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  • United Methodists Step Back from Child Sacrifice… and That’s Not Good

    05/26/2016 3:22:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies ^ | May 26, 2016 | Alan Maricle
    It’s instinctive for us to look favorably upon a situation where a markedly messed up and apostate group such as the United Methodist Church takes a step ostensibly in the direction of a better position than what they held before. But let’s check out some reasons why this is not necessarily a great reason to celebrate. First, let’s note that 310 delegates voted against the resolution to stop supporting Roe v Wade. Let that sink in. I’m no mathematician, but it sure looks like 40% of the people that United Methodist churches across the USA selected to represent them at...
  • Texas youth pastor accused of sexually assaulting at least three kids gets beaten up by good....

    05/01/2016 1:22:00 PM PDT · by Morgana · 100 replies ^ | April 1, 2016 | David Boroff
    FULL TITLE: Texas youth pastor accused of sexually assaulting at least three kids gets beaten up by good Samaritans as he molests child A Texas youth pastor who has been accused of sexually assaulting at least three kids was beaten up by good Samaritans as he molested a child last week. Willie Bell, 29, was caught in the act attacking a 6-year-old kindergarten student behind an apartment building in Dallas on March 31. "If it wasn't for them, he probably would have done more to my child,” the child's mother told Fox 4. "It's painful. It's devastating. It's a nightmare."
  • United Methodist Church Displays Intolerance by Banning Intelligent Design from General Conference

    The slogan of the United Methodist Church (UMC) is "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors." But UMC officials are now under fire for being closed-minded and intolerant after they banned Discovery Institute, from sponsoring an information table at the denomination's upcoming General Conference in May. Intelligent design is the idea that life and the universe show evidence of being the result of purposeful design rather than unguided processes. "Preventing United Methodist leaders from even hearing about intelligent design isn't open-minded. It's intolerant and exclusionary," said Dr. John West, Vice President of Discovery Institute. "Maybe United Methodist officials should change their...
  • U.S. Church Puts 5 Banks From Israel on a Blacklist [United Methodist]

    01/13/2016 4:09:14 AM PST · by SJackson · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | JAN 12, 2016 | RICK GLADSTONE
    The pension board of the United Methodist Church -- one of the largest Protestant denominations in the United States, with more than seven million members -- has placed five Israeli banks on a list of companies that it will not invest in for human rights reasons, the board said in a statement on Tuesday. It appeared to be the first time that a pension fund of a large American church had taken such a step regarding the Israeli banks, which help finance settlement construction in what most of the world considers illegally occupied Palestinian territories. Wine being prepared for export...
  • $20B United Methodist Church Pension Fund Blacklists Israel's 5 Largest Banks

    01/14/2016 8:30:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/14/2016 | Leonardo Blair
    It further notes: "There are specific times, however, when we must recognize that a company is very unlikely -- or unable to -- discontinue activities in certain parts of the world that we have classified as 'high-risk.' When activities in high-risk countries and areas represent a significant part of a company's business, we will avoid investing until the company has changed its business practices. Avoiding such investments supports our commitment to sustainable investing, which we believe ultimately improves the performance of our investment funds." Israel-Palestine, North Korea and several African and Middle Eastern countries round out a list of 14...
  • United Methodist and Episcopalian Church Clergy Lead Prayer Rally to “Bless” Abortion Clinic

    10/12/2015 12:33:54 PM PDT · by Mandingo Conservative · 103 replies ^ | Oct 12, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    In Ohio, Reverend Laura Young says she believes pro-life protesters in front of Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities have “misguided faith.”...In Ohio, Reverend Laura Young says she believes pro-life protesters in front of Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities have “misguided faith.”...Young also says religious groups are fueling the so-called war on women. She explained, “Women are being attacked at a moral level by the radical Religious Right. They’ve hijacked the political discussion. This event is an opportunity for progressive religious leaders to stop the silence. We need to be in the conversation.”...The abortion reverend heads up a group...
  • Gay Michigan Pastor Forced to Resign Shares Story in Bay Area

    09/19/2015 1:15:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/18 | Pete Suratos
    A Methodist pastor who was told to resign from his Michigan church because of his sexuality visited the Bay Area to share his story. Rev. Benjamin Hutchinson spoke to the Twin Towers Methodist Church in Alameda on Friday and discussed the life-changing moment when he was told to resign because he is gay. He said he has decided to take his story on the road and change minds along the way. Hutchinson said he was forced to resign from Cassopolis United Methodist Church after he told the bishop about his gay partner. According to the United Methodist Church's guidelines, that...
  • Minister justifies abortion by saying preborn babies have original sin

    06/01/2015 4:08:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 60 replies ^ | may 31 2015 | sarah terzo
    Pro-choice Methodist minister John M Swomley who was the subject of a LifeNews article in May, attempts to refute the claim that preborn babies are “innocent.” The argument appeared in a book over a decade old, but it is so strange and disturbing that I’m writing about it now that it has come to my attention. The gist of Swomley’s argument is that preborn babies are not “innocent” as pro-lifers claim, but are actually guilty – guilty enough, he implies, to justify aborting them. Swomley first tries to refute the baby’s claim to innocence using theology: The first claim is...
  • Pro-abortion reverend calls pro-lifers “wolves” and “false prophets” in Christmas greeting

    12/25/2014 11:34:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | December 25, 2014 | Susan Michelle
    The Reverend Harry Knox insists that pro-lifers are the wolves in sheep’s clothing Jesus warned about, and that we bear false witness. The not-very-reverent Rev. Knox heads up the largest faith-based pro-abortion organization in the nation, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC). Churches like the United Methodists, Evangelical Lutheran, Presbyterian USA, and Episcopals, as well as a host of more well-known liberal churches are the composite of this campaign for death in the name of the One who came to bring us life. The RCRC is a shame to the reality of Christianity as it manipulates the truth of...
  • Church Nativity Scene Depicts Homeless Virgin Mary At Bus Stop

    12/23/2014 8:30:29 AM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    CBS ^ | December 22, 2014 | CBS
    CLAREMONT ( — A local church nativity scene depicts a homeless Virgin Mary at a bus stop with a newborn Baby Jesus swaddled in burlap. The theme for this year’s display at Claremont United Methodist Church on Foothill Boulevard is “Commercialism and the Oppressed.” Church leaders say the eyes of God are always watching and people should reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. “We want to draw attention to those people who are on the margins who Jesus would be standing with today,” said Pamela Bunce of Claremont United Methodist Church. The Southland church is known for its design...
  • Methodists drop church complaint against open lesbian

    05/08/2014 8:00:19 AM PDT · by fwdude · 77 replies ^ | May 7, 2014 | Charlie Butts
    A lesbian preacher in the United Methodist Church is being given a free ride. After a complaint was filed against Sara Thompson Tweedy of New York, the matter was considered and the case dismissed. There will be no prosecution. Rob Renfroe of Good News, an orthodox renewal United Methodist group, says there's no mistake about Thompson's lifestyle. "She's very up front that she that is married to another woman…" tells OneNewsNow. Renfroe describes her as a "proud, active, self-avowed lesbian."
  • United Methodist Bishop drops all charges..calls for end of “disciplining”..who perform gay weddings

    03/10/2014 12:24:11 PM PDT · by C19fan · 86 replies
    Patheos ^ | March 10, 2014 | John Shore
    Last October Dr. Thomas Ogletree (above), a clergyman in the United Methodist Church (UMC), performed the wedding ceremony for his gay son. UMC pastors are not supposed to marry gay couples, family members or otherwise. They’re instead supposed to believe what their Book of Discipline (which is to the UMC what, say, the Tax Code Book is to the IRS) tells them to believe, which is that “homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” ....................................................... So guess what happened this morning instead of the trial of Thomas Ogletree? The UMC bishop overseeing the trial dropped all charges against the pastor. And...
  • Church Nativity Scene Replaces Jesus with Bloody Trayvon Martin [Why Not Trayvon As Young Mohammed?]

    12/28/2013 11:33:49 AM PST · by Steelfish · 35 replies
    ABCNews ^ | December 28, 2013 | Russell Goldman
    Church Nativity Scene Replaces Jesus with Bloody Trayvon Martin By Russell Goldman Dec 28, 2013 HT trayvon nativity nt 131227 16x9 608 Church Nativity Scene Replaces Jesus with Bloody Trayvon Martin John Zachary created a Nativity scene for Claremont United Methodist Church that employs a figure of Trayvon Martin as a commentary on gun violence. (David Allen/Daily Bulletin) A California church sought to make people think about the repercussions of violence, by replacing the baby Jesus with a bloody sculpture of Trayvon Martin in a nativity scene. What they got instead were threats. The crčche outside the church Claremont United...
  • Pastor who performed gay wedding to learn fate

    11/19/2013 2:03:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2013 2:18 AM EST | Michael Rubinkam
    A United Methodist minister convicted under church law of performing his son’s same-sex wedding ceremony could learn if he’ll be defrocked. A jury of his pastoral peers convicted the Rev. Frank Schaefer Monday of breaking his vows by officiating the 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts after a trial that has rekindled debate over the denomination’s policies on homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The jury reconvenes Tuesday morning for the penalty phase, at which both sides will present witnesses. Schaefer could face punishment ranging from a reprimand to a suspension to losing his minister’s credentials. …
  • Protestants and Abortion

    02/02/2013 4:35:58 AM PST · by iowamark · 29 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/31/2013 | Mark Tooley
    Southern Baptists have changed their mind about Roe. When will United Methodists join them? Last week about 100,000 or more marched in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. This year they commemorated 40 years since the 1973 Supreme Court decision constitutionalizing abortion on demand. Supporting the march and the pro-life cause were leaders of AmericaÂ’s two largest religious communions, the 68 million-member Roman Catholic Church and the 16 million-member Southern Baptist Convention. Meanwhile, agencies for the third largest, the United Methodist Church, crafted a news release virtually celebrating Roe v. Wade. But 40 years ago, both Southern Baptists...
  • U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Springs into Action

    11/21/2012 5:24:37 PM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | November 20, 2012 | Ryan Mauro
    The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and its non-Muslim allies have sprung into action. They are demanding that President Obama make Israel end its offensive against Hamas which, in characteristic Islamist fashion, they are falsely depicting as a genocidal crusade. Obama blames Hamas, but the pressure from Islamists, the anti-Israel left and other countries like Britain and France, may be taking a toll. He signaled possible opposition to an Israeli ground operation, saying it’d be “preferable” to end the Hamas rocket threat without sending in troops. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim Brotherhood entity whose executive director was fundraising for...
  • Nev. Man Arrested on Wedding Day After Carrying Mom Out of the Church, Police Say

    10/26/2011 1:12:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 25, 2011
    A Nevada man was arrested on his wedding day, authorities say, after he carried his 56-year-old mother out of the church when she arrived to stop the ceremony. The wedding never happened. Justin Lew Harris, 35, is facing disorderly conduct and coercion charges for the incident, which occurred at Carson Valley United Methodist Church in Gardnerville, Nev., on Monday, Oct. 17. He was released from the Douglas County Jail on his own recognizance two days later. According to the Record-Courier newspaper, Harris's mother said her son had invited her to witness his marriage to his 30-year-old fiance, but carried her...
  • United Methodist Future in Jeopardy, Say 400 UMC Clergy

    09/17/2011 7:09:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/17/2011 | Lillian Kwon
    Hundreds of United Methodist clergy are expressing deep concerns over a pledge made by a large group of fellow ministers to marry same-sex couples. They argue that if the pledge is carried through, the future of the denomination is in jeopardy. "We do not know how many, if any, marriages or 'holy unions' of same-sex couples will be performed by UM clergy in the near future," reads a letter, currently signed by more than 400 pastors, to the Council of Bishops. "But we do know the destructive effects that will result in our local churches and throughout the denomination if...
  • Left flank ( Religious leaders in favor of tax increases)

    07/29/2011 7:13:27 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 18 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 28 July | Belz
    Pastors from mainline denominations and other religious leaders knelt on the floor of the Capitol Rotunda Thursday, praying and singing until police arrested them for the protest. Their message to a Congress attempting to raise the debt ceiling? Raise taxes instead of cutting programs. “Today, we offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to say to Congress, ‘Raise revenue, protect the vulnerable and those living in poverty,” said the Rev. Michael Livingston, the former president of the National Council of the Churches of Christ (USA), in a statement. Joining him were representatives from the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Methodist...
  • A pastor's calling to work for LGBT inclusion

    06/23/2011 11:51:17 PM PDT · by Cronos · 6 replies
    The Herald Sun ^ | 23 Jun 2011 | Jimmy Creech
    Jimmy Creech spent his career as an ordained United Methodist pastor until the church took his credentials away as punishment for conducting same sex commitment ceremonies in Omaha and Chapel Hill. He was not convicted at a trial in Nebraska in 1998, but he lost his church assignment and the stage was set for a second trial in 1999 after he officiated a ceremony at United Church of Chapel Hill. Since then he has been a leader of LGBT justice issues, retired to Raleigh and travels the country speaking. He also has written an account of the upheaval, "Adam's Gift:...
  • What a Difference a Moment Makes

    05/09/2011 11:22:41 AM PDT · by Reformed Pastor · 28 replies
    The Reformed Pastor ^ | May, 9, 2011 | David Fischler
    The newsletter of the United Methodists' General Board of Church and Society is out today with, among other things, a column protesting the practice of shackling women prisoners in childbirth. Heather Rice, a blogger with the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good and Associate Director of Policy for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, writes: Forty states in America do not have a prohibition against shackling women prisoners during childbirth. This is a shameful practice that strips away the dignity from the sacred moment of welcoming a new life into the world and increases danger to the health and...
  • Gay Episcopal Bishop Advises UM Church to "Get into Trouble"

    07/21/2010 8:54:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies · 2+ views
    Virtue Online ^ | 7/20/10 | Jeff Walton
    A United Methodist congregation should conduct same-sex marriages despite the possibility of negative consequences, according to Bishop Gene Robinson of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire. "I'm here to tell you that when you speak about God's limitless, boundless and unimaginable love, you will get into trouble: I promise you, I know this," Robinson said to the congregation. Robinson both gave a sermon at the invitation of Foundry's Senior Pastor, Dean Snyder, as well as answered questions from church members during an informal session following the Sunday morning worship services. Robinson's sermon was part of a month-long "outstanding preacher" series...
  • In GBCS article, UM elder argues against celibacy for single clergy

    07/02/2010 7:42:20 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 86 replies · 2+ views
    Methodist Thinker ^ | 6/30/10 | Methodist Thinker
    For the second time in less than a year, the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), an official agency of the denomination, has published an article arguing that sexual relationships outside the covenant of marriage are not necessarily improper. “An Ordained Single Woman and the Discipline,” published June 7 as part of the “Sex and the Church” series in GBCS’ weekly Faith in Action online newsletter, contends that sexual relationships should not be off-limits for unmarried UM clergy. Last August, the controversial series featured an article by Unitarian “sexologist” Debra Haffner who wrote that one can have...
  • United Methodist Church Bashes Ben Nelson on Abortion Funding Refusal

    12/18/2009 4:22:59 PM PST · by julieee · 23 replies · 840+ views ^ | December 18, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    United Methodist Church Bashes Ben Nelson on Abortion Funding Refusal Washington, DC -- The United Methodist Church has never made a secret of its support for abortion as it regularly participates in a radical national pro-abortion religious group. With one of its members, Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, holding up the health care bill over abortion funding, the church is on the attack.
  • United Methodist Members Dying Faster than Americans (Death rate 30% higher than national average)

    10/24/2009 9:20:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies · 1,093+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 10/24/2009 | Audrey Barrick
    Offering a new perspective on the reality of aging denominations, The United Methodist Church studied the death rates of Methodists and the general American population and found that the church is dying faster. The death rates for members of the nearly 8 million-member denomination are about a third higher than the national average, according to the "Pockets of 'Youthfulness' in an Aging Denomination" report. In 2005, the United Methodist death rate was 134 percent of the U.S. death rate among those 15 years and older. Among UMC's 62 annual conferences, or regional bodies, in the United States, 34 of them...
  • United Methodist Members Dying Faster than Americans

    07/05/2009 7:18:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies · 845+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 7/5/2009 | Audrey Barrick
    Offering a new perspective on the reality of aging denominations, The United Methodist Church studied the death rates of Methodists and the general American population and found that the church is dying faster. The death rates for members of the nearly 8 million-member denomination are about a third higher than the national average, according to the "Pockets of 'Youthfulness' in an Aging Denomination" report. In 2005, the United Methodist death rate was 134 percent of the U.S. death rate among those 15 years and older. Among UMC's 62 annual conferences, or regional bodies, in the United States, 34 of them...
  • Churches Fight Back Against Shrinking Membership

    06/03/2009 7:26:03 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 105 replies · 2,270+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | June 3, 2009 | Dan Gilgoff
    "What if church wasn't just a building, but thousands of doors?" asks a new website launched by the United Methodist Church. "Each of them opening up to a different concept or experience of church. . . . Would you come?" After watching its membership drop nearly 25 percent in recent decades, the United Methodist Church, which is still the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination, thinks it knows the answer. So it's pouring $20 million into a new marketing campaign, including the website, television advertisements, even street teams in some cities, to rebrand the church from stale destination to "24-7 experience."...
  • United Methodist Court Rejects Gay Marriage Resolution

    05/01/2009 4:26:34 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 9 replies · 848+ views
    christianpost ^ | Apr. 30 2009 | Audrey Barrick
    The United Methodist Church's top court recently ruled that clergy, both active and retired, cannot perform same-sex marriages or civil unions. Performing such services is "a chargeable offense," Bishop Beverly J. Shamana ruled last Friday. UMC's Judicial Council affirmed her decision. The council further ruled that an annual conference, or regional body within the UMC, "may not negate, ignore, or violate provisions of the Discipline with which they disagree, even when the disagreements are based on conscientious objections to the provisions." The council’s ruling was on a resolution passed by the California-Nevada Annual Conference last year, months after the California...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Cindy Lange-Kubick: Lincoln woman makes a difference in Mississippi (illegal alien propaganda)

    01/01/2008 8:23:28 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 11 replies · 406+ views ^ | 1-1-=2008 | Cindy Lange-Kubick
    Look long enough — look close enough — and you’ll see that Elly Lehnert has one blue eye and one green eye, a quirk of genetics that for all practical purposes means nothing. Except, perhaps, in the context of what follows: an attempt to help you see what Elly sees. What the 25-year-old with Irish ancestry and Lincoln roots sees are front steps without houses and trees without tops and people living 10 to a storage shed in the heat and mire of post-Katrina Mississippi. It’s the people in the sheds she cares about most. People the rest of us...
  • America the Murderous-The Methodist Church mythologizes Nagasaki and Hiroshima

    08/09/2007 5:26:33 AM PDT · by SJackson · 28 replies · 895+ views ^ | 8/9/2007 | Mark D. Tooley
    The Religious Left, in its historical commemorations, rarely if ever recalls the great holocausts committed by the totalitarian tyrants of the 20th century. The tens of millions slain by Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Tojo, not to mention the hundreds of thousands killed by Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, Kim Il Sung, among others, never have reached a high level of importance. But never do the anniversaries of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on August 6 and August 9, go by that the Religious Left does not mournfully don its sack cloth and ashes to atone for the mass murders...
  • Whose soul is saved, and who gets roasted?

    11/18/2006 8:12:35 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 35 replies · 845+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | November 18, 2006 | JEFFREY WEISS
    Who does go to hell? Many people don't believe in hell at all. Non-Christian faiths have their own take, of course. Judaism, the religion that birthed Christianity, teaches of the eternal nature of the soul, a divine judgment, and a mostly undefined "World to Come." But specifics are left up to God. Islam is more like Christianity, with concrete traditions of paradise and hell. Who ends up where is a matter of how well the person submitted to God's will while alive. Hindus and Buddhists believe in karma and reincarnation, so the evil done in one life is atoned for...
  • Methodist Bishops Repent Iraq War 'Complicity'

    11/11/2005 10:35:02 AM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies · 375+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/11/5 | Kaukab Jhumra Smith
    WASHINGTON — Ninety-five bishops from President Bush's church said Thursday they repent their "complicity" in the "unjust and immoral" invasion and occupation of Iraq. "In the face of the United States administration's rush toward military action based on misleading information, too many of us were silent," said a statement of conscience signed by more than half of the 164 retired and active United Methodist bishops worldwide. President Bush is a member of the United Methodist Church, according to various published biographies. The White House did not return a request for comment on the bishops' statement. Although United Methodist leadership has...
  • Methodist Bishop Kammerer Invents Church Law, Cans Pastor, Demands Secrecy

    08/04/2005 6:24:09 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 52 replies · 937+ views
    United Methodist News Service ^ | 26 July 2005 | UMNS, Linda Green
    Pastor denies membership to homosexual, placed on leave July 26, 2005 A UMNS Report By Linda Green* A United Methodist pastor in Virginia has been placed on “involuntary leave of absence” for refusing to allow a homosexual to become a member of his congregation. The Rev. Edward Johnson was placed on a yearlong involuntary leave of absence, effective July 1, by action of the clergy of the denomination’s Virginia Annual (regional) Conference on June 13. He will receive medical benefits but no salary. The clergyman, pastor of South Hill (Va.) United Methodist Church for six years, could be reinstated as...
  • Methodist Church hosts Native American Trauma Seminar

    08/04/2005 5:30:09 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 17 replies · 509+ views
    United Methodist Church News Service ^ | 27 july 2005 | UMNS Edna Steinman
    Native Americans suffer from 'historical trauma,' researcher says Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart describes the negative impact of historical trauma on Native Americans today. Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart describes the negative impact of historical trauma on Native Americans today. Brave Heart is a research associate professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. She spoke at the 2005 Native American Family Camp, held July 19-23 in Redlands, Calif., by the United Methodist Church’s Native American International Caucus. A Web-only photo by Edna Steinman. Photo #W05-093. Accompanies UMNS story #425. 7/27/05 July 27, 2005 By...
  • Methodist Bishop Kammerer Suspends Clergy for Moral Offense of Refusing Membership to Homosexual

    07/01/2005 12:13:05 PM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 63 replies · 1,243+ views
    South Hill Enterprise (Virginia) ^ | late June 2005 | Mike Bollinger
    Local minister placed on involuntary leave Refusal to admit homosexual as member an issue By Mike Bollinger Staff Writer SOUTH HILL - A controversial national issue has made its presence felt in the local area as a South Hill minister has been placed on "involuntary leave of absence" after refusing to admit a homosexual member to his church. The Rev. Edward Johnson of South Hill United Methodist Church has been placed on a one-year, unpaid leave, according to the Rev. W. Anthony Layman, district superintendent for the Petersburg District of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. "The pastor...
  • Perry Getting Head Start in Appeal to "Values Voters"

    06/12/2005 1:33:08 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 13 replies · 526+ views
    Perry getting head start in appeal to 'values voters' ASSOCIATED PRESS DALLAS (AP) - Even for Texas, the scene was remarkable: The governor, flanked by an out-of-state televangelist and religious right leaders, signing legislation in a church school gymnasium amid shouts of "amen" from backers who just as well could have been attending a revival. It wasn't just the blatant blend of church and state that made the gathering in Fort Worth unusual. Advance publicity also attracted about 300 angry protesters - unheard of for the routine business of ceremonial bill signings. Now some wonder whether Rick Perry overplayed his...
  • Pastor endorsing partisan political party?

    05/26/2005 8:11:25 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 16 replies · 596+ views
    Federal 501c3 IRS law places tax-exempt status of churches contingent on the church not performing a "substantial" amount of legislative lobbying, and on the church or church official's not making endorsements of a political party or candidate. So, does a pastor's placement of partisan stickers on his personal vehicle, coupled with declarations of his status as clergy in a denomination, pass this 501c3 test? See the photo. Is this an individual who happens to be clergy making a political endorsement? Or is this a clergy official making a political endorsement? Mike B.
  • Virginia Methodists to Consider divestment from Israel, U.S. torture

    05/18/2005 12:56:49 PM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 20 replies · 647+ views
    Virginia Conference, United Methodist Church, website ^ | 16 May 2005 | Virginia Conference, United Methodist Church
    ...Therefore, be it hereby resolved that the Virginia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church: 1. Calls upon the United Methodist Board of Pensions to review its investments and undertake a process of phased, selective divestment from any multinational corporations profiting from illegal demolition of Palestinian homes, destruction of Palestinian economy and confiscation of Palestinian land,... and... ...Therefore, be it resolved that the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church calls upon the President and the Congress of the United States to repudiate, without equivocation, all acts of torture as defined under the provisions of the 1949 Geneva Convention relative...
  • United Methodist teen promotes National Military Appreciation month

    05/09/2005 12:31:12 PM PDT · by Prov3456 · 11 replies · 440+ views
    United Methodist Church website ^ | May 5, 2005 | Kathy L. Gilbert
    A 16-year-old United Methodist from California is the national spokesperson for National Military Appreciation Month.Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month last year and Shauna Fleming wants it to be the "biggest and best" celebration ever.Last year she started a campaign to collect and send a million thank you notes to America's military service men and women. She's been there, done that and has the picture of herself with President George W. Bush to prove it.Fleming is well on her way to her next goal of collecting 1.4 million letters--symbolically one for every person serving in the Armed Forces....
  • Nutley Man Admits To Child Sex Attacks (New Jersey)

    04/08/2005 8:14:11 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 23 replies · 2,473+ views
    1010 WINS ^ | Apr 8, 2005 7:43 am US/Eastern | 1010wins
    Federal law enforcement officials call a Nutley man a ``dangerous predator.'' Kevin Hildreth has admitted sexually assaulting nine children and videotaping at least two having sex in the basement of a church where he was an assistant scoutmaster. The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to federal charges of crossing state lines to sexually assault a child and possession of child pornography. Hildreth was arrested in June as part of an international child porn Internet investigation. He told investigators that he had fondled or raped nine boys in the past 16 years. The victims ranged in age from four to 13. One was...
  • Easter after fire (Bunny Fu Fu BARF alert!)

    03/28/2005 8:01:13 AM PST · by lightman · 2 replies · 217+ views
    York Daily Record ^ | March 28, A.D. 2005 | Karen Muller
    Easter after fire Sunday-school children had to hunt Easter eggs indoors this year. By KAREN MULLER Daily Record/Sunday News Monday, March 28, 2005 The area surrounding the burned sanctuary at Fawn United Methodist Church in Fawn Grove was fenced off Sunday. Investigators said the church fire on March 3 was arson. Easter services were held in the fellowship hall. bigger version Lisa Cooper wanted to make Easter special for the first- through third-graders in her Sunday-school class at Fawn United Methodist Church. So she joined in the games and shared some Easter treats. And she laughed when she didn't win...
  • Virginia Methodist Bishop Wants Your Local Church Property

    02/01/2005 1:01:20 PM PST · by mbarker12474 · 28 replies · 892+ views
    Virginia Conference, United Methodist Church ^ | 31 Jan 2005 | Bishop Charlene Kammerer, United Methodist Church
    Bishop frightened of proposed legislation: Text of the Virginia Senate Bill 1305: (this has italics and strikeouts showing current/new) Read it below: --- From: "vaumccommunications" Date: Fri Jan 28, 2005 4:57 pm Subject: From Bishop Kammerer and Clark Williams To: All Clergy in the Virginia Annual Conference From: Bishop Charlene Kammerer Clark Williams, Conference co-Chancellor Re: Senate Bill #1305 Attempt to Nullify the Trust Clause Dear Colleagues - A new piece of proposed legislation is currently pending in the Virginia State Senate which, if adopted into law, would have serious adverse consequences for many churches in the Commonwealth...
  • Virginia Methodists Offended Over Suggestion Bush Connected to Faith-Based UMC Program

    01/28/2005 6:25:52 AM PST · by mbarker12474 · 5 replies · 927+ views
    ClergyNet_VaUMC Virginia Conference United Methodist Church Msg Board ^ | 26 January 2005 | ClergyNet_VaUMC (Virginia Methodists)
    Initial Post: From: "vaumccommunications" Date: Wed Jan 26, 2005 11:50 am Subject: About Virginia’s Children of Promise Virginia's Children of Promise (VCOP) is a mentoring program provided by United Methodist Family Services (UMFS). It is made possible by Federal grant monies extended to faith-based organizations under President Bush's agenda. This program, and others like it, provides mentoring services to youth (6-15) with a parent incarcerated. UMFS has partnered with the Virginia Conference of United Methodist Churches and the All God's Children Camp to extend mentoring beyond one week of summer camp. [snip... asking for support etc.] Follow-up Post, 3 hours...
  • United Methodist Bishop Can't Speak for Herself

    12/02/2004 9:06:12 AM PST · by mbarker12474 · 21 replies · 834+ views
    email exchange | 24 November 2004 | Bishop Charlene Kammerer, United Methodist Church
    From me to Bishop Charlene Kammerer, presiding bishop over the Virginia Conference, United Methodist Church, 19 November 2004: Bishop Kammerer, Considering the increasing revelations of U.N. complicity in the Oil for Food scandal, and that money intended for Iraqi civil and humanitarian purposes has gone instead to reward the families of Palestinian terrorists, and the closely aligned activities and sympathies of U.N. and GBCS officers, what, if anything, do you propose be done to assure Virginia and General Methodists that all Conference and General BCS activities have been free from the OFF scandal? Mike Barker Trinity UMC, King George VA...
  • The United Methodist Church - Privatization (40908-GM-R9999)

    11/30/2004 9:20:41 AM PST · by mbarker12474 · 24 replies · 836+ views
    United Methodist Church, General Conference 2004 ^ | 1 May 2004 | United Methodist Church, GBGM
    [2004 official United Methodist Church resolution:] Theology and Scripture "The earth is the Lord's and everything in it." (1 st Corinthians 10:26) The Lord's people have been given enough - an abundance of all of the things we need for life. (Book of Resolutions #163 A) "We believe that governments have the responsibility, in the pursuit of justice and order under law, to provide procedures that protect the rights of the whole society as well as those of private ownership." One of our values as Christians is to provide an economy that serves God's vision of abundance to all. (Ecclesiastes...
  • Virginia Marriage Affirmation Act and Contract Rights for Homosexuals, Methodists Suckered by Ruse

    11/24/2004 12:41:04 PM PST · by mbarker12474 · 3 replies · 521+ views
    Virginia Conference, United Methodist Church ^ | June 2004 | United Methodist Church, Virginia Conference
    On a Tuesday evening in June, 2004, Virginia Methodists were presented with a previously unannounced resolution offered up by the Reverend Gary L. Robbins of Virginia Conference's Board of Church and Society: Be it resolved that in accordance with the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church, be it resolved that the Board of Church and Society, on behalf of the Virginia Annual Conference, write the members of the Virginia Assembly: a) sending the members the Social Principles' statement on Equal Rights Regardless of Sexual Orientation (paragraph 162.H, The Book of Discipline 2000), which states, "Certain basic human rights and...
  • Methodists, What are Your Church Leaders Up To?

    The Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church will make several appeals to state lawmakers. Do you know what they are? Are they consistent with conservative, Christian values? And do Methodists in Virginia have any idea what the church's General Board of Church and Society is doing with your offering. You may be surprised to find out, but Yassir Arafat and anti-American hate groups are well aware of Methodist benevolence. Staff of the Methodist GBCS: readThe Methodist GBCS and the U.N.: readMore on the Methodist GBCS and the U.N.: readNonsense by Methodist Elite on the U.N. & Iraq: readArafat...
  • Pro-Homosexual United Methodists Urged to Exit Denomination Graciously

    10/19/2004 8:34:40 AM PDT · by xzins · 43 replies · 627+ views
    AgapePress ^ | 18 Oct 04 | Jim & Jody Brown
    Pro-Homosexual United Methodists Urged to Exit Denomination Graciously By Jim Brown and Jody Brown October 18, 2004 (AgapePress) - Pro-homosexual members of the United Methodist Church (UMC) are being asked to make a "gracious exit" from the denomination. The United Methodist Action Committee of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) is calling for the "peaceful departure" of Methodist clergy who cannot abide by the church's standards on marriage and sex. Same-sex unions and the ordination of clergy sexually active outside of traditional marriage are officially barred by the denomination. In a statement approved earlier this month, the Committee observes...