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  • Moon God Beams Over America’s Heartland

    08/27/2009 10:48:47 AM PDT · by Psion · 24 replies · 854+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | August 27, 2009 | thelastcrusade
    Methodists Celebrate Ramadan CHRISLAM COMES TO The First United Methodist Church in Omaha, Nebraska hosted an interfaith prayer vigil on Sunday, August 23. The vigil was neither held in preparation of feast days of St. Louis, the heretic fighting King of France, who died during the Second Crusade, nor of St. Bartholomew the Apostle, the first Christian missionary to India.The ceremony was rather conducted in celebration of the first day of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, when the Angel Gabriel revealed the first verses of the Qur’an to the prophet Muhammad.The vigil was held at...
  • GOP State Sen. Resigns Amid Lurid Sex Scandal With 22-Year-Old Intern

    07/29/2009 5:20:29 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 25 replies · 1,800+ views ^ | July 29, 2009
    “Good morning sir, how are you this fine day?” With that one text from his 22-year-old intern’s boyfriend, Republican state Sen. Paul Stanley’s professional and personal life began to unravel, as his sexual liaison with his intern became public. And the hypocrisy of the “family values” 47-year-old married lawmaker with two children came to light. Stanley announced his resignation from his office on Tuesday, effective August 10, amid growing calls for the hypocritical lawmaker to step down. Stanley issued a short statement saying, “Due to recent events, I have decided to focus my full attention on my family and resign...
  • Church must repent for climate change sins

    07/08/2009 2:44:06 PM PDT · by PROCON · 32 replies · 1,234+ views ^ | July 8, 2009 | Jenna Lyle
    The call was made in the report ‘Hope in God’s Future’, received by the annual Methodist Conference on Wednesday. The report encourages people to repent in particular for their complicity in systems that exploit creation and prey on the powerless, but also offers advice on how Christians can make positive lifestyle changes. Rev David Gamble, the President of the Conference, said the report sent out a challenge to the Church to tackle the issue head on and commit to “significant action” over the next few years. “The first step in making a difference is the recognition of what we’ve done...
  • Ad campaigns invite people to church

    05/28/2009 11:30:40 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 13 replies · 870+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2009 | Rose French
    Shrinking mainline Protestant denominations are turning to marketing to help stem decades of membership losses and stay afloat. The United Methodist Church recently unveiled a $20 million rebranding effort aimed at attracting younger members to the large but diminishing Protestant group. The new ads will appear over the next four years as part of the denomination's "Rethink Church" campaign. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has invested nearly $1.2 million over the past two years launching a similar branding effort based on the theme, "God's Work, Our Hands." The denominations are trying to bounce back from losses that began...
  • George W Bush on Christian fundamentalists: 'those whackos'

    05/08/2009 5:54:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies · 1,870+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/6/2009 | Damian Thompson
    I've always suspected that George W Bush wasn't really a big fan of Christian fundamentalists: he's an evangelical with Catholic leanings, not a Bible-basher. Now my suspicions have been confirmed by a new book about the worldwide religious revival called God is Back by the Economist's John Mickelthwait and Adrian Wooldridge.What did Bush really think of Bible-bashers?In the 2000 campaign, they report, Bush was visiting the Boeing Plant in Washington State when he was asked whether his enthusiasm for free trade with China might cost him the Christian vote. The reporter who asked him the question was from a...
  • Joseph Smith Tries to Join the Methodists

    05/05/2009 10:25:50 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 58 replies · 1,189+ views
    The Berean Call ^ | May 4, 2009 | Wesley P. Walters
    In June 1828 Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of Mormonism, joined the Methodist Church [probationary class] in Harmony, Pennsylvania. This was a strange thing for this prophet of a new religion to do, and seriously challenges the story he put out ten years later about the origin of his work. That later story claims that in 1820 Joseph Smith had seen two glorious personages, identified as the Father and the Son, and was informed that the creeds of all the “sects,” or various denominations, “were an abomination” and he was twice forbidden to join any of them. In retelling this...
  • United Methodist Court Rejects Gay Marriage Resolution

    05/01/2009 4:26:34 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 9 replies · 848+ views
    christianpost ^ | Apr. 30 2009 | Audrey Barrick
    The United Methodist Church's top court recently ruled that clergy, both active and retired, cannot perform same-sex marriages or civil unions. Performing such services is "a chargeable offense," Bishop Beverly J. Shamana ruled last Friday. UMC's Judicial Council affirmed her decision. The council further ruled that an annual conference, or regional body within the UMC, "may not negate, ignore, or violate provisions of the Discipline with which they disagree, even when the disagreements are based on conscientious objections to the provisions." The council’s ruling was on a resolution passed by the California-Nevada Annual Conference last year, months after the California...

    04/17/2009 4:06:31 AM PDT · by kellynla · 10 replies · 579+ views ^ | April 16, 2009 | staff
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 16 (Compass Direct News) – Buddhist mobs attacked several churches in Sri Lanka last week, threatening to kill a pastor in the southern province of Hambanthota and ransacking a 150-year-old Methodist church building in the capital. On April 8, four Buddhist extremists approached the home of pastor Pradeep Kumara in Weeraketiya, Hambanthota district, calling for him to come out and threatening to kill him. The pastor said his wife, at home alone with their two children, phoned him immediately but by the time he returned, the men had left. Half an hour later, Kumar said, the...
  • Converts' search brings them to Catholicism (as exemplified by their own bishop)

    04/12/2009 2:21:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 748+ views
    Canton Rep ^ | April 11, 2009 | By Charita Goshay
    As a little boy, Bishop George V. Murry was raised as an African Methodist Episcopal, but was so impressed by his experience at his Catholic school that he convinced his parents to allow him to convert. Eventually, they too, became Catholic. In the Diocese of Youngstown, 406 converts have joined the Church just in time for Easter. On Saturday, 169 people received the Sacrament of Baptism, and 237 who were baptized in another denomination received the sacraments of confirmation and the Holy Eucharist. Adults who want to become Catholic must enter a months-long education process known as RCIA, the Rite...
  • Faith Journey Leads United Methodist from Pastorate to Catholic Priesthood

    03/24/2009 2:23:12 PM PDT · by Titanites · 15 replies · 860+ views
    United Methodist News Service ^ | May 13, 1996 | Linda Bloom
    As he progressed from Methodist Youth Fellowship member to active layperson to ordained minister, Scott Medlock seemed destined for lifelong service in the United Methodist Church. But Medlock, an Orlando, Fla., native, has had a dual faith journey. The second journey started during his undergraduate years at the University of Notre Dame, intensified with his marriage to a "cradle Catholic" and eventually led to a desire for a more "eucharistically-centered" faith experience. On March 19, the 41-year-old former United Methodist pastor was ordained a Roman Catholic deacon. On July 26, in Anchorage, Alaska, he will be ordained a priest. Along...
  • Methodist Liberation Organization

    01/29/2009 6:08:58 AM PST · by Zakeet · 12 replies · 725+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | January 29, 2009 | Mark Tooley
    Having rejected anti-Israel divestment of its pension funds last year, the 7.9 million United Methodist Church is courting new controversy involving anti-Israel bias again this year. Starting February 3, the Methodist Building on Capitol Hill, from which the denomination conducts its political lobbying, will commemorate the nakba, as Palestinians refer to the "catastrophe" of Israel's creation. The opening reception on Tuesday, February 3, will kick-off a three-week exhibition in the Methodist Building lobby called "Our Story: A Photo Exhibit Commemorating 60 Years of Dispossession." Friends of Sabeel Canada, an advocate of Palestinian Liberation Theology among left-leaning Christians, has produced the...
  • Forced ‘Tolerance’ (New Jersey Town Forced to Accommodate Same-Sex Unions)

    01/21/2009 1:20:37 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies · 962+ views
    NCR ^ | January 21, 2009 | DENNIS POUST
    OCEAN GROVE, N.J. — A Christian camp meeting community here is being forced to accommodate same-sex ceremonies. Are Catholics next?Ocean Grove, a tiny seaside village on the Jersey Shore, is in many ways like something out of another time. With its wood frame Victorian inns, small family-run cafes and restaurants (no alcohol served in this “dry” town with a long history of temperance), Ocean Grove might have been lifted out of the 19th century.But a distinctly 21st-century controversy has rudely intervened in this Methodist Church-owned village, which began as a place for Protestant tent revival meetings. Ocean Grove has come...
  • Married man to be ordained (RC) priest [Ecumenical]

    12/29/2008 1:34:54 PM PST · by NYer · 43 replies · 1,081+ views
    Standard Times ^ | December 27, 2008
    Waldo Emerson "Knick" Knickerbocker, a married former Episcopalian minister, will be ordained as a Roman Catholic deacon at 11:15 a.m. Sunday at St. Theresa Church in Junction. The ceremony will be conducted by Bishop Michael Pfeifer, OMI . A month later, on Jan. 28 at Sacred Hearth Cathedral Church in San Angelo, Knickerbocker will be ordained a priest for the Catholic Church. Knickerbocker will be the first married man to be ordained a priest for the Diocese of San Angelo, according to a news release. In 1993-94, Knickerbocker and his wife, Sandie, became members of the Roman Catholic Church. After...
  • Korean Methodists Celebrate Americans (Appreciation of America from an Asian country)

    12/23/2008 6:46:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 526+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | Dec 23,2008 | Mark Tooley
    The largest Methodist congregation in the world is the 120,000 member Kumnan Church in Seoul, Korea, whose pastor/bishop is an colorful enthusiast for South Korea's alliance with America. "Without [the] U.S. presence, Korea would not have grown to be one of the largest concentrations of Christians in the world," explained a senior U.S. Army chaplain to the United Methodist News Service recently. "The Korean people are on fire for the Lord. Bishop Kim credits his success to prayer and preaching the unadulterated Word of God." Methodist Bishop Hong-Do Kim is the 70-year-old pastor who led a 75 member congregation to...
  • Methodist group ordains lesbian for inclusivity's sake

    11/15/2008 3:29:13 AM PST · by IbJensen · 33 replies · 803+ views
    One News NoW ^ | 11/14/2008 | Chad Groening and Jody Brown
    A religious watchdog organization says the recent unauthorized ordination ceremony for a lesbian and another woman who champions homosexual rights is evidence of the theological tailspin plaguing the historic United Methodist Church in Maryland. Last month, a so-called "extraordinary ordination" was held at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Baltimore. Organizers said the ceremony was sponsored by the Church Within A Church Movement, a Methodist group which bills itself as being the "inclusive church" and plants churches with the objective of providing ministry opportunities for "sexual minorities." Annie Britton and Jenna Zirbel were "ordained" on Sunday, October 19. Britton...
  • A Statement from the Virginia Annual Council of the United Methodist Church

    07/22/2008 5:35:56 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies · 207+ views
    A Statement from the Virginia Annual Council of the United Methodist Church July 11, 2008 On June 27, 2008, the Circuit Court of Fairfax County declared constitutional—as applied to the case before it—a Virginia statute which gives ownership of church property to breakaway congregations of a church denomination, which for years had held the property in trust for the purpose of worship within the denomination, according to denominational doctrine. The statute, known as the “Division Statute,” was enacted by the Virginia legislature only a few years after the end of the Civil War, and was used then as a vehicle...
  • Church suspends bishop indicted on sex assault charges

    07/15/2008 4:17:04 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 1,320+ views
    star ledger ^ | 07.15.08 | MAX B. BAKER
    Christian Methodist Episcopal Bishop Kenneth Wayne Carter has been suspended by the church until his criminal case is resolved. Carter, 51, was indicted by a Tarrant County grand jury last month on sexual assault charges involving a 46-year-old Dallas County man. The man was applying for a job as the bishop’s driver and says he was assaulted at Carter’s home in Arlington. Carter was released on $10,000 bail last week. The CME’s College of Bishops made the decision to suspend Carter with pay during a special meeting last week. Under the suspension, Carter is barred from performing sacramental duties. Although...
  • Pastor arrested on charges of solicitation (High Point, NC)

    06/30/2008 8:34:30 PM PDT · by Coleus · 17 replies · 470+ views
    news record ^ | 05.29.08
    A High Point pastor faces misdemeanor charges after being accused of soliciting sex online. Randleman police said they arrested Otis Durham outside the Wal-Mart here at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Durham, 55, is pastor of the Sandy Ridge United Methodist Church in High Point. He was charged with solicitation of prostitution and solicitation of crimes against nature and is free on a $1,000 bond. Det. R.K. Hardy said today that a Randleman woman contacted police Friday after getting an unwanted sexual solicitation online. Hardy said he posed online as the woman and arranged for a time and place to meet the...
  • An Apology for Support of Eugenics

    05/07/2008 12:28:20 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 7 replies · 331+ views
    United Methodist Church ^ | April 28, 2008 | United Methodist General Conference
    An Apology for Support of Eugenics (81175-C2-R9999)Add new resolution: Eugenics, the belief that certain “genetic” traits are good and others bad, is associated in the public mind mostly with the extreme eugenics policies of Adolf Hitler, which ultimately led to the Holocaust. The study of eugenics did not begin with Hitler or his German scientists, but rather was first promoted by Sir Francis Galton, in England. Galton, a cousin of Charles Darwin, who expanded on Darwin’s theories and applied them to the human population. In an article entitled "Hereditary Character and Talent" (published in two parts in MacMillan's Magazine, vol....
  • United Methodist General Conference Takes Steps to Affirm Life

    05/03/2008 9:59:15 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 96+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | 5/3/08 | Christian Newswire
    Contact: Loralei Coyle, 202-905-6852 cell,; Radio Interviews: Jeff Walton, 202-413-5639 cell,; both with the Institute on Religion and Democracy FT. WORTH, Texas, May 3 /Christian Newswire/ -- The United Methodist General Conference, the Church's governing body that meets every 4 years, overwhelmingly adopted several petitions affirming the sanctity of life during its quadrennial meeting in Fort Worth. Conference delegates voted to: "Affirm and encourage the Church to assist the ministry of crisis pregnancy centers and pregnancy resource centers that compassionately help women find feasible alternatives to abortion." "Respect the sacredness of the life and well-being of the mother...
  • Methodists Reject Attempt to Liberalize Chuch's Policy on Homosexuality

    04/30/2008 7:44:30 PM PDT · by Flo Nightengale · 15 replies · 84+ views
    The Ledger ^ | April 30, 2008 | Cary McMullen
    FORT WORTH, Texas | Representatives of the United Methodist Church turned back attempts to liberalize its policy on homosexuality Wednesday. Almost 1,000 delegates to the church’s General Conference rejected a proposal from a legislative committee, leaving in place the position that the practice of homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching.” The General Conference, which meets every four years, is the only assembly that can set policy for the 7.9 million-member church. It includes delegates from all 50 states and 66 overseas regional jurisdictions. The question of the status of gays was likely the most contentious one delegates will deal with...
  • United Methodist Church formally declares political mission, rejects salvation mission

    04/30/2008 7:05:29 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 60 replies · 2,638+ views
    United Methodist Church General Conference in Fort Worth ^ | 29 April 2008 | United Methodist Church, General Confer
    Yesterday, 29 April 2008, at 3:32 PM, the United Methodist Church formally and explicitely rejected it's long held and Biblically-based mission to make disciples of Christ by saving souls, and declared officially that its mission is to transform the world. This codifies in the Book of Discipline of the UMC, its book of law, what was already the de facto case in practice. Here's the new text: The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.Here's the previous text: The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ....
  • Methodist group urges immigrant sanctuary

    04/26/2008 7:17:16 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 40 replies · 118+ views
    The Brownsville Herald/AP ^ | 4-25-2008 | ANGELA K. BROWN
    FORT WORTH - Churches must continue to shelter illegal immigrants although they may face legal repercussions, some Methodist ministers said Friday. They said the new sanctuary movement, in which churches of various denominations nationwide provide refuge to illegal immigrants, is an important act of civil disobedience that challenges laws many consider unjust. "The underground railroad would help take people to freedom. Well now, this new sanctuary movement is all about helping people find freedom and find hope for those who are enslaved by our current laws," said the Rev. Mary Ann Swenson, bishop of the California-Pacific Annual Conference. The ministers...
  • Benedict XVI Address to Ecumenical Meeting at St. Joseph's Church, New York

    04/18/2008 4:03:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 189+ views
    EWTN ^ | April 18, 2008 | Pope Benedict XVI
    The Holy Father addressed representatives of other Christian communities during an ecumenical encounter at St. Joseph's Church, New York, 18 April 2008. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My heart abounds with gratitude to Almighty God - "the Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all" (Eph 4:6) - for this blessed opportunity to gather with you this evening in prayer. I thank Bishop Dennis Sullivan for his cordial welcome, and I warmly greet all those in attendance representing Christian communities throughout the United States. May the peace of our Lord and Savior be...
  • Area church to hold worship services in bar

    04/16/2008 8:30:17 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 10 replies · 41+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | April 14, 2008 | Khalid Moss
    The Pub Lounge near the I-75 exit in Sidney is your typical neighborhood restaurant/bar. It has a dance floor, riding bull, big screen TV, pool tables, pizza, beer and a pleasant, everybody-knows-your-name vibe. Which — according to the Rev. Chris Heckaman — makes it the ideal spot for a new church. Heckaman is senior pastor of Sidney First United Methodist Church, 230 N. Popular St. While his church-in-a-bar ministry may seem like an irreverent idea, it gives new meaning to the phrase "filled with the spirit." "The idea behind the new Country Rock Church in the Pub Lounge is to...
  • United Methodist Bishop Wants Church to Stay in Pro-Abortion Coalition

    04/15/2008 4:35:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 42 replies · 62+ views
    Life News ^ | 4/15/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- A leading United Methodist Church bishop is coming under heavy criticism for wanting to keep the Protestant denomination as a member of a pro-abortion coalition for religious groups. The UMC has been dogged from pro-life advocates within the denomination for decades.San Francisco-area United Methodist Bishop Beverly Shamana, the president of the church's Washington lobby office, is urging UMC officials to keep the group involved in the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.The Washington-based RCRC defends unrestricted abortion in the name of its members and actively lobbies against pro-life legislation on Capitol Hill.The United Methodist Board of Church...
  • Pope to Lead Ecumenical Prayer Service at Manhattan Parish

    04/06/2008 4:58:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies · 163+ views ^ | April 6, 2008 | Armstrong Williams
    WASHINGTON, March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pope Benedict XVI will lead an ecumenical prayer service April 18, at St. Joseph's Church in the Yorkville area of Manhattan. Participants at the service will include 250 national and local Protestant and Orthodox Church leaders. St. Joseph's Church was built in the 19th century by the immigrant German community that settled in the area and today serves a diverse population. A Sunday Mass is still celebrated in German. The pope will address the group after a reading from Paul's letter to the Ephesians (4:1-6) and before the congregation prays the Lord's Prayer. At the...
  • Divestment: Coming to a Denomination Near You-Religious Left is ready for another long, hot summer

    04/03/2008 5:43:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies · 115+ views ^ | April 03, 2008 | Dr. Earl Tilford
    Divestment: Coming to a Denomination Near You   By Dr. Earl | Thursday, April 03, 2008 For a generation after World War II, particularly given revelations of the Holocaust, most American Protestant denominations embraced a more tolerant attitude toward Jews. Since the 1980s, however, there has been a marked shift, evident in the anti-Israeli positions adopted by more liberal denominations like the United Methodist Church (UMC); the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA); the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA); and the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (PCUSA).At its April meeting in Fort Worth, the National Conference of...
  • Did Jesus rise from the dead? Hey, let's "hope" so!

    03/30/2008 4:03:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 471+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | March 29, 2008 | Carl Olson
    Some guy once wrote—and I quote: Now if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. And the Catholic Church, following the lead of St. Paul and the other Apostles, declares: Given all these testimonies, Christ's Resurrection cannot be interpreted as something outside the physical order, and it is impossible not to acknowledge...
  • The Methodist Child Indoctrination League--The UMC shames youngsters into supporting "Palestine."

    02/19/2008 4:36:58 AM PST · by SJackson · 25 replies · 82+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 2-19-08 | Mark Tooley
    The Methodist Child Indoctrination League   By Mark | Tuesday, February 19, 2008 Among the latest exploits of the United Methodist Women’s Division is a children’s book intended to instill anti-Israel themes among Methodist younsters. Innocuously called, “From Palestine to Seattle; Becoming Neighbors and Friends,” the booklet portrays Israel as an oppressor of Palestinians while omitting all mention of terrorism. It was written by Mary Davis, a former United Methodist missionary in “Palestine,” where she led “study tours,” whose political content no doubt was predictable. The United Methodist Women’s Division, with over $60 million in assets, $30 million...
  • The Methodist Child Indoctrination League

    02/19/2008 6:37:08 AM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 17 replies · 152+ views ^ | February 19, 2008 | Mark Tooley
    Among the latest exploits of the United Methodist Women’s Division is a children’s book intended to instill anti-Israel themes among Methodist younsters. Innocuously called, “From Palestine to Seattle; Becoming Neighbors and Friends,” the booklet portrays Israel as an oppressor of Palestinians while omitting all mention of terrorism. It was written by Mary Davis, a former United Methodist missionary in “Palestine,” where she led “study tours,” whose political content no doubt was predictable. The United Methodist Women’s Division, with over $60 million in assets, $30 million in annual income, and nearly 700,000 members, is one of the most powerful women’s groups...
  • Allen Hunt, Methodist Minister ...Journeys Home (Catholic, Re: Real Presence)

    02/03/2008 8:00:08 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 42 replies · 977+ views
    Roman Catholic By Choice ^ | 1/24/2008 | Chris
    Through an acquaintance, I learned today that Allen Hunt, an Atlanta area Methodist minister has recently been received into the Catholic Church. Hunt has been serving as pastor at an Atlanta Methodist church, and has also been steadily growing his Allen Hunt Show radio ministry, which currently is syndicated on 13 stations with eyes on growing to 75 stations by the end of the year. The show airs on mainstream stations, out of a desire to be, well, mainstream and therefore reach a larger audience. I emailed Hunt to find out if what I had heard was indeed true, and...
  • Phony, ignorant Christians

    01/27/2008 5:53:09 AM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 176 replies · 358+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 25, 2008 | Joseph Farah
    Paul warned us about times like this and the way people – including those claiming to be professing Christians – would act. I strongly believe Paul had in mind the kind of people who run major Protestant denominations like the United Methodist Church. Today, at an event in Fort Worth, Texas, leaders of the denomination, which boasts membership by President Bush and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, will consider divesting from all companies that do business with Israel. To say that even considering such an action is hateful, unbiblical, anti-Christian and evil would be an understatement. It's not even understandable except...
  • Pro-Life Group Wants United Methodist Church to Abandon Pro-Abortion View

    01/21/2008 3:50:05 PM PST · by wagglebee · 26 replies · 1,290+ views
    Life News ^ | 1/21/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- A pro-life organization for members of the Methodist Church says it hopes the Protestant Christian denomination will reform its long-standing pro-abortion views. The group hopes Methodists will be open to the message of Bishop William Willimon of Birmingham, who will be delivering a pro-life speech on Tuesday before the March for Life. LifeWatch, the unofficial United Methodist pro-life caucus, says Bishop Willimon will address the group in the chapel of the United Methodist Building, headquarters of the pro-abortion United Methodist Board of Church and Society. LifeWatch will urge the governing United Methodist General Conference this spring...
  • Methodist Agency Head Winker Wants Divestment of Caterpillar

    01/16/2008 11:07:10 AM PST · by mbarker12474 · 52 replies · 293+ views
    from the Christian News Wire release: Methodist Lobbyist Takes Anti-Israel Divestment Agenda to Doorstep of Caterpillar Tractor "The United Methodist Board of Church and Society apparently believes that the roadmap for Middle East peace leads through Peoria, Illinois. Does anyone really think that punishing Caterpillar will help create a peace in the Middle East?" -- Mark Tooley, Executive Director UMAction Contact: Loralei Coyle 202-682-4131, 202-905-6852 cell,; Radio Interviews: Jeff Walton,; both with the Institute on Religion and Democracy WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 /Christian Newswire/ -- The chief of the United Methodist Church's official lobby office is meeting tomorrow in...
  • Accused Molester Says 'High Blood Pressure' Made Him Do It

    01/01/2008 5:21:36 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 12 replies · 256+ views ^ | 01/01/08 | khpo
    CHANDLER, Ariz. -- A Sunday school teacher who was arrested on suspicion of molesting a 5-year-old girl at a church blamed his actions on his “high blood pressure,” according to a police report. Terence James Greenwood, 62, a married father of two children, also cast blame on his “medication,” or the possibility he had “mental problems,” the report said. Greenwood faces six felony charges, including child molestation, sexual conduct with a minor and indecent exposure. Greenwood has been a member of the Chandler United Methodist Church for years, but just started helping in the classrooms in September, according to the...
  • Church teacher accused of molesting 5-year-old (in the CHURCH!)

    01/01/2008 5:54:24 PM PST · by yorkie · 34 replies · 109+ views
    East Valley Tribune ^ | December 31, 2007 | Mike Branon
    A Sunday school teacher at a Chandler church has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a child in his care. Terry Greenwood, 62, of Chandler is accused of forcing a 5-year-old girl to perform oral sex on him last month, according to a police report released Monday. Under questioning by detectives, Greenwood admitted he sexually assaulted the girl twice at Chandler United Methodist Church, 251 W. Chandler Blvd., police said. Greenwood was taken into custody on Dec. 21, the report said. He was booked into jail on suspicion of four counts of child molestation, one count of sexual conduct with...
  • Help for immigrants divides congregations

    12/25/2007 4:26:45 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 23 replies · 236+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12-25-2007 | Andrea Hopkins
    He doesn't speak Spanish and has no idea what America should do about illegal immigration, but Rev. Larry Kreps knows he's now on a list somewhere of people willing to help illegal immigrants in a time of crisis. It started out small enough. Months ago, a member of Kreps' suburban Ohio congregation was looking for a place where local Hispanics could meet, and Kreps offered some space at John Wesley United Methodist Church. A Sunday school lesson on immigration followed in August. Days later, with just a phone call for warning, dozens of desperate immigrants fleeing a massive raid on...
  • Baltimore Anarchists Rescue Church of Transsexual United Methodist Minister

    12/19/2007 5:12:59 PM PST · by PAR35 · 7 replies · 107+ views
    Washington, DC—Fighting to keep its doors open, a struggling United Methodist congregation in Baltimore has partnered with a collective of radical anarchists in a space-sharing agreement. The tiny St. John’s United Methodist Church, still not fully restored after a 1981 fire, now hosts meetings of Red Emma's collective, a self-described anarchist group. Payments from the anarchists have allowed the church to continue paying its utility bills. Red Emma’s speakers at the church have included a former Black Panther imprisoned for armed robbery and the Northeast Federation of Anarchists-Communists St. John’s garnered attention earlier this year when its pastor, Ann Gordon,...
  • Methodist Church Hosts Climate Change Lawn Garden Party

    12/06/2007 9:49:28 AM PST · by mbarker12474 · 39 replies · 106+ views
    Daily Star (Oneonta, NY newspaper) ^ | 6 December 2007 | Jake Palmateer, Daily Star
    Panelists discuss climate changes, peak oil By Jake Palmateer Staff Writer ONEONTA _ "Kill your lawn." That was one of the recommendations from a panel discussion based around peak oil and climate change held Wednesday night at the First United Methodist Church. Angelika St. Laurent of Cornell University promoted growing more vegetables and fruits locally _ including on lawns _ as a way to mitigate food-supply problems related to peak oil and climate change. ... ...Hubbert [in the 1950's] accurately predicted that American petroleum production would peak in less than two decades. ... a global peak, which Fleisher said...
  • Charles Wesley's hymns provide soundtrack for Rome ecumenical event

    12/04/2007 1:52:05 PM PST · by NYer · 47 replies · 1,046+ views
    CNS ^ | December 4, 2007 | Cindy Wooden
    ROME (CNS) -- Catholics, Anglicans and Methodists filled Rome's Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls with some of the most famous hymns written by Charles Wesley at a service marking the 300th anniversary of the Methodist reformer's birth. The songs, featured in hymnals across denominational lines, were the focal point of the Dec. 3 ecumenical evening prayer service in the Catholic basilica. The Rev. John Barrett, president of the World Methodist Council said, "It was mind-blowing really" to celebrate Wesley and sing his hymns "in Rome with an ecumenical gathering." "I think Charles Wesley would be thrilled. He did...
  • as abominations go, it's trčs chic

    11/25/2007 4:16:36 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 46+ views
    Off The Record ^ | November 25, 2007 | Diogenes
    A lesbian Lutheran pastor in the Bronx is working to move her congregation beyond sola Scriptura: And a few members of Pastor [Katrina] Foster's church say they still are struggling with the passage in the Bible that many consider a prohibition on homosexuality: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." Pastor Foster has not preached directly about that passage. Charlotte Sapp, a church member who runs a local H.I.V. prevention and support group, said she was hoping for more guidance on the issue. "If it's wrong concerning the Bible, show us this, why it's...
  • Council of Bishops calls for immediate Iraq withdrawal (Methodist)

    11/21/2007 9:21:33 AM PST · by PAR35 · 42 replies · 135+ views
    United Methodist News Service ^ | Nov. 9, 2007 | Linda Green
    Declaring war "incompatible with the teachings and example of Christ," the bishops of The United Methodist Church called on leaders of all nations to begin an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq. The bishops also urged against deploying additional troops to Iraq and against establishing permanent military bases in the Middle Eastern country.
  • Methodist Council Allows Transgendered Minister to Keep Job

    10/30/2007 9:06:04 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies · 82+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 30, 2007
    BERKELEY, Calif. — A council of the United Methodist Church has decided to allow a transgender minister to retain his job, but it stopped short of addressing whether a change of gender violates the denomination's rules. At a session over the weekend in San Francisco, the United Methodist Judicial Council considered whether to remove the Rev. Drew Phoenix from his post. The council allowed Phoenix to stay on the job, referring to a church policy stating that a clergyperson in good standing can't be terminated unless there has been administrative or judicial action, according to the ruling, posted on the...
  • UMC Kansas East Conference - Changing views on homosexuality

    10/17/2007 8:01:33 AM PDT · by Deut28 · 15 replies · 469+ views
    UMC Kansas East Conference Annual Conference ^ | June 9 | UMC - Kansas East Conference
    "THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that language related to the practice and nature of homosexuality be removed from the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that such language be replaced with language that is more theologically compatible with United Methodist tradition, utilizing the medical, theological and social science disciplines to reflect a deeper understanding of God’s good gift of human sexuality."
  • The Clintons’ God

    10/12/2007 8:13:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 216+ views
    NCR ^ | October 14, 2007 | PAUL KENGOR
    As Pope John Paul II wrote in Veritatis Splendor (The Splendor of Truth) the Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, and through the magisterium, serves as the “pillar and bulwark of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15), particularly through its teaching of truth regarding moral action. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than the tragedy of abortion, especially in contrast to where some (but certainly not all) Protestants stand on the issue, including two extremely influential Protestants: Bill and Hillary Clinton. No president did as much to advance legalized abortion as Bill Clinton, who is now poised to be exceeded in...
  • Your Assistance Needed (Catholic Caucus) [Vanity Thread]

    10/07/2007 4:44:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 442+ views
    October 7, 2007 | NYer
    As many of you know, the pastor of our small Maronite Catholic parish purchased a 160 year old, boarded up Methodist / Episcopal Church, 5 years ago, with the intention of converting it into a Catholic Church. The work progressed slowly due to lack of funds. (This is a very small parish of only 35 active families). When I arrived 4 years ago, I approached the pastor to suggest that he apply to the state for a grant. To do this, however, it would be necessary to have the existing church declared a state landmark. We approached NYS OPRHP (NYS...
  • U.S. Christian Camp Loses Tax-Exempt Status over Same-Sex Civil-Union Ceremony

    09/22/2007 8:35:41 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 31 replies · 578+ views ^ | September 19, 2007 | John Jalsevac
    U.S. Christian Camp Loses Tax-Exempt Status over Same-Sex Civil-Union Ceremony By John Jalsevac OCEAN GROVE, N.J., September 19, 2007 ( - The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced on Monday that it was stripping the Methodist Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association of its tax-exempt status for part of its property. The Methodist camp made the news earlier this year after it refused, for religious reasons, to allow a lesbian couple to hold a "civil-union" ceremony at a pavilion on the camp's property. The pavilion, said Scott Hoffman, the camp's chief administrative officer to LifeSiteNews, "is a facility we...
  • Methodist Camp Tax Exemption Revoked for Not Hosting Same-Sex Union

    09/21/2007 8:15:18 PM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies · 491+ views
    IRD ^ | 20 Sep 07 | Loralei Coyle
    Press Releases New Jersey Attacks Religious Freedom by Revoking Methodist Camp Tax Exemption for Not Hosting Same-Sex Union Contact: Loralei Coyle (202) 682-4131   “Contrary to New Jersey's assertions, the Ocean Grove Camp Ground Association has not limited the use of its boardwalk pavilion to any person, rather it has prohibited some BEHAVIOR, according to the principles of the United Methodist Church.” —Mark Tooley, Executive Director UMAction   ________________________ Washington, DC—Ocean Grove Camp Ground in New Jersey was founded and has been privately owned by a Methodist organization since the 19th century. New Jersey is now threatening its tax-exempt status...
  • Methodist Bishop Hosts Political Rally for Virginia Native Americans

    09/19/2007 7:27:05 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 3 replies · 108+ views
    Virginia Conference, United Methodist Church, message board ^ | 11 Sept 2007 | Virginia Conference, United Methodist Church
    We will be Celebrating Native American Tribal Rights Theme: Journey of Faith: Tears, Trial, and Triumph Starting with a reception on Friday evening at Williamsburg United Methodist Church, also celebrating with Native Tribal Dancers Opening Celebration on Friday September 14th The Custalow Brothers of the Mattaponi Tribe have been together for 40 years. The Custalow Brothers are sons of the late Solomon Dewey Custalow of the Mattaponi Tribe. They will be singing for the reception of Friday evening starting at 6:30pm The Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Tribe will be performing tribal dances on Friday evening. Saturday 8:30am Continental Breakfast 9:30am Opening Program...