Community Fights Against Proposed Warehouse Near Dallas Church, Concerns Over Environmental and Safety Impact

DALLAS, TX – Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas County is engaged in a legal battle to halt the construction of a 200,000-square-foot warehouse planned by Stonelake Capital Partners. The proposed warehouse would be located near the church property between I-20 and Wheatland Road. The City of Dallas initially rejected the building permit due to concerns over truck routes, but the permit was later granted by a city appeals board. In response, the church filed a lawsuit in December, seeking an injunction to stop the construction temporarily. The dispute between Friendship-West Baptist Church and Stonelake Capital … Read more

Landmark $22.5 Million Verdict: James River Church Found Negligent in Student’s Injury on Campus

Ozark, Missouri – A jury in Christian County has ordered James River Church to pay $22.5 million in damages following a 2019 incident that left a man injured on the church’s campus. Cooper Heishman, a student at James River College, was struck by a car while walking at night along a public access road near the church. The plaintiff argued that the church, which police confirmed owned the roadway, was negligent in failing to provide a sidewalk or adequate lighting. The lawsuit claimed that Heishman, who was 19 at the time, sustained severe and permanent … Read more

Landmark Church Lawsuit Against City of Lawrence Over Controversial Apartment Complex Set for Bench Trial

LAWRENCE, Kan. – A church in Lawrence, Kansas, is taking its lawsuit against the City of Lawrence to trial. First Presbyterian Church is challenging a development project led by Dallas-based Fountain Residential Partners, which plans to build a 300-bedroom apartment complex on a 9-acre site. The church, located near the proposed development, argues that the city’s approval of the project violates zoning codes. The lawsuit was originally filed in late 2021, dismissed a few months later, and then revived in mid-2023 after a successful appeal. The trial, which was initially scheduled for early January, has … Read more

Prominent Black Church in Harlem Accused of Gender Bias in Lawsuit by Woman Seeking Senior Pastor Position

NEW YORK – A lawsuit has been filed against the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, accusing the church and its search committee of gender discrimination. The lawsuit claims that a Yale Divinity School Professor, Eboni Marshall Turman, was denied the position of senior pastor due to sexism. The Abyssinian Baptist Church, which has been in existence for over 200 years and gained fame as a megachurch, released a statement in response to the lawsuit. They stated that while Marshall Turman and others were considered for the role, she did not meet certain requirements that other … Read more