The United Methodist Church has rejected an Intelligent Design group's request to have an information table at the denomination's 2016 General Conference.
Reaffirming a decision from December, the UMC's Commission on the General Conference decided last week to not allow the Seattle-based Discovery Institute an information table at the Mainline Protestant denomination's gathering in Portland, Oregon.
An American missionary was among the dozens of civilians killed during an al Qaeda attack in the African nation of Burkina Faso over the weekend.
Michael Riddering, who was one of the 28 people killed by al Qaeda-linked militants in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou Friday night, was a father of four and director of an orphanage and women's crisis center in the town of Yako, his mother-in-law, Carol Boyle, told The Associated Press.
Riddering, who traveled to the African nation in 2011 along with his wife, Amy Boyle-Riddering, was in the capital city on Friday night to meet a group of people who were planning to volunteer at the orphanage and crisis center that he and his wife run. more >>
Catholic organization Little Sisters of the Poor pleaded with the U.S. Supreme Court not to force it to choose between helping the poor and abiding by its faith, when it comes to obiding by the HHS birth control mandate.
"As Little Sisters of the Poor, we offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they are welcomed as Christ," said Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor, according to Catholic News Agency.
"We perform this loving ministry because of our faith," she added, but said that the group "cannot possibly choose between our care for the elderly poor and our faith, and we shouldn't have to." more >>
Even though Lolo Jones is a famous Olympic bobsledder and hurdler, she says she'll never forget how the Salvation Army helped her family when they were homeless.
The 33-year-old Christian athlete spent Christmas Eve with her mother as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army and posted the image on Twitter.
"When we were homeless @SalvationArmyUS sheltered my fam," Jones tweeted. "The money donated helps ppl all year." more >>
Pastor Andy Stanley's North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, has successfully raised nearly $5 million through its annual "Be Rich" campaign, an accomplishment the campaign's leader describes as both "inspiring and humbling."
The annual campaign seeks to give back to the local community's nonprofit organizations through the three themes of give, serve, and love. One hundred and fifty nonprofit organizations and 28 churches participated in the month-long campaign, which began in early November and wrapped up just before Thanksgiving.
Each week was dedicated to one of the three themes of the Be Rich campaign. For the first week, church members were encouraged to give financially, with Stanley calling on Christians to give just $39.95 to help the church's nonprofit partners. The second week, congregants were encouraged to serve by offering their time to volunteer at local nonprofit organizations in the area. more >>
Planned Parenthood is suing Utah for its governor's decision earlier this year to no longer help the organization receive federal funds through the state health department.
Earlier this year, Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced that the Utah Department of Health would no longer channel federal funds to the state chapter of the national abortion provider.
Planned Parenthood Association of Utah filed an emergency motion for injunction on Sunday in the hopes of delaying the implementation of Governor Herbert's decision while their litigation continues. more >>