Scores of small New York City congregations face disruption of their services, and a possible financial hit, after losing a court fight against a city ban on worship in public schools, the Associated Press writes.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused in December to consider an appeal of the ban, which was upheld by a federal appeals court on grounds of separation of church and state. The mostly small Christian groups, which have no buildings of their own, have been ordered out of schools after services this Sunday.
David Miller, executive pastor with Morning Star New York, said he expects to pay double the $10,000 a month his evangelical congregation paid to use school facilities to hold worship in private facilities.
New York’s Senate passed legislation that would require the city to allow worship in schools, but the measure is not expected to make it through the State Assembly.