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  • 7 Insects You'll Be Eating in the Future

    04/29/2014 9:51:22 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 55 replies
    Food of the future Credit: Chad Zuber | Shutterstock.com As the human population continues to inch closer to 8 billion people, feeding all those hungry mouths will become increasingly difficult. A growing number of experts claim that people will soon have no choice but to consume insects. As if to underscore that claim, a group of students from McGill University in Montreal has won the 2013 Hult Prize, for producing a protein-rich flour made from insects. The prize gives the students $1 million in seed money to begin creating what they call Power Flour. "We will be starting with grasshoppers,"...
  • Genetic study proves Israel's wild boars originated in Europe

    11/10/2013 7:44:11 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | Nov 04, 2013 | Tel Aviv University
    Wild boars look more or less the same in Israel as they do anywhere else: stalky and hairy with big heads, long snouts, and beady eyes. So scientists had no reason to suspect Israeli wild boars were any different than their brothers and sisters roaming the Middle East, from Egypt to Iran... unlike the Near Eastern wild boars in surrounding countries, Israel's wild boars originated in Europe. After a genetic and archaeological analysis, the researchers suggest the wild boars living in Israel are descendants of domesticated pigs brought to Israel starting almost 3,000 years ago by the Philistines and other...
  • 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...
  • Bugged: Obama's Roach Problem

    09/14/2013 8:43:02 AM PDT · by shove_it · 62 replies
    NationalJournal ^ | 13 Sep 2013 | George E. Condon Jr.
    As in cockroaches. But vermin is nothing new in a building that is 213 years old--and roaches aren't the worst of it...
  • Episcopal bishop says he was denied entrance to Catholic archbishop's installation Mass

    10/09/2012 7:56:10 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 10 replies
    Christian Century ^ | Oct 7 2012 | Kevin Eckstrom
    What started off as a rocky relationship between the Episcopal and Roman Catholic bishops of San Francisco got even worse on Thursday (Oct. 4) when Episcopal Bishop Marc Andrus said he was denied entrance to the installation Mass of the new Roman Catholic archbishop. Andrus said he arrived at St. Mary's Cathedral 30 minutes before the installation Mass of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was scheduled to start, but was kept in a holding area with an employee of the Catholic archdiocese until after the service started. After other local clergy had processed in for the 2 p.m. Mass, Andrus said the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Presbyterians clear way for gay clergy

    05/11/2011 5:20:27 AM PDT · by iowamark · 28 replies
    AP, FNC ^ | May 10, 2011 | Associated Press
    After decades of debate, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Tuesday struck down a barrier to ordaining gays, ratifying a proposal that removes the celibacy requirement for unmarried clergy, in the latest mainline Protestant move toward accepting gay relationships... Differences over the Bible and homosexuality have split Protestant groups nationally and worldwide for years. Within the Presbyterian Church, about 100 of the 11,000 congregations had already broken away ahead of the vote, but a group of large theologically conservative congregations, which calls itself Fellowship, has decided to remain in the denomination for now. Top Presbyterian executives issued a statement to the...
  • Bishop: ELCA is doing well despite challenges

    12/10/2010 8:23:37 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies
    Standard-Examiner (Ogden, UT) ^ | 12/10/10 | JaNae Francis
    OGDEN -- There may be some congregations that are leaving the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for other Lutheran sects, but the state of the church is good, even locally. This was the message Sunday delivered by Bishop Allan Bjornberg of the Rocky Mountain ELCA Synod when he paid a visit to Ogden's Elim Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Rocky Mountain Synod includes 175 congregations in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. He is currently chair of the ELCA Conference of Bishops. Bjornberg said the synod continues to open new congregations. "There are always more opportunities than there...
  • Episcopalians react with sadness to the retirement of Bishop Gene Robinson

    11/07/2010 12:58:02 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 27 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Nov. 7, 2010 | Kathy McCabe and Eric Moskowitz
    Across the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, congregants and clergy today reacted with heavy hearts to word that Bishop V. Gene Robinson is retiring. Robinson, 63, whose consecration seven years ago as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church divided the Anglican Communion worldwide, yesterday announced at the annual convention of the New Hampshire diocese that he plans to retire in January 2013, short of the mandatory 72-year-old retirement age for Episcopal bishops. He cited death threats and the considerable strain that the worldwide rift has placed on him, his family, and the church.
  • { ELCA } Bishop suspends Zion pastors

    11/06/2010 12:00:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    Globe Gazette (Mason City, IA) ^ | 11/5/10 | Deb Nicklay
    CLEAR LAKE — Two pastors of Clear Lake’s largest church have refused to leave their jobs despite an order from their bishop. Bishop Steven C. Ullestad of the Northeastern Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), said the Rev. Dean Hess and the Rev. Derik C. Yarian were notified of their removal on Oct. 28. “... You are now to function as a layperson ... your ordained status is in suspension,” said Ullestad in separate letters to the two men. Both Hess and Church Council President Mark Shepp declined to comment Friday. Pastors holding dual memberships —...
  • Iran cleric says dogs "unclean" and not to be kept as pets

    06/19/2010 4:01:12 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 88 replies · 1,499+ views
    reuters ^ | Jun 19, 2010 | Robin Pomeroy
    A senior Iranian cleric has decreed dogs are "unclean" and should not be kept as pets -- a move aimed at discouraging Western-style dog ownership in the Islamic state, a newspaper reported on Saturday. Dogs are considered "unclean" under Islamic tradition but, while relatively rare in Iran, some people do keep them as pets. By issuing a fatwa -- a religious ruling -- Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi has sent a clear message that this trend must stop. "Friendship with dogs is a blind imitation of the West,"
  • { ELCS } Lutheran bishops to welcome gay clergy

    03/12/2010 7:55:33 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 326+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | 3/12/10 | Daniel Burke, Religion News Service
    Bishops in the nation's largest Lutheran denomination have approved preliminary steps to welcome a group of openly gay and lesbian ministers as official clergy with new liturgical rites. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Conference of Bishops approved a draft proposal on Monday (March 8) for the new rites, which include prayers and the laying on of hands by the local bishop, according to the denomination's news service. The proposal only applies to 17 pastors who had followed normal ELCA procedures for education and ordination, but remained barred from the denomination's official clergy roster because of their sexuality. The clergy...
  • Episcopal rival sues for Anglican church's assets

    02/12/2010 1:52:38 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 297+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/12/10 | Sue Nowicki - Modesto Bee
    MODESTO – The Episcopal-Anglican battle in Stanislaus County got very personal this week when the Episcopal faction filed a lawsuit against St. Francis Anglican Church in Turlock seeking control of the its assets. The suit was filed Monday in Stanislaus Superior Court by the Rev. Jerry Lamb, bishop of the Modesto-based Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin. It names the Rev. Gerald "Gerry" Grossman and nine members of the church's vestry, or ruling body, as well as the St. Francis parish as defendants. St. Francis is the first parish in the diocese to face an individual lawsuit in the dispute that...
  • Lutherans Nationwide Wrestle with Staying in, Leaving ELCA

    01/15/2010 3:58:30 PM PST · by rhema · 15 replies · 796+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Jan. 15, 2010 | Lillian Kwon
    The South Dakota bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America said he has no plans of leading his synod out of the denomination over last year's pro-gay actions. That's not to say he's content with the national body. "This is not the first time I have been upset with the church," the Rev. David Zellmer told local Lutherans Thursday at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, according to the Argus Leader. Since last week, Zellmer has been hosting "conversations" at several Lutheran congregations to reflect on the actions of the 2009 Churchwide Assembly and their implications. Thursday's meeting was...
  • Bishop: S.D. Synod Won't Split Over ELCA Gay Vote

    01/15/2010 2:28:03 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 548+ views
    AP via WCCO ^ | 1/15/10
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) ― [Click to zoom.] Click to enlarge 1 of 1 ELCA convention delegates in August voted to lift a ban prohibiting gay and lesbian pastors who were not celibate from serving as clergy. (File) AP Close numSlides of totalImages Related Links * Read The Latest Local News * Read The Latest Political News The bishop of the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America says seven congregations in the state have taken initial steps toward leaving the country's largest Lutheran denomination over its policy to allow gay clergy. The Rev. David Zellmer says...
  • ELCA Attacking Christians as Anti-Semitic

    01/15/2010 11:45:06 AM PST · by Enought · 7 replies · 579+ views
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 1/15/2010 | Dan Skogen
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is on the attack. And they will let nothing get in the way of their goal, a nation called Palestine, with Jerusalem as it's capital. They are shameless. The ELCA is now on the attack against Christians that care for and support Israel. Presiding ELCA bishop Mark Hanson says the support of Israel by Christians “ . . . is a dangerous and radical political movement.” The ELCA has websites and brochures denouncing them. The ELCA gathered with other like-minded mainline denominations, not to long ago, to find ways to combat these Christians. The...
  • Church group says Zion ELCA vote fell short

    01/09/2010 10:22:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 980+ views
    Globe Gazette (Mason City, IA) ^ | 1/9/10 | Laura Bird
    CLEAR LAKE — The Northeastern Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is disputing Zion Lutheran Church’s vote in December to leave the denomination. In a news release on Friday Rev. Steven L. Ullestad, bishop of the Northeastern Iowa Synod ELCA, declared that the two-thirds vote needed was not achieved. The December vote at Zion came in reaction to a resolution adopted by the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in August that would allow gay pastors in a committed relationship to serve congregations. Prior to that, gay pastors had to commit to being celibate in order to serve. According to...
  • Open Letter to ELCA Members

    11/19/2009 6:47:31 PM PST · by lightman · 8 replies · 735+ views
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ^ | 19 November AD 2009 | Mark S. Hanson
    Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand. -- Romans 5:1-2a November 19, 2009 Sisters and brothers in Christ of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, I greet you with the words of the apostle Paul to the Romans: "Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand" (Romans 5:1-2a). Where does the Evangelical Lutheran Church in...
  • ELCA will not allow synods to maintain traditional standards

    11/03/2009 10:01:33 AM PST · by rhema · 20 replies · 1,312+ views
    Lutheran Core ^ | November 02, 2009 | David Baer
    ELCA synods will not have the option of upholding traditional Christian teaching on marriage and homosexuality in their standards for pastors and other rostered leaders according to a draft of candidacy rules released Oct. 10 by the ELCA churchwide organization. No synod or bishop may make decisions on ministry standards that differ from the new policies of the ELCA churchwide organization as defined by the 2009 Churchwide Assembly, the policy draft explains. The ELCA now allows pastors and other rostered leaders to be in committed same-sex relationships. “By the governing documents, all candidacy and call decisions are made on an...
  • ELCA leaders: No need for division

    10/31/2009 9:22:30 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 683+ views
    Bismarck Tribune (ND) ^ | 10/31/9 | KAREN HERZOG
    (In August the churchwide assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America adopted proposals to make it possible for Lutherans in publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous same-gender relationships to serve as ELCA associates in ministry, clergy, deaconesses and diaconal ministers.) In the wake of the ELCA assembly vote to allow gay and lesbian people to serve in the clergy or other leadership positions, the denomination's Presiding Bishop, the Rev. Mark Hanson, has told his bishops and laity to expect some congregations to leave. Whether ELCA congregations will defect in large numbers to more conservative Lutheran denominations remains to be seen. However,...
  • The Testimony of The Egg - What Is Sin?

    10/31/2009 6:32:16 AM PDT · by kindred · 21 replies · 878+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen ^ | September 19, 2009 | DJP I.F.
    Today there are many different views and thoughts about just what the term “Sin” means. Just the word alone gives people the Hee-bee-Gee-bees. People do not like to think of themselves as “Sinners.” They say or think, “Well, I’m not that bad. I’ve never killed anyone. If you only knew the good I do...(and so on and so forth).” These statements and sentiments are expressed in attempting to justify themselves in light of the realities of their "sinful"condition. (John 3:19-21, Hebrews 6:1; 9:14). Sin, as defined in God’s Word, the Bible, is the transgression and violation of the righteousness and...
  • [New Va.] Bishop Writes Diocese: "The legal struggle will continue...freedom under attack," he says

    10/13/2009 7:44:41 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 1,195+ views
    Episcopal Diocese of Virginia / Virtue Online ^ | 2009-10-10 | Shannon S. Johnston
    Dear Diocesan Family, A panel of the Virginia Supreme Court will hear our petition for appeal on October 21 and, while it is unfortunate that these legal proceedings were necessary, I trust that this hearing will bring us one step closer to resolution. I am proud that the Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church have chosen the path consistently to defend loyal Episcopalians, and to safeguard and to protect the Church's legacy and the Church from unwarranted governmental and legislative interference. It is with the same determination to stand by the people, traditions and legacy of our diocese that...
  • Bishop V. Gene Robinson: Where is the Christian perspective on health care?

    10/05/2009 11:36:54 AM PDT · by meandog · 150 replies · 2,461+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | oct. 2, 2009 | Bishop Vickie Gene Robinson
    Health care is in the news — but you have to wonder where all the Christians are. This is one of the biggest issues facing our country and our people, yet no one seems to be bringing a Christian voice or tone to that debate. Have you noticed? During the presidential campaign, there was much talk about the 50 million or so who have no health care insurance, many of whom who forgo care altogether and then wind up in emergency rooms with more serious, more fully developed illnesses than would have been the case had they sought preventive care....
  • 'Ears to hear'? [The ELCA doesn't have them]

    09/22/2009 2:16:34 PM PDT · by rhema · 11 replies · 1,225+ views
    WordAlone Network ^ | September 15, 2009 | Mark C. Chavez
    The 2009 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Churchwide Assembly made grievous decisions that will not help the denomination in the years ahead. Those decisions were the adoption of a social statement on sexuality and four resolutions that approve of sexual relationships outside of marriage and direct a change in the ELCA’s ministry standards to allow for practicing homosexuals to serve as ordained pastors and lay ministers. One biblical phrase kept coming to mind in the weeks leading up to the ELCA churchwide assembly and very often during the August assembly—“ears to hear.” The phrase occurs repeatedly in the Old and...
  • ELCA Churchwide Organization Begins Revising Its Ministry Policies

    08/27/2009 8:43:55 PM PDT · by lightman · 13 replies · 1,015+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 27 August AD 2009 | Staff
    ELCA Churchwide Organization Begins Revising Its Ministry Policies 09-189-FI CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The 2009 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) directed that ministry policies be revised to eliminate prohibitions against partnered gay and lesbian members serving as lay and ordained leaders of the church. When the policy documents have been revised, congregations will have the option of calling a person in a publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous same-gender relationship, but they will not be required to do so, said the Rev. Stanley N. Olson, executive director, ELCA Vocation and Education. The assembly also directed that the policies...
  • PASTORAL LETTER FROM PRESIDING BISHOP MARK HANSON

    08/23/2009 12:21:30 PM PDT · by lightman · 34 replies · 1,354+ views
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ^ | 22 August AD 2009 | The Rev. Mark S. Hanson
    PASTORAL LETTER FROM PRESIDING BISHOP MARK HANSON August 22, 2009 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. -- Colossians 3:14-15 I write to you from the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis with official information about the actions of this assembly related to human sexuality. I am grateful for the manner in which this church has engaged in this conversation. The way this assembly has...
  • ELCA Assembly Friday afternoon 3: The day has ended

    08/21/2009 5:11:21 PM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies · 1,433+ views
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 21 August AD 2009 | Richard O. Johnson
    Pr. Cory Johnson, N Great Lakes moved amendment B-MP-7. This would add the following wording in the second resolved: RESOLVED, that this church, because of its commitment to respect the bound consciences of all, declare its intent to incorporate structured flexibility in decision-making into its policies and procedures so that synods, bishops, congregations, candidacy committees, and others involved in the candidacy process and in the process of extending calls will be free to act according to their convictions regarding the approving or disapproving in candidacy and the extending or not extending of a call to rostered service of a person...
  • ELCA Assembly Thursday morning: apologies and offenses

    08/20/2009 11:11:44 AM PDT · by lightman · 6 replies · 1,017+ views
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 20 August AD 2009 | Richard O. Johnson
    The Assembly began with breakfast and “table talk,” small group discussion around tables, and then they convened in plenary As the public session began, two speakers expressed great concern that following the adoption of the social statement yesterday, there was loud applause and cheers. It was noted that our rules declare this kind of response to be out of order, and the PB did nothing to call the assembly to order. The cheers were hurtful to those whose “bound conscience” were sorely wounded. The PB agreed, and apologized for his mistake. Kirsten --- (didn’t get her name or synod) urged...
  • Gay, lesbian priests nominated for bishop

    08/02/2009 11:09:52 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 6 replies · 796+ views
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | August 3, 2009 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Gay, lesbian priests nominated for bishop LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two Episcopal priests in same-gender relationships are among the nominees for assistant bishop of Los Angeles, officials said Sunday. The Rev. John L. Kirkley of San Francisco and the Rev. Mary Douglas Glasspool of Maryland will be among six candidates on the ballot when lay people and clergy vote in December, despite a long-standing request from world Anglican leaders for a moratorium on consecrating openly gay bishops. Los Angeles Bishop Jon Bruno said in a statement Sunday that he was "pleased by the wide diversity" of the nominees. Separately, the...
  • L.A. Episcopal leaders nominate 2 openly gay, lesbian priests as bishops

    08/02/2009 5:13:37 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies · 2,397+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 2, 2009 | Duke Helfand
    Episcopal Church leaders in Los Angeles today nominated an openly gay priest and an openly lesbian priest as bishops, becoming one of the first dioceses in the national church to test a controversial new policy that lifted a de facto ban on gays and lesbians in the ordained hierarchy. The nominations of the Rev. John L. Kirkley of San Francisco and the Rev. Canon Mary Douglas Glasspool of a Baltimore-based diocese are likely to further inflame theological conservatives in the U.S. church and their global partners in the Anglican Communion, who have repeatedly warned about the repercussions of such action....
  • Diocese of Minnesota Nominates Partnered Lesbian for Bishop [Episcopal Gay Church Alert]

    08/01/2009 3:01:49 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 17 replies · 743+ views
    Stand Firm in Faith ^ | August 1, 2009 | Greg Griffith
    Barely two weeks after General Convention, the Diocese of Minnesota has nominated Bonnie Perry, a partnered lesbian, for bishop. Integrity is "delighted" at the news, saying that "the actions of our General Convention will put a sad chapter of discrimination against the LGBT baptized behind us."
  • "Two-fold" Anglican Ch. Envisioned, 1 in Favor of Homosexuality and 1 Christian: Abp. of Cant.

    07/29/2009 11:56:39 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 39 replies · 1,182+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/29/09 | Hilary White
    CANTERBURY, UK, July 29, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Suggesting a "two-track" model for the Anglican Church, Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said in a statement released Monday that the crisis over the acceptance of homosexuality in the Global Communion could be resolved by acknowledging "two styles of being Anglican." Williams was responding to the decision earlier this month by the US Episcopal Church to continue to ordain active homosexual clergy and bishops and "bless" same-sex partnerings. In one "track," said the archbishop, the mainstream of Anglicanism would continue to hold to Christian beliefs of sex and marriage, and the...
  • Anglican Church may have 'two track' structure

    07/27/2009 12:44:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 628+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 7/27/9 | MEERA SELVA, Associated Press Writer
    LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) -- The Anglican Church may have to accept a "two track" communion in which believers can hold different opinions about gay clergy and same-sex unions, the Archbishop of Canterbury said Monday in a bid to keep the church unified. Rowan Williams outlined his thoughts on the future of the deeply divided church on his Web site a few days after the U.S. Episcopalian church authorized bishops to bless same-sex unions and research an official prayer for the ceremonies. The move dismayed more traditional members of the Anglican Church, and Williams, the church's spiritual leader, is now...
  • Gay rights activists call for nationwide kissing demonstration

    07/25/2009 4:23:11 AM PDT · by Andy'smom · 23 replies · 789+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 07/25/2009 | AP
    SALT LAKE CITY — Gay rights activists are organizing a nationwide string of kissing demonstrations in response to the treatment of gay couples in Utah and Texas who tangled with security guards or police after kissing in public. The Great Nationwide Kiss-In is scheduled for Aug. 15. Events are planned for at least seven cities, including Boston, New York, Houston, Portland, Ore., and three California cities — Irvine, San Diego and San Francisco. A Web page and Facebook page promoting the demonstrations says more events are in the works. A pair of bloggers, David Badash, of New York, and David...
  • Duke fires employee accused of child sex...-(Gay rape horror:boy-5 abused on webcam pimped to cop)

    07/18/2009 6:52:36 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 88 replies · 8,230+ views
    http://www.wral.com ^ | Jul. 17, 2009 | Erin Hartness
    Durham, N.C. — Duke University has fired an employee who faces federal child sex charges. Frank M. Lombard, 42, of 24 Indigo Creek Trail in Durham, was let go from his position as associate director of the Center for Health Policy at Duke, a spokesman said. Duke Vice President for Public Affairs Michael Schoenfeld said Lombard was placed on unpaid leave at the time of his arrest June 24 and was fired Monday. Schoenfeld added that the university was cooperating with the investigation. Lombard faces extradition to Washington, D.C., to face charges that he solicited an adult to have...
  • Episcopal Bishops Can Bless Gay Unions

    07/18/2009 10:55:00 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 22 replies · 1,122+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 18, 2009 | William Wan
    Episcopal Church officials voted yesterday to allow bishops the latitude to bless same-sex unions -- the second vote this week in favor of gay rights and one that may further divide the worldwide Anglican community. On the last day of the church's triennial national convention in Anaheim, Calif., officials stopped short of creating liturgical rites to bless same-sex unions, but approved a compromise measure that allows bishops, especially in states where same-sex unions are legal, to bless the relationships. The key portion of the legislation says bishops "may provide generous pastoral response" for such unions. The vote came three days...
  • Episcopal Church’s homosexual bishops vote formalizes schism, theologian N.T. Wright says

    07/17/2009 7:06:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies · 711+ views
    CNA ^ | 7/17/2009
    London, England, Jul 17, 2009 / 02:48 am (CNA).- Prominent biblical scholar and Anglican Bishop N.T. Wright has said the Episcopal Church’s recent decision to allow homosexuals to be ordained as bishops will mark a “clear break” with the Anglican Communion and formalizes a “schism.” He also insisted that chastity is not “optional” for Christians. On Tuesday the General Convention of the Episcopal Church (TEC) voted by wide margins to pass a resolution allowing homosexuals to enter “any ordained ministry” in the church. Responding to the news was Anglican Bishop of Durham Nicholas Thomas Wright, a scholar of the New...
  • Episcopal bishops OK prayer for gay couples

    07/15/2009 9:17:13 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 584+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 7/15/9 | MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press Writer
    Anaheim, Calif. (AP) -- Episcopal bishops authorized the church Wednesday to start drafting an official prayer for same-sex couples, another step toward acceptance of gay relationships that will deepen the rift between the denomination and its fellow Anglicans overseas. The bishops voted 104-30 at the Episcopal General Convention to "collect and develop theological resources and liturgies" for blessing same-gender relationships, which would be considered at the next national meeting in 2012. The resolution notes the growing number of states that allow gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships, and gave bishops in those regions discretion to provide a "generous pastoral...
  • Anglicans on Brink of Schism

    07/15/2009 3:03:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies · 1,375+ views
    ncr ^ | July 15, 2009 | TOM MCFEELY
    Homosexual Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson. (UPPA) In defiance of the majority of the Anglican Communion, the Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. has voted in favor of ordaining homosexual bishops. The unilateral action by the Episcopal Church, courtesy of a vote by its General Convention, moves the deeply divided Anglican Communion closer to formal schism. The Los Angeles Times reports today: Bishops, clergy and lay leaders voted overwhelmingly at the denomination’s General Convention in Anaheim to open “any ordained ministry” to gays and lesbians. The liberalized policy represents a reversal from guidelines adopted by the church at its last convention in...
  • Majority of Episcopalians Favor Scrapping Ban on Gay Ordination

    07/13/2009 5:38:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies · 1,325+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 7/12/2009 | Lillian Kwon
    Episcopalians overwhelmingly favor tossing a previously approved resolution that bans ordaining openly gay bishops. In discussions that began Thursday afternoon and continued Friday morning during The Episcopal Church's triennial General Convention, Episcopalians spoke frankly, testifying passionately either for throwing out the ban or against rescinding it. "Gays and lesbians are asked to make sacrifices the rest of us are not asked to make," said the Rev. J. Frederick Barber of Fort Worth, according to the Episcopal News Service. Debate centered on resolution B033, which was approved by the General Convention in 2006. It calls for restraint in ordaining bishops "whose...
  • Episcopal Church Fires 61 Priests For Opposing Gay Church Leaders

    05/27/2009 8:14:20 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 51 replies · 1,753+ views
    CBS47 NEWS ^ | 5-27-09 | cakid1
    Episcopal Church fires 61 priests and deacons in the Central Valley. Part of the reason, is they followed former Bishop John David Schofield when he rebuked the national church for its stance on the ordination of gays into the priesthood. The 61 clergy had six months to deny or recant their stance against...
  • Waving God Goodbye -- The Tale of the Unbelieving Bishop

    05/22/2009 9:02:44 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 21 replies · 895+ views
    www.albertmohler.com ^ | 5/22/09 | Albert Mohler
    Richard Holloway is a Bishop of the Scottish Episcopal Church. There seems to be on obvious problem -- he doesn't believe in God. In the Scottish Episcopal Church, that must not be a problem.
  • Gay, Pro-Abortion Episcopal Seminary Pres.'Worst of Post-Modern Church'

    04/13/2009 3:24:40 PM PDT · by tcg · 39 replies · 2,005+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/14/09 | David W. Virtue
    The announcement that the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, has chosen a lesbian, pro-abortion president to lead the seminary has sent shock waves around the Anglican Communion. The appointment of Katherine Hancock Ragsdale highlights a week that also saw TEC bishop-elect Kevin Thew Forrester replace a reading from the New Testament with a reading from the Quran at St. Paul's Marquette, Michigan. One wonders what Episcopal boundaries and barriers have yet to be crossed that the dying embers of historic Christianity could possibly fan into life. That the Diocese of Massachusetts has a functioning transgendered priest complete with a...
  • "Abortion is a Blessing": US Episcopalian Lesbian Minister Appointed to Head Prestigious Seminary

    04/02/2009 4:16:33 PM PDT · by topher · 45 replies · 1,488+ views
    Thursday April 2, 2009 "Abortion is a Blessing": US Episcopalian Lesbian Minister Appointed to Head Prestigious Seminary By Hilary WhiteApril 2, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, an openly lesbian minister in the American Episcopal Church, has caused a stir on the internet with a sermon, posted to her weblog, in which she called abortion a "blessing" and called for the suppression of rights of conscience for health care workers. In her sermon, titled, "Our Work is Not Done," she wrote that there should be no restrictions whatever on abortion: "If we were to find that, while we were...
  • Did Jesus Declare All Meats Clean?

    04/21/2007 9:24:38 AM PDT · by DouglasKC · 227 replies · 2,414+ views
    Good News Magazine ^ | November 2002 | Larry Walker
    Did Jesus Declare All Meats Clean? Many assume Jesus' statements in Mark 7 did away with the dietary restrictions recorded in the Old Testament. How should we understand Christ's words? by Larry Walker In this series of articles we have examined statements of Jesus Christ that when understood correctly are surprisingly different in meaning from the way they are commonly understood. In the case of dietary restrictions recorded in the Bible, the surprise may be the result of understanding not just what Jesus said but what He did not say in the Gospel of Mark.Many believe that in His...
  • Muslim cabbies refusing the blind and drinkers (Australia)

    10/12/2006 4:35:54 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 67 replies · 1,313+ views
    News.com.au website ^ | October 08, 2006 | Lincoln Wright and Ian Haberfield
    Muslim cabbies refusing the blind and drinkers MUSLIM taxi drivers are refusing to carry blind passengers with their guide dogs or anyone carrying alcohol. (snip) And there have been several complaints that drivers refuse to allow passengers to carry sealed bottles of alcohol. (snip) One Muslim driver, Imran, said yesterday the guide dog issue was difficult for him. "I don't refuse to take people, but it's hard for me because my religion tells me I should not go near dogs," he said. Drivers who refused to carry blind people with their dogs attended remedial classes at Guide Dogs Victoria, Mr...
  • Muslims Accused Of Killing 'Unclean' Dogs

    03/26/2006 5:22:19 PM PST · by blam · 90 replies · 1,623+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-27-2006 | Amberlin Zaman
    Muslims are accused of killing 'unclean' dogs By Amberin Zaman, in Ankara (Filed: 27/03/2006) Pro-islamic municipalities in Turkey are killing stray dogs, animal rights groups claim. Municipal workers are hunting, torturing and killing the animals by the hundreds, the campaigners say. The allegations surfaced when Burcu Isikalp, a young veterinary surgeon, went searching for seven strays she had been caring for near her home in the capital, Ankara. Witnesses told her that municipal workers had taken them away. She went to Ankara's largest refuse dump, Mamak, where she found one of the strays with hundreds of other dogs. "They were...
  • Gays faced with new STD strains

    07/05/2005 3:15:25 PM PDT · by Dane · 85 replies · 3,213+ views
    Miami Hearld ^ | 7/05/05 | Jacob Goldstein
    Gays faced with new STD strains By JACOB GOLDSTEIN jgoldstein@herald.com In the past five years, without much fanfare, a syphilis epidemic has emerged among gay men in South Florida and around the country. Nationwide, rates of drug-resistant gonorrhea have risen rapidly in gay men. And a rare form of chlamydia has spread among gay men in Europe, moved to Canada and New England, and may have made its way to South Florida. Syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia are all curable, but they can be painful and, if not treated promptly, can cause long-term damage. And having a sexually transmitted disease makes...