Tag:  Religion

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International

Kenya Muslim leader: I could be killed next

In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, Abubakar Shariff Ahmed, an influential member of a controversial mosque where two previous mosque leaders were killed under mysterious circumstances, sits in his office in Mombasa, Kenya. Writing in Arabic on islamist flag reads “There is no God but God and Muhammed is his messenger”. (AP Photo/Jason Straziuso) by Jason StraziusoAssociated Press Writer MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — In August 2012, a leader of a Kenyan mosque that has attracted extremist followers was shot dead as he drove through the streets of Mombasa. Fourteen months later, another leader of the same mosque met the same fate. There have been no arrests in either case. Abubakar Shariff Ahmed, an Islamic community leader associated with the same mosque, is certain that he will also be killed. And he believes — as do many others — that the police haven’t solved the two high-profile killings because they are the ones who carried them out. Riots broke out in Mombasa after Aboud Rogo was killed in August 2012 and after Sheik Ibrahim Ismael was killed in October, and tensions remain high in this shabby seaside city ringed by high-end resorts that sit on white-sand beaches.

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Lifestyle

Ebenezer welcomes new shepherd after a year search

CHANGING OF THE GUARD—Rev. Dr. J. Van Alfred Winsett, pastor emeritus, hands over the church’s bible to Rev. Dr. Vincent K. Campbell. For more than a year, Ebenezer Baptist Church, in the historic Hill District, was without a senior pastor after the retirement of their longtime shepherd Rev. Dr. J. Van Alfred Winsett in May 2012. But the church that has overcome many obstacles, including two fires and a major rebuild, now welcomes new leadership into their next era under the direction of their new pastor-Rev. Dr. Vincent K. Campbell of Nashville, Tenn.

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Lifestyle

Detroit pastor steps down, ponders future after announcing same-gender marriage

BISHOP ALLYSON D. NELSON ABRAMS by Donald JamesThis article is part two in a series exploring sexual relationships in the African American clergy. Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 was not a typical day of worship for Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams. For the first time in more than five years, she no longer stood in the pulpit as pastor of Zion Progress Baptist Church, near downtown Detroit, to preach one of her patented fiery sermons that the congregation had become accustom to hearing.

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International

Malaysia bans Ke$ha concert, cites ‘culture’ clash

In this Sep. 22 2013 file photo, Ke$ha performs at the IHeartRadio Music Festival, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision /AP, File) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia have banned a planned concert by U.S. pop singer Ke$ha after deciding it would hurt cultural and religious sensitivities.

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National

Judge who changed baby’s name could be disciplined

Jaleesa Martin was ordered by a judge to change her baby son’s name from Messiah to Martin (AP Photo/File) by Travis LollerAssociated Press Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee magistrate who ordered a baby’s name changed from Messiah to Martin has been charged with violating the state’s Code of Judicial Conduct.

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Lifestyle

Detroit Bishop resigns after revealing same-sex marriage

Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams by Donald James Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams, outgoing secretary of the Detroit Council of Baptist Pastors, is a Christian spiritual leader, national speaker, theological teacher and author who has built a strong reputation in African American faith-based communities around Detroit and across the nation. For more than five years, she has served as pastor of Zion Progress Baptist Church, located in downtown Detroit. On Friday, October 18, 2013, Bishop Abrams officially stepped down as pastor. Abrams’ decision to leave Zion Progress is based on the revelation she made to her congregation on Oct. 6. She announced that she is now in a same-sex marriage.

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Lifestyle

Obama nurtures his faith away from the spotlight

Joshua DuBois an informal spiritual adviser to President Barack Obama, poses for a photo in northeast Washington, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) by Josh LedermanAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is not an overtly religious man. He and his family rarely attend church, and he almost never elaborates in public about his own relationship to his Christian faith.

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Lifestyle

Church Circuit 10-9-13

Foolishness of Preaching OCT. 11—Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 90 Port Perry Rd., North Versailles, will host its annual “Foolishness of Preaching” Worship Services at 7 p.m. Pastor Karen Garland, of First Baptist Church of West Mifflin, will be the guest preacher. The service is designed to be evangelistic and focus on preaching that truly ministers to lost souls as well as growing Christians and leaders. For more information, call 412-823-4049 or email huldaah@aol.com.