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Iowans plan 1,000 anti-gay marriage billboards - Religion News Service

August 7, 2015
GRIMES, Iowa — After months of controversy, the Gortz Haus closed its doors last week in the wake of declining revenue — first, for its refusal to host gay weddings, then for discontinuing its wedding business altogether. Though the Grimes bistro, art gallery and venue is no longer open, owners Richard and Betty Odgaard have no plans to put aside their religious campaign against same-sex marriage. On the Facebook page for their ministry, ... Read more about Iowans plan 1,000 anti-gay marriage billboards - Religion News Service

For some churches, food trucks are a vehicle for serving the poor - Religion News Service

August 7, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texas (RNS) Allen Lutes wipes his brow as he prepares another plate of food. The culinary school-trained chef is serving grilled chicken, fresh vegetables and rice pilaf. But this isn’t a typical restaurant and Lutes isn’t a standard chef; he’s an associate minister at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church and founder of its new ministry, Five & Two Food Truck. It was named after the biblical story of five loaves and two fishes feeding the multitudes. The converted 1995 Chevy plumbing... Read more about For some churches, food trucks are a vehicle for serving the poor - Religion News Service

Mormons Face A Painful Loss If The Church Severs Boy Scout Ties : NPR

August 5, 2015
The vote by the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on openly gay troop leaders last week was a blow to some religious conservative organizations that have long been connected to scouting, especially the Mormon church, which has deep roots in the Boy Scouts.

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