A former army officer sacked and detained for 42 days for declining to work on Saturday which is considered the Sabbath by the Seventh Day Adventist church has sued the government citing violation of his rights.
by G. JEFFREY MACDONALD (Christian Science Monitor)
On a snowy 20-degree day in December, the visitors shiver as they move among vestiges of a long-closed Pizza Hut on this city's struggling main street. A salad bar teeters off kilter. Dust collects on the dismantled facade of a soda dispenser. A few bolted-down tables and chairs remain – usable, but only after a good cleaning.
Yet none of this bothers the three leaders from the Auburn Seventh-day Adventist Church, who seem warmed by holy fire to carry out their task: Help transform the pizza joint into something with a bit more piety. Their church has reached capacity, having doubled attendance in the past year. So they've crossed the Androscoggin River to plant a second church, the Ark, in the heart of one of the nation's least religious states.
This won't be worship as usual. Starting early in the new year, a smorgasbord of community services will be served where deep-dish pepperoni used to be the lure. Vegetarian cooking classes and health seminars, hydrotherapy treatments and massage instruction, marriage classes and smoking-cessation clinics – all will be free of charge and led by volunteers. A vegan restaurant will open to bring in revenue. Worship services will begin next spring. MORE
Democratic and Republican politicians are joined by leaders from the Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Evangelical, Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, Seventh-day Adventist, Mormon and Sikh communities for a conference on religious freedom in public life.
(RNS) Two U.S. regional groups of the Seventh-day Adventist Church have recently approved the ordination of women pastors, moving ahead of the worldwide church that has begun a study of the issue. By Adelle M.
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