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  • Head of Presbyterian Church (USA) Addresses Pro-LGBT Presbyterians

    09/08/2011 10:37:19 PM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 9 Sep 2011 | David Virtue
    Top leader of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Moderator Cynthia Bolbach, addressed the first national gathering of More Light Presbyterians since the denomination began allowing the ordination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. ...Meeting at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York, September 2-4, Moderator Bolbach encouraged the listeners to be the church by working together. Using the biblical story of the friends who cut a hole in the roof of a house to get a friend to Jesus to be healed of paralysis, the Moderator urged lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their allies to be as...
  • Kristin Chenoweth: Christian and Gay Rights Supporter

    09/08/2011 10:42:09 PM PDT · by Cronos · 46 replies · 3+ views
    ABC ^ | 8 Sep 2011 | Luchina Fisher
    The diminutive songstress who played a high school dropout on “Glee” and originated the role of Glinda in “Wicked” is just as comfortable talking about her Christian faith as she is her support for gay rights. In a recent interview with The Advocate, she explained how she can hold both dear to her heart. “I read my Bible and I pray and all of that. I really do,” she told the gay-interest publication. “But at the same time, I don’t think being gay is a sin. Period.”Chenoweth, 43, who grew up in Oklahoma’s Bible belt, cited her grandmother as inspiration.....Asked...
  • Conservative Presbyterians Mulling Split Over Gay Ordination?

    08/24/2011 3:44:09 AM PDT · by Cronos · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 24 Aug 2011 | Anugrah Kumar
    Three months after allowing the ordination of openly gay clergy, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) seems headed for a split as nearly 2,000 conservative Presbyterians are gathering in Minneapolis on Thursday and Friday with creation of a new Reformed body as an agenda. Making preparations for the conference is the Rev. Paul Detterman, executive director of Presbyterians for Renewal, an independent organization based in Louisville, Ky., where the denominations headquarters are. Detterman, administrative consultant for the new Fellowship of Presbyterians, the organizer, recently wrote in a communication to fellow conservatives that initially only a few hundred people were interested in new...
  • North Carolina University Puts Out List of 'Gay-Friendly' Churches

    08/15/2011 1:54:59 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 24 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 15, 2011
    A North Carolina state university has put out a list of approved "gay-friendly" churches for faculty and students raising concerns by at least one professor that taxpayers are inadvertently involved in "telling people where to go to church." An office with the University of North Carolina's Wilmington campus began circulating the list late last month. It was compiled as part of a broader guide to gay-friendly businesses, nonprofits, health centers and other services in the area. The "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and allied students, faculty, staff, and alumni" office described the document as a "local resource guide" for...
  • Presbyterian Church minister defends anti-gay protest at Belfast Pride

    08/01/2011 10:38:45 PM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Pink Paper ^ | 2 August 2011 | Jamie Fisher
    A Free Presbyterian Church minister who sparked protest at Belfast Pride on Saturday has defended his actions, calling the parade a very unpleasant experience. Rev David McIlveen, of Sandown Free Presbyterian Church, amassed a crowd of protesters at the corner of Waring Street and North Street on the parade route. He criticized the Pride event claiming: I certainly do not see it as an asset to Belfast in any way. It is something that is grieving to a good number of people. The Irish Times report that McIlveen, who organizes an annual anti-Pride protest, did not see his actions as...
  • Presbyterian Church's new policy makes way for lesbian Chicagoan

    07/15/2011 3:22:42 AM PDT · by Cronos · 27 replies
    Windy City Times ^ | 13 Jul 2011 | Chuck Colbert
    A new policy that opens the door to ordination of openly gay deacons, elders, and ministers in the Presbyterian Church ( USA ) took effect July 10, with prayer vigils and liturgical celebrations to mark the historic occasion held across the nation from Pittsburgh to Nashville to Denver and beyond.Closer to home, the landmark change means that Andersonville resident Jeannine Oakes' dream of becoming an ordained minister of word and sacramentin a church she dearly lovesmay very well come true after all. "I am still in the early stages of the process, with a lot of requirements to go," Oakes...
  • For Minority Groups in Presbyterian Church, Rights Vary by Region {ahem.. gays}

    07/12/2011 1:21:27 AM PDT · by Cronos · 8 replies
    WFPL.org ^ | 11 07 11 | Gabe Bullard
    A gay elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) says the recent rule change that removes any doubt over the legitimacy of her position makes the church more accepting, though intolerance still exists in many areas. Beth Van Sickle was ordained in her Ohio congregation in the 1980s and faced challenges to her post. But yesterday , the churchs constitution was changed to allow unmarried, noncelibate clergy. Van Sickle says it makes the church appear more accepting to young people, who may be questioning the conflict between their religion and their sexuality. People will come to the church because they recognize...
  • Church members celebrate acceptance of gays {6th Presbyterian}

    07/10/2011 11:16:37 PM PDT · by Cronos · 53 replies
    Pittsburg Gazetta ^ | 10 Jul 2011 | Anne Rodgers
    .. "On this new day the church continues to live into its call to be a house of prayer for all people, seeking reconciliation, calling forth the gifts of all who seek to serve Christ in the world," .. "While we celebrate this day, we also know that minds and hearts need time and clarity to understand issues that divide us. We pray for God's guidance, humbly seeking to be united in our common purpose -- to live and proclaim the good news of the gospel."...He grew up in a home and church where sexuality was never discussed, he said....
  • Historic Day for Presbyterian Church

    07/10/2011 11:15:20 PM PDT · by Cronos · 30 replies
    patch.com ^ | 10 Jul 2011 | Marilyn Joyce Lehren
    The Presbyterian Church USA will quietly usher in gay ordination when an amendment on Sunday formally enters the Book of Order of the churchs Constitution. The change comes after 33 years of contentious discussion within the Presbyterian Church and as the gay-rights movement gains momentum in other Protestant Churches. This is a very historic day, said Rev. Daniel L. Martian, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Livingston. The new policy makes it easier for the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. to ordain gays and lesbians as clergy if they chose by dropping a policy requiring unmarried clergy to remain celibate. Now that...
  • Presbyterians, Change Hearts & Minds, Begin Ordaining Gays

    07/09/2011 6:32:12 PM PDT · by Cronos · 99 replies
    Religion Dispatches ^ | 8 Jul 2011 | MARYANN MCKIBBEN DANA
    Its official. As of July 10, after a 15-year struggle, qualified gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people can be ordained as clergy and officers in the Presbyterian Church (USA). After 24 presbyteries flipped from previous no votes, a total of 97 approved amendment 10A; well over the 87 required for the change. This victory finally removed exclusionary language from the Book of Order, which required fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness. The old language also required prospective ministers and officers to repent of any self-acknowledged practice which the confessions call...
  • Presbyterians to officially allow gay clergy {July 10}

    07/08/2011 11:46:24 PM PDT · by Cronos · 11 replies
    Christian Century ^ | 8 Jul 2011 | Jack Jenkins
    Presbyterians who support gay rights are prepping sanctuaries this Sunday (July 10) to celebrate the passage of a new church policy that allows gay pastors to serve openly for the first time in the denomination's history. As the new policy for the Presbyterian Church (USA) becomes official that day, several left-leaning churches "will mark the moment with prayer and rejoicing" in their Sunday services, according to a press release from More Light Presbyterians, which advocates for gay rights in the church. "The Presbyterian Church enters a new era of equality on Sunday," said Michael Adee, the group's executive director. "It...
  • Seminarian follows her calling, and her heart {Presbyterian lesbian pastor}

    07/08/2011 11:43:37 PM PDT · by Cronos · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9 Jul 2011 | Manya A Brachear
    When Jeannine Oakes answered God's call to become a pastor, it was a moment of both clarity and confusion. Though her heart belonged to the Presbyterian Church, she also hoped one day to give her heart to a woman with whom she would share her life. The Presbyterian Church's ban on openly gay clergy did not allow for both. Eventually, she asked the leadership at Fourth Presbyterian Church to endorse her mission and enrolled at McCormick Theological Seminary to complete the necessary coursework."I need to be fully who I am, and the church needs to accept that," said Oakes, 32....
  • No split from Church of Scotland for time being {Presybterian gays win}

    07/08/2011 9:38:17 AM PDT · by Cronos · 2 replies
    Stornoway Gazette ^ | 29 Jun 2011 | SG
    Stornoway High Church will remain part of the Church of Scotland for the time being.At a congregational meeting on Tuesday night, members were balloted on the question of whether or not to split from the denomination. This action was in response to the decisions taken by the 2011 General Assembly to allow openly gay ministers ordained before 2009 to remain in their posts and to establish a theological commision, due to report in 2013, to consider the implications of allowing gay ministers to train.74 per cent of the High Church members balloted (162) voted in principle to withdraw from the...
  • Gay minister discuses small town bigoty, acceptance -- {Gay alert - Presbyterian in NC}

    07/05/2011 11:03:46 PM PDT · by Cronos · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Towleroad ^ | 5 July 2011 | Andrew Belonskey
    Brett Webb-Mitchell, a Presbyterian minister who is also gay, took to Salon today to share his experience preaching in Hnederson, North Carolina. It has not been easy:The bigotry, disgust and underlying fear of those of us who are different than the rest -- whoever "the rest" may be -- was breathtaking in its viciousness. And the place where so much of this prejudice found light was in the pages of "Home in Henderson." People from the town and county had free rein to insult and mock me. "Homo of Henderson" they dubbed me, but often they weren't nearly as eloquent:...
  • When a gay minister moved to a small Southern town (Presbyterian)

    07/05/2011 3:59:07 AM PDT · by Cronos · 126 replies
    Courier Journal ^ | 5 July 2011 | Brett Webb-Mitchel
    As an out Presbyterian preacher, I'd experienced prejudice before. But nothing like what I faced in North CarolinaI was reading "Home in Henderson" -- the unofficial city website for a small town in North Carolina where I had recently moved to preach -- when I came across the blog entry. It was posted under the pseudonym "Church Reporter." "A friend that attends the First Presbyterian Church told me to do a Google search on their new minister Brett Webb-Mitchell," the entry began. "Having done so, I have only three comments to make on the pastor selection: 1. Who is responsible...
  • EP (Evangelical Presbyterian) Church joins loud condemnation of homosexuality

    07/04/2011 7:08:24 AM PDT · by Cronos · 8 replies
    Ghana News Agency ^ | 4 July 2011 | GNA
    The Evangelical Presbyterian (E.P) Church, Ghana, on Sunday joined the growing condemnation of homosexuality in Ghana, saying attempts to justify the abominable behaviour were unacceptable. The Reverend Joyce Kofi Kodade, Moderator of the West Volta Presbytery of the E.P. Church, said the explanation that homosexuality could be biological, psychological, or social behaviour is untenable. He said: If you know you are sick, go for treatment, see a doctor, if you think it is psychological, see a counsellor. Don't justify homosexuality by the laws. According to the law you may be right but according to the will of God, you are...
  • Sacramento-area Presbyterian churches wrestle with gay ordination issues

    06/27/2011 3:13:42 AM PDT · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 27.6.2011 | Jennifer Garza
    The mood Sunday morning at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church Sunday was upbeat the pews were packed and many nodded as the pastor preached his message of forgiveness...Next month, the Presbyterian Church begins allowing those who are openly gay to be ordained as ministers, elders and deacons. The new rules, which were approved in May and take effect July 10, have provoked a wide range of responses from local church leaders.They are holding town hall meetings with concerned members, sending letters explaining the rules and posting their opinions of the new ordination standards on their church websites. "It is the...
  • Presbyterians meet in Memphis, seal deal on ordaining women

    06/24/2011 10:49:07 PM PDT · by Cronos · 29 replies
    Commercial Waters ^ | 24 Jun 2011 | David Waters
    A small but fast-growing Presbyterian denomination meeting this week in Memphis resolved long-standing theological and constitutional conflicts over the ordination of women that have vexed and divided evangelical Christians for decades. A record-setting 460 delegates to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church's 31st General Assembly voted to allow congregations to call women to ordained ministry, even if their presbytery (governing body) objects for theological or doctrinal reasons....
  • Presbyterians' dirty laundry

    06/22/2011 3:45:09 AM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 21 Jun 2011 | Rev Parker T Williamson
    ......While Presbyterians have voted on many issues over the years, never have they been so brazen as to vote Scriptural standards out of vogue. Never have Presbyterians been so presumptuous as to "vote" that biblical standards do not apply to their denomination...... At issue is that this denomination has hit the mute button on 2,000 years of Christian belief and morality. Standards that have been honored for centuries have now been deleted, leaving Presbyterians with the following moral mandate: "whatever." Whatever a local church, or a presbytery, or some other bureaucratic subset chooses to do is now permitted. The group...
  • Area Presbyterians deal with unusual leadership conflicts

    06/22/2011 3:39:40 AM PDT · by Cronos · 259 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | 21 Jun 2011 | Stephen J Lee
    Unprecedented turmoil in recent months in local and regional Presbyterian circles including five lay leaders in a Grand Forks congregation quitting the church after being charged with violating church rules as well as a top administrator being dismissed suddenly was the main business at a meeting here Monday. About 50 clergy and ordained lay elders of the Presbytery of the Northern Plains gathered for the one-day stated meeting, one of about three held each year. Besides the leavings, the conflict also included a gag order put in place by a higher church panel that had been lifted, it...
  • Presbyterians praise new policy to disregard sexual orientation

    06/16/2011 11:40:12 PM PDT · by Cronos · 20 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 15 Jun 2011 | Patty Machelor Arizona
    Hallelujahs are sounding loudly from at least two local churches as members celebrate a long-sought change in the Presbyterian Church to fully include everyone regardless of their sexual or gender orientation.St. Mark's Presbyterian Church has worked to remove obstacles for openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ordination for more than two decades..Newquist, 37, said she feels a "huge debt of gratitude" to the Presbyterians who changed their minds and made the change possible. "It's a hard thing for anyone, but particularly when you have had a strong conviction to say, 'I was wrong and I'm ready to make a different...
  • Vote clears path for gay ministers in local Presbyterian churches

    06/16/2011 11:34:52 PM PDT · by Cronos · 26 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | 15 Jun 2011 | James Fuller
    Gay Presbyterians throughout the suburbs now have the opportunity to rise from the pews and into the ranks of the ordained. After decades of debate, Blackhawk Presbytery which oversees many of the congregations in the Fox Valley and northwestern Illinois recently became one of 21 presbyteries so far to reverse course on gay ordination. But even with a movement toward acceptance of homosexuality in popular culture, the Rev. John Rickard of Blackhawk Presbytery said he was surprised, but not necessarily dismayed, by the outcome of the vote among his congregations. Do I think it's going to destroy our...
  • Carnegie likely to welcome mosque (PA)

    06/11/2011 12:10:13 PM PDT · by americanophile · 13 replies
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | June 11, 2011 | Jason Cato
    A borough along the Parkway West historically known for its religious and cultural diversity may soon cement that image with the addition of a mosque. At least that is the hope of Carnegie officials and the leader of a Muslim mosque looking to move into a former Presbyterian church in the heart of the town's quaint business district. A public hearing will be conducted Monday evening, followed by a council vote on a zoning change needed to establish the mosque. "Adding our center there will make Carnegie a center for the three Abrahamic religions," Al-Walid Mohsen, vice president and manager...
  • Methodists Move Toward LGBT Inclusion

    06/10/2011 3:02:32 AM PDT · by Cronos · 48 replies
    religion Dispatches ^ | 10 Jun 2011 | CANDACE CHELLEW-HODGE
    In my article last month about the historic vote by Presbyterians to endorse the ordination of gay and lesbian ministers, I issued a challenge to the Methodist Church, the last mainstream denomination holding out on full acceptance of LGBT people. It seems there were already Methodists taking up the challenge to make their denomination more welcoming. Just days after the Presbyterians moved to approve gay and lesbian clergy, the Washington Post reported that “the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church narrowly approved a groundbreaking same-sex marriage resolution.” The resolution, passed at the church’s annual local conference, would amend the...
  • Presbyterian Church 'alarm' over gay clergy

    06/10/2011 2:59:36 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 10 Jun 2011 | Alf McReary
    The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has expressed concern at the Church of Scotland's handling of the issue of homosexual clergy. Last month the Scottish Church voted to allow its ministers who were ordained before May 20, 2009 and who are now openly gay to be appointed by congregations. The Church has also created a commission to consider the justification of the future ordination of gay ministers. This report is not due for two years, but earlier this year the Irish Presbyterian Church wrote to the Scottish Church outlining its views on the sanctity of traditional marriage and its objection to...
  • Tension in church over stance on gay ministers

    06/08/2011 1:58:47 AM PDT · by Cronos · 47 replies
    News Letter ^ | 8 Jun 2011 | Arthur Allison
    TENSIONS have surfaced at the Presbyterian General Assembly over the position of the Church of Scotland on the acceptance of ministers who have homosexual relationships. The Presbyterian Church in Ireland is traditionally aligned to its mother church in Scotland, The Kirk, which at its recent general assembly voted 351 to 294 to effectively do away with the ban on gay clergy.Outgoing Presbyterian moderator the Rev Dr Norman Hamilton, who attended the Edinburgh gathering, expressed his unease over the Scottish move in a candid report of his visit to the Kirk assembly.Dr Hamilton, who stood down as moderator on Monday night...
  • Local Presbyterian churchs ponder new policy on gay/lesbian ordination

    06/05/2011 11:21:17 PM PDT · by Cronos · 5 replies
    Statesman.com ^ | 4 June 2011 | Joshunda Sanders
    The change in ordination standards will go into effect July 10....The move makes the Presbyterian Church the latest of several mainline Protestant denominations to allow for the ordination or open acceptance of gay and lesbian pastors. In 2009, leaders with the Episcopal Church voted to affirm gay and lesbian clergy despite pressure from Anglicans around the world to create a moratorium on consecrating another openly gay bishop. That year, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America also voted to allow sexually active gay and lesbian candidates to serve as clergy; before that, they were allowed to serve only if they were...
  • F.C. Presbyterian Pastor Hails End of Ban on Openly Gay Clergy

    06/02/2011 7:02:38 AM PDT · by Cronos · 59 replies
    Falls Church News ^ | 31 May 2011 | LESLIE POSTER
    Earlier this month, the national Presbyterian Church approved a change in its constitution to allow openly gay church members to serve as ministers and church leaders. It is a change that one local church pastor says has been a long time coming. "It's been a Presbyterian family quarrel for about 30 years," said Jonathan Smoot, interim pastor at Falls Church Presbyterian Church..."It's just ridiculous to lift up sexual orientation as a primary criterion for that person's character or suitability for ministry," Smoot said. "I hope this puts an end to it.""It needs to be read in its historical context and...
  • Harold Camping: Rapture Rescheduled for October 21, Twitter Laughs On

    05/24/2011 10:56:12 AM PDT · by Cronos · 26 replies
    webpronews ^ | 24 May 2011 | Josh Walford
    The flabbergasted biblical numerologist Harold Camping has emerged from seclusion and addressed the world about the still impending rapture...last night, the 89-year-old fake prophet announced that the rapture was far from cancelled but simply postponed. More specifically, he was not off on the dates. May 21st marked a more spiritual beginning of the end, and in five months the real end will come....Camping, as quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle: Were not changing a date at all; were just learning that we have to be a little more spiritual about this. But on Oct. 21, the world will be...
  • Charlotte Presbytery, too, ends gay ban

    05/18/2011 3:35:14 AM PDT · by Cronos · 33 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 18 May 2011 | Tim Funk
    The Presbytery of Charlotte added its support Tuesday to ending the ban on gays and lesbians becoming clergy and lay leaders in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Presbyterian church leaders from the seven-county Charlotte region voted 162-154 to change the denomination's constitution by removing a 1997 amendment that said the ordained must either be single and chaste or in a heterosexual marriage. ..The Rev. Kate Murphy of Hickory Grove Presbyterian, who made the case for removing the ban on gays and lesbians, said her reading of Scripture told her that "committed monogamous homosexual relations are not sinful in God's eyes."
  • Pandering to Muslims in Indiana

    05/14/2011 10:00:02 PM PDT · by Stymee · 18 replies
    Muslim Alliance of Indiana ^ | Saturday, 09 May 2009 | Administrator
    "Governor Daniels showed us he was a man of his word and has stood by the commitments he made during the 2004 pre-election Iftar," stated Alia Shah, Executive Director of MAI. Local Muslims say such political connections are important if their concerns are to be heard in government. But faith, rather than politics, was the key topic Monday night -- the first iftar held at an Indiana governor's home. Several Muslim leaders called it historic. "To be blessed to make prayer at the governor's residence is significant," said Michael Saahir, an imam from the Nur-Allah Islamic Center on the Northside....
  • Presbyterian Church gives OK to ordain leaders who are gay

    05/13/2011 3:39:15 AM PDT · by Cronos · 30 replies
    Gaston Gazette ^ | 13 May 2011 | Amanda Memrick
    The churchs constitution used to have a requirement to live either in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness for church officers. The amendment change removes that stipulation and requires church leaders to submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life.... The changes also state that the governing body responsible for ordaining ministers or installing lay leaders should examine each candidates calling, gifts, preparation and suitability for the responsibilities of office. Governing bodies shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to individual...
  • Presbyterian vote allows homosexual clergy, eliminates chastity standard

    05/12/2011 2:19:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies
    cna ^ | May 12, 2011
    Washington D.C., May 12, 2011 / 12:39 am (CNA).- The Presbyterian Church USA has voted to remove clergy requirements of marital fidelity or single chastity, thus allowing the ordination of ministers and lay leaders who are openly homosexual or living in unmarried relationships.This is a lonely day for Presbyterians who believe what the Bible and the Church have consistently taught: that Gods will is that we be faithful in marriage or chaste in singleness. Now we belong to a denomination that is no longer sure it believes that teaching, said Allan Wisdom, a director of Presbyterian Action at the...
  • 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...
  • Possible removal of gay ordination ban stirs Presbyterian debate {pinko alert}

    05/09/2011 2:34:18 AM PDT · by Cronos · 27 replies
    Lubbock Online ^ | 8 May 2011 | Irie Prince
    As the Presbyterian Church (USA) looks poised to remove a prohibition on ordaining gay people, local Presbyterians are reflecting on what the change could mean for them....The proposed change replaces fidelity and chastity requirements with more general guidelines instructing governing bodies to examine each candidates calling, gifts, preparation and suitability for the responsibilities of office....What it means is that we can no longer categorically eliminate a group of people from ordination, Schempp said. The Rev. Davis Price of Covenant Presbyterian sees the culture-Bible dichotomy as being nuanced. .. Price welcomes the potential for greater inclusion of gays in leadership, and...
  • Campaign to Unite One Million Christians for LGBT Equality {Barf Alert}

    05/06/2011 4:22:47 AM PDT · by Cronos · 15 replies
    PRWeb ^ | 5 May 2011 | PRWeb
    His mothers are teaching him to treat everyone the same. Just like Jesus did. His church should too. Determined to give voice to the millions of Christians who believe in equal rights for all, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community, Believe Out Loud, a project of Intersections International, is today launching a campaign to get one million Christians to break the silence and join the burgeoning chorus for full LGBT equality in the church. Progressive Christians across numerous denominations believe that Jesus' message of justice, compassion and love compels them to be fully welcoming of all people,...
  • Qu'ran unites Utah Muslims, Christians {Barf alert}

    05/06/2011 3:49:57 AM PDT · by Cronos · 39 replies
    Onislam ^ | 6 May 2011 | onislam
    Feeling grateful to their local church move to hand out free copies of Quran, a group of Muslim women arranged a luncheon in Salt Lake city, hoping to extend new bridges between the two faiths in the community, The Salt Lake Tribune reported on Friday, May 6. You extended the first hand, Angela Young, a convert to Islam, told attendants at the luncheon. Preparing falafel, biryani rice, hummus and baklava, a group of eight women from the Muslim community decided to share it with their local church. On Thursday, they headed to Salt Lake Citys Wasatch Presbyterian Church sharing their...
  • The Journey Home - 4/25/11 - Joshua Johnson - Former United Methodist minister

    04/25/2011 7:52:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    EWTN ^ | April 25, 2011 | Marcus Grodi
    The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi LIVE - Mondays 8 PM ET Encore Tuesday 1 AM ET & 9 AM ET, Thursday 2 PM ET, Saturday 11 PM ET This exciting call-in program examines why so many people, including fallen away Catholics and individuals from other denominations, are being drawn home to the Catholic Church. Conversion Story Receiving Christ: A Brief Account of my Life-Long Journey into the Fullness of Christs Body Introduced to Jesus Tenderly, yet with all the seriousness of eternity in view, my mother asked: Josh, do you want to ask Jesus to come into...
  • Utah Church Offers Free Korans in Easter Gesture

    04/22/2011 4:11:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    Church Report ^ | 4/22/11
    SALT LAKE CITY-- A Utah church is giving away free copies of the Koran in an Easter season ecumenical riposte to the recent burning of the Islamic holy book by a controversial Florida pastor. The Wasatch Presbyterian Church has ordered 50 copies of the Koran to be distributed at a local bookstore starting on Monday. "We're not promoting Islam, we're not saying the Koran is the Bible," said Scott Dalgarno, the church's pastor. "We're just saying that if people are curious, if they want their consciences informed on this issue ... then let them pick up a copy on us...
  • In Budget Battle, Church Officials Fast against Cuts, Silent on Planned Parenthood

    04/18/2011 2:29:58 PM PDT · by rhema · 16 replies
    Institute for Religion and Democracy ^ | April 13, 2011 | Jeff Walton
    In announcing a Lenten fast for a moral budget, many Religious Left officials are arguing against federal budget cuts but are silent about ongoing federal support for organizations like abortion provider Planned Parenthood. According to Democratic and Republican sources quoted by the Washington Post, both the Planned Parenthood funding, as well as Medicaid funds for abortions in the District of Columbia, figured prominently in budget negotiations. Religious groups participating in the budget fast include the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Hunger Program, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lutheran World Relief, Sojourners and World...
  • The Presbyterian Response to Homosexual Clergy

    03/05/2011 2:15:27 PM PST · by americanophile · 42 replies
    New American ^ | 04 March 2011 | Dave Bohon
    The Presbyterian Church-USA, one of the nations oldest and largest mainline Christian denominations, is in the middle of a crucial vote among its leadership to determine whether or not open homosexuals will be allowed to fill the churchs pulpits. At the denominations General Assembly in July 2010, delegates approved by a 373 to 323 vote a measure that would allow open homosexuals to pastor and minister in the flagship Presbyterian denominations 11,000 congregations and serve its estimated 2.3 million members. A vote on the amendment is now making its way through the churchs 173 regional presbyteries, a process that must...
  • Presbyterian minister who married gay partner is acquitted; appeal possible

    03/05/2011 1:55:57 PM PST · by americanophile · 35 replies
    Standard-Examiner ^ | March 4, 2012 | McClatchy Newspapers
    MINNEAPOLIS -- An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church USA was acquitted Monday by a church panel of charges that he violated the church constitution when he legally married his gay partner in California in 2008. The case of the Rev. Erwin Barron, who was associate pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis in the 1990s, is likely to be appealed. It is the first time the divided church, which sidestepped the issue of gay marriage at its national convention last summer in Minneapolis, has dealt with the possible discipline of a gay pastor who legally married a same-sex partner....
  • Religion News in Brief {Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) allows homosexual minister}

    03/02/2011 12:47:16 PM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies
    A panel of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has acquitted a minister who was accused of violating the denomination's constitution by legally marrying his male partner. The church judicial commission split 3-3 Monday on the charge against the Rev. Erwin Barron, who is under the jurisdiction of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, but now works as a college professor in San Francisco.
  • Riverside Pastor Now Faces 91 Sex-Related Charges

    02/21/2011 11:40:07 PM PST · by Cronos · 31 replies
    Whiotv ^ | June 27, 2007 | whio
    A Riverside pastor, accused of sexually assaulting members of his congregation is facing more charges. Dennis Bowling is now facing 91 sex-related charges. The new charges against the 46-year-old man include rape of a child under 13, three counts of gross sexual imposition and three counts of sexual battery. Prosecutors said the new counts deal with eight victims, all of whom are minors. Bowling served as pastor of Kingdom Harvest Church in Riverside for 19 years.
  • New Presbyterian leader says he has no problem worshipping alongside Catholics

    02/09/2011 3:22:00 AM PST · by Cronos · 10 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 2-Feb-2011 | BFT
    The next leader of the Presbyterian Church has said he has no problem with worshipping alongside Catholics. Reverend Ivan Patterson from Newcastle who won yesterday's election by a convincing margin will take over from the Right Rev Dr Norman Hamilton on June 6
  • First Presbyterian Church Installs Its First Woman Pastor

    02/07/2011 2:18:20 AM PST · by Cronos · 36 replies
    Brooklyn Eagle ^ | 2-Feb-2011 | Francesca Norsen Tate
    Amid jubilant preaching and singing, the Rev. Dr. Flora Wilson Bridges was installed Sunday evening as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, affectionately called First Church. Dr. Bridges is the 15th senior minister in the congregations 189-year history, and the first woman to be called as senior pastor at this church after a nationwide search lasting over three years. Elder Effie Bynum, Moderator-Elect of the Presbytery of New York City, presided at Sundays animated service. The Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, who ordained Bridges to the ministry more than 30 years ago, preached an impassioned sermon about the...
  • Where Have All the Presbyterians Gone?

    02/06/2011 9:39:22 PM PST · by Cronos · 90 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4-Feb-2011 | Russell D Moore
    Are we witnessing the death of America's Christian denominations? Studies conducted by secular and Christian organizations indicate that we are. Fewer and fewer American Christians, especially Protestants, strongly identify with a particular religious communionMethodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, etc. According to the Baylor Survey on Religion, nondenominational churches now represent the second largest group of Protestant churches in America, and they are also the fastest growing...
  • Ministers start preachin' 'guns in church' message

    02/04/2011 2:04:51 PM PST · by Immerito · 9 replies · 1+ views
    WND ^ | February 3, 2011 | Frank York
    Pastor James Brown Jr. of the Covenant Baptist Church in Barnesville, Ga., wants his state legislature to pass a bill that permits churchgoers to carry firearms to worship at his church. Joining him in the effort is Pastor Joe Morecraft of Chalcedon Presbyterian Church in Cumming, Ga. And the campaign is just getting started. The bill, HB 54, was introduced in late January by Republican state Rep. Bobby Franklin, who serves the state's 43rd district. If passed, it will repeal a section of a law prohibiting individuals from carrying guns in a church setting. Currently, the state's "Common Sense Lawful...
  • Homeless on the move again Presbyterian church asks campers to relocate

    01/29/2011 11:21:35 PM PST · by Cronos · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Merce Morning Star ^ | Ameera Butt
    After the Black Rascal and Bear Creek homeless encampments were closed in October, some of the homeless were offered a place to live at the Sierra Presbyterian Church. But since then, neighbors living near the church on M Street have complained about the encampments being so close to their homes. Some have repeatedly asked the Merced City Council for help. Now they may get their wish. The homeless who have been living at the Presbyterian Church in North Merced have been asked to find new living arrangements. The church has given them until Sunday to leave. The eight or nine...
  • Presbyterian Church (USA) seeks dismissal of sexual abuse lawsuit as it happened so long ago

    01/26/2011 2:22:44 AM PST · by Cronos · 15 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 19-Jan-2011 | Peter Smith
    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging it failed to prevent the sexual abuse of a teenager by an older teen at an African mission boarding house in 1988. The Louisville-based denomination says the suit should be barred under the statute of limitations because it happened so long ago a stance the plaintiff's lawyer calls "hypocritical," following a church commission's recommendation that the church lobby against such statutes. Meanwhile, federal authorities in Florida have filed child-pornography charges against the alleged perpetrator in the lawsuit. Samuel Shamba Warlick, 39, of Oviedo, Fla., was charged Jan....