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c. 1998 Religion News Service Debt-ridden University of Mobile gets accreditation reprieve (RNS) The debt-ridden University of Mobile has received a one-year extension on its accreditation probation while it works to balance its budget. The Southern Baptist-affiliated school in Alabama has been dealing with a debt of almost $4 million. Jack Allen, associate executive director […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Denver church service features bell tolling for Oklahoma victims (RNS) A Denver church bell tolled 168 times Wednesday (Jan. 7) during a memorial service for the victims of the Oklahoma City federal building bombing. The interfaith service was attended by relatives and friends who had traveled to Colorado for the […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Disciples seminary trustees divest tobacco stock (RNS) The trustee board of Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky has voted to divest its stock in major tobacco manufacturing companies. The action fits into a larger effort to consider social responsibility when determining investment choices, said officials of the school affiliated with the […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Disgruntled Methodists seek suspension of Nebraska bishop (RNS) A group of disgruntled United Methodists in Nebraska are seeking the suspension or removal of Bishop Joel Martinez, charging he has failed to perform his duties, broke church law and undermined the ministry of three Nebraska pastors. The three pastors, a layman […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service British bioethicist: U.S. `libertarian’ view might lead to human cloning (RNS) A leading British bioethicist has warned that the”libertarian”views of some scientists in the United States could lead to the first attempts at cloning humans.”The position in Europe (against attempts at cloning humans) is reasonably assured, but the concern is […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Bronx teacher suspended for distributing Bibles, religious books (RNS) A Bronx elementary school teacher has been suspended on charges he distributed religious books and promoted Christianity in his classroom. The teacher, Simpson Gray, said he is being unfairly singled out for his beliefs. Gray, a fifth-grade teacher, was suspended after […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Calif. Baptist preacher holds groundbreaking for church homeless shelter (RNS) The Rev. Wiley Drake, a Southern Baptist preacher convicted of breaking zoning rules by aiding the homeless at his Buena Vista, Calif., church, Sunday (March 29) lifted the first shovel of dirt in a groundbreaking ceremony for a long-awaited shelter […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Calif. congregation to leave United Methodist Church (RNS) Some 200 members of the Kingsburg (Calif.) United Methodist Church _ virtually the entire membership _ have declared that”in Christian conscience”they can no longer remain in the mainline Protestant denomination. Methodist officials said it is the largest single withdrawal of members since […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Calif. Supreme Court says Scouts can ban gays, agnostics (RNS) The California Supreme Court has ruled that the Boy Scouts of America is not a business and has the right to ban gays and those who refuse to declare a belief in God. The rulings in two cases were issued […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Canadian Catholic editor:”positive side effects”to abortion killings (RNS) The editor of the the British Columbia Catholic, the newspaper of the archdiocese of Vancouver, has written that killing doctors who perform abortions”might have some positive side effects.” The editor, Paul Schratz, made his comments in an editorial on the slaying of […]