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  • Methodists Reject Attempt to Liberalize Chuch's Policy on Homosexuality

    04/30/2008 7:44:30 PM PDT · by Flo Nightengale · 15 replies · 84+ views
    The Ledger ^ | April 30, 2008 | Cary McMullen
    FORT WORTH, Texas | Representatives of the United Methodist Church turned back attempts to liberalize its policy on homosexuality Wednesday. Almost 1,000 delegates to the church’s General Conference rejected a proposal from a legislative committee, leaving in place the position that the practice of homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching.” The General Conference, which meets every four years, is the only assembly that can set policy for the 7.9 million-member church. It includes delegates from all 50 states and 66 overseas regional jurisdictions. The question of the status of gays was likely the most contentious one delegates will deal with...
  • Ex-Abortion Clinic Owner Tells Pro-life Group Truth about Abortion Business

    04/30/2008 4:05:22 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 29 replies · 165+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/30/08 | Michael Baggot
    FORT WORTH, Texas, April 30, 2008 ( - The United Methodist pro-life ministry Lifewatch recently hosted a free luncheon featuring former abortion clinic owner Carol Everett.Everett spent six years working in the abortion industry in the early 80s, before experiencing a profound conversion. In 1995 she founded the Heidi Group - a group of inner-city crisis pregnancy centers named after one of Everett's own children that she aborted in 1973."We are an injured nation, for many of us are unwilling to admit or deal with our pain," Everett told her audience.Everett has testified in the past that while she...
  • United Methodists OK Full Communion with Lutherans

    04/30/2008 3:03:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 47 replies · 79+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 4/30/8 | Lillian Kwon
    United Methodists declared Monday a "banner day" as they approved a full communion agreement with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The new relationship between the two major Protestant denominations is not a merger but a recognition of each other's ministry and mission. Full communion recognizes that each church has "the one, holy, catholic and apostolic faith" expressed in the Scriptures and confessed in historic creeds and the core teachings of each denomination. The two churches also recognize the authenticity of each other's baptism and eucharist and the full interchangeability of all ordained ministers. "It's not merger," said Bishop Melvin...
  • United Methodist Church formally declares political mission, rejects salvation mission

    04/30/2008 7:05:29 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 60 replies · 2,638+ views
    United Methodist Church General Conference in Fort Worth ^ | 29 April 2008 | United Methodist Church, General Confer
    Yesterday, 29 April 2008, at 3:32 PM, the United Methodist Church formally and explicitely rejected it's long held and Biblically-based mission to make disciples of Christ by saving souls, and declared officially that its mission is to transform the world. This codifies in the Book of Discipline of the UMC, its book of law, what was already the de facto case in practice. Here's the new text: The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.Here's the previous text: The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ....
  • Divest no evil-Methodists asked to single out Israel to join the Sudan as a target of sanctions

    04/29/2008 5:07:06 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies · 104+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4-29-08 | JON HABER
    Methodists are being asked to single out Israel as sufficiently wicked to join the Sudan as a target of economic sanctions. While Barak Obama and John McCain have had to answer for the statements of their church leaders, neither Hillary Clinton nor George Bush have had to do the same, despite the fact that their church - the Methodists - are gathering in Fort Worth to take action that has real, rather than merely rhetorical, significance. During this week's General Conference, the United Methodist Church will be reviewing a number of resolutions urging divestment from companies doing business with Israel...
  • Caption Obama attending Methodist church services in Indianapolis

    04/28/2008 4:48:35 AM PDT · by redstates4ever · 32 replies · 299+ views
    Yahoo! News Photos ^ | 4/27/08 | staff
    "Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., waves as he is introduced during a church service at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis."
  • The unending debate over gays

    04/05/2008 5:57:38 AM PDT · by Zender500 · 13 replies · 306+ views
    WORLD ^ | Richard N. Ostling
    Several U.S. mainline Protestant denominations are about to face their latest showdowns on one of the most vexing issues since slavery: whether to break from biblical morality as traditionally understood to allow clergy with homosexual partners and to sanction blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples. "Mainline" groups (predominantly white, with early American roots, and affiliated with the National Council of Churches) contain vocal, well-organized liberal and evangelical combatants. The resulting dispute "certainly has taken a big toll," says Jack Haberer of Presbyterian Outlook, an independent magazine that airs varied views. "For some, it's the total compromise of all things moral. For...
  • Divestment: Coming to a Denomination Near You-Religious Left is ready for another long, hot summer

    04/03/2008 5:43:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies · 115+ views ^ | April 03, 2008 | Dr. Earl Tilford
    Divestment: Coming to a Denomination Near You   By Dr. Earl | Thursday, April 03, 2008 For a generation after World War II, particularly given revelations of the Holocaust, most American Protestant denominations embraced a more tolerant attitude toward Jews. Since the 1980s, however, there has been a marked shift, evident in the anti-Israeli positions adopted by more liberal denominations like the United Methodist Church (UMC); the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA); the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA); and the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (PCUSA).At its April meeting in Fort Worth, the National Conference of...
  • Hillary's Pastor Problem--The Clintons' pastor says Jeremiah Wright is right on.

    03/28/2008 5:09:31 AM PDT · by SJackson · 36 replies · 1,036+ views ^ | March 28, 2008 | Mark D. Tooley
    The pastor of the Methodist church that Bill and Hillary Clinton attended during his presidency is now defending Obama’s retiring pastor Jeremiah Wright. This intervention will perhaps serve to remind that the Clinton’s own church was once a source of national controversy. "The Reverend Jeremiah Wright is an outstanding church leader whom I have heard speak a number of times,” proclaimed the Rev. Dean Snyder in a statement he posted on the website of his Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. “He has served for decades as a profound voice for justice and inclusion in our society. He has...
  • The pastor at Clinton's former church calls Jeremiah Wright an 'outstanding leader'

    03/28/2008 10:06:31 AM PDT · by Proverbs 3-5 · 18 replies · 536+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 3/28/2008 | Jim Brown
    Dean Snyder, senior pastor of the liberal Washington church Hillary Clinton attended for eight years while her husband was president, is praising and defending Barack Obama's former pastor and controversial spiritual mentor Jeremiah Wright.
  • Hillary’s Pastor Problem

    03/28/2008 12:53:44 PM PDT · by PROCON · 18 replies · 1,093+ views ^ | March 28, 2008 | Mark D. Tooley
    The pastor of the Methodist church that Bill and Hillary Clinton attended during his presidency is now defending Obama’s retiring pastor Jeremiah Wright. This intervention will perhaps serve to remind that the Clinton’s own church was once a source of national controversy. "The Reverend Jeremiah Wright is an outstanding church leader whom I have heard speak a number of times,” proclaimed the Rev. Dean Snyder in a statement he posted on the website of his Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. “He has served for decades as a profound voice for justice and inclusion in our society. He has...
  • The United Methodist Church and Israel

    02/28/2008 4:45:19 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 29 replies · 154+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 28, 2008 | Joseph Puder
    The Jewish State of Israel may not be perfect, it is however a flowering garden of civility, democracy and human rights in a desert filled with Arab-Muslim oppressive dictatorships, who deny their people basic human and religious rights and fundamental freedoms to its minorities-such as freedom of speech, press, and assembly. Given Israel's circumstances - being surrounded by hostile Arab states (and Arab-Palestinians) who seek its destruction through war and endless cycles of terrorism, Israel's record of maintaining its democracy and working to insure human rights and freedoms for all is remarkable. For the United Methodist Church (UMC) and other...
  • Gun incident, lockdown this morning at Ferrum College (Southwest Virginia)

    02/26/2008 8:02:23 AM PST · by hemogoblin · 8 replies · 285+ views
    According to Franklin County Sheriff Ewell Hunt, this morning's lockdown at Ferrum College began with an incident around 7:30 a.m. Hunt said a white male carrying a handgun was seen by a housekeeper walking into Bassett Hall. The man told the housekeeper not to say anything. There was no shooting incident, Hunt said, but two people were detained and questioned as persons of interest. Officials are still looking for the suspect now, Hunt said, and they are searching dorms and buildings on campus.
  • The Methodist Child Indoctrination League--The UMC shames youngsters into supporting "Palestine."

    02/19/2008 4:36:58 AM PST · by SJackson · 25 replies · 82+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 2-19-08 | Mark Tooley
    The Methodist Child Indoctrination League   By Mark | Tuesday, February 19, 2008 Among the latest exploits of the United Methodist Women’s Division is a children’s book intended to instill anti-Israel themes among Methodist younsters. Innocuously called, “From Palestine to Seattle; Becoming Neighbors and Friends,” the booklet portrays Israel as an oppressor of Palestinians while omitting all mention of terrorism. It was written by Mary Davis, a former United Methodist missionary in “Palestine,” where she led “study tours,” whose political content no doubt was predictable. The United Methodist Women’s Division, with over $60 million in assets, $30 million...
  • The Methodist Child Indoctrination League

    02/19/2008 6:37:08 AM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 17 replies · 152+ views ^ | February 19, 2008 | Mark Tooley
    Among the latest exploits of the United Methodist Women’s Division is a children’s book intended to instill anti-Israel themes among Methodist younsters. Innocuously called, “From Palestine to Seattle; Becoming Neighbors and Friends,” the booklet portrays Israel as an oppressor of Palestinians while omitting all mention of terrorism. It was written by Mary Davis, a former United Methodist missionary in “Palestine,” where she led “study tours,” whose political content no doubt was predictable. The United Methodist Women’s Division, with over $60 million in assets, $30 million in annual income, and nearly 700,000 members, is one of the most powerful women’s groups...
  • Methodists to Weigh Divestment as Tool to Shift Israel

    02/16/2008 12:16:03 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 36 replies · 154+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 16, 2008 | Rachel Pomerance
    The United Methodist Church is poised to become the next U.S. church to consider divestment from a company or companies operating in Israel, a strategy that has embroiled the Presbyterian Church (USA) and other denominations in controversy. At the church's quadrennial General Conference in April in Fort Worth, the Methodists, with more than 8 million U.S. members, will debate whether to pull church holdings in Caterpillar, which provides the Israel Defense Forces with bulldozers. The proposal from the Methodists' General Board of Church and Society comes as the church's women's division offers a 224-page study guide on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...
  • United Methodist Church Crucifies Israel

    02/09/2008 5:44:00 PM PST · by APRPEH · 7 replies · 540+ views
    Judeosphere ^ | 9 February 2008 | Judeosphere
    The United Methodist Church has recently published Israel-Palestine: 2007-2008, an adult "study guide" written by the not impressed: The pattern of presenting biased opinions against Israel repeats itself over and over again in the mission study....Take, for example, the mission study's bibliography, which is available for downloading from the board's Web site. The first item listed is an article titled "Remember the Liberty." Published by a group called Americans for Middle East Understanding, the article claims Israel deliberately attacked an American Navy ship during the Six-Day War in 1967. No countervailing view is included. Indeed, in his book Goldstein describes...
  • Another illegal immigrant takes sanctuary at Chicago church (defies deportation order)

    01/28/2008 10:43:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 857+ views
    A Chicago church is again in the spotlight in the debate over immigrant rights. Illegal immigrant Elvira Arellano (el-VEE'-ruh ah-ray-AH'-noh) took sanctuary in the Adalberto United Methodist Church for a year before she was arrested on a visit to Los Angeles and deported last August. Now, another illegal immigrant, Flor Crisostomo (floor kree-SOHS'-toh-moh), has defied a deportation order and taken refuge in the same church. Crisostomo is an illegal immigrant from Mexico arrested at a workplace raid at a Chicago site of IFCO Systems in 2006. The 28-year-old told reporters at the church Monday that she chose to defy authorities...
  • Phony, ignorant Christians

    01/27/2008 5:53:09 AM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 176 replies · 358+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 25, 2008 | Joseph Farah
    Paul warned us about times like this and the way people – including those claiming to be professing Christians – would act. I strongly believe Paul had in mind the kind of people who run major Protestant denominations like the United Methodist Church. Today, at an event in Fort Worth, Texas, leaders of the denomination, which boasts membership by President Bush and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, will consider divesting from all companies that do business with Israel. To say that even considering such an action is hateful, unbiblical, anti-Christian and evil would be an understatement. It's not even understandable except...
  • Methodist Agency Head Winker Wants Divestment of Caterpillar

    01/16/2008 11:07:10 AM PST · by mbarker12474 · 52 replies · 293+ views
    from the Christian News Wire release: Methodist Lobbyist Takes Anti-Israel Divestment Agenda to Doorstep of Caterpillar Tractor "The United Methodist Board of Church and Society apparently believes that the roadmap for Middle East peace leads through Peoria, Illinois. Does anyone really think that punishing Caterpillar will help create a peace in the Middle East?" -- Mark Tooley, Executive Director UMAction Contact: Loralei Coyle 202-682-4131, 202-905-6852 cell,; Radio Interviews: Jeff Walton,; both with the Institute on Religion and Democracy WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 /Christian Newswire/ -- The chief of the United Methodist Church's official lobby office is meeting tomorrow in...
  • Caterpillar upsets some Methodists

    01/26/2008 4:14:25 AM PST · by fweingart · 88 replies · 376+ views
    One News Now ^ | 1/25/2008 | Chad Groening
    Methodist renewal advocate Mark Tooley says United Methodist Church officials are urging church agencies and members to divest their holdings in Caterpillar Incorporated, for doing business with Israel. Tooley, who directs the United Methodist Committee at the Institute on Religion and Democracy, says the UMC has about $15 million of Caterpillar stock in its pension fund. But he says the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society has unveiled a proposal to divest from Caterpillar ahead of the church's governing General Conference in April. Several United Methodist regional conferences have endorsed anti-Israel divestment, according to Tooley. "It's another example...
  • Methodist Bishop on Global Warming, Earth Abuse, Wants Action

    01/25/2008 9:16:23 AM PST · by mbarker12474 · 64 replies · 81+ views
    Virginia Conference, United Methodist Church, website ^ | Jan 2008 | Bishop Charlene Kammerer, United Methodist Church
    "Grace Notes" for February 2008, by United Methodist Church Bishop Charlene Kammerer: Why we should care about God’s creation The psalmist has declared in Psalm 8: "When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet..." My Christian...
  • Pro-Life Group Wants United Methodist Church to Abandon Pro-Abortion View

    01/21/2008 3:50:05 PM PST · by wagglebee · 26 replies · 1,290+ views
    Life News ^ | 1/21/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- A pro-life organization for members of the Methodist Church says it hopes the Protestant Christian denomination will reform its long-standing pro-abortion views. The group hopes Methodists will be open to the message of Bishop William Willimon of Birmingham, who will be delivering a pro-life speech on Tuesday before the March for Life. LifeWatch, the unofficial United Methodist pro-life caucus, says Bishop Willimon will address the group in the chapel of the United Methodist Building, headquarters of the pro-abortion United Methodist Board of Church and Society. LifeWatch will urge the governing United Methodist General Conference this spring...
  • Bush spiritual adviser endorses Obama

    01/21/2008 7:32:19 AM PST · by Sopater · 38 replies · 89+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 20, 2008
    HOUSTON — An influential Houston minister who has long been a spiritual adviser to President George W. Bush says he will endorse Barack Obama's bid for the presidency. The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, senior pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church, said Saturday that he's backing the Illinois senator because of Obama's "character, confidence and courage." Obama, a Democrat, is electable and "would do a wonderful job to bring people together to pursue a common vision we all have," said Caldwell, who said his support is personal and not connected to his role as pastor of the 14,000-member church. However, Caldwell...
  • Hillary's Spiritual Formation (book excerpt)

    01/16/2008 4:11:49 PM PST · by Terriergal · 54 replies · 111+ views
    Christianity (Astray) Today ^ | 12/11/07 | Paul Kengor
    For much of Hillary's youth, [her father] Hugh was the only male influence on her life that had any real bearing. Her views, her political ideas, her religion—all this was filtered through Hugh, as he helped shape her sense of the world and her sense of self. But all that changed dramatically when she was thirteen, and the Reverend Don Jones, a Methodist minister, entered her life. She began dropping by Jones's office after school or during summer afternoons, eager to talk about ideas or insights she culled from the youth minister and his sermons. According to Roger Morris, biographer...
  • Calling for new tone on immigration debate.

    01/02/2008 5:05:12 PM PST · by Condor 63 · 99 replies · 182+ views
    The United Methodist Portal ^ | Dec 31, 2007 | Arthur McClanahan
    DES MOINES, Iowa—Members of the Iowa Interfaith Immigration Coalition are urging presidential candidates of both parties to conduct the debate over immigration policy in a civil manner “that respects human dignity.” In a Dec. 4 news conference, Connie Ryan Terrell, executive director of The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, led a group of speakers who gathered to “change the negative, public attitudes and rhetoric which demonize and dehumanize our immigrant friends and neighbors.” Ms. Terrell said this “destructive attitude has permeated our nation,” making the discussion about immigration a more “complex and difficult debate.” In a four-week period, more than 3,600...
  • Pastor takes leave of absence over his online porn addiction

    12/18/2007 12:02:19 PM PST · by Between the Lines · 38 replies · 88+ views
    St Petersburg Times ^ | December 15, 2007 | BILL COATS
    NEW TAMPA - The pastor of a leading New Tampa church is stepping down because of his addiction to online pornography. The Rev. Brian James, pastor of St. James United Methodist Church, is taking an indefinite, voluntary leave of absence, said Erik Alsgaard, director of communications for the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Methodists' Lakeland-based governing body for most of Florida. Alsgaard said James disclosed the problem to a church committee early this week. The committee consulted the hierarchy of the Methodist conference, leading to James' leave of absence, he said. Alsgaard said the church had...
  • Help for immigrants divides congregations

    12/25/2007 4:26:45 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 23 replies · 236+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12-25-2007 | Andrea Hopkins
    He doesn't speak Spanish and has no idea what America should do about illegal immigration, but Rev. Larry Kreps knows he's now on a list somewhere of people willing to help illegal immigrants in a time of crisis. It started out small enough. Months ago, a member of Kreps' suburban Ohio congregation was looking for a place where local Hispanics could meet, and Kreps offered some space at John Wesley United Methodist Church. A Sunday school lesson on immigration followed in August. Days later, with just a phone call for warning, dozens of desperate immigrants fleeing a massive raid on...
  • Baltimore Anarchists Rescue Church of Transsexual United Methodist Minister

    12/19/2007 5:12:59 PM PST · by PAR35 · 7 replies · 107+ views
    Washington, DC—Fighting to keep its doors open, a struggling United Methodist congregation in Baltimore has partnered with a collective of radical anarchists in a space-sharing agreement. The tiny St. John’s United Methodist Church, still not fully restored after a 1981 fire, now hosts meetings of Red Emma's collective, a self-described anarchist group. Payments from the anarchists have allowed the church to continue paying its utility bills. Red Emma’s speakers at the church have included a former Black Panther imprisoned for armed robbery and the Northeast Federation of Anarchists-Communists St. John’s garnered attention earlier this year when its pastor, Ann Gordon,...
  • Methodist Church Hosts Climate Change Lawn Garden Party

    12/06/2007 9:49:28 AM PST · by mbarker12474 · 39 replies · 106+ views
    Daily Star (Oneonta, NY newspaper) ^ | 6 December 2007 | Jake Palmateer, Daily Star
    Panelists discuss climate changes, peak oil By Jake Palmateer Staff Writer ONEONTA _ "Kill your lawn." That was one of the recommendations from a panel discussion based around peak oil and climate change held Wednesday night at the First United Methodist Church. Angelika St. Laurent of Cornell University promoted growing more vegetables and fruits locally _ including on lawns _ as a way to mitigate food-supply problems related to peak oil and climate change. ... ...Hubbert [in the 1950's] accurately predicted that American petroleum production would peak in less than two decades. ... a global peak, which Fleisher said...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 11-30-07

    11/30/2007 5:07:22 PM PST · by silent_jonny · 90 replies · 721+ views
    In recognition of World AIDS Day, President & Mrs. Bush traveled to the Calvary United Methodist Church in Mount Airy, Maryland where they met with faith-based groups and thanked them for their efforts in fighting the disease around the world.(Transcript) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, Virginia. Shultz served as secretary of state under President Reagan. Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island
  • Council of Bishops calls for immediate Iraq withdrawal (Methodist)

    11/21/2007 9:21:33 AM PST · by PAR35 · 42 replies · 135+ views
    United Methodist News Service ^ | Nov. 9, 2007 | Linda Green
    Declaring war "incompatible with the teachings and example of Christ," the bishops of The United Methodist Church called on leaders of all nations to begin an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq. The bishops also urged against deploying additional troops to Iraq and against establishing permanent military bases in the Middle Eastern country.
  • Denominations and their stand on the issue of abortion

    11/10/2007 8:20:45 AM PST · by Gamecock · 23 replies · 72+ views
    The Roman Catholic Church has continuously and steadfastly opposed the legalization of abortion and has supported virtually all meaningful pro-life legislation and public policies. The bishops have testified before Congress on numerous occasions pleading for restoration of respect for all human life. The National Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared several pastoral letters clearly defining the Catholic Church’s pro-life position. Most dioceses have active respect life offices and parish pro-life committees. Many dioceses are beginning to establish Project Rachel programs to assist women (and men) who are recovering from postabortion syndrome. And a large number of dioceses also maintain hotlines...
  • Death Penalty Tests a Church as It Mourns (Conn. triple murder attrocity update & BARF ALERT)

    10/28/2007 4:53:34 AM PDT · by libstripper · 25 replies · 122+ views
    N.; Y. Times ^ | October 28, 2007 | Alison Leigh Cowan
    CHESHIRE, Conn., Oct. 25 — The United Methodist Church here is the kind of politically active place where parishioners take to the pulpit to discuss poverty in El Salvador and refugees living in Meriden. But few issues engage its passions as much as the death penalty. The last three pastors were opponents of capital punishment. Church-sponsored adult education classes promote the idea of “restorative justice,” advocating rehabilitation over punishment. Two years ago, congregants attended midnight vigils outside the prison where Connecticut executed a prisoner for the first time in 45 years. So it might have been expected that United Methodist...
  • UMC Kansas East Conference - Changing views on homosexuality

    10/17/2007 8:01:33 AM PDT · by Deut28 · 15 replies · 469+ views
    UMC Kansas East Conference Annual Conference ^ | June 9 | UMC - Kansas East Conference
    "THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that language related to the practice and nature of homosexuality be removed from the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that such language be replaced with language that is more theologically compatible with United Methodist tradition, utilizing the medical, theological and social science disciplines to reflect a deeper understanding of God’s good gift of human sexuality."
  • On the Boardwalk (Must civil unions be performed on religious property?)

    10/12/2007 8:16:30 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies · 374+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 12, 2007 | Julia Vitullo-Martin
    The bitter dispute ripping apart the social fabric of Ocean Grove, N.J., a lovely Victorian enclave 40 miles south of Manhattan, began simply enough. Long-time residents Harriet Bernstein, 65, a retired schoolteacher, and Luisa Paster, 60, a Princeton University staff developer, wanted to celebrate their civil union on the town's boardwalk pavilion. The ceremony would have been legal, since New Jersey in 2004 had become the fifth state in the nation to recognize homosexual civil unions. But Ocean Grove isn't just any pretty town. Founded as a Methodist camp in 1869, it was the first permanent camp meeting dedicated to...
  • The Clintons’ God

    10/12/2007 8:13:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 216+ views
    NCR ^ | October 14, 2007 | PAUL KENGOR
    As Pope John Paul II wrote in Veritatis Splendor (The Splendor of Truth) the Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, and through the magisterium, serves as the “pillar and bulwark of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15), particularly through its teaching of truth regarding moral action. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than the tragedy of abortion, especially in contrast to where some (but certainly not all) Protestants stand on the issue, including two extremely influential Protestants: Bill and Hillary Clinton. No president did as much to advance legalized abortion as Bill Clinton, who is now poised to be exceeded in...
  • Methodist Lobby Office Joins Homosexual Activists in Backing Dangerous Pro-Gay Law

    10/10/2007 4:38:13 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 189+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/10/07 | LifeSiteNews
    WASHINGTON, October 10, 2007 ( - The official lobbying office of the 7.9 million-member United Methodist Church has co-signed a letter with several radical organizations in support of The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The legislation, supported by the United Methodist General Board on Church and Society (GBCS), places those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender into a special protected status. Other co-signers of the letter include the National Center for Transgender Equality, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Human Rights Campaign. The United Methodist Church officially does not ordain into the ministry practicing homosexuals or...
  • Faith leaders lobby for anti-smoking legislation

    10/10/2007 6:30:24 PM PDT · by Wheee The People · 88 replies · 795+ views
    wdbj7 ^ | 10/9/07 | NA
    Of all the products Americans purchase, cigarettes are among the least regulated by the government. That is something Virginia's religious leaders pray will soon change. Cereal, macaroni and cheese and cookies are closely regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Now Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders from across the Commonwealth want cigarettes regulated too. Rev. Marc Brown with the United Methodist Church said, "Isn't it a shame that dog food is more regulated than tobacco products. Every day we must bury mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers who die early from preventable death." Smoking and exposure to second hand smoke...
  • Methodist Church Supports Gun Ban

    12/07/2001 8:57:54 AM PST · by xsrdx · 37 replies · 310+ views
  • U.S. Christian Camp Loses Tax-Exempt Status over Same-Sex Civil-Union Ceremony

    09/22/2007 8:35:41 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 31 replies · 578+ views ^ | September 19, 2007 | John Jalsevac
    U.S. Christian Camp Loses Tax-Exempt Status over Same-Sex Civil-Union Ceremony By John Jalsevac OCEAN GROVE, N.J., September 19, 2007 ( - The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced on Monday that it was stripping the Methodist Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association of its tax-exempt status for part of its property. The Methodist camp made the news earlier this year after it refused, for religious reasons, to allow a lesbian couple to hold a "civil-union" ceremony at a pavilion on the camp's property. The pavilion, said Scott Hoffman, the camp's chief administrative officer to LifeSiteNews, "is a facility we...
  • Methodist Camp Tax Exemption Revoked for Not Hosting Same-Sex Union

    09/21/2007 8:15:18 PM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies · 491+ views
    IRD ^ | 20 Sep 07 | Loralei Coyle
    Press Releases New Jersey Attacks Religious Freedom by Revoking Methodist Camp Tax Exemption for Not Hosting Same-Sex Union Contact: Loralei Coyle (202) 682-4131   “Contrary to New Jersey's assertions, the Ocean Grove Camp Ground Association has not limited the use of its boardwalk pavilion to any person, rather it has prohibited some BEHAVIOR, according to the principles of the United Methodist Church.” —Mark Tooley, Executive Director UMAction   ________________________ Washington, DC—Ocean Grove Camp Ground in New Jersey was founded and has been privately owned by a Methodist organization since the 19th century. New Jersey is now threatening its tax-exempt status...
  • Methodist Bishop Hosts Political Rally for Virginia Native Americans

    09/19/2007 7:27:05 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 3 replies · 108+ views
    Virginia Conference, United Methodist Church, message board ^ | 11 Sept 2007 | Virginia Conference, United Methodist Church
    We will be Celebrating Native American Tribal Rights Theme: Journey of Faith: Tears, Trial, and Triumph Starting with a reception on Friday evening at Williamsburg United Methodist Church, also celebrating with Native Tribal Dancers Opening Celebration on Friday September 14th The Custalow Brothers of the Mattaponi Tribe have been together for 40 years. The Custalow Brothers are sons of the late Solomon Dewey Custalow of the Mattaponi Tribe. They will be singing for the reception of Friday evening starting at 6:30pm The Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Tribe will be performing tribal dances on Friday evening. Saturday 8:30am Continental Breakfast 9:30am Opening Program...
  • Church budget tightens around four areas of focus

    09/15/2007 7:19:58 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 2 replies · 104+ views
    United Methodist News Service ^ | Sept. 13, 2007 | Marta W. Aldrich
    The United Methodist Church is facing the "very hard, very painful" work of cutting ministries and shifting resources while building its denominational budget around four newly named areas of focus. After months of reviewing a proposed budget that does not keep pace with inflation, the chief executives of the denomination's program agencies pledged to preserve ministries that address those four areas — leadership development, congregational growth, global health and poverty. - snip - The Board of Global Ministries is targeting a new pilot project aimed at addressing poverty in rural areas of the United States and also is reprioritizing its...
  • Methodist Bishop's Moving Reflection on September 11

    09/13/2007 11:45:00 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 7 replies · 451+ views
    Virginia Conference Message Board ^ | 11 Sept 2007 | Virginia Conference U Methodist Ch
    Perhaps somebody can dissect this reflection on 911 --- er, uh, I mean neo-Nazi's, the Christian Identity Movement, the KKK, and hate crime legislation. From Virginia Conference, United Methodist Church leader, Bishop Charlene Kammerer: REFLECTIONS ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2007 Dear Friends in Christ, Today, we remember clearly what happened in our US homeland on September 11 six years ago. It is a somber time for our nation, as we reflect on acts of terrorism, lives lost, courageous responders, families who still grieve, and Ground Zero Memorial construction. There will be opportunities to participate in memorial services and prayer services in...
  • Transgender pastor's new test of faith (United Methodist Church)

    09/10/2007 7:32:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 99 replies · 1,734+ views
    LA Times ^ | September 9, 2007 | Stephanie Simon
    BALTIMORE — The Rev. Ann Gordon stood in front of her United Methodist congregation last fall and announced that she was now he. Surgery and testosterone had transformed Ann into the Rev. Drew Phoenix -- still as liberal and laid-back as always, but now legally male. Most in the small congregation accepted their pastor's transition; they even threw him a renaming party, complete with birthday cake. But when Phoenix, 48, was reappointed to another year of ministry this spring by his bishop, it sparked a protest in the United Methodist Church. The denomination's highest authority, the Judicial Council, will take...
  • Immigrants to Talk at Churches, Synagogues (Life in a Sanctuary City)

    09/01/2007 5:22:00 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 25 replies · 519+ views ^ | September 1, 2007 | Pat Schneider
    Many people in the Madison area may never get the chance to hear for themselves what the experience of today's immigrant workers is like, says Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman. Some of them will get that chance this weekend. "Immigrant Workers in the Pulpit" is bringing local workers to 15 area churches and synagogues to share at worship services their experiences as immigrants on the job.In a variation on the Interfaith Coalition for Workers Justice of South Central Wisconsin's annual Labor in the Pulpits, the organization is focusing on immigrant workers to give them a voice in the midst of red-hot political...
  • Pastor helping immigrant [Arellano] is a longtime driving force [Rev. Walter Coleman]

    08/26/2007 7:30:12 AM PDT · by freespirited · 20 replies · 1,081+ views
    Chicago Sun-times ^ | 8/16/2006 | Mark Brown
    Elvira Arellano, the woman who sought sanctuary in a Chicago church Tuesday to avoid deportation, was busy doing a television interview, so somebody asked if I'd like to first speak to the pastor of the church, instead. Certainly, I said, having already conjured up certain Hollywood images in my mind during the drive over to the small storefront church on Division Street just east of Humboldt Park. You know the images: the handsome, idealistic, young priest or minister who is sheltering the illegals in the church basement (except in that one "Dirty Harry" movie where the handsome young man of...
  • Methodist Camp Meeting Association Sues New Jersey for Civil Union Investigation

    08/17/2007 4:00:26 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 9 replies · 538+ views ^ | August 15, 2007 | Peter J. Smith
    Methodist Camp Meeting Association Sues New Jersey for Civil Union Investigation By Peter J. SmithOCEAN GROVE, New Jersey, August 15, 2007 ( - A Christian seaside retreat association is suing New Jersey state officials for threatening to prosecute it for rejecting a same-sex couple's bid to hold a civil union ceremony on its property.The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA), an affiliate of the United Methodist Church, filed a federal lawsuit Saturday after the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights continued to investigate whether the Christian organization could face prosecution for violating laws prohibiting discrimination against "sexual orientation."The Civil Rights...
  • Methodist court to consider case of transgender pastor

    08/12/2007 10:28:38 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 232 replies · 1,735+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 8/12/07 | AP
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The highest court for the United Methodist Church is taking up the case of a minister who changed gender from female to male. The Reverend Ann Gordon had spent five years as minister at St. John's United Methodist Church in Baltimore before undergoing surgery and hormone therapy to become the Reverend Drew Phoenix. Bishop John Schol of the Methodists' Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference reappointed Phoenix this spring as pastor of the church, noting that the denomination's Book of Discipline says nothing about transgender clergy. The Judicial Council, scheduled to meet Oct. 24th-27th in San Francisco, will look at...