Nunzio Cimino of Kannapolis grew up Southern Baptist, but going to church is no longer on his to-do list for Sundays. It’s now a day to tend to his garden, do yoga and, on a recent Sunday, drive to Charlotte to hang with friends at the Common Market, a store/deli/bar in Plaza Midwood that draws more young adults these days than many churches do.
At First Baptist Dallas, where the pulpit was adorned Sunday with red, white and blue bunting to honor the Fourth of July, the pastor called the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling “an affront in the face of Almighty God.”
When Ashley Ott and her husband, Robby, walked out of his first chemotherapy treatment, they were taking home a bag with biohazard symbols on it. Ott remembers just how scary that was, even years later. Now she and her church, First Baptist Church in Florence, are working to help bring comfort and support to others in that situation.
Many of the pastors who recently signed a letter opposing violence against anyone because of their religious beliefs spent Thursday afternoon learning about, and sharing with, the members of Holy Islamville in York County.
The South Carolina Conference of United Methodists returned Sunday to the Florence Civic Center for its Annual Conference. The conference, which will run through Thursday, will prepare the church and its delegates for General Conference next year in Portland, Oregon.
Alex Creighton, 26, doesn’t have cancer, at least – and only a guy so upbeat would call that a plus. Osteoblastoma is just as bad – maybe worse. He has so many tumors, the amount of radiation needed to treat them would kill an elephant, let alone a man.
With the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s decision to redefine marriage and allow same-sex marriage, individual congregations must decide where they stand on the issue. So far, no couple has come forward to ask to be married in a S.C. church.
Former Roman Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt said he remains "dumbfounded" by the allegations of personal misconduct that emerged last year during an internal church investigation of his behavior - a report that the archdiocese now is considering making public.