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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 (LifeSiteNews.com) - 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
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | April 03, 2008 | Dr. Earl Tilford
    Divestment: Coming to a Denomination Near You   By Dr. Earl TilfordFrontPageMagazine.com | 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
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 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
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 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 TooleyFrontPageMagazine.com | 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
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 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, lcoyle@ird-renew.org; Radio Interviews: Jeff Walton, jwalton@ird-renew.org; 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...