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  • A Texas minister set himself on fire and died to ‘inspire’ justice

    06/28/2015 3:20:51 PM PDT · by Salman · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 16, 2014 | Lindsey Bever
    One Monday in June, 79-year-old Charles Moore, a retired United Methodist minister, drove to Grand Saline, Tex., his childhood home town some 70 miles east of Dallas. He pulled into a strip mall parking lot, knelt down on a small piece of foam and doused himself with gasoline. Then, witnesses said, he set himself on fire. ... The Tyler Morning Telegraph obtained a copy of the suicide note from Grand Saline police. In it, Moore lamented past racism in Grand Saline and beyond. He called on the community to repent and said he was “giving my body to be burned,...
  • Church leaders support Medicaid expansion (Montana)

    03/31/2015 9:07:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Hungry Horse News ^ | March 31, 2015 | 21 Church Leaders
    As people of faith, we believe that each of us has a moral obligation to take care of each other. At one time or another, every one of our fellow human beings has a need that we can help ease. We have an even stronger obligation to help the most vulnerable among us — those whose needs are often the greatest. 4307821 Whitefish Physical Therapy (headache) Instory HHN That obligation means more than making sure people have food and clothing. In today’s world, those basics fall far short of what anyone needs to better their lives, support a family and...
  • United Methodist Church leader mocks March for Life, UMC issues response statement

    01/25/2015 3:13:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 53 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jan 25, 2015 | Susan Michelle
    Bill Mefford, Director of Civil and Human Rights at the UMC’s Washington office, used the March for Life last week to mock the event with a sign, and picture he posted on Twitter, saying “I march for sandwiches.” Many are upset a church leader used a solemn event to liken an unborn baby to a sandwich. The next day, UMC Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe General Secretary General Board of Church & Society, issued a statement about Mefford’s “march”: “Affirming human dignity is central to the witness of Jesus Christ. Christians are called to watch over with care the lives of...
  • Methodists end case against bishop who performed gay wedding (Alabama)

    01/06/2015 9:08:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 6, 2015 11:23 AM EST | Jay Reeves
    The United Methodist church is settling a complaint against a retired bishop who performed a same-sex wedding in Alabama, and a church leader said the agreement showed the denomination doesn’t have to be divided by differences over gay marriage. Church statements issued Monday said the case against retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert had ended with a settlement that the denomination calls a “just resolution.” Official Methodist teaching doesn’t allow same-sex marriages, and there’s been discussion of splitting the denomination over disagreements about whether the position should be amended as society changes. Talbert is retired, but he still holds the title...
  • Health Dept Tells Church Trying To Feed The Needy: Not So Fast

    08/01/2014 9:13:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6:37 PM 07/31/2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    A Methodist church in West Virginia was stymied in its efforts to help the needy last week when the county health department told them their plan violated state health codes. The parishioners at First United Methodist Church had decided to install a large refrigerator outside their building that those in need could access at any time. Anticipating concerns about food safety, they planned to stock it with only prepackaged food, and built a cage around it to prevent small children from climbing inside. “We just wanted a way for more people to have access to food, along with some privacy...
  • Conservative United Methodists say divide over sexuality is `irreconcilable'

    05/31/2014 12:06:01 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 93 replies
    charlotteobserver.com ^ | May. 30, 2014 | Tim Funk and Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Will the United Methodist Church soon have to drop the “United” part of its name? A group of 80 pastors, including at least two from North Carolina, says the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination faces a split because of an inability to resolve long-standing theological disputes about homosexuality and church doctrine. But more than lamenting the divisions, the pastors indicated there is little reason to think reconciliation – or even coexistence – could be found. Like a couple heading to divorce court, the pastors cited irreconcilable differences that can’t be mended.
  • Methodists drop church complaint against open lesbian

    05/08/2014 8:00:19 AM PDT · by fwdude · 77 replies
    OneNewsNow.com ^ | May 7, 2014 | Charlie Butts
    A lesbian preacher in the United Methodist Church is being given a free ride. After a complaint was filed against Sara Thompson Tweedy of New York, the matter was considered and the case dismissed. There will be no prosecution. Rob Renfroe of Good News, an orthodox renewal United Methodist group, says there's no mistake about Thompson's lifestyle. "She's very up front that she that is married to another woman…" tells OneNewsNow. Renfroe describes her as a "proud, active, self-avowed lesbian."
  • 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. …
  • Salvation Army Settles Lawsuit on Religious Discrimination

    03/19/2014 12:29:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 18, 2014 | Sharon Otterman
    The Salvation Army on Tuesday settled a decade-old lawsuit that charged it with engaging in religious discrimination by requiring its government-funded social service employees to reveal their beliefs and to agree to act in accordance with the Christian gospel. As part of the settlement, approved by a federal judge in Manhattan, the Salvation Army will distribute to its New York employees who work in programs that receive government financing a document stating that they need not adhere to the group’s religious principles while doing their jobs, nor may they be asked about their religious beliefs. The Salvation Army, which is...
  • Statement of Religious Leaders on Recent Anti-Methodist Comments

    02/24/2014 12:17:41 PM PST · by lone star annie · 9 replies
    Texas Impact ^ | 2/23/2014 | Bee
    In a Friday morning Fort Worth Star Telegram article by Bud Kennedy, we became aware that Tea Party leader Julie McCarty has opposed a local candidate for criminal court judge because “he is a Methodist…Methodists tend not to take a stand on issues – anything goes.” She explained why she is supporting another candidate in the race: “My preference is a straitlaced Baptist to an everything-goes Methodist.” Early in our nation’s history, our Founding Fathers decided to be free of the destructive denominational wars of Europe. They knew firsthand the dangers of sectarian conflict and sought to prevent this nation...
  • Methodists in crisis over gay marriage, church law

    02/09/2014 8:54:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    WRAL-TV / The Associated Press ^ | February 9, 2014 | Rachel Zoll
    The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them. Since 2011, Methodist advocates for gay marriage have been recruiting clergy to openly officiate at same-sex ceremonies in protest of church policy. In response, theological conservatives have sought formal complaints against the defiant clergy, which could lead to church trials. One scholar has warned that Methodists are "retreating into our various camps" instead of seeking a resolution over an issue...
  • With Trayvon Martin, this Nativity gets edgy update (Traydmark as the baby in Claremont CA)

    12/26/2013 2:32:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin ^ | December 24, 2013 | David Allen
    John Zachary created a Nativity scene for Claremont United Methodist Church that employs a figure of Trayvon Martin as a commentary on gun violence. Previous scenes have had Mary and Joseph as a homeless couple and as war refugees. “You try to put it in a context of how it would be today,” Zachary said.Nativity scenes have a few standard elements: a manger, swaddling clothes, happy parents, sheep, maybe the Three Wise Men. They don’t generally include Trayvon Martin. But there he is, wearing a hoodie, a stream of blood pouring from his chest onto the straw-covered floor of the...
  • Woman minister refuses to wear a red poppy at remembrance service ‘because it is a symbol of war’

    10/28/2013 12:29:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12:56 EST, 28 October 2013 | Hugo Gye
    A minister has refused to wear a poppy when she conducts this year’s remembrance service because she believes the symbol “advocates war”. Patricia Jackson told other clergy that she would be happy to sport a white poppy during the proceedings on Remembrance Sunday, but will not wear a red one. Her decision has upset many parishioners at Hadley Methodist Church in Telford, Shropshire, who claimed that the American-born priest “doesn’t seem to realize” the importance of the poppy. …
  • Archaeology dig may uncover nation's earliest free African-American settlment

    08/05/2013 2:19:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    In Easton, Md., an untold story of free African-Americans is being discovered through bits of glass, shards of pottery and oyster shells. Piece by piece, archaeologists and historians from two universities and the community are uncovering the history of The Hill, which they believe is the earliest settlement of free African-Americans in the United States, dating to 1790. Treme, in New Orleans, is recognized as the oldest free black community in the nation, dating to 1812. But researchers say that could change based on findings from the Easton dig. "It's not just a black story. It's an American story," said...
  • Area churches debate BSA decision on gay Scouts

    06/04/2013 8:23:34 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 59 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 6/4/13 | Bill Sherman
    Tulsa’s largest United Methodist church is considering dropping its scouting program after the Boy Scouts of America decided to allow homosexual boys to participate. “We’re leaning in that direction. I don’t know exactly what we’ll do,” said the Rev. Tom Harrison, senior pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church, 6767 S. Mingo Road. The Boy Scouts’ decision can be troubling for troop-sponsoring churches whose denominations oppose the practice of homosexuality. The United Methodist Church, a major supporter of Boy Scouts, has maintained that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. “We find this to be a very troubling decision,”...
  • Methodist Seminary Ponders Removing Cross from Chapel

    03/04/2013 5:59:01 AM PST · by Gamecock · 27 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | Monday, March 4, 2013 | John Lomperis
    Actual title edited for space issues: United Methodist Seminary Ponders Removing Cross from Chapel To make the space more appropriate for Jain, Buddhist, and Islamic religious services After recently facing some financial challenges, the seminary decided to more or less literally sell itself for $50 million to a large donor who helped transform it from a Christian seminary into Claremont Lincoln University, devoted to jointly training Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and Jain clergy. In celebrating the move, Claremont President Jerry Campbell bizarrely declared that Christians who seek to obey Christ’s command to evangelize non-Christians have “an incorrect perception of what...
  • Gay marriage heads toward initiative vote (Another one ... Maine)

    02/23/2012 11:12:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Waterville Morning Sentinel ^ | February 23, 2012 | Susan M. Cover
    AUGUSTA -- Gay marriage advocates turned in more than enough signatures to move ahead with a citizen initiative that would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in Maine, the secretary of state's office ruled Thursday. More than 85,000 signatures were declared valid. The groups needed only 57,277 signatures for their bill to get to the Legislature. The decision means lawmakers will now be presented with a citizen initiative to allow gay marriage in Maine. Currently, seven states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriages. While lawmakers have the option of passing the bill as proposed, most likely it...
  • Church Nativity scene with gay figures vandalized

    12/29/2011 4:48:08 PM PST · by SmithL · 31 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/29/11
    CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) -- Southern California authorities are investigating vandalism of a church's Nativity display that includes depictions of gay and lesbian couples. The damage at Claremont United Methodist Church occurred late Saturday or Sunday morning. . . . Claremont police Sgt. Jason Walters tells the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin it's a hate crime.
  • United Methodist Future in Jeopardy, Say 400 UMC Clergy

    09/17/2011 7:09:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/17/2011 | Lillian Kwon
    Hundreds of United Methodist clergy are expressing deep concerns over a pledge made by a large group of fellow ministers to marry same-sex couples. They argue that if the pledge is carried through, the future of the denomination is in jeopardy. "We do not know how many, if any, marriages or 'holy unions' of same-sex couples will be performed by UM clergy in the near future," reads a letter, currently signed by more than 400 pastors, to the Council of Bishops. "But we do know the destructive effects that will result in our local churches and throughout the denomination if...
  • Audio: Methodist Methodology

    05/25/2011 2:57:13 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/5/11 | Eve Harow
    Chana Shapiro Stillman is appalled at what she discovered while doing research for the JCPA. Some UK church authorities, significantly the Methodists, are substituting a political agenda for Christianity. They have disavowed the Bible because it's too "Jewish " and associate with anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian groups under the guise of religion.
  • Historical Piece of Local Church Stolen

    01/09/2011 5:44:55 PM PST · by Sam_Damon · 11 replies
    WTRF-TV ^ | January 9, 2011 | Amy Wadas
    HANNIBAL, Ohio -- Just a week ago, a bell decorated the front of the Hannibal United Methodist Church. But, that is not the case anymore. "We can't believe someone would steal a bell. You have to be pretty desperate to steal from a church. You have to be desperate to steal from anybody," Pastor of the church Lee Ann Dunlap said. It was stolen sometime during the overnight hours last Monday morning. Dunlap said when a custodian came to the church a few hours later, he noticed the bell missing.
  • Tea Party Leader: ‘Karl Marx’ Methodist Church ‘Religious Arm of Socialism’

    12/20/2010 6:23:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies · 1+ views
    ChattahBox Political News ^ | December 20, 2010
    The founder of a leading tea party group is showing himself to be quite the bizarre extremist, shocking I know. Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips became worked up after seeing a banner supporting the DREAM Act on a Washington area Methodist Church. He promptly posted an anti-immigration screed on his website, wherein he said “My dream is the Methodist church goes out of business.” He then proceeded to paint the church as a breeding ground for “Karl Marx” Communists and socialists. If this makes no sense to you, join the club. “I have a DREAM. That is, no more...
  • Ground Zero Imam Eyes Another Landmark

    08/24/2010 3:16:39 AM PDT · by Man50D · 10 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 24, 2010 | Jack Cashill
    Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, chairman of the soi-disant Cordoba Initiative, has gotten all the attention he deserves for his astonishingly insensitive attempt to build a 13-story mosque and community center at the site of Ground Zero. Rauf has largely escaped attention for his efforts to build a sawed-off version of the same on the grounds of the venerable and historically Christian Chautauqua Institution in western New York State. Although the resistance to Rauf at Chautauqua has not made the news, it is deeply felt, and it is coming from both Christians and Jews. As shall be seen, the forced feeding...
  • Vivian is learning Spanish ... and about soccer

    06/11/2010 10:50:02 AM PDT · by deltaromeo11 · 14 replies · 349+ views
    umc.org ^ | June 10, 2010 | UMTV
    Vivian Cade remembers tension, even violence, when immigrants began settling in this agricultural region of central Florida a few decades ago. Trinity’s congregation was not easily integrated. But, now, Vivian is learning Spanish ... and about soccer.
  • United Methodists might broach subject of gay preachers

    05/14/2010 5:27:38 PM PDT · by SmithL · 30 replies · 547+ views
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | 5/14/10 | JEFF STRICKLER
    Will they follow the lead of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America? Are the United Methodists preparing to follow the lead of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in allowing gay ministers?The ELCA spent a decade arguing over the matter before it voted last summer to recognize gay and lesbian ministers who are involved in monogamous relationships. The United Methodists aren't anywhere close to taking a similar vote; the best description of their situation is that they are thinking about thinking about it.At its meeting next month, the Minnesota Annual Conference has agreed to accept eight petitions dealing with...
  • Laura Bush Supports Gay Marriage, Abortion

    05/12/2010 6:47:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 851 replies · 25,113+ views
    abcnews.com ^ | May 12, 2010 | RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    Former first lady Laura Bush has broken with her husband on the premier social issues of his administration and said she backs gay marriage and abortion. After more than eight years of silence on the controversial issues, Mrs. Bush said in an interview with CNN's Larry KingTuesday, that gay marriage and abortion were points of contention with her husband, former President George W. Bush. Mrs. Bush in recent weeks has been promoting her memoir "Spoken from the Heart," in which she writes about her life both before and after becoming first lady. In response to a question about gay marriage,...
  • Methodist church 'prepared to go out of existence'

    02/12/2010 7:55:56 PM PST · by ComeUpHigher · 51 replies · 1,243+ views
    Mail Online ^ | February 12, 2010 | Steve Doughty
    Leaders of the Methodist Church yesterday offered to surrender more than 200 years of independence from the Church of England. They said they were ready to 'cease having a separate existence' and merge with Anglicans to help the cause of Christianity. The promise, made to the Church of England's parliament, the General Synod, follows two decades of growing anxiety among Methodists over falling membership and its receding influence in society. Once seen as a pillar of working class culture and a major contributor to the thinking of the Labour Party, the church has seen its membership shrink to just 265,000.
  • NJ MISSIONARY TEAM MISSING IN HAITI

    01/13/2010 9:25:41 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 8 replies · 453+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 01/13/2010 | John G. Winder
    The Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown, NJ is praying for 15 missing members who are in Haiti. The missionaries went to Haiti to deliver medical supplies to Grace’s Children Hospital in Port-au-Prince.
  • Billy Graham shouldn't be used as political prop (Who didn't see this coming?)

    11/24/2009 1:52:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies · 2,322+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | November 24, 2009 | Ken Garfield, former Religion Editor
    Private meeting is one thing; cheap photo op is another. I don't mean to begrudge Billy Graham a Sunday afternoon visit from an admirer. I just wish he hadn't been used as a political prop. Picking up the paper Monday morning, I cringed at news of Sarah Palin spending the day with the evangelist at his home in Montreat. Especially cringe-inducing was the picture of Palin holding her special needs child, Trig, on her lap as mother and son shared what looked to be a less-than-spontaneous moment with Graham. It definitely wasn't a private moment, since a photographer had to...
  • United Methodists Say No to Lutheran Gay Clergy

    08/27/2009 9:36:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies · 1,521+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 8/27/2009 | Lillian Kwon
    Lutheran ministers who are in same-sex relationships will not be allowed to serve as clergy in United Methodist congregations despite the new full communion agreement between the two denominations. Bishop Gregory Palmer, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, made clear on Wednesday that UMC's ban on noncelibate gay clergy still stands. "Our Book of Discipline on that subject did not become null and void when they took that vote," said Palmer, according to the United Methodist News Service. "It still applies to United Methodist clergy." Palmer was referring to the highly publicized vote last week by the chief...
  • Churches Fight Back Against Shrinking Membership

    06/03/2009 7:26:03 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 105 replies · 2,270+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | June 3, 2009 | Dan Gilgoff
    "What if church wasn't just a building, but thousands of doors?" asks a new website launched by the United Methodist Church. "Each of them opening up to a different concept or experience of church. . . . Would you come?" After watching its membership drop nearly 25 percent in recent decades, the United Methodist Church, which is still the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination, thinks it knows the answer. So it's pouring $20 million into a new marketing campaign, including the website, television advertisements, even street teams in some cities, to rebrand the church from stale destination to "24-7 experience."...
  • 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...
  • The United Methodist Church vs. George W. Bush

    11/15/2008 1:23:37 PM PST · by Kukai · 30 replies · 1,233+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 15, 2008 | Matthew May
    "For most of his presidency, he was beset by critics on all sides. He found himself operating in a perpetual cross fire from congressmen, governors, generals, office seekers, ordinary citizens - all dissatisfied, and many sincerely convinced that he was incompetent and leading the nation down the path of destruction."[1] - Douglas Wilson, Lincoln's Sword "Towards all this external evil, the man within the breast assumes a warlike attitude, and affirms his ability to cope single-handed with the infinite army of enemies. To this military attitude of the soul we give the name of Herosim." - Ralph Waldo Emerson Years,...
  • Bush Becoming a Catholic?

    06/16/2008 6:16:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 152 replies · 386+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | June 16, 2008 | Jim Meyers
    President Bush may follow in the footsteps of his brother Jeb and convert to Catholicism, several European papers are reporting. In the wake of the president’s visit to see Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, Italian newspapers, citing Vatican sources, said Bush was open to the idea of converting to Catholicism. The Italian newspaper Il Foglio referred to such talk about Bush’s possible conversion and stated that “anything is possible, especially for someone reborn like Bush.” Noting that Tony Blair converted to Catholicism after leaving office as Britain’s prime minister last year, the paper also stated that “if anything happens,...
  • United Methodists OK Full Communion with Lutherans

    04/30/2008 3:03:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 47 replies · 79+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 4/30/8 | Lillian Kwon
    United Methodists declared Monday a "banner day" as they approved a full communion agreement with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The new relationship between the two major Protestant denominations is not a merger but a recognition of each other's ministry and mission. Full communion recognizes that each church has "the one, holy, catholic and apostolic faith" expressed in the Scriptures and confessed in historic creeds and the core teachings of each denomination. The two churches also recognize the authenticity of each other's baptism and eucharist and the full interchangeability of all ordained ministers. "It's not merger," said Bishop Melvin...
  • Divest no evil-Methodists asked to single out Israel to join the Sudan as a target of sanctions

    04/29/2008 5:07:06 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies · 104+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4-29-08 | JON HABER
    Methodists are being asked to single out Israel as sufficiently wicked to join the Sudan as a target of economic sanctions. While Barak Obama and John McCain have had to answer for the statements of their church leaders, neither Hillary Clinton nor George Bush have had to do the same, despite the fact that their church - the Methodists - are gathering in Fort Worth to take action that has real, rather than merely rhetorical, significance. During this week's General Conference, the United Methodist Church will be reviewing a number of resolutions urging divestment from companies doing business with Israel...
  • The United Methodist Church and Israel

    02/28/2008 4:45:19 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 29 replies · 154+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 28, 2008 | Joseph Puder
    The Jewish State of Israel may not be perfect, it is however a flowering garden of civility, democracy and human rights in a desert filled with Arab-Muslim oppressive dictatorships, who deny their people basic human and religious rights and fundamental freedoms to its minorities-such as freedom of speech, press, and assembly. Given Israel's circumstances - being surrounded by hostile Arab states (and Arab-Palestinians) who seek its destruction through war and endless cycles of terrorism, Israel's record of maintaining its democracy and working to insure human rights and freedoms for all is remarkable. For the United Methodist Church (UMC) and other...
  • Methodists to Weigh Divestment as Tool to Shift Israel

    02/16/2008 12:16:03 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 36 replies · 154+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 16, 2008 | Rachel Pomerance
    The United Methodist Church is poised to become the next U.S. church to consider divestment from a company or companies operating in Israel, a strategy that has embroiled the Presbyterian Church (USA) and other denominations in controversy. At the church's quadrennial General Conference in April in Fort Worth, the Methodists, with more than 8 million U.S. members, will debate whether to pull church holdings in Caterpillar, which provides the Israel Defense Forces with bulldozers. The proposal from the Methodists' General Board of Church and Society comes as the church's women's division offers a 224-page study guide on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...
  • Caterpillar upsets some Methodists

    01/26/2008 4:14:25 AM PST · by fweingart · 88 replies · 376+ views
    One News Now ^ | 1/25/2008 | Chad Groening
    Methodist renewal advocate Mark Tooley says United Methodist Church officials are urging church agencies and members to divest their holdings in Caterpillar Incorporated, for doing business with Israel. Tooley, who directs the United Methodist Committee at the Institute on Religion and Democracy, says the UMC has about $15 million of Caterpillar stock in its pension fund. But he says the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society has unveiled a proposal to divest from Caterpillar ahead of the church's governing General Conference in April. Several United Methodist regional conferences have endorsed anti-Israel divestment, according to Tooley. "It's another example...
  • 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 (LifeNews.com) -- 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...
  • Bush spiritual adviser endorses Obama

    01/21/2008 7:32:19 AM PST · by Sopater · 38 replies · 89+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 20, 2008
    HOUSTON — An influential Houston minister who has long been a spiritual adviser to President George W. Bush says he will endorse Barack Obama's bid for the presidency. The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, senior pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church, said Saturday that he's backing the Illinois senator because of Obama's "character, confidence and courage." Obama, a Democrat, is electable and "would do a wonderful job to bring people together to pursue a common vision we all have," said Caldwell, who said his support is personal and not connected to his role as pastor of the 14,000-member church. However, Caldwell...
  • Fred Thompson Endorsed by Wesleyan Center for Strategic Studies (Methodists like Fred)

    12/17/2007 2:58:26 PM PST · by rightinthemiddle · 26 replies · 109+ views
    Standing inside the Mississippi State Capitol Rotunda, a cluster of conservative Christian leaders voiced their support for Republican candidate Fred Thompson, praising his “fortitude” of character. “[Former] Senator Thompson’s pursuit of the presidency is not ego-driven … and [he] does not attempt to re-invent himself or change his language depending on his audience,” Reverend Phillip Knight said, adding, “It appears to me, the only candidate that can act, isn’t.” Knight and Dr. Benny Tate, founders of the Wesleyan Center for Strategic Studies, promise the endorsements of 100 conservative Methodist pastors in the coming days. … “We don’t need a leader...
  • Thompson Doesn't Fear Repercussions of Religious Endorsement (Conservative Methodists)

    12/15/2007 12:09:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 106+ views
    WLBT-TV Jackson, Mississippi ^ | December 14, 2007 | Jon Kalahar
    Republican presidential candidate, Fred Thompson made his second stop through the magnolia state in less than a month Friday. He picked up an endorsement for a conservative Methodist group, the Wesleyan Center for Strategic Studies. Fred Thompson says he's the same person whether he's in the deep south or out west. His "tell it like it is" demeanor showed itself at the most recent GOP debate. But it's that same resolve the Wesleyan Center founders say is the reason they chose to endorse him. "He is just not Fred '08, he is Fred everyday," said Reverend Phillip Knight, Wesleyan Center...
  • Methodist Lobby Office Joins Homosexual Activists in Backing Dangerous Pro-Gay Law

    10/10/2007 4:38:13 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 189+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/10/07 | LifeSiteNews
    WASHINGTON, October 10, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The official lobbying office of the 7.9 million-member United Methodist Church has co-signed a letter with several radical organizations in support of The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The legislation, supported by the United Methodist General Board on Church and Society (GBCS), places those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender into a special protected status. Other co-signers of the letter include the National Center for Transgender Equality, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Human Rights Campaign. The United Methodist Church officially does not ordain into the ministry practicing homosexuals or...
  • Cannibal Tribe Apologises For Eating Methodists

    08/16/2007 2:12:55 PM PDT · by blam · 127 replies · 2,938+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-16-2007 | Nick Squires
    Cannibal tribe apologises for eating Methodists By Nick Squires in Sydney Last Updated: 3:29pm BST 16/08/2007 A tribe in Papua New Guinea has apologised for killing and eating four 19th century missionaries under the command of a doughty British clergyman. Sorcery and witchcraft are still common in some Papuan tribes The four Fijian missionaries were on a proselytising mission on the island of New Britain when they were massacred by Tolai tribesmen in 1878. They were murdered on the orders of a local warrior chief, Taleli, and were then cooked and eaten. The Fijians - a minister and three teachers...
  • Ministry sues over civil unions

    08/14/2007 10:15:10 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies · 662+ views
    NorthJersey.com ^ | August 14, 2007 | JOHN CHADWICK
    A Methodist ministry at the Jersey Shore has sued the state, accusing the Attorney General's Office of trying to compel the group to allow gay civil union ceremonies in its boardwalk pavilion. The federal lawsuit, filed on Saturday by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, is the latest salvo in a case that's drawing statewide attention from gay rights advocates and religious conservatives. "Religious groups have the right to make their own decisions without government interference," Brian W. Raum, lawyer for the association, said in a statement Monday. "The government can't force a private Christian organization to use its property...
  • VIRGINIA UMC PASTOR ACCEPTS PRACTICING HOMOSEXUAL AS MEMBER

    04/05/2007 1:19:40 PM PDT · by mborman · 64 replies · 1,255+ views
    OneNewsNow.com ^ | April 5, 2007 | Allie Martin
    An official with the Institute on Religion and Democracy believes the recent approval of an active homosexual for membership at a Virginia United Methodist church will force the denomination to take a closer look at its guidelines for church membership. Minister Ed Johnson, who was pastor of South Hill United Methodist Church, was approached two years ago by a homosexual man who wanted to join the congregation. Johnson declined to grant immediate church membership to the man, who was living with his partner. The presiding bishop, Charlene Kammerer, removed Johnson from his pulpit and eventually moved him to another congregation....
  • The George W. Bush Library: Asset or Albatross for SMU? [Religious Left Alert]

    01/22/2007 8:56:56 AM PST · by Fiji Hill · 8 replies · 450+ views
    United Methodist Nexus ^ | January, 2007 | William K. McElvaney and Susanne Johnson
    The George W. Bush Library: Asset or Albatross for SMU? By William K. McElvaney and Susanne Johnson For some time Southern Methodist University has pursued the George W. Bush Presidential Library. We assume this quest will not likely change. Nor do we doubt that the best interests of the university are honored in the minds of SMU’s administration. Indeed, we have great respect for SMU’s present leadership and its many remarkable achievements. In this instance, however, we seek to love the university in a different way by offering an alternative viewpoint and by raising questions we regard as healthy for...
  • The George W. Bush Library: Asset or Albatross for SMU?

    01/22/2007 8:49:05 AM PST · by Fiji Hill · 10 replies · 413+ views
    United Methodist Nexus ^ | January, 2007 | William K. McElvaney and Susanne Johnson
    The George W. Bush Library: Asset or Albatross for SMU? By William K. McElvaney and Susanne Johnson For some time Southern Methodist University has pursued the George W. Bush Presidential Library. We assume this quest will not likely change. Nor do we doubt that the best interests of the university are honored in the minds of SMU’s administration. Indeed, we have great respect for SMU’s present leadership and its many remarkable achievements. In this instance, however, we seek to love the university in a different way by offering an alternative viewpoint and by raising questions we regard as healthy...
  • Methodist ministers launch anti-Bush library petition

    01/18/2007 12:27:36 PM PST · by LA Woman3 · 78 replies · 1,375+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 1/18/2007 | HOLLY K. HACKER
    A group of Methodist ministers has begun a national petition drive asking Southern Methodist University to remove itself from negotiations to get the George W. Bush presidential library. "As United Methodists, we believe that the linking of his presidency with a university bearing the Methodist name is utterly inappropriate," reads the petition, which is posted online at ProtectSMU.org. "Because SMU is owned by the United Methodist Church, the imposition of a George W. Bush library, museum and think tank at SMU will irreparably connect the denomination with this presidency,” said Rev. Andrew J. Weaver, a petition organizer in Brooklyn, N.Y....