Dozens of children chattered with excitement in a space where the faithful of the former Heights United Presbyterian Church once raised their voices in worship. The pews were gone, and the sanctuary had become a youth-club basketball court in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
An evangelical entertainment troupe has abandoned plans to send a controversial video game in care packages to U.S. troops in Iraq.
As a member of the Pentagon’s “America Supports You” program, Dallas-based Operation Straight Up planned to include copies of the apocalyptic video game “Left Behind: Eternal Forces” in care packages for the military.
Recently deported Elvira Arellano, whose yearlong sanctuary in a Chicago Methodist church symbolized for some activists unjust U.S. immigrant laws, said that she envisions little possibility of returning to the United States. “The only thing I can do is stay in Mexico,” she said to the Chicago Tribune in a telephone interview from Tijuana.
A retired Episcopal priest has admitted sexually abusing four adolescent boys while serving as rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Skaneateles, New York, from January 1986 to May 1993, reported the Episcopal News Service. James E. Putnam, 66, was suspended for 20 years from acting as a priest after an investigation by the Diocese of Central New York.
High-ranking U.S. Army and Air Force personnel violated military regulations when they participated in a promotional video for a private evangelical organization, according to a report by the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General.