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Ep. 163: Association of Related Churches, AME Zion, Security vs. Transparency

On today’s program, a Tennessee adoption agency is sued in a case that could impact religious liberty for millions of Americans. And the ARC, or Association of Related Churches, is in the news again, and – once again – not for good reasons. We begin today with news of one of the biggest financial frauds we’ve ever seen here at MinistryWatch. Staccato Powell, the former president of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church’s board of bishops, has been federally charged with fraud and conspiracy connected to allegations of his mishandling the properties of congregations in California and fraudulently gaining millions of dollars for personal use.

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The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Ben Warwick We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth. Writers who contributed to today’s program include Anne Stych, Adelle M. Banks, Liza Vandenboom Ashley, Kim Roberts, and Christina Darnell.

Special thanks to Religion UnPlugged for contributing material for this week’s podcast.

Until next time, may God bless you.