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Seattle church holds group wedding

By Bob Allen Twenty-five same-sex couples exchanged vows in a group wedding ceremony at First Baptist Church in Seattle Dec. 9, the first day that gays could legally marry in Washington State. Hundreds of couples stood in lines on Thursday to obtain marriage licenses on the day Washington’s voter-approved marriage law took effect. Following a […]

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ECFA issues new standard for compensation-setting practices

WINCHESTER, VA — ECFA has announced the addition of new policies for setting compensation for top leaders of its member organizations. These practices become effective Jan. 1, 2014, allowing ECFA-accredited churches and Christian nonprofit organizations time to implement the changes. The compensation-setting policies are included in newly written Standard 6, one of ECFA’s Seven Standards […]

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Episcopalians under fire for hosting Muslim convention

By Megan Sweas PASADENA, CA (RNS) Leaders of a flagship progressive Episcopal church are defending themselves against charges of sympathy for terrorists in their decision to host the annual Muslim Public Affairs Council convention. All Saints Church has received dozens of emails accusing it of condoning terrorism for hosting MPAC’s 12th annual convention on Dec. […]

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Majority of Americans support mandatory ObamaCare contraception coverage

By Russ Rankin NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The majority of adults in America believe businesses and organizations, even those with conflicting religious principles, should be required to provide coverage of contraception and birth control for their employees, according to a recent survey by LifeWay Research. At issue is a mandate under the Health and Human Services’ […]

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Charitable deduction cap would be ‘devastating’

By Tom Strode WASHINGTON (BP) – A proposal to limit charitable deductions would be devastating for churches, religious organizations and other nonprofits if adopted by the federal government, says a Southern Baptist church-state expert. Leaders in both political parties have suggested further restricting charitable deductions for at least some Americans who itemize on their tax […]

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Church of England faces backlash over rejecting women bishops

By Trevor Grundy CANTERBURY, England (RNS) – When the Church of England scuttled plans to allow women bishops on Nov. 20, incoming Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called it “a very grim day for women and their supporters.” Now, that grim day is turning into a church-state nightmare for Britain’s established church. On Monday (Nov. […]

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Charitable giving up, but Sandy and tax changes expected to impact year-end donations

By Elizabeth Weise / USA Today (RNS) The recession continued to affect how much Americans gave to charity last year, and the triple whammy of Superstorm Sandy, a national election and the looming fiscal cliff may cut how much we donate in the crucial final month of 2012, experts say. Charitable giving overall increased by […]

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‘#GivingTuesday’ event aims to boost charities

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (RNS) In the days following Thanksgiving, there’s already Black Friday and Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday shopping season. Now, a group of charities and corporate sponsors is urging Americans to make the Tuesday after Thanksgiving just as powerful a day of giving to those in need. It’s […]

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Atheists sue IRS for failure to monitor church politicking

By Kimberly Winston (RNS) A First Amendment watchdog group is suing the Internal Revenue Service for failing to challenge the tax-exempt status of churches whose pastors engage in partisan politicking from the pulpit. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which advocates total separation of church and state, filed the lawsuit Wednesday (Nov. 14) in U.S. District […]

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IRS receives complaint against Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

By Michael Gryboski , Christian Post Reporter A secular group has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, alleging that their activity during the election season violates their tax exempt status. Read more at  www.christianpost.com

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