Agreement Lets Church Resume Housing Homeless

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pennsylvania church can resume housing the
homeless after reaching a court settlement with borough officials.

The First Apostles' Doctrine Church in Brookville -- saying it was following Jesus' teaching -- had allowed homeless people to stay at the parsonage for the past few years. But Brookville officials recently cited the church for violating a zoning code and effectively shut down the ministry.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued on the church's behalf, claiming that the borough had violated the church's religious beliefs.

The parties reached an agreement Tuesday. On Wednesday, federal
Judge Donetta Ambrose signed an order allowing the church to
immediately resume housing up to eight homeless people and two
staffers.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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