President of San Francisco Theological Seminary resigns over "inappropriate conduct"

Donald McCullough stepped down as the president of the school only days before the Permanent Judicial Commission of San Francisco Presbytery found him guilty of two counts of sexual abuse: one while pastor of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church (where Roberta Hestenes now serves as senior pastor) and one between the time his election and installation as president of the seminary. (See more here and here.) (And here's about as good a time as any to note that those readers who enjoy Weblog may also enjoy Presbyweb, another roundup of interesting religion stories—with a Presbyterian bent, of course—around the Web.)

O'Hair murder case begins

Famed atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair has been missing since September 1995. The FBI says she was murdered by Gary Paul Karr, but as USA Today notes, it's going to be hard to prove. They don't even know for sure that she's dead: she may have absconded with millions of dollars' worth of gold coins. Jury selection began yesterday. (And by the way, this means that O'Hair isn't trying to stop the FCC from allowing religious or semi-religious programming like Touched by an Angel. So please stop sending Weblog e-mails saying she is.)

Australian missionary in Colombia taken hostage

Edward Walter Smith, a 51-year-old with Australian Missionary Tidings, and three local men were kidnapped from during a church service in Canito, Colombia, Sunday. The three locals were released later that day, but Smith remains abducted.

London to reenact Jonestown

London's Institute of Contemporary Arts will reenact the Jonestown massacre this summer, including a Jim Jones sermon, a miracle healing, ...

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