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Death From Botulism Tied to Ohio Church Potluck

One person is dead, at least 18 sickened after Lancaster gathering

(Newser) - On average, there are about 145 cases of botulism reported in the US each year—and almost two dozen of this year's have now apparently come out of Lancaster, Ohio, after what looks to be a church potluck gone wrong, the Columbus Dispatch reports. One person died and at... More »

Detroit Goes After Wrong Church for $170K Electric Bill

City turned off water at Bishop Daryl Harris' house, too

(Newser) - Detroit has had ongoing money issues , but the city may have been overzealous in trying to fill its coffers. Officials issued a mea culpa to Bishop Daryl Harris and his Total Life Christian Ministries church after slapping it with a lawsuit for a $170,000 electric bill, the Detroit ... More »

Suggested Dues for First Church of Cannabis: $4.20

Founder Bill Levin's response to Indiana law puts pot front and center

(Newser) - The first commandment of Indiana's newest religious establishment is pretty straightforward: "Don't be an asshole ." The First Church of Cannabis—given the thumbs-up as a religious corporation by Indiana's secretary of state after the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into law last week—also... More »

Why One Church Works Entirely by Phone

LDS members in rural Alaska prefer to call

(Newser) - Rural Alaskans who'd like to attend church without navigating miles of frozen road have found a workaround: the telephone. An Alaskan branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is devoted entirely to members who call in, the Alaska Dispatch News reports. "It's what you... More »

Church's 3K-Pound Gargoyles Go Missing

No one in Worcester, Mass., has a clue where the giant historic statues could be

(Newser) - A 119-year-old Massachusetts church that had been slated for demolition almost 10 years ago was saved by a local preservation society—but now no one can find the 1.5-ton gargoyles that used to grace its exterior. Officials for Preservation Worcester, the city's Historical Commission, and Liberty Church are... More »

'Godless' Churches Open Doors

To the tune of 'Man in the Mirror,' in some cases

(Newser) - Apparently, atheists are yearning for their crack at potluck dinners and picnics: There's no church in the traditional sense, and no steeple, but what opened its doors in Rochester, NY, this past Sunday is no less than an atheist church. Dubbed the Sunday Assembly , the group skipped the pastor... More »

Church Hands Each Member $500—With Instructions

LaSalle Street Church in Chicago got boost from real estate sale

(Newser) - After landing big money in a real estate transaction, a Chicago church opted to give a tenth of it to attendees—to the tune of $500 each. That money, the church suggested, should be donated to a cause of the congregant's choice, the Chicago Tribune reports. In the 1970s,... More »

Pastor Jailed Over Noisy Church Services

Neighbors complained in South Carolina

(Newser) - A pastor in Columbia, SC, is spending two weeks in jail because neighbors complained that his church services were too loud, reports WLTX . Johnnie Clark's Rehoboth United Assemblies Church has been around for 25 years, but recent downtown development has led to conflict with neighbors in newly built homes... More »

Church Sees 'Miracle' After Paramedics Revive Man

Pastor led prayer for man suffering cardiac arrest

(Newser) - A man who went into cardiac arrest in a church last Sunday had two forces on his side: paramedics, and the prayers of pastor and congregation. When the man regained a pulse, the latter claimed victory, The Blaze reports. "When they raised the IV I knew that was a... More »

After the Virginity Pledge: Really Conflicted Husbands

Sociologist explores aftermath of virginity pledges

(Newser) - When men who take virginity pledges are taught that sex before marriage is beastly and wrong but sex after marriage is a gift from God, these very disparate messages can lead to problems down the road. So reports a sociologist who since 2008 has been studying 15 men in a... More »

Strippers Protest Topless Outside Church

Strip club owner says churchgoers abuse his staff, customers

(Newser) - An Ohio strip club owner surprised churchgoers yesterday with a protest that involved, shall we say, nothing above the belt. Employees of the Foxhole North club staged the topless protest during services outside the New Beginnings Ministries in Warsaw, to oppose church demonstrations at the club over the past nine... More »

China Creating New 'Theology' for Christians

One that will 'better integrate with Chinese culture,' says an official

(Newser) - The number of Christians in China is on the rise, a fact that's making the country's control-freak atheistic government quite nervous and causing tensions between police and worshipers. To address this issue, state media reports that China is creating its own Christian-based theology that will conform more closely... More »

Mississippi Church Floor Collapses, Injuring 35

70 people dropped 12 feet, but no serious injuries reported

(Newser) - The second floor of an activity center at a rural Mississippi church collapsed during an evening youth service last night, sending about 70 people crashing down and injuring 35 of them. Witnesses described an ominous-sounding rumble before the floor failed, with victims dropping about 12 feet. "But it's... More »

How a Cult-Like Church Changed a Texas Town

The Church of Wells digs in against frustrated locals

(Newser) - Andy and Patty Groves were dying to see their daughter again. Distraught over her grandfather's death, Catherine Groves joined a cult-like church in the tiny town of Wells, Texas. So her parents drove to Wells, where Catherine, now a docile believer, would only meet them in a shotgun shack... More »

Israel Unearths 1.5K-Year-Old Church

Byzantine-era mosaic floor will be removed for display

(Newser) - Excavators preparing a plot of earth in southern Israel for new construction instead unearthed an impressive 1,500-year-old church, reports Fox News . The structure, about 70 feet long and 40 feet wide, dates to the Byzantine era and still has mosaics with intricate geometric designs in place on its floors,... More »

Newly-Orphaned Boy Seeks New Parents at Church

Davion Only takes action after learning of mother's death

(Newser) - Davion Navar Henry Only was born 15 years ago to a mother imprisoned for petty theft and drugs; he's spent his life in foster care, struggling with anger. In June, he looked up his mother online—and learned she'd died just weeks earlier. Now knowing she'd never... More »

Church's Pet Cemetery Sparks Holy Row

Plan to house cremation urns upsets the devout

(Newser) - A plan to house pet cremations under a San Francisco church has sparked a theological debate about souls, sacred spaces, and the meaning of St. Francis, the Los Angeles Times reports. The notion didn't seem odd to church friars—after all, the church is named after St. Francis, patron... More »

4 Choir Members Stabbed at Albuquerque Church

Knifeman yelled 'false preacher'

(Newser) - Four people suffered non-life-threatening injuries when a knifeman leapt from the pews and attacked the choir at the end of a Sunday service in an Albuquerque church yesterday. The man yelled "false preacher" as he charged the choir, witnesses tell KOAT . A suspect identified as Lawrence Capener, 24, was... More »

Church Posts 'Strip for Me' Sign Near Strip Club

Birmingham pastor gets his message across

(Newser) - A billboard near a "gentlemen's club" in Birmingham screams out "strip for me" to passersby, which is notable mainly because it was put up not by the club but by a local church, reports WBRC . The pastor of Rock Church is paraphrasing a line from the Bible'... More »

Sinkhole a Big Headache for Florida Church

Church says it can't use building, but State Farm says there's 'no problem'

(Newser) - Florida has been hit with yet another suspected sinkhole —this one preventing a North Naples congregation from using a beloved church. "The floor in the main auditorium has sunk about four-and-a-half inches in one area," says the pastor at Faith Community Church. A landscaper has already tumbled... More »

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