When disgruntled congregations have left hierarchical denominations such as the Episcopal Church, they’ve often lost property battles as civil courts ruled that buildings and land are not theirs to keep.
Christian institutions hoping to win a free campus in western Massachusetts might soon face competition from others who are willing to pay for it, according to terms of a year-end donation from the property’s billionaire owners.
When V. Gene Robinson became the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church in 2003, it triggered shock waves and fears of schism across the worldwide Anglican Communion. Hundreds of parishes left the Episcopal Church in protest.
As Hurricane Sandy bore down on the barrier islands of New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie gave stubborn residents one more thing to worry about. Their decisions to defy evacuation orders, he suggested, were “selfish” and morally unjustified.
Five weeks after accepting a free, 217-acre campus in western Massachusetts, a for-profit Christian university has walked away from the gift.
Grand Canyon University of Phoenix, Arizona, faced millions in unanticipated costs as it moved to open its first East Coast campus in Northfield, Massachusetts, according to GCU president Brian Mueller.
c. 2012 Religion News Service SALEM, N.H. (RNS) As New England sweltered in early July, Sunday mornings came and went without a single soul showing up for worship in the hot, stuffy sanctuary of First Congregational Church of Salem, N.H. Even the pastor stayed home.
c. 2012 Religion News Service AUSTIN, Tex. (RNS) Laura Kaeppeler has a fantasy gig: traveling nonstop, wearing stylish new outfits each day and attracting TV crews in every city she visits as Miss America 2012.
c. 2012 Religion News Service (RNS) After four months of hosting tours, soliciting proposals and fending off controversy, the billionaire owners of a picturesque campus in western Massachusetts have announced two finalists in the competition to receive the property free of charge.
c. 2012 Religion News Service BOSTON (RNS) Groups of Boston-area Catholics who have waged an eight-year battle to block the sale of parish buildings are running out of options as the Vatican has rejected their appeals.
With the 2012 election less than six months away, congregations are getting the message that Americans want religion out of politics. But that doesn’t mean they plan to keep mum in the public square. Instead, they’re revamping ways for congregations to mobilize voters by focusing on a broader set of issues than in the past.
Jerry Pattengale's cell phone won't stop ringing as he leads a
secretive group of college administrators on a tour of a majestic
Massachusetts campus built in 1879 by legendary evangelist D. L. Moody.
When America's first ordained foreign missionaries sailed from
Massachusetts toward India 200 years ago, they launched a movement to
spread the faith and created America's most potent export: Christianity.
c. 2011 Religion News Service
(RNS) Critics have hammered Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow for everything from his throwing style to his trademark professions of evangelical faith. But this much is now beyond dispute: the guy has a gift for selling books.
With 2.18 billion adherents, Christianity has become a truly global
religion over the past century as rapid church growth in developing
nations offset declines in Christianity's traditional strongholds,
according to a new comprehensive report.
c. 2011 Religion News Service
(RNS) Deck the halls and cue the pageant! Advent has arrived in American churches, which means the lapsed and the curious who seldom darken the door just might drop by for a taste of the season's spirit.