Local/National Faith Briefs

Motivational speaker simulcast is May 4 at Living Word

Living Word Church of Marshall will be the host of a simulcast with author, motivational speaker, Christian evangelist and actress Priscilla Shirer. The simulcast is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Doors open at 8:15 a.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbright.com, Hy-Vee, Treasured Times, Ali J Boutique or at the following churches: Living Word, Grace Life, Victory Christian, Open Door and Lake Sarah Baptist. Price includes light breakfast, lunch and snacks. The event is for women of all ages.

Grace Life to have addition dedication, open house Sunday

Grace Life Church will have a building dedication service at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend. From 1-3 p.m. will be an open house reception with refreshments, dessert, music and a raffle. Attendees can tour the new addition at 601 East College Drive. Grace Life’s Easter worship service is at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 21. Fellowship and an egg hunt will follow.

W.Va. private college to end Jesuit affiliation, change name

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A private West Virginia university in financial crisis says it is ending its affiliation with the Jesuit order while maintaining its Roman Catholic identity.

Wheeling Jesuit University says in a statement the move will occur at the end of the academic year.

The statement says the university will undergo a name change and will continue to offer Catholic Mass, while the Jesuit order will continue campus ministry and retreat programs.

Father Robert Hussey of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus says the Jesuits understand a reorganization is necessary and wish the university success in the future.

The university previously announced more than half its academic programs will be cut next year. Wheeling Jesuit President Michael Mihalyo Jr. says financial sustainability and refocusing academic programs that in part reflect student and workforce demands “is the best path forward.”

Mormon president to make trip to Pacific countries

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will make another global trip next month to Australia, New Zealand and several other countries.

The Utah-based faith announced Wednesday that Russell M. Nelson will travel with his wife and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles member Gerrit Gong and his wife on the nine-day trip.

They will leave Salt Lake City on May 16 and make a first stop in Hawaii. Nelson is scheduled to visit church members in Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Tahiti.

Nelson has already visited 15 foreign countries since taking over the religion’s top spot in January 2018.

Nelson has made several big changes so far, including repealing rules directed at same-sex couples and their children.

NY lawmakers OK protections for workplace religious attire

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers have approved legislation strengthening protections for religious attire in the workplace.

The bill that passed the state Senate on Tuesday would clarify state anti-bias rules to prohibit employers from discriminating against workers because of clothing, head coverings or hair styles worn in accordance with their religion.

Supporters say the bill would address situations like one at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority several years ago in which Sikh and Muslim transit workers reported discrimination because of their head coverings.

A coalition of Sikh houses of worship urged lawmakers to approve the legislation, which they said sends a message about basic fairness.

The Democrat-led Senate passed a version of the bill that has passed the Assembly earlier this year, sending the measure to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Pastor missing during hike found in Alabama woods

DOUBLE SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve found a retired minister who went missing during a hike in north Alabama.

The Winston County Sheriff’s Office posted an update on Facebook on Tuesday saying 70-year-old Sidney Burgess of Birmingham had been located.

The retired Presbyterian minister was last seen Saturday on a hiking trail, and his car was found Sunday at a trailhead where he began a day hike.

The area is remote and lacks cellphone service, and crews went out looking for the man. Storms interfered with the search on Monday.

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