Editor's Note: A previous headline wrote that Higgins was criticized for "promoting abortion." Higgins was criticized for her critique of pro-life activism but she was not promoting abortion. We apologize for the mistake.
Also, Intervarsity released a statement on Thursday explaining its inclusion of Black Lives Matter speakers and with a response from interim President Jim Lundgren, saying, "Scripture is clear about the sanctity of life. That is why I'm both pro-life and committed to the dignity of my Black brothers and sisters." You can read the full statement here.
Urbana 15 and Black Lives Matter activist Michelle Higgins are under fire from Students For Life of America for seemingly rejecting the pro-life group's exhibition request and for proclaiming disparaging remarks from the stage about the pro-life movement, respectively, earlier this week at the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship-sponsored student mission conference. more >>
Social activist Michelle Higgins used the Urbana student missions platform to tackle key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, calling out the Evangelical Church in the process.
In her 30-minute address, Higgins, the director of Christian activist coalition Faith for Justice, dispelled misconceptions about Black Lives Matter and got to the core of the objectives of the movement.
"We do not want all people of color to go 'scott-free' from wrongdoing," she said. "I don't want to see people of color never arrested for anything. 'Oh, Black Lives Matter' means black folks can kill everybody and steal stuff and we're going to all go home and say, 'Well, let 'em — because of slavery.' That's not what we want. That's not what I want. What do we want? Justice. And what is justice? Justice means my baby boy, my baby girl will not be tried, condemed, sentenced and executed on the street. That is justice." more >>
You may have heard of the term "Holy Rollers" to describe some people. Well, apparently one priest decided to take that phrase a little more literally.
A Catholic priest in the Philippines decided during mass to go down the aisles of his church on a hoverboard. Yes, a hoverboard.
Getting considerable applause and singing a contemporary Christian song, the priest handled the device surprisingly well given the well-documented falls and injuries others have had. more >>
A national church-state watchdog group based in Washington, DC has entered the legal fray over a Kentucky business that refuses to print t-shirts for a gay pride event over religious objections.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed an amicus brief in the Kentucky Court of Appeals on Monday against Hands on Originals and its owner, Blaine Adamson.
"Appellee Hands On Originals, Inc., a commercial printing company, maintains that the First Amendment allows it to disregard this law and to deny service to customers seeking T-shirts for a gay-pride event because, it says, its 'work is expressive and artistic'," reads the brief. more >>
The Urbana '15 triennial student missions conference, the largest of its kind in the world, held its second evening session Monday night at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri, where keynote speaker Pastor Francis Chan urged a crowd of more than 16,000 attendees to live under the authority of Jesus Christ, and to go beyond just talking about winning souls for the Kingdom.
Chan, a best-selling author and founder of the church-planting organization Radius International, said people often resist authority, and used Adam and Eve as primary examples. He stressed, however, that "authority can be a great thing," saying that following Christ and being under His authority — the One who has power over the wind, waves, demons, sickness and death — is "good news."
The pastor went on to say that, when it comes to the Bible, believers sometimes "talk it to death" instead of taking action. more >>
An atheist organization continued its legal effort to have a large cross removed from a memorial in the state of Maryland.
The American Humanist Association filed an appeal in federal court Monday before the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to overturn a lower federal court decision allowing for the cross to remain on public land in Bladensburg.
Monica Miller, senior counsel for the AHA's Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said in a statement that the Bladensburg Cross must be removed from its present location. more >>