Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas embrace change

The Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas has returned to its roots while expanding its interface with the community. In 2013, the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas, or The Club, became an official Christian ministry in order to more fully realize its mission to inspire and equip young people to reach their God-given full potential. Although ma…

Houston changes approach to subpoenas for sermons opposing gay and transgender rights ordinance

MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Houston city attorneys are no longer seeking through subpoenas sermons from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents. Mayor Annise Parker said Friday that the city was backing off the sermon request but would not withdraw the

Conservative Catholic bishops move away from gay overture

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Conservative Catholic bishops distanced themselves Tuesday from a document showing an unprecedented opening toward gays and divorced people, saying it doesn't reflect their views and vowing to make changes to the final version. The provisional document produced at the halfway point of a two-week meeting on family life sai

VIDEO: Catholic bishops say gays have gifts to offer church

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic bishops showed unprecedented openness Monday to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays had gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there were "positive" aspects to a couple living together without being married. A two-week meeting of bishops on family issues arri

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22 August 2014 [10:57 PM]
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22 August 2014 [10:53 PM]
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