Texas church arsonists arrested
A taskforce of hundreds of authorities investigating a rash of church fires in East Texas finally arrested two men February 21 on suspicion of arson. Childhood friends and former Southern Baptist youth group members Jason Bourque, 19, and Daniel McAllister, 21, face charges linked to ten suspicious church fires since January 1; five churches were destroyed in the six-week spree.
Church weighs in on homosexuality outcry
Uganda The Anglican Church of Uganda responded in February to a proposed bill that provoked an international outcry over its sentences of life in prison and the death penalty for some forms of homosexual behavior. The church supports the bill's efforts to define marriage as between one man and one woman and to penalize homosexual behavior. But it recommends amending an existing bill instead of creating a new one, and wants to protect confidentiality in medical, pastoral, and counseling relationships.
Crystal Cathedral downsizes ministry
Facing an $8 million deficit from 2009, the Crystal Cathedral is scaling back operations for 2010. In an attempt to cut $4.9 million from its $20 million annual operating budget, the California megachurch will sell Rancho Capistrano, a 170-acre retreat and wedding center, and lay off 50 employees. It will also cancel this year's "Glory of Easter" Passion play, and drop The Hour of Power radio broadcast from 7 of the 45 networks currently carrying the program.
Oversight may close Christian schools
Hong Kong A February appeals court upheld government oversight of publicly funded schools, and may lead to many of Hong Kong's Christian schools shutting down. Under the 2004 plan, publicly funded schools must have a management board comprising parents, teachers, ...