Feeding Homeless in Violation of Zoning?

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix church has reached a deal with the city that ends a pending federal court battle over the church’s pancake breakfast service.

Some neighbors of the CrossRoads United Methodist Church complained that by feeding homeless and hungry on its campus, the church was operating a charity dining hall in violation of the city’s residential zoning. Phoenix officials ordered the church to stop.

The church defended its weekly worship service which includes song and prayer with a scrambled egg, pancake and bacon breakfast. It cited the First Amendment and Arizona statutes protecting freedom of religion.

In the deal announced Thursday, the church’s Prodigal’s Home ministry will continue the Saturday morning service inside the church instead of outside. In addition, the ministry will relocate the service within six months.



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