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.
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Allison Creek Presbyterian Church hosted a multi-racial Maundy Thursday service with members from Liberty Hill AME Zion, New Home AME Zion and Union Baptist – three black churches that were created after slaves were freed in 1865. Many of the blacks who attended Allison Creek before emancipation and after are buried in mostly unmarked graves next to Allison Creek church, and the service and new historical marker on the grounds are a reminder of a shared heritage that was shameful. Yet the present brings hope for a better future.
Tom Kelly felt like something was lost 50 years ago this month, when traditional Latin Mass was abandoned by the Roman Catholic Church with a Second Vatican Council ruling that Mass could be said in local languages with alternate choreography. The intention was to make the ceremony more accessible, more understandable, simpler, but connection that lasted through centuries evaporated. Holy reverence and awe seemed to be exchanged for colloquial comfort. Now, though, the formal worship is making a comeback in South Carolina and at Catholic churches worldwide.
In the wake of a tabloid report alleging that he molested several underage girls while he was a teenager, reality-television star Josh Duggar said Thursday that he “acted inexcusably” and was “deeply sorry” for what he called “my wrongdoing.”
It's been three weeks since Msgr. William J. Lynn was sent back to prison after the state Supreme Court reinstated his 2012 conviction and sentence for child endangerment in the Catholic Church priest sex abuse scandal.
A troubled El Salvador will pause this weekend from the daily drumbeat of murder and mayhem to observe the elevation toward sainthood of one of the most cherished and controversial religious figures in the Americas, Archbishop Oscar Romero, slain by a right-wing death squad as he said Mass 35 years ago.
Rabbi Mark H. Levin, Congregation Beth Torah founding rabbi, Overland Park, Kan: People often say that the world would be better off without religion. Unfortunately, that's like saying that the world would be better off without breathing, a necessity for life.