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  • Church of Scotland Expected to Back Same-Sex Marriage

    05/20/2017 5:21:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/20/17
    The Church of Scotland is preparing to take a significant step towards same-sex marriage. The Kirk's General Assembly - gathering in Edinburgh - will be asked to approve more work on how such weddings could take place in church. Equal marriage remains a divisive issue within the church. Since 2014, Scotland has allowed same-sex couples to marry but individual church traditions can each decide whether to participate. A report on the issue prepared for the General Assembly invited the church to take stock of its history of discrimination against gay people and to apologise "individually and corporately". Moderator Designate the...
  • You "ARE" My Postman[Charismatic Caucus]

    05/12/2017 9:51:33 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Bible, The joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-12-17 | holy Spirit
    Your persuasion is merely my heart in motion carrying the offer of Zion's gates to all those that surrender to my love . . . A force of Mercies wrapped in the Grace of Total forgiveness given freely. So you "ARE" My Postman of Heaven's inheritance ( (( Christ in you )) ) . Now continue on . . . Romans 8:27-29 God Works In All Things 27And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28And we know that God works all things...
  • Blueprint for Church Schism Revealed as Conservative Leaders Plot Separate Anglican Structure

    05/11/2017 7:10:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 5/10/17 | Harry Farley
    A blueprint for schism seen by Christian Today reveals extensive plans by conservative evangelicals to form a rival Anglican structure to the Church of England in the UK. The proposals, born out of concerns about liberal teachings on homosexuality, include suggestions for a new synod, new liturgy, an appointments system for new bishops, new church canons and new statements of belief. First mooted at ReNew, a conference of traditionalist church leaders last autumn, the 15-page discussion document outlines how the new faction could take shape and establish credibility as an alternative Anglican church. 'Widespread credible bishops serving conservative evangelicals here...
  • Anglican Orders not 'Invalid' Says Cardinal, Opening Way for Revision of Current Catholic Position

    05/10/2017 6:14:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 5/7/17 | Christopher Lamb
    Leo XIII’s remarks that Anglican orders are “absolutely null and utterly void” have been a major stumbling block to Catholic-Anglican unity. One of the Vatican’s top legal minds has opened the way for a revision of the Catholic position on Anglican orders by stressing they should not be written off as “invalid.” In a recently published book, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, calls into question Pope Leo XIII’s 1896 papal bull that Anglican orders are “absolutely null and utterly void.” “When someone is ordained in the Anglican Church and becomes a parish priest in...
  • Former Bishop Heather Cook denied parole

    05/09/2017 6:21:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    abc news 2 ^ | May 9, 2017 | Lamont Williams
    JESSUP, Md. - Heather Cook, a former Episcopal bishop, was denied in her first, and only, parole hearing since entering prison for fatally striking a bicyclist while driving drunk, and leaving the scene, in December 2014. Cook fled the scene after killing Tom Palermo, who was riding a bicycle, on Roland Avenue just days after Christmas. She returned thirty minutes later while driving drunk almost three times the legal limit.
  • Indonesia: Ousted Christian Governor Convicted on Blasphemy Charge

    05/09/2017 5:18:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (popularly known as “Ahok”), the outgoing Christian governor of Indonesia’s Jakarta province, has been convicted of blasphemy against Islam and faces a two-year prison sentence. Ahok, a Protestant, angered some Muslims when, in a campaign appearance, he argued that Muslims were misusing the authority of the Qu’ran in suggesting that Muslims must reject the leadership of non-Muslims. His invocation of the Qu’ran enraged Islamic fundamentalists, and prompted massive public demonstrations against the governor. He was handily defeated in his bid for re-election as governor in April. The criminal charge against Ahok, pressed by Islamic militants, had divided...
  • Conference on Luther and Catholic tradition sponsored by Vatican committee, USCCB

    05/09/2017 3:26:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | May 9, 2017 | unknown
    The Pontifical Committee of Historical Sciences and the US bishops’ Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs are among the sponsors of “Luther and the Shaping of the Catholic Tradition,” an upcoming three-day conference at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, will be among the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant scholars speaking at the conference. References: Luther and the Shaping of the Catholic Tradition, May 30 to June 1, 2017 (CUA)
  • Ten reasons millennials are backing away from God and Christianity

    05/01/2017 5:52:05 AM PDT · by Morgana · 70 replies
    foxnews ^ | April 30, 2017 | Dr. Alex McFarland
    College-aged millennials today are far more likely than the general population to be religiously unaffiliated. This is true when they are compared to previous generations as well. In fact, the Pew Research Center documents that millennials are the least outwardly religious American generation, where “one in four are unaffiliated with any religion, far more than the share of older adults when they were ages 18 to 29.” Just over 60 percent of millennials say that Christianity is “judgmental,” and 64 percent say that “anti-gay” best describes most churches today. In ministry circles, it has long been reported that of youth...
  • There Will Be No Religious Left

    04/30/2017 4:18:16 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 20 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 4-25-17 | Rod Dreher
    A lot of people don't want to hear it, but it's true: in the future, you will either be a religious conservative, or secular. The religious left will evaporate. Don't take my word for it. Take the word of Daniel Cox, the head of research at PRRI, a firm whose religious views tend towards progressivism. Excerpts: The first and perhaps most significant reason for skepticism is that there are far fewer religious liberals today than there were a generation ago. Nearly four in 10 (38 percent) liberals are religiously unaffiliated today, more than double the percentage of the 1990s, according...
  • Electing Lesbian Bishop Violates Church Law, United Methodist High Court Rules

    04/30/2017 2:27:32 PM PDT · by madison10 · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 4/28/2017 | Michael Gryboski
    Electing Lesbian Bishop Violates Church Law, United Methodist High Court Rules The United Methodist Church's highest court has ruled that a regional body violated the denomination's rules when they elected an openly lesbian clergywoman as bishop and she can be removed from her position. In a 6–3 decision released Friday, the United Methodist Judicial Council decided that the Western Jurisdiction's election of Karen Oliveto to the position of bishop violated church law. "It is not lawful for the college of bishops of any jurisdictional or central conference to consecrate a self-avowed practicing homosexual bishop," read the decision, as reported by...
  • Methodist Court Ruling a Blow for First Openly Lesbian Bishop

    04/29/2017 8:54:06 PM PDT · by Morgana · 47 replies
    nbc ^ | April 29, 2017 | ap
    The first openly lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church can stay on the job for now, but she is subject to a disciplinary review that could lead to her removal, the top church court ruled Friday. Bishop Karen Oliveto's civil marriage to another woman violates church law that bars clergy who are "self-avowed practicing homosexuals," the Judicial Council said. However, a decision over whether she can remain in the position must come from a separate disciplinary process, the court ruled.
  • Methodist High Court Rejects First Openly Gay Bishop’s Consecration

    04/29/2017 6:28:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 48 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 4/28/17 | Laurie Goodstein
    The United Methodist Church’s highest court has ruled that the consecration of its first openly gay bishop violated church law, compounding a bitter rift over homosexuality that has brought the 13-million-member denomination to the brink of schism. In a 6-to-3 vote made public on Friday, the church’s Judicial Council found that a married lesbian bishop and those who consecrated her were in violation of their “commitment to abide by and uphold the church’s definition of marriage and stance on homosexuality.” Still, the court ruled that the bishop, Karen P. Oliveto of Denver, “remains in good standing” pending further proceedings, offering...
  • Worcester Cathedral blessing for asparagus crop criticised as 'absurd' by Anglicans

    04/25/2017 7:47:40 PM PDT · by vladimir998 · 19 replies
    U.K. Telegraph ^ | 25 APRIL 2017 | Olivia Rudgard
    Asparagus is so venerated in Worcester that it has been blessed in a special ceremony in the city's cathedral. But the thanksgiving service celebrating the local crop has been criticised by other Anglicans who have called it "absurd". The bizarre Sunday evensong service was defended by the cathedral's Precentor, who said the vegetable was "a sign of the abundant provision and generosity of God".
  • In China, Unregistered Churches Are Driving a Religious Revolution

    04/25/2017 2:13:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 4/23/17 | Ian Johnson
    “The government won’t approve it, but the question is if they’ll shut it down.”China, the world’s rising superpower, is experiencing an explosion of faith. The decades of anti-religious campaigns that followed the 1949 communist takeover are giving way to a spiritual transformation—and among the fastest-growing drivers of that transformation are unregistered churches. Once called “house” or “underground” churches because they were small clandestine affairs, these groups have become surprisingly well-organized, meeting very openly and often counting hundreds of congregants. They’ve helped the number of Protestants soar from about 1 million when the communists took power to at least 60 million...
  • A Non-Catholic German Warns Against Protestantization of Catholicism

    04/19/2017 4:31:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 153 replies
    1P5 ^ | April 19, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    In the wake of a recent critical overview of the four years of Pope Francis’ papacy as presented by the German Catholic journalist Matthias Matussek, another German journalist (who is not a Catholic) has now raised his voice of resistance with respect to Pope Francis. We speak here about Jan Fleischhauer, who is an editor of the influential secular weekly magazine Der Spiegel, and who, in 2009, wrote a book about his change of conviction away from a leftist to a more conservative viewpoint.On 17 April, Fleischhauer published a column in Der Spiegel which is entitled “Self-Secularization: The Sponti-Pope [i.e., the...
  • Win! Whitworth Cuts Ties with Planned Parenthood

    04/19/2017 4:15:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Students for Life ^ | April 17, 2017 | Students for life
    In a huge win for the Students for Life group at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, the school has officially cut ties with the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. In an email to the campus today (full text below), Whitworth University president Beck Taylor wrote: ­­­­­“I recently instructed the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement not to renew that relationship. This is the only formal partnership the university currently has with Planned Parenthood. At the end of the current academic year, Whitworth will no longer offer credit-bearing service-learning placements or internships with the organization.” Whitworth University bills itself as a...
  • Student at Methodist College Launches Fundraising Campaign for Abortion

    04/19/2017 2:52:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    life news ^ | April 17, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    A new student group at Southern Methodist University in Texas launched a fundraiser recently for the abortion group Planned Parenthood. Dallas News reports the student abortion advocacy group began as a response to the university pro-life club and its annual cemetery of the innocents display. Student Claire Krizman, who began the fundraiser for the abortion group, said she has been disturbed by the pro-life display on campus for the past three years. “There was no education component to it,” Krizman told the news outlet. “There wasn’t a ‘Here are your options’ or ‘This is why it’s wrong’ based on their...
  • FactChecker: Are All Christian Denominations in Decline?

    04/18/2017 5:10:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    In a recent interview in which she announced she had joined the Episcopal Church, Rachel Held Evans said, Just about every denomination in the American church— including many evangelical denominations — is seeing a decline in numbers, so if it’s a competition, then we’re all losing, just at different rates. Many Americans, both within and outside the church, share Evans perception of the decline of denominations. But is it true? Are most denominations truly seeing a decline in numbers? Before we answer the question, we should clarify what is meant by “decline.” We could, for instance, say that Protestantism has been...
  • One in Four British Christians Say Resurrection of Jesus Didn't Occur: Survey

    04/14/2017 1:05:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/14/2017 | Brandon Showalter
    One in four people who identify themselves as "Christians" in England say that they believe that the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ did not happen, according to a new poll. (Photo: Flickr / Hoyasmeg)A new thriller will focus on a Roman centurion's life following Christ's resurrection.ComRes conducted the survey of 2,010 British adults by telephone for 10 days at the beginning of February, asking them a series questions about their beliefs on the Bible and Easter. BBC local radio commissioned the survey for Palm Sunday, measuring the responses of the "General Public," "All Christians," and "Active Christians," which refers to Christians who...
  • Jesus Too Would Admit Divorce Today. So Says One of His Society [Catholic Caucus]

    04/13/2017 7:25:35 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | April 13, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    The instructions laid out two months ago by the general of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, on “what Jesus really said” regarding marriage and divorce have not fallen on deaf ears.On the contrary, some among the Jesuits have been the first to apply them in full. To conclude that “once a marriage is dead” Jesus too would allow divorce today.The Jesuit who has drawn this conclusion from the premises set up by his superior general is not a nobody. He is Fr. Thomas Reese, former editor of the magazine of the New York Jesuits, “America,” and a...