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  • Disappearing Act: Presbyterians Embrace Leftist Politics, Shun Reformed Roots

    07/03/2014 6:28:21 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 46 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | 7-3-14 | Stan Guthrie
    Over the last two decades, more than three-fourths of Iraq’s Christians have fled the country, driven out by a combination of Muslim fanaticism and economic and social collapse. Iraq, however, isn’t the only place to experience a mass Christian exodus in recent years. Look at the Presbyterian Church (USA), the 10th largest denomination in this country. But you’d better look fast. The PC(USA), which is the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination (at least for now), is driving out members through its own brand of leftist fanaticism. From a high of more than 4 million members back in 1965, the Louisville-based PC(USA)...
  • Transgender priest to preach at National Cathedral

    06/21/2014 5:16:01 PM PDT · by don-o · 117 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | June 21, 2014
    WASHINGTON – An openly transgender Episcopal priest is set to preach at Washington National Cathedral. The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, will be a guest preacher on Sunday. He'll be the first openly transgender priest to preach from Canterbury Pulpit at the cathedral.
  • Lesbian murdered her former lover’s daughter, 2, by inspiration of a lesbian sermon

    06/12/2014 9:04:13 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 19 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Lesbian who murdered her former lover’s daughter, 2, and attempted to kill her son, 10, left a note explaining she was inspired to do it by a sermon in a homosexual church By Julio Severo Two weeks ago, a DailyMail report said that a Florida mental health counselor accused of murdering her lesbian lover’s two-year-old daughter wrote a note claiming a sermon by a lesbian pastor inspired the killing. Lesbian tragedy: Police say Kymberley Lucas, 40, (right) killed girlfriend Jacquelyn Jamason's (left) daughter Elliana (center) and tried to kill her ten-year-old son (lower right) Kimberly Lucas, 40, is accused...
  • Church of England dioceses approve female bishops

    05/23/2014 12:27:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2014 12:38 PM EDT
    The Church of England says all its dioceses have voted to let women serve as bishops, leaving just one major hurdle to changing centuries of church practice. The issue has long divided the Anglican Communion, a Christian denomination with more than 80 million adherents worldwide. …
  • Boy Scouts ban church that let gay man lead troop

    04/21/2014 12:26:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 3:00 PM EDT | Phuong Le
    The Boy Scouts of America has revoked its charter agreement with a Seattle church that refused to remove a gay troop leader after the organization withdrew his membership. A Boy Scouts attorney told Rainier Beach United Methodist Church last week that it no longer could host troops under the Boy Scouts name. The church has stood by Geoff McGrath, 49, a Seattle software engineer and Eagle Scout, after his membership in the organization was revoked last month, setting off an impasse between the church and one of the country’s most popular youth organizations. …
  • Gay Anglican priest marries his boyfriend. He'll be the first of many

    04/12/2014 4:52:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/12/2014 | Damian Thompson
    Well, that didn't take long. As my colleague Edward Malnick reports, the first gay Church of England priest – a canon, no less – today married his boyfriend. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, 58, a divorced hospital chaplain and father of five, wed his long-term partner Laurence Cunnington, 51. We're not told where, but obviously it wasn't in an C of E church. That's against the law. But they may well be able to have their marriage blessed in church because that's only "against the rules" as opposed to illegal.Campaigners predicted that Canon Pemberton would be the first of many. I think they're...
  • Nautilus Design On St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral In Boston Sparks Controversy

    02/10/2014 8:24:34 PM PST · by Epistolizer · 23 replies
    The pediment of The Cathedral Church Of St. Paul in Boston has stood empty for 190 years, as the builders of the impressive Greek Revival structure ran out of money during the initial construction phase. It was finally completed in May of 2013, but since then it's come under fire for its unusual design, which features a backlit nautilus sculpture.
  • A Sad Walk Through An ELCA Seminary

    10/31/2013 3:38:03 AM PDT · by rhema · 44 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 10/30/13 | Tom Brock
    (I received this the other day. It's written by Pastor Tom Brock) -Today I walked through my old alma mater, Luther Theological Seminary in St Paul, Mn. It is known as probably the most conservative of the ELCA seminaries. You wouldn’t know it from the number of gay/lesbian bumper stickers in the parking lot. Upon entering the main building a sign was up promoting a new book at Luther’s Bookstore, “Pastrix” by ELCA Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber. She was a favorite speaker at the ELCA Youth Assembly and a few months ago spoke at the historic Central Lutheran Church in downtown...
  • Gay head priest shows how far Canadian military has come

    09/17/2013 4:42:42 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 19 replies
    The Star ^ | Sun Sep 15 2013 | Kamila Hinkson
    In his new job as head chaplain in the military, Brig.-Gen. John Fletcher will be overseeing the religious needs of Canada’s troops, shoring up what the Defence Department calls its chaplaincy’s “inclusive, welcoming culture.” As an openly gay member of the military and Anglican priest for more than two decades, it’s an environment Fletcher has benefitted from firsthand. His recent appointment is in sharp contrast to past military policy, which allowed discrimination against gays and lesbians. Fletcher said he came out not long after a landmark court decision struck down the rule in 1992, alleviating his fears about what could...
  • A Call for Fair and Realistic Immigration Reform

    09/05/2013 8:12:16 AM PDT · by haffast · 36 replies
    Pennsylvania Catholic Conference ^ | 9-3-2013 | Pennsylvania’s Catholic Bishops
    A Call for Fair and Realistic Immigration Reform A Statement from Pennsylvania’s Catholic Bishops Most Pennsylvanians have immigrant roots. Each family has a unique story, but so many stories include hard working, faith-filled ancestors who came to America to pursue a dream and worked hard to fulfill it. Immigrants have significantly contributed to the growth of our country. The Catholic Church has always provided spiritual and social services to immigrants out of a strong belief that immigrants deserve the same basic rights and freedoms owed to every child of God. Our Church is an immigrant Church, built by our ancestors...
  • 'I'd rather go to hell than worship a homophobic God': Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    07/27/2013 5:30:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/27/2013 | ABIGAIL FRYMANN
    <p>The South African Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu says he will never worship a 'homophobic God' and would rather go to hell than find himself in a 'homophobic heaven'.</p> <p>The retired archbishop said the fight against homophobia in South Africa was similar to the campaign waged against racial apartheid in South Africa.</p>
  • Desmond Tutu: I’d pick hell over an anti-gay heaven

    07/26/2013 6:14:18 PM PDT · by massmike · 93 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 07/26/2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    South Africa’s iconic retired archbishop, Desmond Tutu, said on Friday that if he had his pick, he’d go to hell before heading to a heaven that condemned homosexuality as sin. “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this,” he said, by way of denouncing religions that discriminate against gays, in Agence France-Presse..
  • ELCA Has Biggest Split in American Church History

    07/13/2013 12:19:30 PM PDT · by rhema · 189 replies
    Steadfast Lutherans ^ | 7/12/13 | Rev. Kevin Vogts
    Since shortly after its formation in 1988 the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been fixated on deviant sexual behavior, culminating in the endorsement of homosexual pastors in 2009, homosexual “marriage” in 2011, and the election last month of their first homosexual bishop. Dr. James Nestingen, a highly respected scholar and retired ELCA seminary professor, recently concluded that promoting acceptance of deviant sexual behavior has actually replaced the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the primary mission and message of the ELCA. Those within the ELCA demanding these radical changes asserted it is necessary for the ELCA’s very survival. Supposedly, they...
  • US Episcopalians celebrate defeat of Defense of Marriage Act

    06/26/2013 4:46:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Spero News ^ | 6/26/2013 | Martin Barillas
    The bells at the National Cathedral of the Episcopal Church of the United States, located in Washington DC, pealed for an hour at noon on June 26 following the decision of the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act. Bells tolled at other places of Christian worship, including those of other Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Unitarian and other Christian churches.   The National Cathedral, which has seen numerous solemn occasions in American history, has also scheduled a prayer service for male and female homosexuals, bisexuals, transgenders and their families for the evening of June 26.   The dean of...
  • National Cathedral Rings Bells to Cheer Gay Marriage

    06/26/2013 2:55:04 PM PDT · by SE Mom · 149 replies
    CBS ^ | June 26 2013
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The National Cathedral is pealing its church bells, along with some other Washington churches, to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decisions on gay marriage. Cathedral spokesman Richard Weinberg said the bells rang at noon Wednesday for 45 minutes to an hour. Bells also rang at other Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Unitarian and other Christian churches
  • ELCA Elects First Homosexual Bishop

    06/01/2013 9:16:54 AM PDT · by rhema · 83 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 5/31/13 | Dan Skogen
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's downward spiral of apostasy took a huge leap when the Southwest California Synod ELCA elected the first ever homosexual bishop of the denomination. “The Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin has been elected as bishop of the Southwest California Synod ELCA” announced a facebook post by the synod. (See synod facebook page here) Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin's faculty profile at California Lutheran University where he teaches says this, "Dr. Erwin is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; he and his partner Rob Flynn are members of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in North...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury Says Anglican Church Wounded, Not Dead

    12/25/2012 3:21:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/25/12
    LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of the Church of England on Tuesday said a vote last month that struck down proposals to allow women to become bishops had been "deeply painful", but that Christianity was still relevant in Britain despite falling numbers of believers. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who leads the global 80-million-strong Anglican Communion, said in his Christmas day sermon that the answer to the question of whether Christianity had "had its day" was a "resounding no". The Church of England narrowly voted against allowing women bishops last month - to the dismay of Williams and Prime Minister...
  • “Jesus was gay”! Church sparks outrage with claim son of God “should come out” (NZ)

    12/17/2012 1:52:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 08:12 EST, 17 December 2012 | Eddie Wrenn
    It is the season of glad tidings and forgiveness. But many Christians living in Auckland, New Zealand, are struggling to find goodwill in their hearts for the latest in a series of controversial billboards coming out from the Church of St. Matthew in the City. “It’s Christmas. Time for Jesus to come out”, the sign proclaims, with an image of baby Jesus as a toddler in a manger, surrounded by a rainbow halo. The billboard was put up by the Reverend Glynn Cardy, who said it was meant to “lift” the humanity of Jesus. But it is likely to face...
  • Presbyterian leaders in Pittsburgh reeling from latest exodus from denomination

    12/12/2012 10:31:59 PM PST · by Cronos · 44 replies
    Post Gazette ^ | 7 Dec 2012 | Ann Rodgers
    Members of Pittsburgh Presbytery expressed grief and frustration with three churches that recently voted to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) without going through the constitutional process for doing so, while the church's national moderator, who coincidentally was at their regular meeting Thursday, said he had offered to meet with leaders of those churches and two others that are pursuing the formal process for leaving. Representatives from only one of the five, later identified as Bellefield Presbyterian Church in Oakland, agreed to meet with the Rev. Neal Presa. About 140 churches are in the countywide presbytery. Recently, Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian...
  • Episcopal priests offer spiritual support for gay unions

    12/12/2012 10:27:36 PM PST · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 3 Dec 2012 | Lois K Solomon
    Gay couples who seek spiritual affirmation of their relationships can now sanctify their unions with special blessings at South Florida's Episcopal churches. Priests in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida have been given permission to perform a distinct rite, different from the marriage between a man and a woman. Called "The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant," the ceremony, to be introduced this month, was approved by national convention delegates over the summer. Lorraine Michels and Joan Van Ness were married in 2009 in Massachusetts, but decided to participate in a nine-couple blessing ceremony in April at All Saints...
  • The Flim Flam Man [the ELCA's presiding bishop]

    11/19/2012 2:59:52 PM PST · by rhema · 6 replies
    Common Sense for a Senseless World ^ | 11/17/11 | Don Kriefall
    In the old west Snake oil salesman peddled elixirs that allegedly cured everything from acne to gout, but in fact these “miracle cures” were simply watered down whiskey or worse. Con men used elaborate ruses, such as the scheme used in the movie, The Sting, to swindle their marks and steal their money. There are many e-mail and internet scams that attempt to wrest money and information from those who are greedy or simply unsuspecting and naïve. There are many ways to deceive, mislead, dupe and betray in order to pilfer another’s assets. But, some of those assets are far...
  • Bible-believing Episcopalian penalized

    11/19/2012 8:45:11 AM PST · by fwdude · 34 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | October 22, 2012 | Charlie Butts
    A communications manager doesn't think it was smart for the Episcopal Church to essentially strip its South Carolina bishop of his ministry credentials for taking a stand for biblical principles and values. Officials with the national church have "inhibited" Bishop Mark Lawrence, taking away his clearance to perform ministry functions for 60 days -- the time allotted for him to respond to allegations having to do with the division between the liberal, dominate faction of the church and biblically based members like himself. In response, his diocese has severed its relationship with the Episcopal Church. Walton, Jeff (IRD)Jeff Walton of...
  • Episcopal bishop says he was denied entrance to Catholic archbishop's installation Mass

    10/09/2012 7:56:10 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 10 replies
    Christian Century ^ | Oct 7 2012 | Kevin Eckstrom
    What started off as a rocky relationship between the Episcopal and Roman Catholic bishops of San Francisco got even worse on Thursday (Oct. 4) when Episcopal Bishop Marc Andrus said he was denied entrance to the installation Mass of the new Roman Catholic archbishop. Andrus said he arrived at St. Mary's Cathedral 30 minutes before the installation Mass of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was scheduled to start, but was kept in a holding area with an employee of the Catholic archdiocese until after the service started. After other local clergy had processed in for the 2 p.m. Mass, Andrus said the...
  • Poll: PCUSA Church Members Increasingly Favoring Same-Sex Marriage

    10/06/2012 1:15:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/05/2012 | By Michael Gryboski
    According to a recently released survey, support for same-sex marriage among Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) members and pastors has considerably increased since 2005. In research conducted by Presbyterian Research Services and published in October, the number of PC(USA) members and pastors supporting the denomination redefining marriage grew. In 2005, 23 percent of PC(USA) members supported same-sex marriage; in 2012, the number had increased to 34 percent. Among pastors, support for same-sex marriage in 2005 was at 35 percent; in 2012, it is at 49 percent. Jack Marcum, coordinator of Research Services at Presbyterian Mission Agency and author of the published findings,...
  • Episcopal Church promotes the “T” in LGBT equation

    08/08/2012 10:46:05 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 30 2012 | Becky Garrison
    Commentators at the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times may decry the Episcopal Church as a place offering pet funerals but nothing for the faithful or failing to provide anything one cannot get from purely secular liberalism. These traditionalists appear to bemoan the loss of a 1950s-era church that promoted an Eisenhower-era civil religion replete with the cross draped in the American flag. While they wax nostalgia over a past that largely existed only in TV Land,.the Episcopal Church made history at its 77th triennial General Convention by passing two gender nondiscrimination resolutions. Led by a grassroots coalition...
  • The Light That Failed (Episcopal Church)

    07/16/2012 5:43:07 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 47 replies
    American Interest ^ | 7/16/2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    New numbers reveal that the collapse of the Episcopal Church dramatically accelerated in the last ten years. The denomination is literally falling apart, with attendance down 25% between 2000 and 2010. For a link to the PDF file with the numbers, and for Rod Dreher’s comments on them, look here; but it’s important to note that the effect of these numbers on the life and the well being of local churches is even greater than the raw figures might suggest. Many mainline Protestant congregations today are stuck with an infrastructure built in the 1950s and 1960s. There are buildings to...
  • New Episcopal bishop's debut: Marching for Trayvon

    04/10/2012 8:27:22 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    orlandosentinel.com ^ | March 30, 2102 | Jeff Kunerth
    Two days after he was consecrated as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, Gregory Brewer was marching Monday with the crowd demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. He was the only white clergyman to address the Sanford City Commission inside the Civic Center that evening, urging city leaders to address the concerns of the black community. "I thought it was very courageous," said Andy Searles, a pastor with Aloma United Methodist Church in Winter Park. "It would have been very easy for him to sit in his office and organize the paperwork on his desk, but he made a...
  • Baptism on the Chopping Block as Sacrament of Initiation into The Episcopal Church

    04/03/2012 11:20:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 3/28/12 | Mary Ann Mueller
    A jettisoning of the faith, one mis-action at a timeLittle by little, the foundation of faith in The Episcopal Church is being reduced to ruins and the once grand colonial church of the Reformation is being progressively transformed into a social action agency. The latest proposed element to chip away at core Anglican beliefs is the Diocese of East Oregon's desire to offer Holy Communion to anyone who approaches the altar rail with their hands upraised. Baptism would not be a prerequisite. The Diocese of East Oregon has made it a matter of Communion without Baptism. Apparently, it was the...
  • Priest(ess) Who Calls Abortion a ‘Blessing’ Tells Congress She'd Break Law to Help Minors

    03/10/2012 2:24:45 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 8, 2012 | Penny Star
    Dr. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, president and dean of the Episcopal Divinity Church, testified at a House hearing on March 8, 2012 against a bill that would make it a federal crime to transport minor girls without parental consent across state lines to get an abortion. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – Were Congress to outlaw the transporting of a minor without her parents’ permission across state lines to get an abortion, an abortion- and gay-rights activist testifying on Capitol Hill Thursday she would break the law to continue to help girls end their pregnancies.Appearing as a Democratic Party witness at a...
  • The Church of England's Fudge on Female Bishops is Breathtaking

    01/24/2012 10:02:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Andrew Brown
    In attempting to mollify opponents of female bishops, the House of Bishops has simply nourished the resistanceThe Church of England's House of Bishops – for which, read the archbishops of Canterbury and York – has explained how they hope to mollify the opponents of female clergy. The proposals are breathtaking. The archbishops envisage that the Church of England, once it has female bishops, will continue ordaining men who do not accept these women, finding them jobs they will deign to accept, and promoting some of them to be bishops who will work to ensure the continued supply of male priests...
  • Lesbian pastor integrates seamlessly in new Berwyn church

    01/25/2012 12:26:47 PM PST · by SmithL · 62 replies · 1+ views
    Berwyn Life ^ | 1/25/12 | Brett Schweinberg
    Berwyn, IL — After years of declining membership, two Lutheran churches in Berwyn recently were forced to merge. While the new church faces many issues as it struggles to adapt to modern society, no one seems to have any qualms about the new pastor, the Rev. Julie Boleyn, who was ordained Jan. 14. Calm, charismatic and serene in the strength of her faith, Boleyn also is the first lesbian to be ordained in the Greater Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For several years, both the United Berwyn Lutheran Church and the First Lutheran Church of...
  • American Bishop Gene Robinson condemns Rick Perry’s anti-gay promotion

    12/27/2011 9:00:00 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 39 replies
    ATV Today ^ | Dec. 16 2011 | Ian Westhead
    The USA’s first openly gay Episcopal bishop, Gene Robinson, has responded to presidential hopeful Rick Perry's anti-gay TV promotion suggesting that "it must break God's heart to see religion used in a political campaign like this." Bishop Robinson of the Episcopal Church showed his distaste in a TV interview with MSNBC and also by writing an opinion piece in the Washington Post newspaper. Perry had stated in his commercial that “You don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t...
  • A Presbyterian exodus over allowing openly gay to be ordained

    11/14/2011 8:55:41 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 46 replies · 1+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | 11/14/11 | STEVE MAYNARD
    Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor voted Sunday to leave the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), primarily because the denomination changed its constitution to allow noncelibate gay men and lesbians to be ordained as clergy and lay leaders. With 1,660 members, Chapel Hill Presbyterian is one of the largest mainline Protestant churches in the South Sound region. The Rev. Mark Toone, senior pastor of Chapel Hill, said his congregation reached a “tipping point” last spring when a majority of regional governing bodies, called presbyteries, voted to change the church’s ordination standards, permitting openly gay people to be ordained. “For 30 years,...
  • Presbyterian Church (USA) 220th General Assembly [see chameleons, cats, canaries and a Caterpillar]

    11/10/2011 7:32:38 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    layman.org ^ | 11/10/2011 | Carmen Fowler
    This is no nursery rhyme but rather the cast of characters lining up to appear at the 2012 Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly meeting in Pittsburgh. ACT I: An assault on marriageThe chameleon:  This character will attempt to lead commissioners to see marriage differently than the Church has historically defined it. Separating marriage from the Biblical narrative of creation and the Biblical witness of Jesus' affirmation between one man and one woman, the assembly will be asked to see a "new normal" that is inclusive of gay marriage. Presented plainly, the redefinition of marriage will arrive at the assembly through...
  • Formerly Influential U.S. Episcopal Church: Now Fewer than 2 Million Members

    10/26/2011 3:36:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Opposing Views ^ | October 26, 2011
    WASHINGTON -- Once a flagship denomination of American mainline Protestantism, the U.S.-based Episcopal Church has for the first time in decades reported membership below two million.Self-reported statistics provided by the denomination this month show that the church has dropped from 2,006,343 members in 2009 to 1,951,907 in 2010, the most recent reporting year. The loss of 54,436 members increases the annual rate of decline from 2 percent to 3 percent, outpacing the most recently reported declines in most other mainline churches. The church's 10-year change in active members has dropped 16 percent.A branch of the otherwise fast-growing 80 million member worldwide...
  • First gay man to be ordained in Presbyterian Church USA since historic vote

    09/26/2011 3:36:35 AM PDT · by Cronos · 43 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | September 25 2011 | Rose French
    A Wisconsin man is expected to become the first openly gay candidate ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) since the church opened ordination to gay candidates earlier this year. ...“It’s hard to believe it’s finally happening,” Anderson said in a released statement on Friday. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) officially began allowing the ordination of openly gay and lesbian candidates on July 10. n May, Twin Cities Presbyterians cast the historic vote to allow openly gay and lesbian members to be ordained ministers. Presbyterian leaders say the Twin Cities vote was the action needed to end the 2.1 million-member denomination’s national...
  • Raw Numerical Truth about the Episcopal Church (1/3 of all 6825 churches face inevitable closure)

    08/28/2011 1:50:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | August 23, 2011 | David W. Virtue
    “[We must] talk of hard financial issues and church decline and growth, to address elephants in the room, and to speak truth to one another in love." Executive Council of the Episcopal Church A month long investigation by Virtueonline into the numerical state of The Episcopal Church reveals that more than one third of all 6825 Episcopal parishes in the U.S. have an average Sunday attendance (ASA) of 40 or less. VOL believes that the figure of 2.3 million Episcopalians, regularly stated by TEC leaders and officials, does not reveal the true state of church attendance. More than two-thirds of...
  • Presbyterian Church gives OK to ordain leaders who are gay

    05/13/2011 3:39:15 AM PDT · by Cronos · 30 replies
    Gaston Gazette ^ | 13 May 2011 | Amanda Memrick
    The church’s constitution used to have a requirement to “live either in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness” for church officers. The amendment change removes that stipulation and requires church leaders to “submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life.”... The changes also state that the governing body responsible for ordaining ministers or installing lay leaders should examine each candidate’s calling, gifts, preparation and suitability for the responsibilities of office. “Governing bodies shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to individual...
  • Presbyterians clear way for gay clergy

    05/11/2011 5:20:27 AM PDT · by iowamark · 28 replies
    AP, FNC ^ | May 10, 2011 | Associated Press
    After decades of debate, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Tuesday struck down a barrier to ordaining gays, ratifying a proposal that removes the celibacy requirement for unmarried clergy, in the latest mainline Protestant move toward accepting gay relationships... Differences over the Bible and homosexuality have split Protestant groups nationally and worldwide for years. Within the Presbyterian Church, about 100 of the 11,000 congregations had already broken away ahead of the vote, but a group of large theologically conservative congregations, which calls itself Fellowship, has decided to remain in the denomination for now. Top Presbyterian executives issued a statement to the...
  • Senior Pastor Leaving Lutheran Church

    03/05/2011 1:39:12 PM PST · by fwdude · 16 replies
    Greater Annapolis Patch ^ | 03/04/2011 | Priya Ramachandran
    As of March 1, Rev. Gerald Miller, the senior pastor of St. Martin's Church, stepped down from the role he filled for 17 years.
  • ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Veto of Resolution on Israeli Settlements

    02/18/2011 8:32:41 PM PST · by lightman · 14 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 18 February AD 2011 | John Brooks
    ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Veto of Resolution on Israeli Settlements 11-019-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, said he is "dismayed" the U.S. government today vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that called on Israel to stop illegal construction of settlements on Palestinian land. The U.S. veto stopped the resolution, which had the backing of 14 other members of the U.N. Security Council. "I now am concerned that this action will increase a despondent mood about the future of such talks and will possibly strengthen extremist voices in...
  • Historic Lesbian Marriage in Boston Cathedral Unites Top Clergy of Episcopal Church

    01/02/2011 7:58:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 69 replies
    PR Web ^ | 1/2/11
    The historic marriage of Episcopal Divinity School, dean and president, the Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale and Mally Lloyd, Canon to the Ordinary, took place today at the Cathedral Church of St Paul in Boston.The Episcopalian bishop of Massachusetts began 2011 by solemnizing the first lesbian marriage - of two senior Episcopalian clergy - at Boston's St Paul's Cathedral Saturday (January 1). The marriage of Episcopal Divinity School, dean and president, the Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale and Mally Lloyd, Canon to the Ordinary, was the first lesbian marriage solemnized by the Right Reverend M Thomas Shaw SSJE, Bishop Diocesan...
  • Unintended effects: How the ELCA’S aim for unity fractured the church

    12/27/2010 5:08:40 PM PST · by rhema · 20 replies · 5+ views
    WordAlone ^ | Dr. Robert Benne
    In its 2009 Churchwide Assembly in August of 2009 the Evangelical Lutheran Church took the momentous step to allow for the blessing of gay and lesbian unions as well as for the ordination of gays and lesbians in partnered relationships. It was the first major confessional church to take those steps. In anticipation of much disagreement about its decisions, the church struck what it thought was a compromise so that we could “journey together faithfully” even though there was no consensus on these issues. The instrument for compromise was the “bound-conscience” doctrine. Realizing that we now had no authoritative teaching...
  • Bishop: ELCA is doing well despite challenges

    12/10/2010 8:23:37 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies
    Standard-Examiner (Ogden, UT) ^ | 12/10/10 | JaNae Francis
    OGDEN -- There may be some congregations that are leaving the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for other Lutheran sects, but the state of the church is good, even locally. This was the message Sunday delivered by Bishop Allan Bjornberg of the Rocky Mountain ELCA Synod when he paid a visit to Ogden's Elim Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Rocky Mountain Synod includes 175 congregations in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. He is currently chair of the ELCA Conference of Bishops. Bjornberg said the synod continues to open new congregations. "There are always more opportunities than there...
  • ELCA Council Acts on Structure, Governance Proposals, Other Topics

    11/23/2010 10:30:35 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 1+ views
    CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) recommended constitutional amendments to the 2011 ELCA Churchwide Assembly regarding a 3-year cycle for churchwide assemblies, council membership, eliminating program committees and strengthening interrelationships. . . . David D. Swartling, ELCA secretary, said a committee of the "Living Into the Future Together: Renewing the Ecology of the ELCA" task force, proposed the four constitutional amendments on structure and governance. The council adopted the amendments and sent them to the 2011 Churchwide Assembly, which must approve amendments to the ELCA Constitution, Bylaws and Continuing Resolutions. The council...
  • ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Members in Third 'Town Hall' of 2010

    11/22/2010 3:29:31 PM PST · by lightman · 9 replies · 1+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 22 November AD 2010 | John Brooks
    ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Members in Third 'Town Hall' of 2010 10-292-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- In his third online "Town Hall Forum" with members this year, the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) addressed a variety of ELCA topics and concerns, such as outdoor and campus ministry, immigration reform, contemporary worship, the place of people who are gay and lesbian in the church and interfaith relationships. The Rev. Mark S. Hanson answered 21 questions in the hour-long forum Nov. 21, which was broadcast live on the ELCA website. Questions were posed by online viewers, many...
  • Episcopalians react with sadness to the retirement of Bishop Gene Robinson

    11/07/2010 12:58:02 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 27 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Nov. 7, 2010 | Kathy McCabe and Eric Moskowitz
    Across the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, congregants and clergy today reacted with heavy hearts to word that Bishop V. Gene Robinson is retiring. Robinson, 63, whose consecration seven years ago as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church divided the Anglican Communion worldwide, yesterday announced at the annual convention of the New Hampshire diocese that he plans to retire in January 2013, short of the mandatory 72-year-old retirement age for Episcopal bishops. He cited death threats and the considerable strain that the worldwide rift has placed on him, his family, and the church.
  • { ELCA } Bishop suspends Zion pastors

    11/06/2010 12:00:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    Globe Gazette (Mason City, IA) ^ | 11/5/10 | Deb Nicklay
    CLEAR LAKE — Two pastors of Clear Lake’s largest church have refused to leave their jobs despite an order from their bishop. Bishop Steven C. Ullestad of the Northeastern Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), said the Rev. Dean Hess and the Rev. Derik C. Yarian were notified of their removal on Oct. 28. “... You are now to function as a layperson ... your ordained status is in suspension,” said Ullestad in separate letters to the two men. Both Hess and Church Council President Mark Shepp declined to comment Friday. Pastors holding dual memberships —...
  • I Support Gay Rights in The Civil Domain'[+Rowan]

    10/21/2010 9:54:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    BANGALORE: Archbishop of Canterbury Reverend Rowan Williams is known to be broad-minded, liberal and outspoken in his thoughts. As the Archbishop was about to rush in his car to a programme after the inter-faith dialogue at ECC concluded, TOI asked him what his view on gay rights was. Williams replied: "The answer to this question is a long one. But yes, I support gay rights as a personal and legal right in the civil domain." Dr Mani Chacko, director of ECC, said: "The Archbishop of Canterbury is broad-minded and liberal. It is true that he had proffered gentle criticism of...
  • Church of England is Fascist and Vindictive, Says Bishop Defecting to Rome

    10/16/2010 8:13:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10/16/10 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones and David Harrison
    An Anglican bishop has attacked his Church as "vicious" and "fascist" as he explained his decision to defect to the Roman Catholic Church.The Rt Rev John Broadhurst, the Bishop of Fulham, accused the Church of England of breaking promises to make provisions for opponents of women's ordination. He warned that the Pope's invitation to disaffected Anglicans to join the Catholic Church would appeal to traditionalists dismayed at their treatment. His comments came as a parish in the Archbishop of Canterbury's own diocese became the first in the country to announce that it would defect to Rome, with one parishioner declaring:...