Ashley Madison adultery website, attended a Sunday church service with fellow "19 Kids and Counting" stars Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard that focused on the sin of pornography.
Anna arrived at Cross Church with her in-laws, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, and during the service, Pastor Jeff Crawford addressed a topic that hit home for Anna, whose husband admitted to being addicted to porn last month during the scandal, according to "E.T."
"Pornography is a secret sin," said Crawford during the service. "I know there are some folks in here today — pornography is a deal in your life." more >>
A diocese that broke away from The Episcopal Church is requesting prayers ahead of arguments scheduled to take place before the South Carolina Supreme Court over the regional body's church property dispute.
The Diocese of South Carolina will go before the Palmetto State's highest court to argue that they are the rightful owners of approximately $500 million worth of church property, rather than the national Mainline denomination.
The Rev. Canon Jim Lewis posted a prayer last Wednesday on the diocesan website asking God to "protect this diocese and its parishes." more >>