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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...