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Pro-life bills abound; their fate in court is unknown

At an intense pace, lawmakers in Republican-governed states are considering an array of tough anti-abortion restrictions they hope might reach the Supreme Court and win approval from its conservative majority, overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a nationwide right to abortion.

Layoffs, upheaval at Zacharias ministry roiled by scandal

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – The global Christian ministry founded by the late Ravi Zacharias said Wednesday it will suspend fundraising, lay off 60 percent of its staff and overhaul its mission in the wake of revelations that he engaged in sexual misconduct with massage therapists and carried on many amorous extramarital relationships via texts and email.

United Methodist conservatives detail plans for a breakaway

(AP) – Conservative leaders within the United Methodist Church unveiled plans Monday (March 1) to form a new denomination, the Global Methodist Church, with a doctrine that does not recognize same-sex marriage.

Zacharias’ ministry roiled by sexual misconduct scandal

NEW YORK (AP) — A posthumous sexual misconduct scandal involving its founder and namesake has placed Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in a wrenching predicament. The organization faces calls from within its own ranks to change its name, pay reparations to any victims and oust some top leaders, including Zacharias family members.

Pandemic, loss unite 2 rural Missouri pastors around faith

NOEL, Mo. (AP) — Thirty miles of rural Missouri separate the two churches, and so much else. One is mostly white; the other hosts services in five languages for a flock that spans the world.

Churches amid the pandemic: Some outbreaks, many challenges

NEW YORK (AP) -- Crowded bars and house parties have been identified as culprits in spreading the coronavirus. Meat packing plants, prisons and nursing homes are known hot spots. Then there's the complicated case of America's churches. The vast majority of these churches have cooperated with health authorities and successfully protected their congregations. Yet from the earliest phases of the pandemic, and continuing to this day, some worship services and other religious activities have been identified as sources of local outbreaks.