religion

Religious liberty bill worries LGBTQ advocates who say it targets fairness ordinances

BY: - February 21, 2024

FRANKFORT — A bill backers say is meant to strengthen religious freedom in Kentucky but which opponents say will weaken fairness ordinances in the state passed out of a House committee Wednesday despite bipartisan concerns.  After an hour of debate, the House Judiciary Committee approved the measure 14-6.  Rep. Stephanie Dietz, R-Edgewood, joined Democrats in […]

Beshear creates antisemitism task force

BY: - December 21, 2023

Citing a rise in antisemitism and threats at synagogues across Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear announced he is establishing a task force in response.  The task force will be under the Governor’s Office of Faith Based & Community Initiatives and will have duties such as reviewing the state of antisemitism in Kentucky, assessing Holocaust education and […]

Mike Johnson defended Noah’s Ark attraction in Kentucky before becoming U.S. House speaker

BY: - October 26, 2023

New U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson successfully took Kentucky to court to regain tax incentives for the Ark Encounter, a 510-foot wooden replica of the biblical Noah’s Ark located off Interstate 75 in Grant County. The state tourism cabinet had awarded the project a sales-tax rebate worth up to $18 million, but Gov. Steve Beshear’s […]

Documentary about women’s movement in Southern Baptist Convention will air Monday in Louisville

BY: - September 29, 2023

“Midwives of the Movement,” a documentary about the women’s movement in the Southern Baptist Convention, will premiere Monday in Louisville. “The women who started our movement were bold and tenacious visionaries,” said Meredith Stone, executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry. “While they found a way forward, the patriarchal forces they fought are still at […]

One arts gathering flees, another cancels after confrontation in Harlan County

BY: - August 23, 2023

This story has been updated with a statement released Wednesday  by Pine Mountain Settlement School. An Appalachian arts nonprofit’s gathering at Pine Mountain Settlement School in Harlan County ended abruptly last weekend after local residents objected to the group’s presence in the chapel, raising concerns among attendees about their safety. A statement issued by the […]

After losing hundreds of churches to LGBTQ rift, United Methodists charter a new one in Erlanger

BY: - August 18, 2023

As hundreds of United Methodist churches in Kentucky left the denomination over LGBTQ+ issues, some members disappointed with the disaffiliation wanted to remain United Methodists. Despite the rift, Kentucky United Methodist Bishop Leonard Fairley remained optimistic about the denomination’s future, predicting that United Methodists “will show the love of God by starting new faith communities […]

Male anti-abortion religious leaders mull murder charges for pregnant people at national event

BY: - July 24, 2023

An all-male panel of anti-abortion religious leaders from around the country met Friday night to discuss the strategies that should be used to end abortion in every state at any stage of pregnancy, without exceptions for rape and incest, and with criminal punishment for the pregnant person in line with existing criminal penalties for murder, […]

Kentucky Methodists tally congregations lost to LGBTQ rift as a conservative alternative grows

BY: - June 26, 2023

Jacob Wilson, 28, was excited about starting as the pastor of a church in southeastern Kentucky on June 25. Both he and his new congregation in Hindman had left the United Methodist Church in opposition to gay clergy and same-sex marriage — and joined the new Global Methodist Church. Subscribing to conservative views of the […]

United Methodist Church in Kentucky losing congregations to rift over LGBTQ inclusion

BY: - June 2, 2023

On a cold morning last winter, some of the 50 to 75 members of a church on Forest Avenue in Maysville used pens in their small, but beloved, house of worship for a most symbolic action. They carefully used the sharp points to cut out the word “United” on the front of their hymn books […]