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  • Austrian Evangelical Church votes to publicly ‘bless’ homosexual unions

    03/16/2019 5:59:11 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 44 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 15, 2019 | Jeanne Smits
    Austrian Evangelical Church votes to publicly ‘bless’ homosexual unions AUSTRIA, March 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – After weeks of discussion, the General Synod of the Austrian Evangelical Church (EKÖ) – a Lutheran denomination – agreed on Saturday, March 9 to allow homosexual couples to receive a church blessing during a public ceremony of worship. The move was approved by 45 votes to 18. Despite several measures intended to protect conscientious objection on the part of pastors and communities, the vote is expected to create a deep divide in the Austrian Lutheran church and some commentators in Austria are already warning that a...
  • Peace be still[charismatic caucus]

    03/13/2019 7:40:34 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Be at peace for I have calmed the seas for you and I AM The waters you walk upon now of holiness for I have made you righteous as I AM for I have overcome the world and their lies hold no water before your Creator and GOD ! Mark 4:39 And He got up and [sternly] rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still (muzzled)!” And the wind died down [as if it had grown weary] and there was [at once] a great calm [a perfect peacefulness].
  • Renewal and transformation undergirds meeting of ELCA Conference of Bishops

    03/12/2019 6:24:24 PM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 8 March A.D. 2019 | Candice Hill Buchbinder
    CHICAGO — Gathering under the theme "Be transformed by the renewing of your minds," the Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) met here Feb. 28 – March 4. The conference is an advisory body of the ELCA that includes 65 synod bishops, the presiding bishop and the secretary. "Across differences, in the midst of significant challenges, our time together really was an experience of renewal and transformation in the power of the Spirit," said the Rev. William O. Gafkjen, bishop of the ELCA Indiana-Kentucky Synod and chair of the conference. For the first time, the...
  • A Former Lesbian’s Message to the UMC & LGBTQIA+ Community

    03/11/2019 11:32:36 AM PDT · by lightman · 14 replies
    Institute of Religion and Democracy ^ | 11 March A.D. 2019 | Rev. Cliff Wall
    Rev. Cliff Wall is an elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and serves as the pastor of Clarksbury UMC in Harmony, NC. He also preaches several revivals at other churches each year. Rev. Wall and his wife, Christi, have been blessed with six children. This article originally appeared on his blog, Wall to Wall Faith, Hope, and Love. Reposted with permission. UM Voices is a forum for different voices within the United Methodist Church on pressing issues of denominational concern. UM Voices contributors represent only themselves and not IRD/UMAction. In my last article, I...
  • Why Charistmatics and Calvinists Need Each Other

    03/08/2019 9:26:31 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 19 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 2016 | Adam Mabry
    White-haired, suit-wearing Presbyterian lawyers don’t typically garner the fandom of teenagers, but Mr. Z did. Each week dozens of us would gather in his home. He would feed us and let us trash his house, watch movies, and play basketball. Each gathering would culminate in a Bible study... For a year I kept coming back. This unlikely mentor taught us Ephesians. Verse by verse, he explained this beautiful book to us. His love for the Bible was infectious, and I caught it. As I matured, I would always go back to Ephesians...But something stuck out to me that I never...
  • Church of Norway Apologizes for Previous Pro-Life Stance, Says Abortion Promotes ‘Women’s Safety’

    03/07/2019 5:21:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 48 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Cassy Fiano-Chesser
    March 4, 2019 (Live Action News) — In Norway, the largest Christian denomination is the Church of Norway, with an estimated 70% of Norwegians registered as members. Originally, the church was the official religion of Norway, with mandatory membership, but today, the church and the state have become separated. The church has likewise historically been pro-life, while Norway allows for legal abortion. However, the bishops of the Church of Norway recently released a statement actually apologizing for the church's pro-life stance and stunningly (and incorrectly) claiming that abortion "promotes women's health, safety and security." "When the law of self-determined abortion...
  • Let Jesus be your guide[charismatic caucus]

    03/05/2019 10:46:17 AM PST · by Jedediah
    The bridges you are building are just that, but what lies on the other side ? For if I Am not there, the bridge is built in vain and soon shall crumble out of view but My Spirit builds bridges of Truth and My hand is on it of blessing and promise. Allow me to take your hand and speak softly to guide the rudder of your life for you are My vessel and I AM your God so let it be so . . . Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace,Whose mind is stayed on You,Because...
  • Traditional Methodism Wins a Major Battle: There Might Be Hope For This Declining Denomination

    03/05/2019 7:17:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/05/2019 | Trevor Thomas
    Rejecting the sad direction of many of the other mainline Protestant denominations in the U.S., in a historic — and what some view as a surprising — vote at their General Conference last week, faithful United Methodists — thanks in large part to African United Methodists — stood firm and rejected the perverse LGBT agenda on sex and marriage.  Unlike American Methodists — more than two thirds of American delegates and a majority of American bishops supported the LGBT-driven "One-Church Plan" — African Methodists overwhelmingly supported the Traditional Plan.  Thank God for the African United Methodists! However, though the language forbidding any official acceptance of homosexuality by the...
  • A Response to Retired United Methodist Bishop Will Willimon

    03/04/2019 6:00:32 PM PST · by lightman · 17 replies
    Institute for Religion and Democracy ^ | 4 March A.D. 2019 | Scott Fritzsche
    Scott Fritzsche is a co-blogger at Unsettled Christianity who regularly attends and is active in Trinity United Methodist Church in Grove City, Ohio. He passionately believes in the voice and the responsibility of the laity to speak up and be as educated as possible on religious matters to empower ministry. UM Voices is a forum for different voices within the United Methodist Church on pressing issues of denominational concern. UM Voices contributors represent only themselves and not IRD/UMAction. This post originally appeared on Unsettled Christianity. Republished with permission. William H. Willimon is a retired UMC bishop and current teacher at...
  • 3 Big US Churches in Turmoil Over Sex abuse, LGBT Policy

    03/02/2019 5:43:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 3/2/19 | David Crary
    It has been a wrenching season for three of America’s largest religious denominations, as sex-abuse scandals and a schism over LGBT inclusion fuel anguish and anger within the Roman Catholic, Southern Baptist and United Methodist churches. There’s rising concern that the crises will boost the ranks of young people disillusioned by organized religion. “Every denomination is tremendously worried about retaining or attracting young people,” said Stephen Schneck, a political science professor at Catholic University. “The sex-abuse scandals will have a spillover effect on attitudes toward religion in general. I don’t think any denomination is going to not take a hit.”...
  • Bishop to Attend Lambeth Conference Without Wife in Protest at Bar on Gay Clergy Partners

    03/02/2019 5:35:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies ^ | 2/26/19 | Alex Williams
    The Bishop of Liverpool has said he will attend an international summit of Anglican leaders without his wife next year, in protest at a bar on the partners of gay clergy. Rt Rev Paul Bayes described the decision to prevent same-sex partners of clergy from attending the 2020 Lambeth Conference as an "act of exclusion". In a message posted on Twitter, he said: "I deeply regret that, in the fractious complexities of our life as a worldwide people, this act of exclusion has taken its place. "It is a grief to me and to my wife, and to many others....
  • Bishops Should Take Church of England Summit to Court Over Same-Sex Partner Ban, Says MP

    03/01/2019 5:10:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/28/19 | Helena Horton
    An MP has hit out at the Church of England after bishops were told they could not bring same-sex partners to the Lambeth Conference. In an interview with The Telegraph to mark LGBT history month, Nigel Evans said that allowing bishops in heterosexual relationships to bring their spouses to the international summit, but banning same sex partners, could be classed as workplace discrimination. He said: "I'm wondering whether that's discrimination. It could be tested in the courts. If it wasn't for the gays in the Church, the Church would crumble! "If it is tested in the courts, we would be...
  • What [United Methodist] General Conference Accomplished

    02/27/2019 5:59:50 PM PST · by lightman · 33 replies
    Good News Magazine ^ | 26 February A.D. 2019 | Thomas Lambrecht
    Here is a brief summary of the accomplishments of the special called 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church held in St. Louis. Given the opportunity to support the full court press of the majority of North American bishops in their advocacy of the One Church Plan, a decisive majority of delegates instead chose the Traditional Plan. By a vote of 438 to 384 (53.3 percent), adopted the Traditional Plan, parts of which will not be able to go into effect because they are unconstitutional. Parts that willgo into effect are: • Expanded definition of “self-avowed homosexuals” to include...
  • 2019 General Conference passes Traditional Plan

    02/27/2019 4:46:47 AM PST · by Politically Correct · 11 replies
    UM News ^ | 26 Feb 2019 | Kathy L. Gilbert, Heather Hahn and Joey Butler
    After hours of delaying tactics by opponents, the United Methodist General Conference 2019 delegates passed The Traditional Plan 438 to 384. A last-ditch effort to bring the One Church Plan back was defeated in the morning and was followed by efforts to amend the Traditional Plan to address constitutionality issues raised by the Judicial Council, the church’s top court. The Rev. Tim McClendon, South Carolina, called for a vote on the Traditional Plan as amended, which affirms the church’s current bans on ordaining LGBTQ clergy and officiating at or hosting same-sex marriage.
  • Attempt to revive [UMC] One Church Plan fails

    02/26/2019 2:51:56 PM PST · by lightman · 63 replies
    UM News Service ^ | 26 February A.D. 2019 | Kathy Gilbert
    After passionate speeches, prayers and tears, the “one, last shot” for the One Church Plan was defeated by a vote of 449-374 at The United Methodist Church’s 2019 General Conference. The Rev. Tom Berlin, Virginia Conference, spoke for a minority report for the One Church Plan that was submitted last night. A minority report is a substitution for the report of the legislative committee. Delegates opposed the bishops’ recommended One Church Plan by a vote of 436 to 386 on Feb. 25. That vote was 53 to almost 47 percent. “I have a love of the church that sometimes I...
  • One Church Plan Fails in Committee

    02/26/2019 10:31:26 AM PST · by lightman · 16 replies
    United Methodist News Service ^ | 25 February A.D. 2019 | Staff
    After approving the Traditional Plan in the morning, General Conference delegates spent the afternoon debating and ultimately voting against the One Church Plan. Delegates opposed the bishops’ recommended One Church Plan by a vote of 436 to 386. The vote was 53 to almost 47 percent. The votes mean the Traditional Plan moves forward to plenary Feb. 26. The One Church Plan could still come back, but as a minority report. An amended version of the Traditional Plan, which delegates did not fully take up, also could come before the body Feb. 26. Also heading to the plenary are two...
  • What do United Methodists really believe?

    02/24/2019 10:49:05 AM PST · by Condor 63 · 49 replies ^ | February 12, 2019 | Sam Hodges
    The United Methodist Church is a big tent theologically, and people with conservative or traditional religious beliefs make up the largest group under that spreading canvas. Those are two key findings from a new United Methodist Communications survey of United Methodists in the United States. The survey dug into views on various theology-related subjects, including the Bible, Jesus, salvation, the Resurrection and the afterlife. The goal was to shed light on the beliefs of people in the pews of United Methodist churches. Of those contacted, 44 percent identified themselves as conservative/traditional in religious beliefs, 28 percent as moderate/centrist and 20...
  • [Church of England] Churches No Longer Have to Hold Sunday Services

    02/22/2019 7:05:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/22/19
    A weekly Sunday service will no longer be compulsory for churches after a vote to change a 400-year-old law was passed by the Church of England's ruling body. The General Synod voted to end the law - dating back to 1603 - which required priests to hold a Sunday service in every church they looked after. The Bishop of Willesden, who proposed the change, called it "out of date". Meanwhile, the General Synod has introduced six "pastoral principles" to improve the treatment of LGBT people. Decades of falling church attendances have left some priests looking after up to 20 rural...
  • United Methodists confront possible split over LGBT issues

    02/21/2019 5:47:28 PM PST · by lightman · 41 replies ^ | 21 Feburary A.D. 2019 | Staff
    The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly convenes Sunday for a high-stakes, three-day meeting likely to determine whether America’s second-largest Protestant denomination will fracture due to divisions over same-sex marriage and the ordination of gay clergy. While other mainline Protestant denominations — such as the Episcopal and Presbyterian (U.S.A.) churches — have embraced gay-friendly practices, the Methodist church still bans them, even though acts of defiance by pro-LGBT clergy have multiplied and talk of a possible breakup of the church has intensified. At the church's upcoming General Conference in St. Louis, 864 invited delegates — split evenly between lay people...
  • UMC: 2019 Special Session of the General Conference

    02/21/2019 8:50:16 AM PST · by MacNaughton · 11 replies
    UMC ^ | FEB 2019 | UMC
    A Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church takes place February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward, authorized to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and to explore options to strengthen church unity. You will be able to watch the proceedings via live stream here.