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  • Baptist, Presbyterian and Methodist Clergy Back Funding for Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

    12/15/2015 7:04:30 PM PST · by Morgana · 28 replies ^ | December 15, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    A group of liberal clergy and religious leaders are calling on Texas Governor Greg Abbot to reverse his decision to revoke taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Abbott’s administration cut taxpayer funding for the abortion company after it was caught selling the body parts of aborted babies, though Planned Parenthood is fighting in court to keep taxpayers on the dole. “The gruesome harvesting of baby body parts by Planned Parenthood will not be allowed in Texas, and the barbaric practice must be brought to an end,” Abbott said at the time. The signers (some listed below) of the...
  • German Protestants Put Americas Mainline to Shame

    12/24/2014 8:22:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/24/2014 | Spengler
    Baden-Baden has been a spa town since Roman times, drawing tourists for its therapeutic waters, and more recently for a festival hall that features prominent classical artists. It also has a Faberge museum, which seems appropriate at this time of year: Christmas in Germany is like a brightly decorated eggshell with no egg inside. The forms of the holiday are merrily observed, but not the faith. To declare one’s belief in a personal God counts for proof of mental defect here as well as in most parts of Europe, especially among educated people. Nonetheless there is more faith left...
  • Heroin fuels surge in deadly overdoses in Jefferson Parish

    11/26/2013 6:44:37 PM PST · by BBell · 35 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | November 26, 2013 | Michelle Hunter
    A 6-year-old boy stepped off the school bus one October afternoon and found himself locked out of his Metairie home. He peered into the kitchen window and saw his mother's lifeless body on the floor. Two weeks earlier, another 6-year-old returned to his Old Metairie home after a weekend away and found the decomposing body of his mother in bed. In July, a River Ridge woman found her 41-year-old son dead in a bedroom in her home, her third child to die from a heroin overdose.Those lives lost, two from heroin and another from a drug made to resemble it,...
  • Left flank ( Religious leaders in favor of tax increases)

    07/29/2011 7:13:27 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 18 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 28 July | Belz
    Pastors from mainline denominations and other religious leaders knelt on the floor of the Capitol Rotunda Thursday, praying and singing until police arrested them for the protest. Their message to a Congress attempting to raise the debt ceiling? Raise taxes instead of cutting programs. Today, we offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to say to Congress, Raise revenue, protect the vulnerable and those living in poverty, said the Rev. Michael Livingston, the former president of the National Council of the Churches of Christ (USA), in a statement. Joining him were representatives from the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Methodist...
  • Washington National Cathedral Ponders Sale of Rare Books

    06/05/2010 6:40:17 AM PDT · by tellw · 22 replies · 431+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 5, 2010 | Anne Gowen
    Over the past two years, economic hard times have loomed as large at Washington National Cathedral as the Gothic spires that grace the city's skyline. The cathedral has slashed its budget from $27 to $13 million, outsourcing its gift shop operation and shuttering its popular greenhouse and its continuing education college for clergy. Three rounds of layoffs have reduced the staff from 170 to 70, including, at the end of this month, the cathedral's conservator and the liturgist who oversaw the April memorial service for civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height.
  • Montgomery County results explain Clinton's win

    04/24/2008 4:10:01 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 11 replies · 161+ views
    Montgomery County results explain Clinton's win TRIBUNE-REVIEW By: Salena Zito By all accounts, Pennsylvania's Montgomery County should have been Sen. Barack Obama's low-hanging fruit. From Norristown with its abundant black vote to the Main Line with its affluent well-off latte liberals, "Montco" was tailor-made for the Illinois senator. "I was shocked," said Karen Matthews, wife of GOP Montgomery County chairman Jim Matthews. Karen, who made her own news by switching to Democrat so she could vote for Obama, fully expected a big Obama win. "My only explanation is that people say one thing, and then do another," she said. Karen...
  • PCUSA loses another 46,544 members in 2006

    06/08/2007 11:46:44 AM PDT · by PAR35 · 7 replies · 402+ views
    layman online ^ | June 8, 2007 | Craig M. Kibler
    The Presbyterian Church (USA) lost 46,544 more members in 2006, continuing an ongoing decline that has seen the loss of 225,308 members in just the past five years. Membership in the denomination dropped from 2,313,662 in 2005 to 2,267,118 in 2006, according to annual statistics released by the Office of the General Assembly. That membership total is a drop of almost half 45.7 percent of the 4,254,597 members it had in 1965, the year that the PCUSA and its predecessor denominations reached their highest total numbers of members.
  • Building for sale, merger planned 174-year-old Episcopal church to close

    04/09/2007 10:04:02 AM PDT · by PAR35 · 13 replies · 812+ views
    Layman online ^ | April 9, 2007
    A 174-year-old Episcopal congregation in New England is selling its historic building and merging with another church, the two institutions announced recently. St. George's Episcopal Church in Newport, R.I., chose to close its doors because the building was too large for the congregation, The Providence Journal reported April 5. Maintenance costs were the primary factor in the decision, the church said in a statement. "During the past five years, St. George's community waged a valiant effort to remain at 14 Rhode Island Ave. in the face of the changing island demographics," the statement reads. "Although it has grown considerably, the...
  • Dissident Presbyterian Factions Can't Seize Church Property, Court Rules

    08/21/2006 6:41:11 AM PDT · by polymuser · 16 replies · 370+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Sun, Aug. 20 2006 | Lillian Kwon
    In three lawsuit cases involving churches divided over pastoral leadership, the county court upheld the PC(USA) constitutional provision that all property is held in trust for the denomination. Furthermore, the factions seeking to leave the denomination must follow the directions of the presbytery with regard to the control and ownership of church property. The churches involved were Korean Hope Christian Church, Serone Church and Bethany United Presbyterian Church. The court also ruled in favor of the denomination in a lawsuit against First Presbyterian Church of Torrance, but the decision has yet to be adjudicated. Each of the four cases reflected...
  • Presbytery sidelines minister, takes reins of Iowa congregation

    08/16/2006 3:11:40 AM PDT · by PAR35 · 7 replies · 484+ views
    Layman Online ^ | August 15, 2006 | John H. Adams
    The Presbytery of Prospect Hill in Iowa voted Monday night to order that Russ Westbrook, the pastor of Riverside Presbyterian Church in Linn Grove, Iowa, go on immediate administrative leave and that a presbytery administrative commission assume control of the congregation. The presbytery was responding to a recommendation by the Riverside session to separate from the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a subsequent 74-0 vote by the congregation to endorse the session's recommendation. The two-hour meeting of the presbytery was called specifically to deal with the convening of an administrative commission. But the agenda was modified unconstitutionally, Westbrook claims ...
  • Vote by UCC Puerto Rico Conference to disaffiliate 'deeply painful,' says UCC leader

    06/13/2006 10:21:23 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 3 replies · 144+ views
    United Church News ^ | June 13, 2006 | Barb Powell
    Vote by UCC Puerto Rico Conference to disaffiliate 'deeply painful,' says UCC leader Written by Barb Powell Tuesday, 13 June 2006 Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Puerto Rico (United Evangelical Church of Puerto Rico), whose partnership with the United Church of Christ goes back more than 40 years, voted Saturday, June 10, 2006, during its annual Assembly to disaffiliate with the UCC. The final vote was 75 percent in favor of the resolution to disaffiliate. The Rev. John H. Thomas, UCC general minister and president, called the action deeply painful and profoundly disappointing, but said that the denomination respectfully, though regretfully,...
  • Jones talks judicial caution (but not for liberals)

    04/26/2006 6:25:27 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 25 replies · 836+ views
    York Daily Record ^ | 4/26/06 | Michelle Starr
    The judicial branch is no place for politics, Judge John E. Jones III told a crowd Tuesday afternoon at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. The federal judge from Pottsville ruled in December that Dover's intelligent design policy was unconstitutional...... Jones was among the speakers at a two-day convocation..Though he was asked to speak about the Constitution's Establishment Clause..he instead talked about the broader issue of th epublic blurring the lines between the branches of government...... judges should make decisions based on the law, not based on personal affiliation, he said. "We must remember that we have a rule of law,"...
  • Proposed Episcopal Resolutions Blame Israel, U.S., Turn Blind Eye to Hamas,

    04/21/2006 4:19:57 PM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 5 replies · 396+ views
    IRD ^ | April 17, 2006 | Erik Nelson
    Two resolutions on the Israel/Palestine conflict were also offered in the Blue Book. Strangely, however, they seem to offer contradictory approaches to the peace process. The first resolution, A011, would affirm a two-state solution to the conflict, seek an end to violence, and call for all parties to return to the negotiating table rather than resort to unilateral action. Strangely enough, however, the resolution also demands that Israel withdraw from all its West Bank settlements-which would appear to be a unilateral action. There is no specific reciprocal concession asked of the Palestinian Authority. The second resolution, A012, is nothing but...
  • Ejecting From the Church

    04/07/2006 11:03:13 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 10 replies · 417+ views
    American Spectator ^ | Apr 6 2006 | Mark Tooley
    The liberal-controlled United Church of Christ (UCC) has unveiled its latest television ad, which features an intolerant and presumably conservative church ejecting an "African-American mother," "a gay couple, an Arab-American, [and] a person using a walker," According to Thomas, the ad showcases the "extravagant" hospitality of the Christian gospel. But almost all major networks -- CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and WB -- have rejected the ads, believing they are "issue advocacy" The spiritual descendant of New England's old Puritans, the UCC can claim an historical and social pedigree equal to the Episcopal Church. Both denominations are well-heeled, well educated and...
  • Getting beyond name-calling--Liberal Jews vs liberal Christians

    03/29/2006 4:44:39 AM PST · by SJackson · 22 replies · 575+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-29-06 | DAVID J. FORMAN
    Liberal Jews do find a common language with liberal Christians on a host of social issues but when it comes to Israel they often part ways. American Evangelist Pat Robertson's pronouncement that Ariel Sharon's stroke was an act of Divine retribution for his abandonment of the Gaza settlements - though he subsequently apologized - was a frightening reminder of how extreme the views of those on the religious Right can be. Sadly, Robertson has something in common with some on the religious Right in Israel who have expressed similar sentiments. Yet, even as the Israeli Right can draw support from...
  • Consoling the Cartoon Mob

    03/24/2006 4:18:35 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 9 replies · 369+ views
    front page magazine ^ | 24 march 2006 | Mark D. Tooley
    As angry Muslim rioters sent Christians to a martyr's death during last month's riots over cartoons depicting Muhammad, leftist-led Christian groups in the West chose to console the murderers. With sad predictability, many left-leaning church groups such as the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches responded with indignation about the Danish newspaper's publication of the cartoons -- with nary a word about their persecuted co-religionists. The National Council of Churches (NCC) of the U.S.A. reacted by standing in "solidarity" with U.S. Islamic groups, who "exercised disciplined restraint," i.e., by not rioting or killing Americans over the...
  • Fact-finding or fiction-finding pilgrimages?

    03/22/2006 6:45:36 AM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 132+ views
    Christian Attitudes ^ | March 21, 2006 | Liz
    Beware any Christian pilgrimage which includes a fact-finding mission! Fact-finding missions and propaganda campaigns feature in no Christian pilgrimages anywhere except the Holy Land. Here is the latest exercise in propaganda disguised as pilgrimage. The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) invites you to travel with members of Market Square Presbyterian Church this summer on a Christian pilgrimage and fact-finding mission to see the holy sites in Jordan, Palestine, and Israel and to meet with Christian communities in the Holy Land Propaganda and racism combined in one sentence here: Notice that no opportunity is offered to observe the impact of...
  • Presbyterian minister to be tried for marrying lesbian couples

    03/01/2006 4:05:45 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 288+ views
    AP ^ | 3/1/6 | LISA LEFF
    SAN FRANCISCO - A Presbyterian minister in Northern California is scheduled to be tried by a church judicial commission on Thursday for marrying two lesbian couples in violation of the faith's position that marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman. If found guilty by the regional governing body of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Rev. Jane Spahr, of San Rafael, could be removed from the ministry after more than 30 years. Spahr, 63, a lesbian activist who directs a group lobbying for greater inclusion of gay Presbyterians in the church, argues she was honoring her personal conscience...
  • Monograph Human Rights of Christians in Palestinian Society

    11/17/2005 12:40:23 PM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies · 369+ views
    IMRA ^ | 11-17-05
    Monograph Human Rights of Christians in Palestinian Society Press Release, November 17, 2005 The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs is proud to offer the following link is to Professor Justus Reid Weiner's new Monograph Human Rights of Christians in Palestinian Society. It is a 1.4 megabyte PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the file, but it is available online without charge. Following is a short thumbnail sketch of the Monograph: On the heels of the Gaza disengagement, which was intended to empower the Palestinian Authority to improve the lives...
  • Mayor Daley Mistakenly Welcomes Extremist Sabeel Conference to Chicago

    10/08/2005 4:27:34 PM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 16 replies · 675+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Oct 7, 2004 | Coalition for Responsible Peace in the Middle East
    Chicago Mayor Richard Daley mistakenly welcomed a Palestinian nationalist group whose leader denies Israel's right to exist in the Holy Land by sending greetings to a Sabeel conference at the Lutheran School of Theology. "Sabeel masquerades as a peace group, but its founder, Anglican Canon Naim Ateek, has portrayed Israel as a baby- and Christ killing nation that blocks the political salvation of the Middle East," says Dexter Van Zile, Christian outreach director of the David Project Center for Jewish Leadership and member of the United Church of Christ. "He has also denied the Jews' right to live in the...
  • First Presbyterian Church oasts two ministers

    10/02/2005 6:34:10 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 36 replies · 1,451+ views
    The following statement was issued by the Session of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood on Sept. 30, 2005. "We, the Session of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, met with Rev. Dr. Meenan and Rev. Dr. Manock. We made the very difficult decision that returning the pastors is not in the best interest of the church, or the pastors. Therefore we asked for their resignations." Our Session has called a Congregational Meeting on October 9th after services in the Sanctuary at 12:30 PM, for the purpose of at which time the A.C. will share it's research findings.
  • Presbyterian Executive says he will make churches pay for schism

    10/01/2005 10:57:35 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 18 replies · 885+ views
    The Layman Online ^ | Sept 28, 2005 | John Adams
    Ken Moe, the executive of the Presbytery of the Grand Canyon, delivered a scathing attack on the New Wineskins Initiative and the Presbyterian Lay Committee in his report to the presbytery during its meeting on Sept. 16. He said the two groups are promoting schism in the denomination by insisting on subscription to theological standards and moral imperatives. "Denomination watchers are predicting the greatest impact of the storm will occur next June in Birmingham, Alabama," Moe added. "That is the time and place of the 217th General Assembly." Moe told the presbytery. "And it is fitting that I make this...
  • Why do zots suddenly appear, every time trolls are near?

    09/12/2005 5:25:59 PM PDT · by 3outof1 · 81 replies · 2,492+ views
    dude... like these arab dudes are always blowing themselves up man.
  • Lake Junaluska Hosts Pro-Homosexuality Event

    09/10/2005 6:28:22 PM PDT · by Presby Conservative · 2 replies · 419+ views
    Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) ^ | Setp 10, 2005 | IRD--Mark Tooley
    Having read an account of what happened at Hearts on Fire, do you believe that United Methodist Lake Junaluska Conference Center was correct in renting itself to the pro-homosexuality conference? Go to the website and click to participate in the poll.
  • PCUSA loses 43,175 members during 2004; 2nd highest since reunion (Liberal Presbyterians)

    06/21/2005 1:18:57 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 532+ views
    Layman Online ^ | June 21, 2005 | John H. Adams
    The Presbyterian Church (USA) lost 43,175 members in 2004, the third straight year that more than 40,000 people have left the denomination. The 2004 loss was both the second highest numerically and as a percentage of membership since the Southern and Northern streams of mainline Presbyterians merged in 1983 to form the PCUSA. The 43,175 departing members represented 1.79 percent of the 2003 membership. The loss in 2003 was the highest 46,658, or 1.9 percent of the 2002 membership. The ongoing declines have reduced the membership of the PCUSA by 401,869 since the mainline Presbyterian merger down from...
  • Judaism Expert:Mainline Christians Slowly Realizing Modern Israel's Importance(why not Jewish libs?)

    05/31/2005 8:49:37 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 357+ views
    A Jewish scholar says that over the past half-century, Christian churches have been undergoing a remarkable theological revolution in their attitude towards Judaism and their relationship with the Jewish people. Moshe Auman, who served 35 years in Israel's foreign ministry, devoted the last four years of that time largely to extensive study of Jewish-Christian and Israeli-Christian relations. He feels many of the so-called "mainline" Protestant churches have had trouble coming to grips with the rebirth of the Israeli nation over 50 years ago. By looking closely at the Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Lutheran, and Methodist denominations, Auman says, one finds that these...
  • Mainline Christian Anti-Semitism (Why Presbyterian, WCC and Lutheran churches side with terrorists)

    03/15/2005 5:07:23 AM PST · by SJackson · 131 replies · 2,447+ views ^ | March 15, 2005 | David Meir-Levi
    The leadership of the Presbyterian Church recently decided to encourage its governing body to promote divestment from companies that do business with Israel. Shortly thereafter, the Anglican church, the Lutheran church and the World Council of Churches (WCC, with 347 member denominations world-wide) followed suit with the explanation that divestment "(is) a new way to work for peace, by looking at ways to not participate economically in illegal activities related to the Israeli occupation." (1) These churches are among those often referred to as "mainline" churches. The most problematic issue of this new mainline posture is that it is clearly...
  • Advocacy Letter - On Behalf of 17 Religious Groups

    01/05/2005 5:00:29 PM PST · by Presby Conservative · 19 replies · 418+ views
    civil rights org ^ | January 5, 2005 | The Civil Rights Coalition
    Dear Chairman Specter and Ranking Member Leahy: We, the undersigned religious leaders and organizations, write to express strong concern regarding the nomination of Alberto Gonzales for Attorney General of the United States. As people with a deep commitment to racial justice, we appreciate that President Bush has nominated a number of people of color for cabinet positions. Greater racial diversity at the highest levels of government is an important step towards the Beloved Community. Like the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., we dream of a day when all people "will not be judged by the color of their skin but...
  • Christian leaders urge politicians: After tsunami, heed climate change

    12/31/2004 12:04:41 AM PST · by Presby Conservative · 76 replies · 1,846+ views
    Ecumenical News International ^ | Thursday, December 30, 2004 | Peter Kenny
    Two world church officials have urged political leaders to heed the danger that climate change could pose in triggering disasters like this week's killer tsunami. It was precipitated by a massive earthquake that has left a death toll of more than 115,000 lives. "This is a time for humanity to try to see how global efforts can try to overcome a tragedy that has happened on a scale like this," World Council of Churches' general secretary, the Rev. Sam Kobia, told Ecumenical News International on Thursday. "We need to learn a few lessons of humanity," he said. "For instance, we...
  • In Battle for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Suburbs Probably Hold the Key

    08/24/2004 1:05:18 AM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 4 replies · 1,278+ views
    New York Times ^ | 08/24/04 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    August 24, 2004SWING STATESIn Battle for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Suburbs Probably Hold the KeyBy KATHARINE Q. SEELYE AYNE, Pa. - The ladies lunching on the veranda of the venerable Wayne Hotel here had nothing nice to say about Senator John Kerry, but that did not prevent them from saying it. "He's a fraud," said Alida Haslett, 53, who works in a framing shop and lives in nearby Bryn Mawr. "I don't believe he's a war hero."Her companions were equally sour on Mr. Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee."He's a Kennedy wannabe," said Carol Ogelsby, 50, who sells real estate."There's nothing like a...
  • No-Fault Division? Time for mainline churches to consider an amicable divorce?

    07/03/2004 5:42:36 AM PDT · by xzins · 38 replies · 418+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | Christianity Today
    William Hinson, president of a major renewal organization, dropped a bombshell during May's United Methodist General Conference: "I believe the time has come when we must begin to explore an amicable and just separation that will free us both from our cycle of pain and conflict". We find in large sections of mainline churches a sub-Christian religion with alternate doctrines of biblical authority, the church, and even salvation. Most Methodists, left and right, responded with shock, rallied around the flag of unity, and declared their dismay. This is an understandable reaction and shows a good instinct for one's church. But...
  • Are the Mainlines Derailing? Rifts Widen in Major Protestant Denominations

    06/21/2004 7:35:54 AM PDT · by xzins · 13 replies · 208+ views
    AgapePress ^ | 18Jun04 | Ed Vitagliano
    Are the Mainlines Derailing?Rifts Widen in Major Protestant DenominationsFeature by Ed VitaglianoJune 18, 2004 (AgapePress) - Whether or not the average member in the pew knows it, many leaders within some of the nation's oldest Protestant denominations are steering their churches into schism. Especially on the contentious issue of homosexuality -- but also on the subject of abortion -- denominations like the United Methodist Church (UMC), Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA), and the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) have lurched leftward in a turn that is as breathtakingly swift as it is radical. This deviation threatens to further the rupture between...
  • President Bush's United Methodists Become First Mainline Church Against Same-Sex Marriage

    05/03/2004 3:19:30 PM PDT · by xzins · 150 replies · 673+ views
    Institute on Religion and Democracy ^ | 3 May 04 | Steve Rempe
    Press Release: United Methodists Become First Mainline Church Against Same-Sex Marriage Contact: Steve Rempe May 3, 2004 On Saturday, May 1, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church voted to add language to the denomination's Social Principles endorsing "laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman." The vote was 625 to 184 among the delegates from around the world, who meet every 4 years to establish the 10 million-member denomination's policies. Mark Tooley, director of the UM Action Committee of the Institute on Religion and Democracy thanked the General Conference for...