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For black women at church, it’s more than the Aretha eulogy

A black pastor’s controversial eulogy at Aretha Franklin’s funeral laid bare before the world what black women say they have experienced for generations: sexism and inequality in their houses of …


Vigil held at Detroit church for Aretha Franklin

People are praying for Aretha Franklin in the Detroit church where her father was once a pastor.


After 5 weeks in a Seattle church, undocumented immigrant says he still has hope

For the past five and a half weeks, Jose Robles has been confined to Gethsemane Lutheran Church in downtown Seattle, where he sought sanctuary in late June to avoid deportation …


Tears, hugs and help: Church groups assist reunited families

The immigrant parents arrived at Catholic Charities in white vans with their children, their paperwork and almost nothing else.


Church from ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ song reopens after upgrades

A Massachusetts church building made famous by the 1967 Arlo Guthrie song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” is reopening after some recently completed upgrades.


Churches that survived 9/11 give in, install metal detectors

The two stone churches near the foot of Broadway, in the shadow of the World Trade Center, have seen fire and calamity and the sweep of American history, and through …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 3:47 p.m.

Worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles hold commitment ceremony

Crown-wearing worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles drank holy wine and exchanged or renewed wedding vows in a commitment ceremony at a Pennsylvania church on Wednesday, prompting a nearby school to cancel …


Russia: 4 dead in church shooting; police kill suspect

Russian media are reporting that a gunman opened fire with a hunting rifle on churchgoers leaving a service in the Dagestan region, killing four people and wounding four others. Police …


Outside View: Trump’s right: Churches should be eligible for disaster aid

The Trump administration’s recent abolishment of a rule that prohibited federal aid to religious organizations was the right decision.


A pastor lights into President Trump – with Vice President Pence sitting in the front pew

Like many people, the Rev. Maurice Watson issued a stern and very public rebuke of President Donald Trump’s Oval Office comments about immigrants from “shithole countries.”


Witnesses: Residents prevented much worse attack in Egypt

The deadly attack outside a church in Egypt lasted up to 20 minutes and it was another 10 more minutes before police shot and wounded the assailant, according to witnesses …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 9:47 p.m.

Egypt says 10 killed in shootout outside Cairo church

At least 10 people, including eight Coptic Christians, were killed in a shootout outside a church and at a nearby store owned by a Christian in a Cairo suburb, Egypt’s …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 24, 2017, 7:41 p.m.

Fire took their church, but their Christmas Eve traditions continue

Ever since they lost their permanent place of worship to a devastating fire about two months ago, the 80 or so members of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church near Lacey have …


Kentucky lawmaker’s funeral in church where he preached

A Kentucky lawmaker who killed himself amid accusations of sexually assaulting a teenage girl was being remembered Monday in the same church where he preached and defiantly denied the allegations.


Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 9

Two suicide bombers struck a church in Pakistan on Sunday, killing nine people and wounding more than 50 others, authorities said, in the first attack on a church claimed by …


Man arrested, gun seized after threats to Seattle church

Police arrested a 25-year-old suburban Seattle man and seized his AR-15 rifle after he allegedly sent a series of escalating messages to pastors at a Seattle church.


Police: Man accidentally shoots himself, wife at church

Police in Tennessee say a man accidentally shot himself and his wife while showing off his gun in church.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 8:09 p.m.

Texas town holds 1st Sunday service since church attack

Hundreds of mourners crowded into the tiny town of Sutherland Springs for the first Sunday service since a gunman stormed the First Baptist Church a week earlier, killing more than …


Outside View: Enforcing gun laws would be progress

The goal must be to find out what went wrong in order make corrections to ensure the federal law is followed. No, it won’t prevent all mass shootings, but it …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 5:47 p.m.

Texas church gunman once escaped from mental health center

The gunman who carried out the massacre at a small-town Texas church briefly escaped from a mental health center in New Mexico in 2012 and got in trouble for bringing …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 8:15 p.m.

Texas church gunman sent hostile text messages before attack

The gunman who killed 26 people at a small-town Texas church had a history of domestic violence and sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, a member of First Baptist, …


Court: Flipping the bird in church is protected speech

Georgia’s highest court has reversed the conviction of a man who was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after he held up his middle finger and shouted at his pastor …


Tennessee church suspect may have sought Charleston revenge

A note found in the car of a man charged with spraying deadly gunfire at a Tennessee church made reference to revenge for a white supremacist’s massacre at a black …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 9 p.m.

Gunman opens fire in Nashville church; 1 dead, 7 wounded

A masked gunman opened fire at a Nashville church Sunday, walking silently down the aisle as he shot unsuspecting congregants. At least one person was killed and seven others wounded, …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 4:08 p.m.

Cincinnati church considers removing Confederate memorials

Leaders of a historic Cincinnati church are considering whether a pair of Confederate memorials should be removed.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 9:01 a.m.

Lee descendant resigns as church pastor over MTV statement

A descendant of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee is stepping down as pastor of a North Carolina church after negative reactions to his comments supporting racial justice activists on an …


Trump attends church service on National Day of Prayer

President Donald Trump is attending a church service on a National Day of Prayer for Harvey victims.


93-year-old woman dragged 20 feet during Florida church carjacking

A 93-year-old woman in Florida was dragged 20 feet as she tried to stop two carjackers in a church parking lot.


Man arrested after swastika painted on car outside church

Police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with a swastika that was found spray-painted on a vehicle outside a church north of Seattle.


Supreme Court rules for Missouri church in playground case

The Supreme Court has ruled that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playground surfaces and other non-religious needs.