Faith-healing couple sentenced to more than six years in prison

Dale and Shannon Hickman The parents of a newborn who died while they and Followers of Christ members prayed for him to be healed have received the maximum jail terms allowed by law and three years of post-prison probation following their conviction on manslaughter charges.

Dale and Shannon Hickman, who are members of the controversial church and are related to the founder, were both sentenced to six years and three months in prison. [Read more...]

Jurors in faith-healing trial say evidence overpowered a weak defense

faith healing Jurors deliberated less than four hours and their verdict sent another resounding warning to the members of the Hickmans’ church, the Followers of Christ, that failing to provide medical care to critically ill children is unacceptable and will be punished.

The ‘faith healing’ church has a long history of children dying from treatable medical conditions. [Read more...]

Rift forming in Followers of Christ church over medical help issue?

Followers of Christ Church Following testimony Tuesday in the latest case involving the death of a child whose parents are members of Followers of Christ — a controversial Oregon City church — a decades-old rift in the tight-knit religious group over using modern medicine has come to the forefront.

Several former church members left the church after seeing children die from illnesses that could have been remedied with medical care. [Read more...]