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  • Pro-Abortion “Christian” Pastors Distribute Condoms Outside Hobby Lobby to Protest SCOTUS Decision

    07/04/2014 9:51:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 42 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Pro-abortion pastors from different “Christian” denominations distributed condoms outside a Hobby Lobby store to protest this week’s Supreme Court decision giving it and other companies the ability to opt out of the Obamacare HHS mandate that compels them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees. This comes after a NARAL board member suggested abortion activists have sex in Hobby Lobby stores as a protest. The Chicago Sun Times has more on what happened: hobbylobby27Christian clergy and activists from different faiths protested outside a Hobby Lobby on Route 59 Wednesday in protest of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that says...
  • Support for Israel Now Grounds For Expulsion at New York Unitarian Church

    06/05/2014 4:05:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 5, 2014 | Spyridon Mitsotakis
    Support for Israel Now Grounds For Expulsion at New York Unitarian ChurchPosted By Spyridon Mitsotakis On June 5, 2014 @ 12:31 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments The Unitarian-Universalist Community Church of New York, after 10 years of cooperation with and sponsoring events of the Maoist Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), is now concerned that their tax-exempt status may be threatened, internal Church sources say. It comes at a time when persistent RCP presence on the Church has led to a polarizing climate.In the background is an escalating conflict between the RCP and an alliance of moderate leftists, Israel...
  • 'The Shack' mania heads to big screen (Oprah to play the part of God!)

    05/31/2014 5:27:24 PM PDT · by equalator · 18 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5-31-2014 | Bob Unruh
    “It’s going to be interesting to see how people react to the movie – especially considering the fact that Winfrey is most likely playing the role of God. “‘The Shack’ goes to the heart of universal reconciliation, Christian universalism.” It created shock waves among many Christians not only for its theology but also for its portrayal of the Trinity as an elderly black woman, an Asian woman and a carpenter. Universalism is the belief that a God of love and goodness never would allow people to be separated from him forever, which means everyone ends up in heaven.
  • Tennessee Church Raises Money for University’s Sex Week

    03/25/2013 3:56:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    College Insurrection ^ | March 25, 2013 | Leslie Eastman
    One student recently decried the fact that universities are participating in the degradation of their students with the continued focus on sex.Now, it being reported that a church in now helping fund the sexual scholarship at one school: The University of Tennessee’s controversial and explicit sex week plans were in jeopardy after campus leaders recently announced they were pulling about $11,000 in funding for the event, so a church near the campus has decided to raise money for the cause.WATE reports: Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church is located just down the street from UT’s campus, and during their services Sunday...
  • Bradley Manning wants to run for public office, lawyer says

    12/05/2012 10:16:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 4, 2012 | Brian Bennett
    If he doesn't spend the rest of his life in prison, Pfc. Bradley Manning wants go to college and perhaps run for public office, his lawyer, David E. Coombs, told supporters of the former Army intelligence analyst. Manning is accused of illegally giving hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and classified reports about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the website WikiLeaks. He faces 22 criminal charges and could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted. "He's confident things will turn out OK for him," Coombs said Monday, standing in a wooden pulpit in the All Souls Church...
  • Lost And Found: Rare Paul Revere Print Rediscovered

    04/16/2012 4:32:00 PM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | 15 April 2012 | NPR
    The 237th anniversary of Paul Revere's famous midnight ride during the Revolutionary War falls on Wednesday. But long before Henry Wadsworth Longfellow made him famous, Revere was known as an engraver and a silversmith in Boston.Brown University announced this week that it had found a rare engraved print by Revere, one of only five in existence. The print was tucked inside an old medical book that had been donated by physician Solomon Drowne, a member of Brown University's class of 1773."It was an engraving, not a terribly large one," Richard Noble, Brown University's rare books cataloguer tells weekends on All...
  • Local church will not offer Ward Churchill a venue to speak

    05/20/2011 9:57:57 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 18 replies
    After an announcement earlier this week that fired University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill was being invited to town to speak over the Memorial Day weekend, the church where he was set to speak has retracted their invitation. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley, in a statement on their website, cited many members of their congregation with relatives serving in military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for the change. “The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley will not be offering a venue to the Confluence Media Collective to bring Ward Churchill to speak on Memorial Weekend. While we...
  • U.S. church group briefly held in Cuba

    12/31/2009 7:38:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies · 522+ views
    cnn ^ | 12/31/09 | Mariano Castillo
    (CNN) -- The brief detention in Havana, Cuba, last week of a Portland, Oregon, church group comes on the heels of the detention of an American contractor and could indicate an increasingly chilly reception for some American visitors, according to the church travelers. The December 26 trip for 14 members of the First Unitarian Church of Portland is a reminder of the entrenched tensions between Cuba and the United States despite the Obama administration's loosening of previous restrictions.
  • Obama's Other Controversial Church (Complete Article)

    06/14/2009 12:06:36 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 11 replies · 1,605+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 14, 2009 | Andrew Walden
    June 14, 2009Obama's Other Controversial ChurchBy Andrew Walden "This is a guy (former Weatherman terror-bomber Bill Ayers) who lives in my neighborhood ... the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago - when I was 8 years old - somehow reflects on me and my values doesn't make much sense." -- Barack Obama on the Campaign trail, 2008 As President Obama prepared to commemorate D-Day, the Associated Press dug up old details and photos to write a warm fuzzy story about the WW2 service record of Obama's maternal grandfather...
  • US Deserters given sanctuary at Obama's Other Controversial Church

    06/14/2009 11:47:44 AM PDT · by JohnKSmith · 5 replies · 658+ views
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | June 14, 2009 | Andrew Walden
    ...Had a reporter asked Obama: "So what were you doing during Bill Ayers' fugitive days?" An honest answer would be: "I was going to Sunday school at a church which had provided sanctuary to US military deserters." While John McCain was being tortured as a prisoner of war in Hanoi, First Unitarian Church of Honolulu -- at which the elementary-age Obama would later attend Sunday school after returning from Indonesia in 1970 or 71 -- was sheltering deserters and AWOLs recruited by ‘flirty fishing' coeds from a Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) group known as "The Resistance". The deserters'...
  • Obama's Other Controversial Church

    06/14/2009 2:51:36 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies · 1,288+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | June 14, 2009 | Andrew Walden
    "This is a guy (former Weatherman terror-bomber Bill Ayers) who lives in my neighborhood ... the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago - when I was 8 years old - somehow reflects on me and my values doesn't make much sense." -- Barack Obama on the Campaign trail, 2008 As President Obama prepared to commemorate D-Day, the Associated Press dug up old details and photos to write a warm fuzzy story about the WW2 service record of Obama's maternal grandfather and grand uncle. One could conclude that the...
  • Muslim hired to run church's youth programs

    04/17/2009 8:17:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 803+ views
    The Mississauga News ^ | April 17, 2009 | Radhika Panjwani
    A non-denominational Mississauga church known for its liberal religious practices has taken the unusual step of hiring an outspoken Muslim woman to run its youth programs. The Unitarian Congregation announced yesterday it has appointed Farzana Hassan as director of spiritual exploration. Hassan is a well-known author and poet and an outspoken activist who has butted heads with orthodox imams on issues such as hijab, polygamy and terrorism. The Mississauga resident is also a past president of the Muslim Canadian Congress. Hassan will be responsible for introducing and running children and youth programs for the church. This is not the first...
  • Minister works at combining sex and religion

    03/12/2009 3:51:36 PM PDT · by SJackson · 48 replies · 1,013+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 3/12/2009 | Phil Haslanger
    Debra Haffner delights in the reactions she gets when strangers ask her what she does for a living. "I'm a minister and a sexologist," she says. They blink their eyes and try to reconcile what seems to them to be two opposing forces. Religion in the U.S., after all, seems to have quite a reputation for trying to stifle the joy of sex. So how could she joyfully live in these two worlds of church and sexuality? "Our sexuality and our spirituality are intimately connected," Haffner told a crowd at the First Unitarian Society in Madison earlier this month. At...
  • Former creationist preaches gospel of evolution

    01/12/2008 7:45:31 PM PST · by trumandogz · 111 replies · 112+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 1.12.08 | Eileen E. Flynn
    The Rev. Michael Dowd gave up a permanent home to travel the country spreading his gospel in the hope of reconciling disparate beliefs. But the former pastor's gospel may shock many Christians. Dowd preaches "evolution theology," a view that promotes evolutionary science and God as the ultimate reality. In Dowd's mind, you can have Darwin and the divine. Dowd is so committed to spreading his message that he offers his book — "Thank God for Evolution! How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World" — as a free download on his Web site. The...
  • The secret war (More detail on Al-Zawahiri Op)

    03/21/2004 1:41:33 AM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 35 replies · 752+ views
    Observer Special reports ^ | Sunday March 21, 2004 | Greg Bearup in Peshawar
    The secret war On the North-West Frontier, soldiers are trying to tighten the noose around bin Laden's forces. But in Europe and America, there is no clear enemy to fight - yet every expert knows that a terrorist atrocity is coming Mark Townsend in Tangier, John Hooper in Madrid, Greg Bearup in Peshawar, Paul Harris in Washington, Peter Beaumont in Baghdad, Antony Barnett, Martin Bright, Jason Burke and Nick Pelham in London Sunday March 21, 2004 The Observer There were shadows in the rocks. As the 12 US Special Forces soldiers arrived at a remote mountain region in eastern Afghanistan...
  • Unitarians launch ad campaign

    09/19/2007 1:11:02 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 107+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 9/19/7 | Rebecca Rosen Lum
    Garrison Keillor has long joked that Unitarian missionaries founded Lake Wobegon after a failed attempt to convert American Indians through interpretive dance. The Prairie Home Companion host has miffed some members of the free-thinking, socially conscious faith with quips like, if you offend a Unitarian, you risk having a question mark burned in your front lawn. Now, Unitarians are seeking converts and hoping radio spots on the iconoclastic Companion will draw the same earthy, progressive, crowd the show does. Seventeen Bay Area Unitarian Universalist congregations have launched a $300,000 marketing campaign financed by 600 member donors. Its theme: "Imagine A...
  • Burke, VA Freep Opportunity: Moonbats At It Again-Town Hall 8/23/07, 2-3pm, RINO Tom Davis To Attend

    08/21/2007 4:50:28 AM PDT · by tgslTakoma · 42 replies · 1,456+ views
    AfterDowningStreet (aka Impeachment Moonbats) ^ | Aug. 21, 2007 | Faceless Moonbat named "Chip"
    Apparently the Moonbats have gotten an agreement from Virginia RINO, Tom Davis, to attend (and speak at) a Moonbat Town Hall Meeting in Burke, VA on Thursday, August 23rd from 2:00 until 3:00 pm. The Moonbats hosting this event call themselves "Americans Against the Escalation in Iraq." At this meeting they intend to ask questions of Davis, "regarding the Iraq war and Rep. Davis' rubberstamping of Bush's Iraq policies despite stating many times that he is against the war." Best news of all is that they have invited you Virginians who may be interested, to attend the meeting! So, if...
  • Unitarians Find They're Almost Universally White

    07/03/2007 10:19:10 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 43 replies · 618+ views
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- Joseph Santos-Lyons is this city's first homegrown minister of color in the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, the church that proudly represents the far left pole of American religion. During the UUA's recent national General Assembly here, Santos-Lyons was "fellowshipped" (the equivalent of a large-scale ordination), a milestone for the liberal UUA, which is 92 percent white, by its own estimates. But as he assumes his minister's mantle, Santos-Lyons is speaking out about the elephant in the room: Liberals embrace multiculturalism in theory, he says, but there's a reason the UUA and other progressive movements, from anti-war...
  • Can a past of Islam change the path to president for Obama?

    01/29/2007 2:36:31 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 99 replies · 3,082+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | January 29, 2007 | Bill Sammon
    WASHINGTON - Although Sen. Barack Obama is a Christian, his childhood and family connections to Islam are beginning to complicate his presidential ambitions. The Illinois Democrat spent much of last week refuting unfounded reports that he had been educated in a madrassa, or radical Islamic school, when he lived in Indonesia as a boy. “The Indonesian school Obama attended in Jakarta is a public school that is not and never has been a Madrassa,” said a statement put out by the senator’s staff. But the school did teach the Quran, Islam’s holy book, along with subjects such as math and...
  • Why I Can No Longer Be A United Methodist

    08/17/2006 6:31:09 AM PDT · by hiho hiho · 63 replies · 1,186+ views
    United Methodist Nexus ^ | August 2006 | Marge Engelman
    I am a retired university administrator and faculty member, a lifelong Methodist (now United Methodist), a clergy wife, a mother and a grandmother. At this age I had imagined that I would be happily treasuring traditional Christian views, following the well-worn path to the church, and participating in all the usual “keep-’em-busy-and-involved” church activities. Here I am at 78 raising more questions about the Christian faith than ever before. I am offended by the continued use of sexist language and bored by the endless rehearsal of our ancient doctrines. I can no longer think like a first century Christian, the...
  • Cindy Sheehan packs church, urges listeners to follow her lead

    07/08/2006 6:42:09 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 67 replies · 1,385+ views
    The Enquirer and Mirror (Nantucket Newspaper) ^ | July 7,2006 | Samuel Dangremond
    Outspoken Iraq War protester Cindy Sheehan spoke at the Unitarian Universalist Church last night, asking a crowd of about 250 people to follow her lead and exercise their First Amendment rights by speaking out against President Bush and the war, which she called “an illegal occupation.” Sheehan, who famously camped out at Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas last summer after her son was killed while fighting in Iraq, told listeners that her story is proof that one person can make a difference in the world. The event was organized by the Peace and Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church. A...
  • There Is No Hell

    04/01/2006 7:37:23 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 83 replies · 1,278+ views
    beliefnet ^ | Ap 1 06 | Rev Forrest Church
    The difference between Universalists and Unitarians (the old joke has it) is that Universalists believe that God is too good to damn them, whereas Unitarians believe that they’re too good to be damned. I am a Universalist. For all my many failings, the day I wake up dead I won’t be in a cattle car on the fast train to Satan’s fiery pit. Nor will you. And neither will Old Scratch himself. If he actually exists, the devil too will be saved. In the good news of universalism, God is a loving God who will not rest until the entire...
  • Pulpit politics divide Unitarian church (Austin, TX)

    03/11/2006 4:55:55 AM PST · by Arrowhead1952 · 22 replies · 670+ views
    AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF ^ | Saturday, March 11, 2006 | By Eileen E. Flynn
    Unitarian minister gets mixed reviews for sermon accusing Bush administration of terrorism. By Eileen E. Flynn AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Saturday, March 11, 2006 Unitarian minister Davidson Loehr was roiling with anger when he sat down to finish writing his sermon on a recent Friday. He'd been reading "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by John Perkins, who paints the U.S. government as a corrupt force willing to sacrifice people for profits. And that Sunday, Feb. 12, Loehr let his fury loose in the sermon's conclusion. The Bush administration, he told members of the First Unitarian Universalist Church, orchestrated the Sept. 11...
  • Sermon in the Unitarian Church of Portland on Sunday after the 2004 election: READ AND LAUGH

    02/12/2006 3:07:14 PM PST · by nwrep · 40 replies · 863+ views
    First Unitarian Church, Portland, Ore. ^ | November 7, 2004 | "Rev." Dr. Marilyn Sewell
    The following "sermon" was delivered on the Sunday after the 2004 Presidential election at the First Unitarian "Church" of Portland, Ore., by "Pastor" Marilyn Sewell. ********************************************************** This country has just been engaged in a huge exercise of power. Power has been used, and it has been misused. The upside to this election is that never have I seen so many people so passionately engaged in our political life. Never has our vote seemed so precious. Never have so many of us sent money to candidates and organizations supporting our views. I count all this as a great positive influence. And...
  • Church Holds Ceremony for Same-Sex Couples

    01/30/2006 4:07:08 AM PST · by chambley1 · 28 replies · 650+ views
    Arlington Connection ^ | January 25, 2006 | Seth Rosen
    Church Holds Ceremony for Same-Sex Couples More than three dozen couples exchange vows at Arlington’s Unitarian Universalist church. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington voted to support marriage equality in 2004. At the end of a week that saw legislators in Richmond give their blessing to a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, Patricia Joyner and Rebecca Lovelace cemented their five-year relationship by publicly exchanging vows for the first time. The couple were joined by more than 50 same-sex partners and heterosexual couples who reaffirmed their commitment to each other during an emotional ceremony at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington...
  • PCUSA Head Takes Tomato Challenge to McDonalds

    11/25/2005 7:26:00 AM PST · by paudio · 42 replies · 1,221+ views
    christian post ^ | Nov. 24, 2005 | Elaine Spencer
    The head of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. has endorsed a call for McDonalds to improve working conditions and raise the pay of its tomato pickers. In a letter released on Wednesday, the Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick, stated clerk of the two-million-member denomination, challenged the fast food chain giant to “put an end to human rights violations” by bringing an “adequate solution to the grievous conditions and sub-poverty wages of farmworkers.” "Farmworkers are explicitly excluded from the National Labor Relations Act, which denies them the right to organize, the right to negotiate with their employers, and the right to appeal grievances to...
  • Pancakes with Pagans (Ithaca Unitarians Party with the Pagans)

    11/07/2005 9:39:18 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 13 replies · 472+ views
    ©Ithaca Times 2005 ^ | 11/03/2005 | By: Jake McNamara
    This Sunday, Buddha Buck and his friends made so many pancakes at Ithaca's First Unitarian Church that they ran out of batter. The breakfast that dozens enjoyed in the church's parlor was the fourth annual "Pancakes with the Pagans" breakfast within Ithaca's Unitarian Universalist (UU) Society. Some might see a contradiction between pagans and church, but in the First Unitarian Church of Ithaca, there is none. "It's not like we're trying to get pagans together with southern Baptists," Buck joked, explaining that his pagan group is actually a group within the UU congregation of Ithaca. Buck added there are numerous...
  • Clackamas man gets 18 years for sex abuse (Gay Marriage/Adoption)

    08/26/2005 11:05:02 AM PDT · by AdamSelene235 · 24 replies · 1,692+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | Thursday, August 18, 2005 | SUZANNE PARDINGTON
    Steven Craig Bulleit's admission spares three teens from testifying publicly about the molestation Thursday, August 18, 2005 SUZANNE PARDINGTON OREGON CITY -- A Clackamas man admitted this week that he sexually abused three Clackamas High School students, including one in his care, and will serve 18 years in prison. Under an agreement approved Monday in Clackamas County Circuit Court, 42 of 47 counts against Steven Craig Bulleit will be dismissed Friday, when he is scheduled to be sentenced. The settlement spares the teenage victims from testifying in a trial, prosecutor Christine Landers said. Advertisement "The three young men involved were...
  • Conservative and Environmentalist

    07/16/2005 11:53:45 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 18 replies · 420+ views
    Smoky Mountain News ^ | Week of 13 July 2005 | Becky Johnson
    Cashiers resident John Edwards still fumes when he recalls how a developer cut more than 100 trees from the mountainside above his home, a woodsy grove where he once walked his dog daily. “He left absolutely no living thing on the lot, no mountain laurel, no rhododendron. It is a gross abuse of God’s creation,” Edwards said. “Natural resources are to be used but they are to be used wisely and replenished when possible and protected from abuse.” Edwards — both a conservative and a Christian — is breaking the mold that increasingly pairs “environment” with “liberal” and “moral” with...
  • Rally Brings Harris Pies For Peace (Moonbats Want "U.S. Department Of Peace")

    05/07/2005 3:37:17 PM PDT · by MisterRepublican · 18 replies · 473+ views
    The Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | May 7, 2005 | Robyn Jones
    BRADENTON -- Propped on crutches near the steps of the Manatee County Administration Complex on Friday, Will Ruliffson held a large, cut-out pie chart. On it, a slim slice marked the 2 percent that he wants the government to allocate to a U.S. Department of Peace. "It's not asking for much," said Ruliffson, 73, a Bradenton resident and member of the social action committee of the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Next to Ruliffson, three women held a sign that read, "On behalf of mothers everywhere: Peace wants a piece of the pie." Ruliffson was one of about 20 people who...
  • Advocacy Letter - On Behalf of 17 Religious Groups

    01/05/2005 5:00:29 PM PST · by Presby Conservative · 19 replies · 418+ views
    civil rights org ^ | January 5, 2005 | The Civil Rights Coalition
    Dear Chairman Specter and Ranking Member Leahy: We, the undersigned religious leaders and organizations, write to express strong concern regarding the nomination of Alberto Gonzales for Attorney General of the United States. As people with a deep commitment to racial justice, we appreciate that President Bush has nominated a number of people of color for cabinet positions. Greater racial diversity at the highest levels of government is an important step towards the Beloved Community. Like the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., we dream of a day when all people "will not be judged by the color of their skin but...
  • Unitarians Confirm Our Forecast that Group Sex Will be Next

    12/08/2004 10:14:16 AM PST · by gidget7 · 118 replies · 3,937+ views
    Sen. Kennedy Says Opponents of “Gay Marriage” Are Bigots Sen. Edward Kennedy has told A.P. that opponents of “gay marriage” are bigots. The news service reported last week: “Meanwhile, Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy criticized supporters of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, saying that would be a civil rights setback. “Kennedy said bigotry should not be written into the federal constitution, and constitutional amendments should be about expanding rights and liberties.” Unitarians Confirm Our Forecast that Group Sex Will be Next The Unitarian Church is now welcoming those who believe in group relationships including the practice of “romantic love.”...
  • Illegal Immigrants

    11/20/2004 11:04:44 PM PST · by cfhBAMA · 17 replies · 2,050+ views
    Techniguy ^ | Sunday, November 21, 2004 12:37 AM | Author Unknown
    Illegal Immigrants Author Unknown The flood of American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada Has intensified in the past week, sparking calls for increased patrols to stop the illegal immigration. The re-election of President Bush is prompting the exodus among Left leaning citizens who fear they'll soon be required to hunt, pray and agree with Bill O' Reilly. Canadian border farmers say its not uncommon to see dozens of sociology professors, animal rights activists and Unitarians crossing their fields at night. I went out to milk the cows the other day, and there was a Hollywood producer huddled in...
  • Democrats in Deep Prayer(In Florida, they're led by a certified atheist)

    08/03/2004 9:57:07 AM PDT · by hope · 12 replies · 1,078+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 8-3-04 | Larry Thornberry
    Print Article         Close Window     Democrats in Deep Prayer By Published 8/3/2004 12:08:00 AM TAMPA -- If there's anything dopier than the idea of a Unitarian missionary, it's the idea of an atheist delivering an invocation. But that's what happened before the July 29 meeting of the Tampa City Council. The results resembled outtakes from a Marx Brothers movie. Nobody looked very good, least of all rookie Democratic councilman John Dingfelder, whose idea the whole thing was. Before council got down to the gray business of Tampa government, three council members had walked out, the atheist invoker had...
  • Spirit World: Unitarian convention supports lots of love

    07/16/2004 2:37:01 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 17 replies · 460+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 7/03/04 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    Spirit World: Unitarian convention supports lots of love Compiled by Peggy Fletcher Stack The Salt Lake Tribune Some 4,700 people attended this year's Unitarian Universalist Association's annual convention in Long Beach, Calif. Gay marriage was strongly endorsed by representatives of the 225,000-member, Boston-based religious organization. Delegates also flocked to two workshops on polyamory, the controversial notion it is morally acceptable to have multiple love partners. "Say yes to the transforming power of love," said Doug Walters of Portland, Ore., one of four polyamorists leading the workshops. "Is it safe to be openly supportive of polyamory in your congregation?" -- Religion...
  • Outing the Bible: the New Queer Theologians

    06/24/2004 10:32:16 AM PDT · by Alfred Hitchcock · 13 replies · 301+ views
    Cruxnews.com ^ | 24 June 2004 | New Oxford Notes
    The article by Malcolm Gay begins: "One thing is clear: 2003 was without a doubt the Year of the Queer…. The year’s crowning moment came on November 2, when the Episcopal Church ordained Gene Robinson as its first openly gay bishop…. But this…didn’t appear out of thin air. Its intellectual and physical roots have been growing just beneath the surface for years. In seminaries across the country, at both the parish level and within whole dioceses, homosexuals have been preaching, studying, and remaining sexually active…. ‘What’s the difference between a Jesuit rec room and a gay bar?’ asked former Jesuit...
  • Texas official says Unitarian church not a tax-exempt religion

    05/19/2004 8:58:20 AM PDT · by Egregious Philbin · 47 replies · 1,204+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 5/17/04 | R. A. Dyer
    AUSTIN, Texas - (KRT) - Unitarian Universalists have for decades presided over births, marriages and memorials. The church operates in every state, with more than 5,000 members in Texas alone. But according to the office of Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, a Texas Unitarian church isn't really a religious organization - at least for tax purposes. Its reasoning: The organization "does not have one system of belief." Never before - not in this state nor any other - has a government agency denied Unitarians tax-exempt status because of the group's religious philosophy, church officials say. Strayhorn's ruling clearly infringes upon...
  • Committed to marriage. Polyamorists say they relate honestly to multiple partners

    05/15/2004 2:15:22 PM PDT · by missyme · 57 replies · 432+ views
    STGate.Com ^ | May 14th,2004 | Don Lattin
    <p>Unitarians from Boston to Berkeley have opened another front in the liberal crusade to expand the definition of marriage and family in America. It's the new polygamy, and according to the Unitarian Universalists for Polyamory Awareness, their relationships are at least as ethical as other marriages -- gay or straight.</p>
  • Committed to marriage for the masses Polyamorists say they relate honestly to multiple partners

    04/20/2004 9:11:05 AM PDT · by Mike the Conservative · 34 replies · 238+ views
    Unitarians from Boston to Berkeley have opened another front in the liberal crusade to expand the definition of marriage and family in America. It's the new polygamy, and according to the Unitarian Universalists for Polyamory Awareness, their relationships are at least as ethical as other marriages -- gay or straight.
  • Bucking up the Catholic brand

    04/14/2004 12:05:05 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 12 replies · 201+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | April 9, 2004 | MICHAEL J. DALEY
    In a recent address at the Catholic University of America, pollster John Zogby sounded the alarms (NCR, March 21). “If so much of U.S. culture is focused on building brands among the young, it is worth considering how well the Catholic church performs among this critical demographic as a brand. The news is not good,” he said. “If the church were a brand of cereal,” Zogby said, “we could find our grandchildren eating Unitarian Krispies as they get older.” In response to his words, I have been struck by the linkage of Catholicism with the brand-name culture. My great fear...
  • New Hampshire Church to Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

    12/29/2003 2:57:13 PM PST · by schaketo · 16 replies · 371+ views
    The Gay Financial Network ^ | December 29, 2003 | GFN Staff Writer
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H.—The pastors at a New Hampshire Unitarian church said Monday they plan to sign marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples they wed, just as those signed for straight couples, and mail them to City Hall for approval, reports the Portsmouth Herald. Following a practice accepted in the Unitarian Universalist faith, the State Street congregation has performed marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples for more than 15 years, even though the unions are not recognized by law. “We want to encourage a change in the laws as expeditiously as possible,” the Rev. Will Saunders told the The move departs from...
  • Ithaca Activists to trade protest experiences (at unitarian church event)

    12/10/2003 4:39:51 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 21 replies · 129+ views
    Ithaca Journal (Third Item) ^ | Local News - Wednesday, December 10, 2003 | Briefly in Tompkins
    ITHACA -- Activists from the Ithaca area who participated in the recent protest demonstrations around the nation will share their experiences with the community and join with others to examine the issues from the perspectives of labor, faith and spirituality, and human and civil rights at a gathering on Thursday, Dec. 11 in the Unitarian Church Annex, 208 E. Buffalo St. A video presentation is at 6 p.m., followed by discussion from 7-9 p.m. The meeting is being hosted by Ithaca Unitarian-Universalist Service Committee. All are welcome.
  • No Marriage Licenses Until Justice for Gays

    10/20/2003 3:11:01 PM PDT · by Little Bill · 22 replies · 152+ views
    Fosters Daily (Communist) Democrat | October 20, 2003 | Terry Dale
    Exeter minister won’t issue marriage licenses until justice is done for gays By TERRY DATE Democrat (Communist) Staff Writer Pastor Kendra Ford EXETER — The minister at the First Unitarian Society of Exeter will not sign marriage licenses for heterosexual couples until the law allows her to do likewise for same-sex unions. Other Exeter clergy do not necessarily share Pastor Kendra Ford’s belief. Ford, one of about two dozen Unitarian Universalist ministers who have taken this pledge, said in an interview last week that her decision was based on her sense of fairness and justice. She came to it after...
  • Allen Avenue church honored (Deity-neutral church in Maine gets 500 bucks for activism)

    05/24/2003 5:51:07 AM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 7 replies · 199+ views
    Portland (ME) Press Herald ^ | 24 May 2003 | Ted Cohen
    The Social Action Committee of the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church of Portland has won a national award for its work in the field of social justice. "It's quite an honor, and it shows we're on the right track," said Debbie Atwood of Falmouth, who chairs the committee. The award, called the James Bennett Award for Congregational Action on Human Justice and Social Action, was awarded by the Unitarian Universalist Association. It is given annually to the Unitarian Universalist congregation that has done the most to support human rights and social-justice activism. The association represents more than 1,000 Unitarian Universalist...
  • Multiple sex partners: Trendy but toxic

    09/16/2002 3:17:22 PM PDT · by Coeur de Lion · 21 replies · 516+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | September 19, 2002 | Michael Medved
    Nearly everyone – no matter how happily married or securely situated within a relationship – feels occasionally attracted to outsiders. There's nothing novel about this timeless temptation or the eternal impulse to pursue sexual variety. Never before, however, have religious leaders and social scientists simultaneously suggested that the wandering ways of both women and men constitute an instinct that's not only healthy, but downright virtuous. This summer, a new group promoting "the philosophy and practice of loving more than one other person at a time" presented a groundbreaking workshop at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Addressing this...