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  • [Church of Scotland] Assembly Agrees Apology to Gay People and Accepts Same Sex Marriage Report

    05/26/2017 6:48:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has approved an apology to gay people for the history of discrimination they have faced in the Church. Commissioners also approved a report which could pave the way to allow some ministers to conduct same sex marriages in the future. The Assembly voted in favour of instructing the Legal Questions Committee to conduct new research into the availability of legal protection for any Minister or Deacon who refuse to officiate ceremonies as a matter of conscience.A report of the committees findings will be presented to the General Assembly next year for further...
  • Church of England Faces Calls to Condemn Gay Cure and Hold Transgender Renaming Services

    05/26/2017 6:42:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 5/26/17 | Harry Farley
    The Church of England will be asked to denounce gay conversion, consider special services for transgender people and re-examine its teaching on marriage as between one man and one women in a raft of measures to be debated at its forthcoming General Synod meeting in July. In its first meeting since the surprise rejection of a bishops report recommending keeping the status quo on marriage, the CofEs parliament will debate whether to join medical experts and condemn so-called gay cures as unethical, harmful and having no place in the modern world. Tabled by senior synod member Jayne Ozanne, the private...
  • Mormon wards to host Ramadan meals for Muslim neighbors

    05/26/2017 7:53:20 AM PDT · by LiberalismDestroys · 25 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | May 26, 2017 08:18AM | BOB MIMS
    Fear, stereotypes, ignorance and hunger have this in common: They seldom survive sharing a meal, honest conversation, a desire to learn and making eye contact with the stranger across the table. On the evening of June 4, two Salt Lake City Mormon congregations the Yale Ward, 1431 E. Gilmer, and the Gregson Ward, 3151 S. 900 East will do just that, hosting iftar dinners for Muslim neighbors during Ramadan, which begins Friday evening. Sariah Toronto, of the Yale Ward, says the idea came up during a discussion a few months ago about "what else we can do as...
  • Archbishop: Strong Words On Manchester Victims

    05/25/2017 8:08:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | 5/25/17
    Poor Children: Monsignor Luigi Negri, the former archbishop of Ferrara, Italy, published on La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana a letter to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing that killed 23 youngsters. The title: "Poor children of a society that does not recognize evil." Negri belongs to the small Catholic wing of the Italian Bishops. Only Two Things: Negri writes to the victims, "You were born, often undesired, and nobody has given you 'adequate reasons to live'. They only told you two things: that you can do whatever you want, because each of your desires is a right, and that it...
  • Cardinal Zen Urges Prayer for Christians in China

    05/25/2017 6:06:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 5/24/17 | Elise Harris
    Rome, Italy, May 24, 2017 / 12:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Chinese Catholics celebrate the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, Cardinal Joseph Zen has asked for prayers on behalf of Christians in the country, who often face difficulty and even persecution for their faith. In the history of the Church, Our Lady, Help of Christians always came to help the Church in difficulty, Cardinal Zen, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, told CNA in an interview, adding that this help has always been particularly strong when attached to the rosary. Noting how the Church is celebrating the centenary year...
  • Russian Cossacks Will Help Syrians Preserve Their Christian Heritage

    05/25/2017 5:49:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/24/17
    Moscow, May 24, Interfax - Stavropol Cossacks will visit ancient Christian city Maaloula in Syria to study historical sites in the Aramaic language. "After debauchery committed by the terrorists we consider it necessary to go there and start working over monuments of learning in the Aramaic language, the language of Jesus, which terrorists were not able to demolish. Besides, we want to write down the dialogues with local residents, who speak the modern dialect of Aramaic," deputy ataman of the Stavropol City Cossack Society Dmitry Tarasov was quoted as saying by the Izvestia paper on Wednesday. Then the documents will...
  • The sex education agenda and the Catholic Church

    05/25/2017 10:38:15 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | May 25, 2017 | Matthew McCusker
    The sex education agenda and the Catholic Church May 25, 2017May 25, 2017 11Share This address was given by Matthew McCusker, deputy international director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, on 18 May 2017 at the fourth annual Rome Life Forum, organised by Voice of the Family.On 25 September 2015 the member states of the United Nations approved the Sustainable Development Goals. These consist of 17 goals and 169 targets which nations have committed achieving by 2030. The threat to the family that is most immediately apparent when reviewing the SDGs is the promotion of abortion and...
  • Kirk Cameron: America Faces Moral and Financial Decline Without Gods Word

    05/24/2017 8:32:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    MRC TV ^ | May 23, 2017 | Mark Judge
    Kirk Cameron thinks America needs spiritual revival. The “Fireproof” and “Growing Pains” actor is promoting the May 16 DVD release of “Revive Us,” a live worship and prayer experience which was held last Oct. 18 just before the presidential election.  Simulcast live in over 800 theaters across America, “Revive Us” was led by Dr. Ben Carson, Pastor Francis Chan, Eric Metaxas, Dr. James MacDonald and other Christian leaders. "Last year, running up presidential election, I was traveling all across country, and I was hearing parents saying they were concerned about their children; that our country was off track; that we...
  • Patriarch Kirill Will Consecrate a Cathedral Built to the 100th Anniversary of the Revolution

    05/24/2017 7:02:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/24/17
    Moscow, May 24, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on Thursday, the feast of Ascension, will conduct a great consecration of the cathedral dedicated to the new martyrs and confessors suffered from Bolsheviks for their faith at the Moscow Sretensky Monastery. During the Divine service relics of the Holy Martyr Hilarion (Troitsky) who was the rector of the Sretensky Monastery in the 1920s will be moved from the ancient cathedral of the convent to this new church. The relics will be put in a special reliquary set in the stones brought from the Solovetsky Islands where the...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 24 [Prayer and Meditation]

    05/24/2017 7:19:53 AM PDT · by OneVike · 6 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 24 (NKJV)Do Not Envy Evil Men 01 Do not be envious of evil men, 00 Nor desire to be with them; 02 For their heart devises violence, 00 And their lips talk of troublemaking. 03 Through wisdom a house is built, 00 And by understanding it is established; 04 By knowledge the rooms are filled 00 With all precious and pleasant riches. 05 A wise man is strong, 00 Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; 06 For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, 00 And in a multitude of counselors there is safety. 07...
  • The Latest: Trump Says Meeting With Pope Was 'Honor' (First Lady visits children's hospital)

    05/24/2017 5:44:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | May 24, 2017 | The Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY (AP) The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 2:23 p.m. President Donald Trump says meeting with Pope Francis was the "honor of a lifetime." Trump tweeted Wednesday that a private meeting with the pontiff at the Vatican leaves him "more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world."(continued)
  • Nations First-Ever Public Satanic Monument Approved

    05/23/2017 8:03:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 5/22/17 | Trey Elmore
    The approval comes following the latest antics from the Satanic TempleBELLE PLAINE, Minn. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Minnesota will soon be hosting the country's first public, permanent satanic monument. The Satanic Temple (TST), headed by Detroit native Doug Mesner (also known by his public pseudonym Lucien Greaves), announced May 5 that Belle Plaine had approved a monument for Veterans' Memorial Park that will consist of a two-foot-high, black steel cube, with inverted pentagrams etched into its sides and a dark soldier's helmet overturned on top. It's being called the "Baphometic Bowl of Wisdom," named after the half-man, half-goat demon worshiped by satanists....
  • An Immigration Memo From a Deplorable Catholic to Trump for His Meeting With Pope Francis

    05/23/2017 6:07:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The Stream ^ | May 23, 2017 | John Zmirack
    Mr. President, as a Catholic conservative who endorsed you in the election, Id like to make a few suggestions before you meet with our spiritual leader, Pope Francis. Just a few facts and arguments that might come in handy. You probably dont know too much inside Catholic baseball. So you might have a wrong impression of the authority and power of the pope. You also might feel put on the defensive. This pope questioned your credentials as a Christian during the campaign. The worst outcome of all that might come of this meeting? That you might think that the popes...
  • Marco Polo and the Old Man of the Mountain The origin of the modern day suicide bomber

    05/23/2017 5:01:15 PM PDT · by Jeremiah Jr · 3 replies
    5/23/2017 | Mordechai ben Avram
    Marco Polo and the Old Man of the MountainThe origin of the modern day suicide bomber The Assassins (from Arabic: حشّاشين Ḥashshāshīn) is the name used to refer to the medieval Nizari Ismailis, particularly those of Persia and Syria. Often characterized as a secret order led by a mysterious "Old Man of the Mountain," the Nizari Ismailis were an Islamic sect that formed in the late 11th century from a split within Ismailism, itself a branch of Shia Islam... ...Assassinations were primarily carried out with a dagger, which was sometimes tipped with poison. Due to being immensely outnumbered in enemy...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 23 [Prayer and Meditation]

    05/23/2017 8:27:27 AM PDT · by OneVike · 13 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 23 (NKJV) Listen to Your Father 01 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, 00 Consider carefully what is before you; 02 And put a knife to your throat 00 If you are a man given to appetite. 03 Do not desire his delicacies, 00 For they are deceptive food. 04 Do not overwork to be rich; 00 Because of your own understanding, cease! 05 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? 00 For riches certainly make themselves wings; 00 They fly away like an eagle toward heaven. 06 Do not eat the...
  • 'I Will Pray for You,' Draws Personnel Warning

    05/22/2017 8:05:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 5/22/17 | Diana Chandler
    AUGUSTA, Maine (BP) -- A Baptist mother of two has filed religious discrimination and retaliation charges against a school system that threatened to fire her for privately telling a coworker she'd pray for him. Attorneys for Toni Richardson, an educational technician with the Augusta (Maine) School Department, are awaiting a response from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding the complaint filed May 16. First Liberty Institute of Plano, Texas and the Maine law firm Eaton Peabody filed the complaint May 16 regarding the September 2016 incident at Cony School. "We want to make sure that teachers and employees everywhere...
  • Justice Alito Warns Seminarians Religious Liberty is in Danger

    05/22/2017 7:42:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Philadelphia, Pa., May 22, 2017 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his address to graduating seminarians on Wednesday, United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. emphasized the importance of religious freedom and the dangers it faces today. Religious freedom means that no one is forced to act in violation of his own beliefs, Alito said, according to Catholic Philly. Most of my life Americans were instilled in this, he added, and urged the audience keep the flame burning. Alito gave the keynote address at the concursus ceremony for the graduating class of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia...
  • Amir Tsarfati from San Remo

    05/22/2017 12:16:59 PM PDT · by firebrand · 8 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | May 17, 2017 | Amir Tsarfati
    This is the most recent video from Amir. First part is how San Remo figures in Jewish history. End is good advice for Christians. Middle is a lot of good information, the Tsarfati trademark.
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]

    05/22/2017 7:47:10 AM PDT · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 5/2/17 | Solomon
    Proverb 22 (NKJV) The Value of a Good Name 01 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, 00 Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 02 The rich and the poor have this in common, 00 The LORD is the maker of them all. 03 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, 00 But the simple pass on and are punished. 04 By humility and the fear of the LORD 00 Are riches and honor and life. 05 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; 00 He who guards his soul...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL {Prayer} 5-22-17

    05/21/2017 11:07:35 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 32 replies
    5-22-17 | Kitty Mittens
    Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind.