Nine members of the School of Theology at the University of the South in Tennessee are visiting the Episcopal Cathedral of Havana, Cuba, this week as part of a religious venture.
The Rev. Donna Mote, who's known as the Vicar of ATL for her work as an airport chaplain, is one among a nine-member delegation that will be in Cuba through Saturday, which will be the fourth trip that a delegation from the School of Theology has made to Cuba and the Episcopal seminary there.
"It's been a strange experience to always have to get permission, through a license through the Department of the Treasury in order to travel because of our economic embargo," Mote told Atlanta's NBC affiliate11-Alve news on Sunday. more >>
In a statement that appears to silence any speculation of unsafe riding on his part, the family of 41-year-old cyclist Thomas Palermo, who died after he was hit in a car crash with Bishop Heather Cook of the Episcopal Church of Maryland on Dec. 27, remembered him Tuesday as a passionate and "seasoned cyclist" who advocated bike safety.
"Tom was a seasoned cyclist of 25 years, with a passion for mountain biking as well as logging countless miles on the road. In addition to cycling, Tom loved to build custom lugged steel road, fixed/single-speed and touring framesets. Along with other members of the Baltimore cycling community, Tom was an advocate for bike access and bike safety," the family said in a statement to The Christian Post on Tuesday.
Cook, who was elected as the first female bishop of the Episcopal Church of Maryland in May and is the second-highest ranking official in the church, hit Palermo as he cycled in Baltimore on Dec. 27, 2014, at approximately 2:30 p.m. Instead of stopping to help the married father of two, however, Cook allegedly fled the scene as he lay dying and only returned after other cyclists reportedly chased her down. more >>
Churches fitted with ornate stained glass windows may not become a thing of the archaic past just yet, noted one church construction company.
Although presently the stained glass industry has been experiencing a decline in business, research among younger Americans indicates that stained glass could experience a comeback.
Matt Chandler, lead pastor of a multi-site church near Dallas, Texas, announced Monday that his most recent MRI brain scans returned positive results and he's been cancer free for over five years.
"Astounded again at God's faithfulness. Another clean MRI today. Hard to believe it's been over 5 years #jehovahrapha," Chandler wrote on Twitter Monday.
On Thanksgiving Day in 2009, Chandler, lead teaching pastor at The Village Church in Highland Village, collapsed in his living room from a seizure that resulted from a golf-ball size tumor in his right frontal lobe. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear arguments in a small church's lawsuit against an Arizona town that bars the congregation from posting roadside signs.
Known as Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Good New Presbyterian Church is being represented by the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom.
ADF Senior Web Writer Marissa Poulson argued Monday that Good News' roadside signs may seem unimportant, but they represent one of many "building blocks" of freedom. more >>
On the final Sunday of 2014, congregants of the historic Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C. waited patiently for their senior pastor, Rev. Michael C. Murphy, to show up for the 8:30 a.m. service. He never did, and minutes later they found him dead in his office. He was 62.
A spokesman for Washington D.C.'s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner told The Washington Post that Murphy died of an apparent heart attack.
Rev. Leslie Dowdell-Cannon, senior associate minister at the church, told the Post that Murphy was found unresponsive in his office by members before being pronounced dead at a local hospital. more >>