The United States Senate may be considering a bill that would lift the Federal Emergency Management Agency's ban on providing aid to houses of worship.
Sponsored by Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, the bill was introduced last Thursday.
"A church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other house of worship, and an otherwise eligible private nonprofit facility operated by a religious organization, shall be eligible for contributions under paragraph (1)(B), without regard to the religious character of the facility or the primary religious use of the facility," reads the Senate bill in part. more >>
An abortion clinic in the Commonwealth of Virginia known for being the "busiest" abortion clinic in the state has closed down.
NOVA Women's Healthcare of Fairfax County was denied a permit to stay open in July due in part to not being in step with new abortion regulations.
According to Tom Jackson of The Washington Post, even with the closure there is uncertainty as to whether or not the facility will reopen elsewhere. more >>
President Barack Obama is set to honor former President George H.W. Bush at the White House on Monday for the Points of Light initiative, described as the "world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service."
Bush, the 41st president of the United States, served in office from 1989 to 1993. In his inaugural address, he called on citizens to extend their efforts to help others, talking about his vision of a "thousand points of light." In 1990, the Points of Light Foundation was founded as an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit group, under the principle that "what government alone can do is limited, but the potential of the American people knows no limits."
Also on Monday, the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award will be given since the organization was established, and it will go to Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton, a retired couple in Iowa whose non-profit organization sends meals to suffering children in over 15 countries. more >>
Sally Gary's story is unique in that it is her own, but as a follower of Jesus Christ living with same-sex attraction, the Texas native undeniably has much to say that would resonate with countless other women who find that they, too "love God but like girls."
While her journey to healing and acceptance rely greatly on addressing the lies and confusion that took root in her childhood and in relating to her parents, Gary rests in her relationship with God to navigate "the tension, the unresolved conflict" of desiring to live a life of holiness and yet yearning to fulfill the desire for relationship she believes that same God has placed in everyone.
In addition to telling of the experiences that shaped her ideas of self-worth and femininity, Gary uses her new memoir, Loves God, Likes Girls, to remind churches and Christians of their special privilege and responsibility to create safe places for men and women dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction. more >>
A former member of the Kansas-based group Westboro Baptist Church has started a charity meant to help others escape the controversial organization.
Lauren Drain, author of the book Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church, launched the charity earlier this week.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Drain explained that she felt her cause "is just another tool to help chip away at the foundation of the WBC." more >>
A Georgia-based charity associated with the United Methodist Church may have broken the Guinness World Record for number of sandwiches made in one hour.
Action Ministries, a faith-based charity organization with ties to the UMC, reported making 2,988 sandwiches in one hour at a Saturday gathering on behalf of the group Smart Lunch, Smart Kid.
If confirmed by Guinness officials, this would pass the present record of 2,706 sandwiches set by Eckrich Bacon Lover's Deli Meats of New York City in May. more >>