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Category: Religion
August 28, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Mars Hill pastor who criticized Driscoll reportedly terminated

At least one of the nine Mars Hill pastors who sent a letter to church leadership last week calling for lead Pastor Mark Driscoll to step down from his position has been terminated. Pastor Mark Dunford of Mars Hill Portland was terminated on Wednesday, KING-TV reported. Dunford was one of nine pastors who expressed their concern about the state…

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August 24, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Driscoll to take break from Mars Hill pulpit

Mark Driscoll, controversial founder of Mars Hill Church, today told his flock he is stepping away from the pulpit for six weeks, and will consult a group of advisers about what to do next. Driscoll made the announcement near the end of the church’s 8:30 a.m. service at the church’s main location in Bellevue, said Kevin…

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July 27, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Pierce Co. councilman wants ‘In God We Trust’ in chambers

TACOMA (AP) — The Pierce County Council is considering displaying the national motto of “In God We Trust” in its chambers. The Tacoma News Tribune reports the resolution by councilman Jim McCune will be considered on Monday by a subcommittee with final action scheduled for Tuesday. McCune says “In God We Trust” is a national motto…

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April 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM

World Vision board member quits over flip-flop on married gays

A World Vision board member has resigned in protest after the Christian aid group quickly reversed its decision to hire employees in same-sex marriages. Jacquelline Fuller, director of corporate giving for Google, said in an email Wednesday to The Associated Press that she remains a “huge fan” of the group’s work on behalf of the poor,…

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March 26, 2014 at 2:17 PM

World Vision reverses decision to employ married gays

Only days after a prominent Christian charity announced that it would change its policy and hire Christians who are in same-sex marriages, World Vision today reversed itself, calling the decision a mistake. “In our board’s effort to unite around the church’s shared mission to serve the poor in the name of Christ, we failed to…

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March 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM

World Vision to hire Christians in same-sex marriages

The Federal Way-based Christian relief agency World Vision said Monday it will hire Christians who are in same-sex marriages, a dramatic policy change on one of the most divisive social issues facing religious groups. Richard Stearns, president of the international humanitarian-relief group, announced the hiring change for the United States in a letter to staff. Stearns…

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March 13, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Some area Catholic schools closed Friday for data-breach probe

Some Seattle-area Catholic schools have closed or modified their schedules for Friday so staff members can address the ongoing issues related to the Seattle Archdiocese database breach that made potentially thousands of people vulnerable to identity theft. O’Dea High School will close Friday to provide adequate time for staff members to complete the necessary steps to…

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March 6, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Fired Eastside Catholic vice principal to sue school, archdiocese

Mark Zmuda, the vice principal of Eastside Catholic School, who was fired in December after marrying his same-sex partner, will file a lawsuit Friday against the school and the Archdiocese of Seattle, his attorneys announced in a press release today. Zmuda will discuss the lawsuit’s claims during a news conference in the Seattle offices of his…

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February 23, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Anti-Muslim messages found in books left at Bothell mosque

Worshipers at the Islamic Center of Bothell are fearful of what may happen next after discovering 10 books with hate-motivated language in the mosque’s parking lot Saturday. Bothell police are investigating the incident and other incidents that have happened at the mosque in recent months. Sunday, the Washington chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) sent…

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January 24, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Eastside Catholic reaffirms it won’t rehire Mark Zmuda

The Eastside Catholic Board of Trustees reaffirmed at a parent and faculty meeting Thursday evening that the school will not be rehiring Mark Zmuda, the vice principal who was fired after school officials learned he had married his male partner. Zmuda, 38, has acknowledged he was aware of Catholic doctrine and knew he “was not in…

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