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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...