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  • Church Heads Rally for Middle East Peace, Urge Bush to Intervene

    07/20/2006 3:53:15 PM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 52 replies · 688+ views
    Christian Post ^ | July 20, 2006 | By Michelle Vu
    Top church leaders from some of the largest Christian denominations in the United States and in the world are pleading for an end to the violence in the Middle East, pressing U.S. President Bush to intervene and help lead the involved parties to peace and reconciliation. On Thursday, 19 high-level Christian leaders and church heads signed a letter to President George W. Bush calling for a diplomatic solution to the conflicts in Gaza and between Hezbollah and Israel. “Mr. President, while attention is rightly focused on the Hezbollah-Israel conflict, we write with growing concern for the situation in Gaza and...
  • Mainline denominations losing impact on nation

    07/19/2006 5:27:05 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 48 replies · 1,140+ views
    Pittburgh Post via virtueonline ^ | July 18 06 | Steve Levin
    The foot soldiers in some of America's greatest battles carried neither guns nor swords. Instead, armed with Bibles and faith in God's mercy, they prayed and marched and fought to end slavery, improve social welfare and establish civil rights. Members of those churches, some of which became known as mainline denominations, were society's vanguard, shaping the country's culture and refining debate. But those times are long past. Today, the opposite is occurring as secular culture defines mainline churches' dialogue on everything from social issues to politics and morality, tellingly shown this summer at the emotional and acrimonious national gatherings of...
  • Statement on Gaza -- (NCC Barf Alert via Sabeel)

    07/18/2006 6:06:39 PM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 120+ views
    NCC Interfaith Relations ^ | July 18, 2006 | Shanta Premawardhana
    Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, a respected ecumenical partner of the churches that form the National Council of Churches, is led by Rev. Canon Naim Ateek (Anglican priest). With their statements, strong on justice for Palestinians, Sabeel has drawn the ire of my Jewish colleagues in the mainstream Jewish organizations in the US. As my Jewish colleagues would point out, I am always aware of the alternative narratives that are a part of this struggle. However, the following statement from Sabeel on the situation in Gaza is well done. It provides background, analysis of the situation on the...
  • National Council of Churches morally irrelevant

    07/12/2006 7:04:16 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 24 replies · 407+ views
    Catholics, keep out; Orthodox, beware. Folks, according to Lifesite, Dr. Bob Edgar (pictured right), the general secretary of the National Council of Churches, said at at a recent gathering of liberal Christian leaders in Washington that “Jesus never said one word about homosexuality, never said one word about civil marriage or abortion,” Dr. Edgar, who has been general secretary of the NCC since 2000, was applauded by homosexual activist organizations shortly after his election for withdrawing his signature from an ecumenical statement in defence of traditional marriage, A Christian Declaration on Marriage. Dr. Edgar also apologized to members of the...
  • Excommunicating Fox News

    07/13/2006 6:43:30 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 58 replies · 1,997+ views ^ | July 13, 2006 | Mark D. Tooley
    The head of what used to be the main voice of ecumenical Christianity in America has made Fox News the target of his latest jeremiad. Bob Edgar, former Democratic congressman and former seminary president is now an ordained Methodist minister and general secretary of the National Council of Churches (NCC) -- but his religion is often politics by another means. Edgar warned a gathering of "moderate" Baptists last month against the challenges of "fear, fundamentalism, and Fox News." instead urging his faithful to "walk in the footsteps of Jesus." Edgar cited the supposed threat posed by Fox News while speaking...
  • National Council of Churches Pres.: Jesus Never said Anything About Homosexuality or Abortion

    07/12/2006 10:43:24 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 184 replies · 3,141+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 13 July 2006 | Gudrun Schultz
    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 12, 2006 ( – Forget about traditional morality—Christianity should focus on eradicating poverty, protecting the environment and ending the war in Iraq, according to the general secretary of the National Council of Churches, Dr. Bob Edgar. “Jesus never said one word about homosexuality, never said one word about civil marriage or abortion,” said Dr. Edgar to CBS News at a recent gathering of liberal Christian leaders in Washington. The gathering was the latest effort by the “religious left” to gain back some of the political power the group enjoyed during the 60’s and early 70’s. 30 years...
  • Castroites of a Leftist God

    07/06/2006 6:48:37 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 2 replies · 204+ views
    Frontpage Mag ^ | July 6 2006 | John Lomperis
    The Religious Left has finally spoken out against the “violation of religious freedom” in Cuba. No, these church officials were not condemning Fidel Castro’s 47-year war on religion. Instead, they were condemning U.S. regulations on religious groups traveling between Cuba and the United States. In late May, officials of the National Council of Churches (NCC) and its $60 million relief arm, Church World Service (CWS), convened a press conference in Washington, D.C., to denounce U.S. travel restrictions on Cuba. Every year, thousands of American churchgoers raise several million dollars for CWS through its anti-hunger “CROP Walks” across the nation. In...
  • NCC chosen for faith-based health care survey

    06/02/2006 12:19:33 PM PDT · by polymuser · 91+ views
    Worldwide Faith News ^ | 30 May 2006 | Daniel Webster
    The first nationwide, in-depth, systematic study of health services provided by religious communities is being undertaken by the National Council of Churches USA. The project will survey more than 100,000 congregations to determine the level of health care education, delivery, and advocacy being offered. The study, made possible by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Eileen W. Lindner, deputy general secretary of the NCC and head of its Research and Planning Office. ?Much recent discussion has centered around the question of how much health care our faith communities are providing,? said...
  • Duke rape case set for 2007

    05/19/2006 7:17:27 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 1,160 replies · 20,681+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | May 19, 2006. 07:02 AM | staff
    DURHAM, N.C.—One of three Duke University lacrosse players charged with rape wants the case resolved in time for the next school year, his lawyer said in court yesterday. But the judge warned he will not fast-track the proceedings. The case "is not going to jump ahead of the line and be handled any differently," Superior Court Judge Ronald L. Stephens said at a hearing for sophomore Reade Seligmann. After the brief hearing, District Attorney Mike Nifong said he does not expect any trial to begin before next year.
  • The rancid radicalism of William Sloane Coffin

    04/14/2006 8:17:09 AM PDT · by aculeus · 13 replies · 593+ views
    New ^ | April 13, 2006 | by Roger Kimball
    News that the Rev. William Sloane Coffin died on April 12 at the age of 81 was met, as befits that icon of left-liberal sentimentality and self-righteousness, by an outpouring of liberal piety. Coffin's heyday was in the 1970s, when from his perch as chaplain at Yale, he helped transform the university into an ideological battleground. Although you won't hear it from the arbiters of bien pensant opinion, Coffin was almost entirely a malevolent influence, fond of telling his flock such things as "We must recognize that justice is a higher social goal than law and order." Like other gurus...
  • The First Church of Liberalism

    04/10/2006 4:17:12 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 22 replies · 755+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 05/23/2003 | Rachel DiCarlo
    IT MIGHT BE no accident that the national decline in church attendance has mirrored the rise of activism by church leadership. One religious group famous for its social agenda is the National Council of Churches. Although supposedly a nonpartisan organization, for the past 40 years the NCC's politics has usually sat on the far left of the political spectrum. Since Rev. Bob Edgar took over as the NCC's general secretary in 2000, the group hasn't jettisoned its liberal ways. What is Edgar's record? For starters, he's carried on the NCC's ongoing love affair with Cuba. One of his first acts...
  • Presbyterian Church Rick Ufford Chase, denied “lack of religious freedom” in Cuba

    04/08/2006 11:23:24 AM PDT · by mandingo republican · 1 replies · 138+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Catholic News Agency
    The moderator of the Presbyterian Church USA, Rick Ufford Chase, denied that there is a “lack of religious freedom” in Cuba This is madness! Especially if one reads human rights reports regarding Cuba. Its like saying that Hitler did not kill Jews! Cuba is one of the nations that most represses Christians. Rick Ufford Chase has gone too far this time - history doesn't lie especially when it concerns Cuba under communist dictatorship. This report came to me via a Spanish religious blog, but I checked it, and it was from a report that appeared in the Miami Herald...
  • The Church Of Global Warming (Damn Those America Haughty, SUV Driving Republican Voters Alert)

    04/06/2006 2:03:23 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies · 706+ views ^ | 04/06/06 | Matt Tooley
    Preachers used to warn of divine judgment if sinners did not repent and turn to God. Now, increasingly, preachers of the Left are instead warning of cataclysmic climate change if polluters (especially of the American variety) do not abandon economic growth and yield to the most apocalyptic scenarios of the environmental movement. President Bush, of course, is the main King Ahab against whom these prophets of doom now prophesy. The most recent prophecy, in March, came from the Church of England's Archbishop of Canterbury. Rowan Williams, spiritual leader of nearly 80 million Anglicans worldwide, warned that politicians, i.e. Bush, might...
  • Megachurch Attendance in America

    03/31/2006 4:39:47 PM PST · by dangus · 66 replies · 2,378+ views
    Yesterday, I posted an article about new data from the National Council of Churches about the decline of mainline Protestant churches. The NCC had no data to report about non-denominational churches. Several posts referred to "non-doms" and megachurches. Turns out there was a very recent study by the Hartford Institute for Religious Research, that found 1336 "megachurches." (Although the study supposedly defined "megachurches" as having more than 2,000 attendees per weekend, 124 churches did not meet this definition.) This is a substantially greater number than has been tossed bout in research; a 2001 study found only about 800. Most of...
  • Protestant Churches Disappearing; More Catholics Than Total of All 19 Prot. Denominations Listed

    03/30/2006 9:45:17 PM PST · by dangus · 159 replies · 5,602+ views
    The National Council of Churches' have just reported church membership for the 2006 yearbook. It's quite an interesting picture: The Catholic Church is the largest and numerically fastest growing church in America, with 67.8 million members, a growth of about 563,000 members. Many non-denominational churches, not listed in the report, have been growing rapidly in the recent past. Proportionally, the fastest growing church in America is the Assemblies of God, (10th largest) growing at a 1.81% rate, by adding 50,000 members. That's over twice the growth rate of the Catholic church, but 1/10th of the increase in members of the...
  • Consoling the Cartoon Mob

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

    03/15/2006 1:12:49 PM PST · by mandingo republican · 17 replies · 402+ views
    National Council of Churches want US to give up Guantanamo base. Says it is a torture base yet refuses to say anything about 46 years of communist castro abuses on the island. Says that America has no strategic or national interest in Guantanamo. How has the NCC existed so long as a treasonous organization? Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520 Dear Secretary Rice, I urge you to give serious personal attention to the report "Situation of Detainees at Guantanamo Bay" that was issued on February 15 by the Commission on...
  • 'Is he really so clueless...?'

    03/01/2006 2:23:47 PM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 16 replies · 502+ views
    Solomonia ^ | March 1, 2006 | Solomon
    A letter to Presbyweb concerning their coverage of the recent (leftist) World Council of Churches Assembly (emphasis mine): I am deeply grateful for the excellent balanced coverage you have given to the just concluded 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches. Unfortunately, it is difficult also to be grateful for many of messages that have come out of that Assembly. For example, while some declarations called for increased evangelical and Pentecostal involvement in the WCC as crucial to the future health of the ecumenical movement, at the same time WCC General Secretary Samuel Kobia condemned American megachurches as promoting...
  • NCC Exit Poll Why One Orthodox Church Left the National Council of Churches

    02/27/2006 9:35:20 AM PST · by Cheverus · 7 replies · 220+ views
    Touchstone Magazine ^ | March 2006 | Johannes L. Jacobse
    NCC Exit Poll Why One Orthodox Church Left the National Council of Churches by Johannes L. Jacobse Few people noticed when the 390,000-member Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese (AOA) withdrew from the National Council of Churches (NCC) last summer. But the importance of the move was not lost on ecumenical observers. When a long-term member walks out of the NCC, it indicates deep problems—in this case, that an Orthodox jurisdiction felt that the politicization of the NCC was hampering it from preaching the gospel in American society. If the Antiochians acted, how many others among the 35 member churches (and not just...
  • The World Council of Churches - where is its place in the new world?

    02/27/2006 8:34:14 AM PST · by x5452 · 13 replies · 277+ views
    Interfax Religion ^ | 27 February 2006
    27 February 2006 The World Council of Churches - where is its place in the new world? The 9th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches has marked a certain turn in the policy of this world largest Christian international organization. ‘Ecumenical prayers’ have become more moderate; anti-Western rhetoric has abated. The principal vector however has remained the same: the WCC continues to be a predominantly left-wing liberal forum critical of the WMF and the World Bank, supportive of the ‘Third World’ in its opposition to the United States and fearful of the consequences the globalization’ and the ‘war...
  • Why We Encourage Christians to Stand With Israel

    02/27/2006 6:59:23 AM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 18 replies · 568+ views
    For Zion's Sake ^ | Feb 26, 2006 | Christopher
    The anti-Israel, mainline denominations (the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Episcopal Church USA, the United Methodist Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the United Church of Christ) have 18 million members and are declining. The pro-Israel evangelicals have twice as many members and are growing. Some would say this fact alone is worth noting. Some would say those who bless Israel are blessed, and those who curse Israel - even if they convince themselves that they are not really cursing Israel, but acting out of a noble desire to be pro-Palestinian, even if that means enabling a little terror...
  • U.S. Church Alliance Denounces Iraq War

    02/18/2006 4:21:47 PM PST · by dvan · 54 replies · 1,171+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2/18/2006 | BRIAN MURPHY, AP Religion Writer
    PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil - A coalition of American churches sharply denounced the U.S.-led war in Iraq on Saturday, accusing Washington of "raining down terror" and apologizing to other nations for "the violence, degradation and poverty our nation has sown." The statement, issued at the largest gathering of Christian churches in nearly a decade, also warned the United States was pushing the world toward environmental catastrophe with a "culture of consumption" and its refusal to back international accords seeking to battle global warming. "We lament with special anguish the war in Iraq, launched in deception and violating global norms of justice...
  • NCC Exit Poll: Why One Orthodox Church Left the National Council of Churches

    02/18/2006 1:55:02 PM PST · by rhema · 12 replies · 573+ views
    Touchstone ^ | March 2006 | Johannes L. Jacobse
    Few people noticed when the 390,000-member Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese (AOA) withdrew from the National Council of Churches (NCC) last summer. But the importance of the move was not lost on ecumenical observers. When a long-term member walks out of the NCC, it indicates deep problems—in this case, that an Orthodox jurisdiction felt that the politicization of the NCC was hampering it from preaching the gospel in American society. If the Antiochians acted, how many others among the 35 member churches (and not just among the Orthodox) felt the same way? Mixed Results The NCC is no stranger to controversy, often...
  • Capitalism 'unmasked' as 'savage, barbarous system'

    02/17/2006 7:16:38 AM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 9 replies · 291+ views
    Layman ^ | Feb 17, 2006 | Parker Williamson
    PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL – "'My kingdom come!' cries capital, seated on its divine throne at the heart of the world, making itself out to be god." Thus spoke Nancy Cardoso Pereita in her "theological reflections" before the 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches. Cardoso is a Methodist pastor working in the ecumenical pastoral commission on land and a WCC leader in the field of "economic justice." The speaker minced no words in expressing her disdain for "twenty oligopolistic groups of transnational corporations located in the United States and Europe.Give us this day our daily bread, O Monsanto, Cargill,...
  • The Religious Left's "State of the Union"

    02/01/2006 7:10:41 PM PST · by AZ_Cowboy · 13 replies · 670+ views
    FrontPage ^ | 2/1/06 | Mark D. Tooley
    The political action arm of the left-leaning National Council of Churches (NCC) was not very hopeful that President Bush will embrace its own themes in State of the Union address last night. So before any details leaked out about his message, it issued its own "faithful" version of what a State of the Union address should be. Call it pre-emptive leftism. Naturally, the NCC warned against the supposed theocratic ambitions of religious conservatives. Instead, it is promoting its own theocracy of the Left, in which worship is aimed at the welfare state, the Planet Earth, and multicultural understanding. The NCC’s...
  • The Chicago Presbytery's naďve, dangerous embrace of terrorists (PCUSA)

    01/08/2006 12:09:27 PM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 21 replies · 918+ views
    Chicago Jewish Community Online ^ | Jan 2006 | STEVEN B. NASATIR
    Despite 9/11 and the almost numbing frequency of suicide bombings in Iraq, Israel, London. Madrid, Istanbul, Bali, and elsewhere, some people continue pedaling two discredited arguments: 1) that blame for these attacks ultimately lies with the policies or mere existence of the victims’ governments; and 2) that we must listen and can learn something of value from the terrorists themselves. Most Americans realize that "it’s not us, it’s them," in other words, it is the terrorists, not the victims of terrorism, who are to blame. Accordingly, it is the terrorists, not us, who need to change or to be stopped....
  • Leftist Church Union Condemns Terror...Sort Of--follows a sweeping denunciation of the United States

    12/29/2005 5:51:07 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies · 496+ views ^ | December 29, 2005 | Mark Tooley
    At the National Council of Churches, an oblique condemnation of Islamist murder follows a sweeping denunciation of the United States. The National Council of Churches (NCC) has been infamous in recent decades for its unwillingness to criticize the human rights abuses of any adversary of the United States, from the old Soviet Union to modern Islamic and Marxist states. But now, the NCC is expressing concern about some Islamic “extremism,” though it declines specifically to name it as such. Thirty-five denominations with a combined population of over 40 million American church members belong to the New York-based NCC. Typically since...
  • Mideast visit called ill-advised (Presbyterians and Hezbollah)

    12/23/2005 8:10:27 AM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 3 replies · 502+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Dec 23, 2005 | Gary Washburn
    The pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church has sent a letter to Chicago's 50 aldermen formally distancing himself from the decision of a denomination leader to meet with representatives of Hezbollah, an anti-Israeli group with terrorist ties. The City Council last week passed a resolution condemning the meeting and expressing "dismay" with Rev. Bob Reynolds, head of the Chicago Presbytery. Reynolds was part of a church group that met with Hezbollah leaders during a trip to the Middle East last month. During the debate on the resolution, two aldermen also threatened to oppose a zoning change sought by Fourth Presbyterian Church...
  • The Church of Jihad-Why do Presbyterian leaders insist on meeting with Hezbollah?

    12/23/2005 5:48:05 AM PST · by SJackson · 45 replies · 998+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 12-23-05 | Patrick Devenny
    Hezbollah official Nabil Qawuq is undoubtedly a busy man. As Hezbollah’s commander in Southern Lebanon, Qawuq is responsible for leading the bulk of the Shi’ite terrorist group’s combat forces, while frequently overseeing attacks on Israeli positions and attempts to kidnap Israeli soldiers or civilians. A confidante of Hezbollah General Secretary Hassan Nasrallah, Qawuq is also a fixture on Al-Jazeera and Lebanese television, his appearances generously mottled with calls for the destruction of the Jewish state. Nevertheless, Qawuq recently found the time in his busy schedule to meet with -- of all things -- a church group. On October 20th, a...
  • Democrats trying harder to appeal to the faithful

    12/14/2005 6:12:51 PM PST · by mdittmar · 28 replies · 552+ views ^ | , Dec. 14, 2005 | STEVEN THOMMA Knight Ridder Newspapers
    WASHINGTON - Looking for religious voters, some Democrats are finding God. They're finding him in terms more familiar in recent times to religious conservatives than to liberals, invoking Jesus Christ or the spiritual meaning of Christmas as they push their agenda or criticize Republicans. In one example Wednesday, several congressional Democrats stood before the Capitol Christmas tree as they urged raising the minimum wage. They called it key to the "true meaning of Christmas - hope, generosity and goodwill toward others." In another, they protested Republican budget cuts for the poor as an affront to Christian values. The religious tone...
  • PCUSA attempts to fill hole furiously while digging deeper.

    12/06/2005 6:47:38 PM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 2 replies · 369+ views
    For Zion's Sake ^ | Dec 6, 2005 | Christopher
    First rule of getting out of a hole: quit digging. Now that Jewish groups have stepped up their criticism of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Stated Clerk Clifton Kirkpatrick has been forced to defend the denomination in the wake of its latest delegation to visit Hizballah. ironically enough, on the front of the PCUSA website is an article for the "Say NO to torture" Epiphany gathering and an article where Kirkpatrick restates PC(USA)'s opposition to capital punishment. However, the largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States can only find weasel words to condemn a foreign terrorist organization with an unambiguous track...
  • DNC opposes divestment

    12/06/2005 3:29:06 PM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 4 replies · 441+ views
    Jewish Telegraph Agency ^ | Dec 5, 2005 | JTA
    The Democratic National Committee came out against efforts to divest from Israel or the Palestinian areas. The DNC executive, meeting Monday in Phoenix, passed a resolution declaring “its opposition to efforts to boycott, divest from, or otherwise single out companies for their work in Israel or the Palestinian Authority, and commends members of the Muslim, Christian, Jewish and other faiths who courageously continue to work together to attain a peaceful negotiated settlement to any conflict in the Middle East.” The resolution called efforts to divest from Israel “counterproductive.” Susan Turnbull, a DNC vice-chairwoman, told JTA that the initiative arose out...
  • Jewish groups step up criticismas PCUSA attempts to calm furor

    12/05/2005 4:09:18 PM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 2 replies · 324+ views
    Layman Online ^ | Dec 5, 2005 | John Adams
    In a letter to presbyteries and synods, Stated Clerk Clifton Kirkpatrick contends that a Presbyterian delegation that met recently with Hezbollah, a terrorist group, was not sanctioned by the Presbyterian Church (USA). "We have been in contact with the leaders of the trip and have learned that it was not a delegation representing the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), but rather a study trip for individuals, under the auspices of the Middle East Task Force of Chicago Presbytery," Kirkpatrick said. Kirkpatrick did not mention that Nuhad Tomeh, the regional liaison of the PCUSA for Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and the Gulf, helped arrange...
  • Rev. Dr. Nuhad Tomeh, Presbyterian Church USA Ambassador to Hezbollah

    12/05/2005 4:05:51 PM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 14 replies · 974+ views
    Jewish Russian Telegraph ^ | Dec 3, 2005 | JRT
    Now, let's meet Rev. Dr. Nuhad Tomeh, an employee of Presbyterian Church USA. It looks like his main mission is to be full Representative and Ambassador to Hezbollah (Party of God). Whenever Presbyterians have a contact with the terrorist organization Nuhad Tome is always listed as a facilitator: EMEU in May 2002 SFTS in June 2004 Ron Stone in October 2004 Worley in October 2005 More, October 20, 2005 ADL's press release is a correct first step. This is good but not nearly enough. We are demanding from ADL a full-scale attack on the pro-terrorist activities of the mailine liberal...
  • NCC Delegates Question Council's Political Focus

    12/03/2005 3:05:25 PM PST · by jecIIny · 10 replies · 485+ views ^ | 12-02-05 | John Lomperis
    The Institute on Religion and Democracy Ecumenical News December 2, 2005 NCC Delegates Question Council's Political Focus John Lomperis Responding to criticisms of the National Council of Churches' (NCC) liberal political activism, NCC General Secretary Robert Edgar has defiantly announced that the council's leadership is committed to "standing up and speaking out when others have told us to sit down and be silent." But now the criticism is coming from within the council itself. Delegates at the latest NCC General Assembly openly questioned the ecumenical body's focus on political activism and the ways in which that activism has been expressed....
  • Presbyterians Say Meeting in Middle East Isn't Official

    12/02/2005 3:21:34 AM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 14 replies · 594+ views
    New York Times ^ | Dec 2, 2005 | JODI WILGOREN
    Scrambling to maintain fragile friendships with Jewish groups, local and national officials of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are distancing themselves from a meeting in Lebanon between a Hezbollah commander and a Presbyterian delegation that included the denomination's Chicago leader. Jay Rock, the church's national coordinator for interfaith relations, promised Jewish leaders in a letter this week that Presbyterians would develop guidelines for members traveling in troubled regions, saying those at the Hezbollah meeting should have made clear the church's positions "against terrorism in any form, and for the security and vitality of Israel." At the same time, the Rev. Robert...
  • Chicago Presbyterian Meeting with Hezbollah Decried

    12/01/2005 2:12:37 PM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 23 replies · 795+ views
    Anti Defamation League ^ | Dec 2, 2005 | ADL
    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) joined today with four other leading Chicago Jewish organizations to denounce a recent meeting with the terrorist group Hezbollah attended by leaders and members of the Presbytery of Chicago of The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). ADL Regional Director Lonnie Nasatir issued the following statement on the terrorist group Hezbollah: It is unconscionable that Presbyterian leaders would meet with Hezbollah, which our government designates as a foreign terrorist organization. Hezbollah (Party of God) has a track record of terror that is unambiguous. It pioneered the use of suicide bombing in the Middle East. It is committed to the...
  • Beginnings and ends: Losing steam -- historic mainline denominations shrivel

    11/26/2005 4:06:19 PM PST · by rhema · 175 replies · 2,448+ views
    WORLD ^ | Edward E. Plowman
    The continuing decline of the historic mainline denominations is much more than just a matter of losses from aging and growing secularization. A recent analysis by the Washington-based Institute for Religion and Democracy, an evangelical think tank, suggests that large numbers of disaffected members are switching to conservative churches. Between 1965 and 2003, the latest year full figures were available, membership declined by the following percentages: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) shrank by a whopping 57.2 percent, to 770,793; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), 43.5 percent, to 2.4 million; United Church of Christ, 37.4 percent, to 1.3 million; Episcopal Church, 35.8 percent,...
  • Another Presbyterian Meeting with Terrorists

    11/27/2005 12:09:00 PM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 3 replies · 393+ views
    For Zion's Sake ^ | Nov 27, 2005 | Christopher
    This past week, Hizbullah invaded Israel with the intention of kidnapping Israeli soldiers. Make no mistake, Hizballah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah vowed Friday that attempts to abduct Israeli soldiers would continue, saying Hizballah has no intention of laying down its arms. They are not considered the world's most dangerous terrorist organization for nothing. Now, operations to kidnap Israelis take a lot of planning. An operation as large as this, which used every type of weapon in the terrorist organization's arsenal, must have been in planning last month, when a group from the PCUSA visited southern Lebanon at the invitation of...

    11/24/2005 6:09:10 PM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 12 replies · 896+ views
    Simon Wiesenthal Center ^ | Nov 23, 2005 | SWC
    The Simon Wiesenthal Center has denounced renewed contact between the U.S. branch of the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based terror organization. According to the Middle East Research Institute, Lebanese media confirmed that a PCUSA delegation headed by Robert Morley, a retired professor from McCormick Theological Seminary and Father Nihad Tomeh, the Church’s Mideast liaison met with Sheikh Nabil Qaouk, Hezbollah’s commander in Southern Lebanon. The Church delegation reportedly wanted to learn more about Hezbollah’s charitable works and its "concern" for people. "The people of Lebanon struggle mightily to reassert their independent democracy, Israel evacuates Gaza and continues negotiations...
  • Presbyterians meet with Hezbollah

    11/23/2005 7:04:11 AM PST · by tedbel · 1 replies · 340+ views
    DISGUSTING Presbyterian Church USA & Families of 9/11 Victims Delegations Meet with Hizbullah MEMRI On October 20, 2005, the Lebanese press reported that a delegation from the Presbyterian Church USA, headed by Father Nihad Tu'meh and with Robert Worley as its spokesman,[1] visited southern Lebanon at the invitation of Hizbullah, and met there with the terrorist organization's commander in southern Lebanon, Nabil Qawuq. During the meeting, Qawuq expressed his doubts about U.S. actions in the region and the intentions of the Bush administration. Worley, on his part, assured Qawuq that he was not defending the U.S. administration, that all delegation...
  • Another Presbyterian group meets with Hezbollah leader

    11/23/2005 10:11:39 AM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 30 replies · 1,473+ views
    Presbyterian Layman ^ | Nov 23, 2005 | John Adams
    With the Presbyterian Church (USA) already under fire for its one-sided policy calling for divestment of funds in corporations that do business with Israel, another delegation from the PCUSA met recently with the leader of Southern Lebanon's Hezbollah, a reputed terrorist organization. The meeting had a highly partisan political flavor, with the Hezbollah leader criticizing the policies of President George W. Bush and the spokesman for the Presbyterian delegation assuring his host that none of the members of the delegation had voted Democratic or supported the U.S. policies in the Mideast. The PCUSA delegation was led by the Rev. Nuhad...
  • Network of College Conservatives Makes Great Strides in First Weeks

    11/22/2005 3:20:20 PM PST · by KeystoneGirl · 9 replies · 686+ views
    The Network of College Conservatives (N.C.C.) enters its second week receiving much attention. The N.C.C. has only been online since November 9, 2005, but a number of significant accomplishments have befallen this institution of higher conservative thought. · Students from across the nation have logged-on to and joined the N.C.C. · Leftwing websites and blogs have voiced their absolute hatred for the N.C.C. and Dean Christopher Flickinger. · The N.C.C. has received two major endorsements: Peter Hannaford (former aid to Governor and President Ronald Reagan) and Dr. Richard Vedder (renowned economist and college professor). · N.C.C. founder Christopher Flickinger...
  • Monograph Human Rights of Christians in Palestinian Society

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

    11/10/2005 3:44:25 AM PST · by Gamecock · 9 replies · 357+ views
    Kentucky.Com ^ | Nov 10, 2005 | By Frank E. Lockwood
    'There's a space for everyone at the table' at Louisville festival By Frank E. Lockwood HERALD-LEADER STAFF WRITER Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and National Council of Churches general secretary Bob Edgar are among those coming to Louisville for its 10th annual Festival of Faiths. The eight-day festival, which unites people of all faiths, includes about a dozen events, including a community thanksgiving service and a session on "Faith and Cooperation in a Nuclear Age" with McNamara, Edgar and arms control expert Thomas Graham Jr. Artists, musicians and academics also participate in the activities. Sacred songs and scriptures...
  • Religious leaders press for higher minimum wage

    11/07/2005 8:38:45 PM PST · by kemathen7 · 36 replies · 482+ views
    KUSA 9news ^ | 11/7/2005 | Paola Farer
    WASHINGTON - A group of religious leaders is pushing Congress to increase the federal minimum wage. The wage is currently $5.15 an hour That works out to $10,700 a year for those who earn the minimum. Last month, the chief of Wal-Mart -- H .Lee Scott -- surprised many by urging lawmakers to raise the minimum, saying it would help shoppers who need the money. Supporters say raising the minimum wage is the right thing to do for everyone. But critics say it could crush small businesses. "They don't have the ability, like some of the larger employers who just,...
  • Council of Churches opposes bombing

    11/17/2001 10:44:57 AM PST · by sarcasm · 27 replies · 160+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 16, 2001 | Don Lattin, Chronicle Religion Writer
    <p>Oakland -- Calling for an "early end" to the Afghan bombing campaign, the nation's largest ecumenical agency urged the United States and its allies yesterday to find nonviolent ways to stop terrorism.</p> <p>Meeting in Oakland, the General Assembly of the National Council of Churches adopted a resolution entitled "Out of the Ashes and Tragedy of September 11, 2001."</p>
  • NCC gets more money from liberal groups than churches (Warns of VRWC)

    10/27/2005 12:26:13 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 15 replies · 873+ views
    Layman Online ^ | October 26, 2005 | Mark Tooley
    The National Council of Churches (NCC) now receives more funding from private foundations, most of them secular and politically liberal, than from its member denominations, it was revealed at its fall 2005 Governing Board meeting. Founded nearly 60 years ago, the council is America's oldest and largest ecumenical organization. It claims to speak for over 45 million church members who belong to its 35 member denominations. "Some may think that foundation money dilutes our responsibility to the churches," NCC General Secretary Bob Edgar preemptively commented at the meeting. But he insisted that the money was spent on church-based programs. He...
  • What I learned From a Muslim about Eucharistic Adoration

    07/21/2002 2:01:09 PM PDT · by JMJ333 · 108 replies · 6,629+ views
    CERC ^ | Peter Kreeft
    “We do,” said John. “Your Church teaches that he is really present there, yes? That what's there is the man who was God?” “Yes. The formula is 'Body and blood, soul and divinity.'” “And you believe that?” “Yes.” Isa made as if to say something, but stifled it. John assured him he would not be offended. Finally, reluctantly, Isa said, “I don't understand.” "I understand how you feel. It sounds very shocking.” “No, you don't understand. That's not what I mean. You will take it as an insult, but I don't mean it to be.” “I promise I won't...
  • Male and Female [Anglican: women priest(es)s -- long]

    12/02/2004 6:28:21 PM PST · by sionnsar · 2 replies · 205+ views
    RatherNotBlog ^ | 12.02.2004 | admin
    For previous correspondence with Georgina, click on the following: Readers:As some of you may recall, my last letter to Georgina broke off in the middle of a discussion of the development of doctrine. Somewhere in my study is the conclusion of that letter, and I had put off posting the following until I could find it. However, a recent discussion on titusonenine has made it clear to me that posting the remainder of my last letter to Georgina will have to wait, and I must put up the following, even at the risk of breaking the thread of the...