Leaders of the Indianapolis-based Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) spoke out against Indiana’s religious freedom law, saying it could lead to discrimination against gays and others, and they voted to hold the denomination’s biennial general assembly in another state.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) received a surprise gift of $20.25 million.
Robert Thomson, an insurance company owner who died in September at age 94, did not tell the school about his estate plans, nor did he place restrictions on the gift, said William Carl, seminary president.
Charles Hard Townes, a Nobel laureate who helped invent the laser and a pioneer in the dialogue on science and religion, died January 27 at age 99.
Townes, professor emeritus of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, also won the $1.5 million Templeton Prize for Progress toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities for 2005.