San Jose Churches Eyed as Potential Sites for Homeless HousingSan Jose and local faith leaders are proposing a change to the city's affordable housing plans that would allow developers to build at gathering places such as churches, private clubs, lodges and theaters, bypassing the city's often lengthy permit and approval process.
New Facebook Prayer Request Tool Draws Praise, DoubtFacebook has rolled out a new prayer request feature, a tool embraced by some religious leaders as a way to engage the faithful. Others eye it warily as they weigh its usefulness against the privacy concerns they have with the social network.
University of California Sets Rules for Affiliations With Religious HospitalsThe University of California’s governing board has adopted a new policy that tightens the rules on affiliations with hospitals that impose religious restrictions on health care.
COVID Recovery: San Francisco's Grace Cathedral Reopens for In-Person Worship ServicesOn Sunday Grace Episcopal Cathedral in San Francisco celebrated a rebirth of sorts, opening its doors to worshipers for the first time since the pandemic began.
Parishioners of Burned Concord Church Stay Committed to Helping HomelessContra Costa Fire investigators say a fire on Thursday, May 13, that destroyed a Concord church building may have been started by a homeless individual seeking shelter in a crawl space under the structure.
San Francisco Archbishop, San Diego Bishop Spar Over Biden Receiving CommunionThere’s a deep gulf between Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego in the high-stakes debate over whether politicians who support abortion rights should be denied Communion.
San Jose Congregation Holds Fast Following Racist Easter Zoom-BombingOn Easter, a San Jose church’s online service was disrupted by a group of hackers throwing racist and homophobic insults at parishioners. A week later, the congregation met again to address the problems of hate and intolerance.
U.S. Supreme Court Orders California to Lift Pandemic Restrictions on Home WorshipThe Supreme Court is telling California that it can’t enforce coronavirus-related restrictions that have limited home-based religious worship including Bible studies and prayer meetings.
Oakland's Largest Church Reopens for Indoor Worship on Easter SundayIt was a joyous Easter Sunday for parishioners at Oakland's Acts Full Gospel church which hosted its first indoor service since the pandemic began.
San Francisco Church Offers Single-Shot COVID-19 Vaccinations to CongregantsOn Sunday, a church in San Francisco began distributing the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and, by helping a community of color, it is also giving hope to the rest of the state as well.
Some California Churches Hold Indoor Services After Supreme Court RulingSome California churches opened their doors to worshippers on Sunday, after the state revised its guidelines for houses of prayer following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that lifted a ban on indoor services during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. Newsom to Revise Indoor Church Guidelines Following Supreme Court RulingGov. Newsom’s office said Saturday it will issue revised guidelines for indoor church services after the Supreme Court lifted the state’s ban on indoor worship during the coronavirus pandemic but left in place restrictions on singing and chanting.
U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Parts of California Ban on Indoor WorshipA divided Supreme Court blocked California's COVID-related ban on indoor worship services in a late-night order Friday but allowed other restrictions affecting houses of worship to remain in place.
Authorities Investigate Early-Morning Explosion at Anti-Gay SoCal ChurchThe FBI and local police are investigating an explosion early Saturday at a Los Angeles-area church that had been the target of protests for its anti-LGBT message.
South Bay Church Racks Up Huge Fines Defying County COVID OrdersLeaders of Calvary Chapel are locked in a protracted and costly legal battle with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. On Thursday, the church had a chance to defend its actions in a San Jose courtroom.