- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The reverend and founding member of a church that holds its services at a Providence park are asking city officials to let congregants continue worshipping there.

The Church Beyond the Walls parish convenes at Burnside Park on Saturdays.

Rev. Linda Forsberg tells the Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/251hfS7 ) Wendy Nilsson, the parks department superintendent, told her at an April meeting with other church and city officials that they have to look for a new location because they don’t have a permit.

Forsberg says Nilsson cited a city ordinance that bans religious and political addresses in public parks.

Forsberg and founding member Jim Bryant made a plea at a parks conservancy meeting May 12 to continue holding services in the park.

The church and the city are continuing to work on agreement.


Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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