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  • A Huffington Post Humanist Urges the Church to Stop Using the Bible as a Moral Guide

    05/02/2017 6:07:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 540 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2017 | Michael Brown
    It’s one thing when a humanist attacks the Bible. That’s expected. It’s another thing when a humanist attacks a Christian denomination for using the Bible as a moral guide. But that’s exactly what humanist author Clay Farris Naff did on the Huffington Post on April 29th.Naff was upset that the highest court of the Methodist Church struck down the consecration of Bishop Karen Oliveto, since her only infraction was being married to another woman. How, he wondered, could the church punish her for love?He writes, “To anyone free of ancient prejudices, the injustice of condemning Oliveto is plain. How can...
  • Electing Lesbian Bishop Violates Church Law, United Methodist High Court Rules

    04/30/2017 2:27:32 PM PDT · by madison10 · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 4/28/2017 | Michael Gryboski
    Electing Lesbian Bishop Violates Church Law, United Methodist High Court Rules The United Methodist Church's highest court has ruled that a regional body violated the denomination's rules when they elected an openly lesbian clergywoman as bishop and she can be removed from her position. In a 63 decision released Friday, the United Methodist Judicial Council decided that the Western Jurisdiction's election of Karen Oliveto to the position of bishop violated church law. "It is not lawful for the college of bishops of any jurisdictional or central conference to consecrate a self-avowed practicing homosexual bishop," read the decision, as reported by...
  • In rejecting gay bishop, Methodist court shows the folly of relying on scripture for moral guidance

    04/30/2017 4:51:38 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 47 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 4/29/2017 | Clay Farris Naff
    I can't copy on my iPad. Sorry. Very annoying article from the Huffington Compost.
  • Methodist Court Ruling a Blow for First Openly Lesbian Bishop

    04/29/2017 8:54:06 PM PDT · by Morgana · 47 replies
    nbc ^ | April 29, 2017 | ap
    The first openly lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church can stay on the job for now, but she is subject to a disciplinary review that could lead to her removal, the top church court ruled Friday. Bishop Karen Oliveto's civil marriage to another woman violates church law that bars clergy who are "self-avowed practicing homosexuals," the Judicial Council said. However, a decision over whether she can remain in the position must come from a separate disciplinary process, the court ruled.
  • Methodist High Court Rejects First Openly Gay Bishops Consecration

    04/29/2017 6:28:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 48 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 4/28/17 | Laurie Goodstein
    The United Methodist Churchs highest court has ruled that the consecration of its first openly gay bishop violated church law, compounding a bitter rift over homosexuality that has brought the 13-million-member denomination to the brink of schism. In a 6-to-3 vote made public on Friday, the churchs Judicial Council found that a married lesbian bishop and those who consecrated her were in violation of their commitment to abide by and uphold the churchs definition of marriage and stance on homosexuality. Still, the court ruled that the bishop, Karen P. Oliveto of Denver, remains in good standing pending further proceedings, offering...
  • Lesbian Methodist bishop faces challenge to her election

    04/24/2017 4:37:23 PM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    AP ^ | April 24, 2017 | Rachel Zoll
    Karen Oliveto clutched a friend's hand, closed her eyes and wept when she learned last year she had been elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church. Oliveto, who is married to another woman, had become the denomination's first openly gay bishop.
  • Christian university in Texas opens prayer room for Muslim students

    02/19/2017 9:17:31 AM PST · by markomalley · 49 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 2/16/17 | Jeremy Beaman
    A Christian university in Texas has created a prayer room for its Muslim students.The Methodist-affiliated McMurry University dedicated the space in one of the schoolsresidential dorms for its Muslim students daily prayers.Before its creation, Muslim students met for prayer in a nearby hotel, a student who helped establish the new prayer room told The College Fix in an interview.That student, Joe Yousef, is president of McMurrys Saudi Student Club. Of the roughly 1,000 students attending McMurry, about 60 are Muslim and many come from Saudi Arabia, Yousefsaid.Yousef said now that Muslim students have a prayer room on campus, it will...
  • Clintons Attend Christmas Services at Methodist Church Near New York Home

    12/26/2016 7:50:19 AM PST · by kevcol · 36 replies
    Newsmax ^ | December 250, 2016 | Brian Freeman
    "This is our blessing this night every year in this church," said Bill Clinton. For the past decade the Clintons have attended the church, whose street leading to the door was lined with candles.
  • Methodist Womens Group Attacks Pregnancy Centers Offering Women Abortion Alternatives

    12/23/2016 12:19:48 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | December 22, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Its interesting to see groups that describe themselves as pro-choice attack organizations that offer pregnant women choices that dont involve abortion. Planned Parenthood and NARAL, two of the largest abortion advocacy groups in the United States, have a history of fighting pro-life pregnancy centers that offer women and their babies life-affirming choices and support. But the latest group to launch a similar attack is a west coast United Methodist group. The Western Methodist Justice Movement recently urged its members to put CPCs [Crisis Pregnancy Centers] on the defense by supporting a California law that forces pregnancy centers to promote abortion,...
  • Maryland church ordered to evict homeless or pay $12,000 fine

    12/18/2016 1:56:52 PM PST · by grundle · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 18, 2016 | Brandon Ambrosino
    When Rev. Katie Grover arrived on a recent morning at Patapsco United Methodist Church, one of two congregations she pastors in the Baltimore area, she was surprised to find a $12,000 citation attached to the door. According to the citation, the church, located on a busy street in Dundalk, Md., had violated a county regulation that prohibits non-permitted rooming and boarding houses by allowing homeless individuals to sleep on church grounds. Patapsco UMC failed to cease exterior use of property as housing units, read the inspectors comments. People still living in rear of property under tarped area. Now the church...
  • Mother of an 11-year-old boy finds naked pictures of his pastor, 30, on his phone

    12/09/2016 7:40:41 PM PST · by Morgana · 28 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | December 9, 2016 | Giulia Crouch For Mailonline
    The mother of an 11-year-old boy found naked pictures of his pastor on his mobile phone. The Florida woman recognized the man in the indecent photos and typed his phone number into Facebook. It led her to Harbor United Methodist Church pastor Tyler Sinkus Smither. The 30-year-old youth pastor from Wilmington, North Carolina was arrested and is charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child. An affidavit, written by a New Hanover County Sheriffs Detective Christina Starman, says that Smither first contacted the boy using a chat website, Omegle.
  • False News Claim of Methodist/Islamist Convergence

    12/09/2016 10:59:02 AM PST · by xzins · 45 replies
    The websites of New York anti-Islam crusader Pamela Geller and radio conspiracist Alex Jones are claiming an obscure United Methodist congregation in Waco, Texas is part of a plan to Islamicize Methodist churches.According to PamelaGeller.com: On-the-ground sources in west Texas confirm that the United Methodist Church (UMC) is potentially engaged in a massive operation designed to reprogram churches as virtual mosques in preparation for a deluge of Muslim refugees. The article quotes at length an anonymous reported church member who, “fearing for his safety,” told PamelaGeller.com that Bosqueville United Methodist Church (UMC) in Waco might offer “Catholic-style ‘sanctuary’ protections for...
  • Methodists Fearful of Islamification of their Churches

    12/09/2016 7:08:04 AM PST · by rhett october · 64 replies
    Resistance Feed ^ | 12-9-2016 | Rhett October
    After I read the story entitled, Methodist Churches Converting To Virtual Mosques For Muslim Migrants, I spent much of the day in mild shock. I couldnt believe what was going on inside of a Christian denomination whose founding was so deeply influenced by the great man John Wesley. I had to know what Methodists thought of this. Surely they didnt go along with it. At least not all of them or even a majority of them. My assumption, and hope, was that it was a very small minority of Methodists who thought that having worship of Allah in their building...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Local Texas United Methodist Church In Waco Now Embracing Islam

    12/09/2016 5:04:30 AM PST · by rhett october · 68 replies
    The Geller Report ^ | 12-6-2016 | John Griffing
    WACO, TX On-the-ground sources in west Texas confirm that the United Methodist Church (UMC) is potentially engaged in a massive operation designed to reprogram churches as virtual mosques in preparation for a deluge of Muslim refugees. While President-elect Trump announces plans to defund sanctuary cities, churches (especially those with far-left theologies) are declaring their intent to invoke sanctuary for the millions already pouring across the border, including Muslim refugees. Some churches are even getting visits from clergy urging them to virtually roll over and accept an Islamic future. [RELATED: GELLER REPORT: Sanctuary Cities Showdown: Churches Loom As Thorn To...
  • Fla. child sex sting nets 22 suspects, including Methodist pastor who volunteered in schools

    09/16/2016 12:24:46 PM PDT · by NRx · 24 replies
    WaPo ^ | 09-16-2016 | Peter Holley
    The men come from any number of backgrounds and range from young to old. In the end, Pensacola police said, they were united by a common goal: having sex with minors. During a five-day stretch that ended Sunday, all 22 of the men including a pastor from a Florida church were dragged down by Operation Undertow, an Internet sting in which undercover agents lured suspected child predators via computer to an undisclosed Florida location, police said. The men were snagged after they responded to ads for sex with teenage males and females created by agents on various websites,...
  • Did Flint Preacher Set a Trap for Trump?

    09/16/2016 5:15:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Todd Starnes.com ^ | September 14, 2016 | Todd Starnes
    The minister of a Methodist church made national headlines after she scolded Donald Trump for injecting politics into a campaign stop. The Rev. Faith Green Timmons came on stage and stopped Trump in the middle of his remarks at Bethel United Methodist Church. She told him to stay focused on the water crisis and not Hillary Clinton. I invited you here to thank us for what weve done in Flint, not give a political speech," the reverend told Mr. Trump. Trump graciously complied with her demand. But something doesn't pass the smell test. Consider this screen grab from the minister's...
  • Trump Criticizes Flint Pastor But Misstates Key Facts About Their Encounter (NPR Alert!)

    09/15/2016 9:18:48 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    National Propaganda Radio ^ | September 15, 2016 | Scott Detrow
    Donald Trump is lashing out against an African-American pastor who interrupted him Wednesday to chide him for campaigning in her Flint, Mich., church. "Something was up," Trump told Fox and Friends on Thursday morning, calling the Rev. Faith Green Timmons a "nervous mess." "I noticed she was so nervous when she introduced me," he said. "When she got up to introduce me she was so nervous, she was shaking. I said, wow, this is kind of strange. Then she came up. So she had that in mind, there's no question."
  • Gay pastor agrees to leave her post at Johnson County church

    08/20/2016 5:30:42 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 50 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | Donald Bradley
    On a cold Sunday in January, Cynthia Meyer, pastor at Edgerton United Methodist Church, came out to her congregation. She did so with hope that change regarding the denominations stance on homosexuality was coming. But eight months later, that hope, for now at least, is gone. And after the end of August, Meyer will be gone as well. To avoid a church trial, Meyer and Methodist officials agreed that she would give up her duties and go on involuntary leave. Her final sermon in Edgerton in Johnson County will be Aug. 28.
  • Methodists elect 1st openly gay bishop in defiance of ban

    07/16/2016 12:29:36 PM PDT · by StormPrepper · 87 replies
    SCOTTSDALE, Arizona The Western district of the Methodist church has elected an openly gay bishop despite the denomination's ban on same-sex relationships.
  • Ways United Methodists can take a stand against gun violence (UMC goes full retard on guns)

    06/13/2016 8:24:28 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 36 replies
    UMC website ^ | 13 JUNE 16 | A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino
    Pray for Orlando" we read on Facebook and Twitter. Prayer is vitally important, but is there more we can do? As United Methodist Christians, we mourn with the victims and families of those wounded and killed in the shootings on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. We may even pray and wonder if anything could have been done to avert this heinous act. But should we do more? Is there anything that can be done to keep something similar from happening in the future? While we may not agree on a solution, many of us agree there is a problem....