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  • Church of England Chief Backs 'Re-Christenings' After Sex Changes: Officials Risk Furious Backlash

    06/17/2017 4:32:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 6/17/17 | Steve Doughty
    * Church of England suggests offering transgender Christians re-christenings * Move is believed to provoke a furious backlash among some traditionalists* Last year committee said rules that might stop people changing sex should be abolishedThe Church of England yesterday suggested it will offer transgender Christians ‘re-christenings’ with their new names. Vicars cannot re-baptise those who have changed sex but could use existing ‘services of welcome’ to announce a new name before God, the most senior official said. The advice is likely to be endorsed next month by the Church’s parliament, the General Synod. It will ease pressure on Archbishop of...
  • 111 (U. Methodist) clergy, clergy candidates come out as gay (on eve of denominational convention)

    05/10/2016 3:24:21 PM PDT · by xzins · 89 replies
    Good News ^ | 10 May 16 | Steve Beard
    By Heather Hahn May 9, 2016 | PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) On the eve of the 2016 General Conference, more than 100 United Methodist clergy and clergy candidates have come out as LGBTQ religious leaders. “We are here because God has called us to serve in this denomination, and our souls are fed by the theology in which we’ve been raised,” the 111 United Methodists write in what they call “A Love Letter to Our Church.” The signers come from across the United States, and one signer is from the Philippines. They identify themselves as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex” in...
  • Atheist minister fighting United Church’s effort to fire her

    08/07/2015 6:34:17 PM PDT · by NRx · 18 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 08-05-2015 | Colin Perkel
    An ordained United Church of Canada minister who believes in neither God nor Bible said Wednesday she is prepared to fight an unprecedented attempt to boot her from the pulpit for her beliefs. In an interview at her West Hill church, Rev. Gretta Vosper said congregants support her view that how you live is more important than what you believe in. “I don’t believe in...the god called God,” Vosper said. “Using the word gets in the way of sharing what I want to share.” Vosper, 57, who was ordained in 1993 and joined her east-end church in 1997, said the...
  • Disappearing Act: Presbyterians Embrace Leftist Politics, Shun Reformed Roots

    07/03/2014 6:28:21 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 46 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | 7-3-14 | Stan Guthrie
    Over the last two decades, more than three-fourths of Iraq’s Christians have fled the country, driven out by a combination of Muslim fanaticism and economic and social collapse. Iraq, however, isn’t the only place to experience a mass Christian exodus in recent years. Look at the Presbyterian Church (USA), the 10th largest denomination in this country. But you’d better look fast. The PC(USA), which is the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination (at least for now), is driving out members through its own brand of leftist fanaticism. From a high of more than 4 million members back in 1965, the Louisville-based PC(USA)...
  • Transgender priest to preach at National Cathedral

    06/21/2014 5:16:01 PM PDT · by don-o · 117 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | June 21, 2014
    WASHINGTON – An openly transgender Episcopal priest is set to preach at Washington National Cathedral. The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, will be a guest preacher on Sunday. He'll be the first openly transgender priest to preach from Canterbury Pulpit at the cathedral.
  • Church of England dioceses approve female bishops

    05/23/2014 12:27:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2014 12:38 PM EDT
    The Church of England says all its dioceses have voted to let women serve as bishops, leaving just one major hurdle to changing centuries of church practice. The issue has long divided the Anglican Communion, a Christian denomination with more than 80 million adherents worldwide. …
  • Gay Anglican priest marries his boyfriend. He'll be the first of many

    04/12/2014 4:52:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/12/2014 | Damian Thompson
    Well, that didn't take long. As my colleague Edward Malnick reports, the first gay Church of England priest – a canon, no less – today married his boyfriend. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, 58, a divorced hospital chaplain and father of five, wed his long-term partner Laurence Cunnington, 51. We're not told where, but obviously it wasn't in an C of E church. That's against the law. But they may well be able to have their marriage blessed in church because that's only "against the rules" as opposed to illegal.Campaigners predicted that Canon Pemberton would be the first of many. I think they're...
  • Nautilus Design On St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral In Boston Sparks Controversy

    02/10/2014 8:24:34 PM PST · by Epistolizer · 23 replies
    The pediment of The Cathedral Church Of St. Paul in Boston has stood empty for 190 years, as the builders of the impressive Greek Revival structure ran out of money during the initial construction phase. It was finally completed in May of 2013, but since then it's come under fire for its unusual design, which features a backlit nautilus sculpture.
  • A Sad Walk Through An ELCA Seminary

    10/31/2013 3:38:03 AM PDT · by rhema · 44 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 10/30/13 | Tom Brock
    (I received this the other day. It's written by Pastor Tom Brock) -Today I walked through my old alma mater, Luther Theological Seminary in St Paul, Mn. It is known as probably the most conservative of the ELCA seminaries. You wouldn’t know it from the number of gay/lesbian bumper stickers in the parking lot. Upon entering the main building a sign was up promoting a new book at Luther’s Bookstore, “Pastrix” by ELCA Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber. She was a favorite speaker at the ELCA Youth Assembly and a few months ago spoke at the historic Central Lutheran Church in downtown...
  • Desmond Tutu: I’d pick hell over an anti-gay heaven

    07/26/2013 6:14:18 PM PDT · by massmike · 93 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 07/26/2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    South Africa’s iconic retired archbishop, Desmond Tutu, said on Friday that if he had his pick, he’d go to hell before heading to a heaven that condemned homosexuality as sin. “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this,” he said, by way of denouncing religions that discriminate against gays, in Agence France-Presse..
  • ELCA Has Biggest Split in American Church History

    07/13/2013 12:19:30 PM PDT · by rhema · 189 replies
    Steadfast Lutherans ^ | 7/12/13 | Rev. Kevin Vogts
    Since shortly after its formation in 1988 the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been fixated on deviant sexual behavior, culminating in the endorsement of homosexual pastors in 2009, homosexual “marriage” in 2011, and the election last month of their first homosexual bishop. Dr. James Nestingen, a highly respected scholar and retired ELCA seminary professor, recently concluded that promoting acceptance of deviant sexual behavior has actually replaced the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the primary mission and message of the ELCA. Those within the ELCA demanding these radical changes asserted it is necessary for the ELCA’s very survival. Supposedly, they...
  • SCREWTAPE PROPOSES AN EPISCOPAL TOAST (22)

    06/24/2013 7:41:32 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 6-18-13 | David W. Virtue
    My dear Wormwood, The collective heads of the Hades High Council is positively spinning with all the news of these foolish earthlings in their desire to find peace, harmony, love and "why can't we all get along" interfaith notions. Their compromises over pansexual behavior have to be one of the single greatest triumphs of the 21st Century. Our Father had to be dragged away from a round of bishop bashing just to hear the good news. Now that both the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have succumbed to the notion of civil partnerships while condemning gay marriage is of course...
  • Poll: PCUSA Church Members Increasingly Favoring Same-Sex Marriage

    10/06/2012 1:15:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/05/2012 | By Michael Gryboski
    According to a recently released survey, support for same-sex marriage among Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) members and pastors has considerably increased since 2005. In research conducted by Presbyterian Research Services and published in October, the number of PC(USA) members and pastors supporting the denomination redefining marriage grew. In 2005, 23 percent of PC(USA) members supported same-sex marriage; in 2012, the number had increased to 34 percent. Among pastors, support for same-sex marriage in 2005 was at 35 percent; in 2012, it is at 49 percent. Jack Marcum, coordinator of Research Services at Presbyterian Mission Agency and author of the published findings,...
  • Episcopal Church promotes the “T” in LGBT equation

    08/08/2012 10:46:05 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 30 2012 | Becky Garrison
    Commentators at the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times may decry the Episcopal Church as a place offering pet funerals but nothing for the faithful or failing to provide anything one cannot get from purely secular liberalism. These traditionalists appear to bemoan the loss of a 1950s-era church that promoted an Eisenhower-era civil religion replete with the cross draped in the American flag. While they wax nostalgia over a past that largely existed only in TV Land,.the Episcopal Church made history at its 77th triennial General Convention by passing two gender nondiscrimination resolutions. Led by a grassroots coalition...
  • New Episcopal bishop's debut: Marching for Trayvon

    04/10/2012 8:27:22 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    orlandosentinel.com ^ | March 30, 2102 | Jeff Kunerth
    Two days after he was consecrated as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, Gregory Brewer was marching Monday with the crowd demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. He was the only white clergyman to address the Sanford City Commission inside the Civic Center that evening, urging city leaders to address the concerns of the black community. "I thought it was very courageous," said Andy Searles, a pastor with Aloma United Methodist Church in Winter Park. "It would have been very easy for him to sit in his office and organize the paperwork on his desk, but he made a...
  • Baptism on the Chopping Block as Sacrament of Initiation into The Episcopal Church

    04/03/2012 11:20:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 3/28/12 | Mary Ann Mueller
    A jettisoning of the faith, one mis-action at a timeLittle by little, the foundation of faith in The Episcopal Church is being reduced to ruins and the once grand colonial church of the Reformation is being progressively transformed into a social action agency. The latest proposed element to chip away at core Anglican beliefs is the Diocese of East Oregon's desire to offer Holy Communion to anyone who approaches the altar rail with their hands upraised. Baptism would not be a prerequisite. The Diocese of East Oregon has made it a matter of Communion without Baptism. Apparently, it was the...
  • Priest(ess) Who Calls Abortion a ‘Blessing’ Tells Congress She'd Break Law to Help Minors

    03/10/2012 2:24:45 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 8, 2012 | Penny Star
    Dr. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, president and dean of the Episcopal Divinity Church, testified at a House hearing on March 8, 2012 against a bill that would make it a federal crime to transport minor girls without parental consent across state lines to get an abortion. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – Were Congress to outlaw the transporting of a minor without her parents’ permission across state lines to get an abortion, an abortion- and gay-rights activist testifying on Capitol Hill Thursday she would break the law to continue to help girls end their pregnancies.Appearing as a Democratic Party witness at a...
  • Lesbian pastor integrates seamlessly in new Berwyn church

    01/25/2012 12:26:47 PM PST · by SmithL · 62 replies · 1+ views
    Berwyn Life ^ | 1/25/12 | Brett Schweinberg
    Berwyn, IL — After years of declining membership, two Lutheran churches in Berwyn recently were forced to merge. While the new church faces many issues as it struggles to adapt to modern society, no one seems to have any qualms about the new pastor, the Rev. Julie Boleyn, who was ordained Jan. 14. Calm, charismatic and serene in the strength of her faith, Boleyn also is the first lesbian to be ordained in the Greater Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For several years, both the United Berwyn Lutheran Church and the First Lutheran Church of...
  • American Bishop Gene Robinson condemns Rick Perry’s anti-gay promotion

    12/27/2011 9:00:00 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 39 replies
    ATV Today ^ | Dec. 16 2011 | Ian Westhead
    The USA’s first openly gay Episcopal bishop, Gene Robinson, has responded to presidential hopeful Rick Perry's anti-gay TV promotion suggesting that "it must break God's heart to see religion used in a political campaign like this." Bishop Robinson of the Episcopal Church showed his distaste in a TV interview with MSNBC and also by writing an opinion piece in the Washington Post newspaper. Perry had stated in his commercial that “You don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t...
  • First gay man to be ordained in Presbyterian Church USA since historic vote

    09/26/2011 3:36:35 AM PDT · by Cronos · 43 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | September 25 2011 | Rose French
    A Wisconsin man is expected to become the first openly gay candidate ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) since the church opened ordination to gay candidates earlier this year. ...“It’s hard to believe it’s finally happening,” Anderson said in a released statement on Friday. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) officially began allowing the ordination of openly gay and lesbian candidates on July 10. n May, Twin Cities Presbyterians cast the historic vote to allow openly gay and lesbian members to be ordained ministers. Presbyterian leaders say the Twin Cities vote was the action needed to end the 2.1 million-member denomination’s national...