A now-10-year-old church in Denver ministers to (as contemplated by 1 Corinthians 4:11-13) the homeless, the reviled, and the persecuted and formally named itself after the actual words in verse 13, the “Scum of the Earth” Church.
The congregation touts nonjudgmental Christianity; owns an elegant, aging building (but holds services elsewhere because of fire code violations); and is a rough mix of anarchists, punk rockers, environmentalists and disaffected teens perhaps mainly keen on angering their parents.
“Scum” (as church members matter-of-factly call themselves) tilt mildly philosophically conservative (though not nearly evangelical), connected only by the common belief that “God is love,” according to a report in Denver’s Westword.
Among the recent works funded by Arts Council England was a “painting” consisting of a blank canvas, for which artist Agnieszka Kurant was paid the equivalent of about $2,300 and on which she intends to paint something in the future.
Rounding out her exhibition were a “sculpture” that was not really present and a “movie” that had been shot with no film in the camera.
Melissa Wagaman, 33, was convicted in Hagerstown, Md., of a February home invasion in which she broke into her neighbor’s house while wearing only a bridal skirt and veil.
She later blamed cold medicine and marijuana.
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