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  • Royal Wedding Pastor Michael Curry Leads 'Reclaiming Jesus' Movement Against Racism, Misogyny ...

    05/25/2018 9:38:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/25/2018 | Samuel Smith
    WASHINGTON — Less than one week after speaking at the royal wedding in England, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, along with a group of multiracial progressive faith leaders, led hundreds in a procession to the White House Thursday night to condemn racism, misogyny and the immorality of political leaders."We are not a partisan group. We are not a left-wing group. We are not a right-wing group. We are a Jesus movement," Curry said during the prayer service at the Disciples of Christ national church. "We came together as Protestant, Catholic, evangelical. We came together — Republicans, Independents and Democrats....
  • Royal Wedding Bishop to Lead Anti-Trump Protest

    05/24/2018 10:30:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Bishop Michael Curry is using the attention he received while presiding over the Royal Wedding to lead a new anti-Trump protest. According to sources, Curry and other Chrisitan leaders will host a candlelight vigil to protest the “dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership at the highest levels of our government and in our churches” — crises that put “the soul of the nation and the integrity of faith” at stake. The event will kick off with a church service beforehand right in front of Lafayette Square, which is across the street from the White House. Who’s going?
  • Germany’s Communion Discussion ‘Puzzling,’ Says Canadian Archbishop

    05/24/2018 7:56:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Register ^ | 5/23/18 | Deborah Gyapong
    Even a consensus among German Catholic bishops allowing intercommunion with Protestants cannot change Catholic teaching, says a Canadian archbishop. Even more important is the challenge to remain faithful to Catholic doctrine and not to propose practices that undermine the faith, and the need to foster loyalty and communion with the universal Church,” said Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, SJ, of Ottawa in an interview. “It is puzzling to learn that the Holy Father told the bishops that whatever they determine is acceptable as long as they all agree.” A majority of German bishops would like to offer communion to Protestant spouses of...
  • Bishop Curry’s royal wedding sermon was admirable – but he left something out

    05/24/2018 11:59:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 05/22/2018 | by Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    As I thought it might be, Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at Saturday’s Royal Wedding was a cracker. It divided opinions, sure, but that is a better fate than being ignored or swiftly forgotten, as normally happens. Funnily enough, the sermon got the thumbs-up from the Guardian. But then as Brendan O’Neill observed, the sermon was, like the new Duchess, very political. Curry is “woke” when it comes to matters like gay marriage. I have not researched the matter, but I doubt there is a single issue on which he is not “progressive”; and though we do not know that much...
  • Anglican Church of Canada elects its first female archbishop

    05/23/2018 10:35:44 PM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Anglican News ^ | 15 May 2018 | AN
    The Bishop of New Westminster, Melissa Skelton, has been elected as Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon. She will continue in her role as Bishop of New Westminster while taking on responsibility for the internal province. She is the first woman to be elected an Archbishop in the Anglican Church of Canada and only the second within the Anglican Communion. Earlier this year Bishop Kay Goldsworthy was elected as Archbishop of Perth in the Anglican Church of Australia. Archbishops Melissa and Kay are responsible for internal provinces, and so are not primates. There...
  • Tory MPs Call for Gay Couples to be Allowed to Marry in Church

    05/19/2018 4:46:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Premier.org ^ | 5/18/18 | Press Association
    Gay people should be allowed to get married in churches, two Tory MPs have said, amid calls for leadership on the issue from the Archbishop of Canterbury. Senior MP Nigel Evans said he was "clearly a second class Christian, but a first class gay" given he could not get married in a church in England. Former Army officer Bob Stewart, meanwhile, said he was wrong to have voted against equal marriage legislation "because I've seen the joy it's given so many people". Mr Evans said: "I mentioned the royal wedding. A billion people will be tuning in to watch that...
  • Protestants decline, more have no religion in a sharply shifting religious landscape (POLL)

    05/15/2018 11:05:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05/15/2018 | By ALLISON DE JONG
    The nation’s religious makeup has shifted dramatically in the past 15 years, with a sharp drop in the number of Americans who say they’re members of a Protestant denomination – still the nation’s most prevalent religious group – and a rise in the number who profess no religion. On average last year, 36 percent of Americans in ABC News/Washington Post polls identified themselves as members of a Protestant faith, extending a gradual trend down from 50 percent in 2003. That includes an 8-point drop in the number of evangelical white Protestants, an important political group. Reflecting the change among Protestants,...
  • Maine Voices: For me as a chaplain, Planned Parenthood’s name is blessed(BARF ALERT)

    05/14/2018 3:08:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    Press herald ^ | May 11, 2018 | The Rev. Marvin Ellison, Ph.D.Special to the Press Herald
    Mine is a face that patients are sometimes surprised to see at the Planned Parenthood health center in Portland. For the past few years, four other faith leaders and I have served as volunteer chaplains. We’re proud to be part of a highly professional and highly caring health care team. Along with our Planned Parenthood colleagues, we’re committed to showing care and respect for the whole person, including her (or his) physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. As chaplains, we undertake this work not in spite of, but because of our faith and values. There are some who assume that if...
  • Is Jesus Really the Only Way?

    05/14/2018 1:27:44 PM PDT · by HarleyD · 55 replies
    Monergism.com ^ | Unknown | John Hendryx
    Is Jesus really the only way? In an environment of such plurality and diversity this really seems an implausible or even arrogant claim of Christians. When confronted with the exclusive claims of Christianity, the question on many people's minds is how can Christians be so narrow as to believe that all non-Christians will be excluded from heaven? There are plenty of good people who are not Christians. Do Christians think they are better than others? So the question often put to Christians is what about a person, a good person who has been good all their life ... will they...
  • Former Conservative Party Chairman Lord Tebbit Snubs Sunday Services Conducted By... a 'Sodomite'

    05/13/2018 6:03:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 5/12/18 | Jonathon Petre
    * Lord Tebbit is boycotting the cathedral near him in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk* His comments were condemned, with calls for him to be expelled from the party* The 87-year-old Tory grandee is adamant that the canon of St Edmundsbury Cathedral is a 'sodomite' Lord Tebbit has provoked outrage by vowing to boycott services conducted by a gay dean the Tory peer has branded a 'sodomite'. The former Conservative Party chairman has been attending the cathedral near his home in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, for nine years but has told The Mail on Sunday he will no longer go there...
  • ‘Beyoncé Mass’ Adds to Episcopal Cathedral Excess

    05/02/2018 5:27:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | 4/27/18 | Jeffrey H. Walton
    No, it wasn’t a service intended to facilitate worship of music superstar Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, as one Nigerian publication incorrectly reported, but the recent “Beyoncé mass” at San Francisco’s Grace Episcopal Cathedral was predictably over-the-top. According to glowing reports from California media, the gathering themed around the song catalogue of the former Destiny’s Child lead singer attracted approximately 900 participants to the April 25 midweek worship service. The crowd size was far in excess of the Episcopal congregation’s average Sunday attendance, which has dropped from 900 to 600 in the past decade. The Beyoncé mass joins a long list of themed...
  • Archbishop of Liverpool backs Alder Hey hospital in Alfie Evans case

    04/26/2018 10:23:53 AM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    CatholicHerald UK ^ | April 26, 2018 | Staff
    Archbishop Malcolm McMahon said staff had done everything 'humanly possible' for the infant The Archbishop of Liverpool has backed Alder Hey hospital’s handling of the Alfie Evans case, saying doctors have done everything “humanly possible” to help the child. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon was in Rome yesterday where he briefly met Pope Francis. He told the Tablet magazine that had spoken with Pope Francis about Alfie Evans. “I was struck by his compassionate attitude to both Alfie and his parents, and he promised me he is continuing to pray for them,” he said. “I explained to him that the Catholic people...
  • Christian girl set alight for turning down Muslim man’s marriage proposal

    04/22/2018 5:03:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 29 replies
    Pakistan Today ^ | April 20, 2018
    –Sialkot’s Rizwan Gujjar torched Asma using petrol after she refused to renounce her faith and marry himLAHORE: A Christian girl was set ablaze by a Muslim man in Sialkot for “refusing to renounce her faith and marry him”, Pakistan Today has learnt. According to the girl’s father Yaqoob Masih, his 25-year-old daughter Asma used to work as a domestic help at the house of Saeeduz Zaman in Mohalla Pakpura area in Sialkot.“On April 17, my son Maqsood and I went to Zaman’s house around to meet Asma and to inquire after the health of Zaman’s mother. We were sitting in...
  • Boldness[charismatic Caucus]

    04/16/2018 12:14:16 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    You my children are my lightning bolts of boldness, and thunder of my presence as you declare my word for truly I watch over my word to perform it in the glory and majesty of who I AM. Therefore press forward for I have Already conquered the enemy for you by the The Cross. Dissolve the lies of the enemy with my word and declare grace to the mountains for my life is alive in you. • ACTS 17:28 For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your owr.cn poets have said, 'We are...
  • Episcopal Church Prepares to Tighten Screws on Traditional Marriage Proponents

    04/15/2018 11:06:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | 4/9/18 | Jeffrey H. Walton
    Further evidence this week of the continued longevity of Fr. Richard John Neuhaus’ law: “Where orthodoxy is optional, orthodoxy will sooner or later be proscribed.” Officials in a handful of domestic Episcopal Church dioceses which have opted out of the denomination’s same-sex marriage liturgies are warily eying the denomination’s upcoming General Convention and the changes it may bring. Bishops and deputies will gather this July in Austin, Texas for the triennial governing convention. A multi-year process of revising the church’s Book of Common Prayer, last revised in 1979, is widely expected to begin at this gathering. Interestingly, the addition of...
  • Fully 20% Of Americans Now Have No Religious Identity

    04/12/2018 9:13:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/12/2018 | Andrew Malcolm
    And church attendance by Roman Catholics is on the decline again. So, in fact, is the religious affiliation among Americans at large.The drop continues a long trend of declining attendance at mass. In the last three years, an average of only 39 percent of Catholics reported attending church in the past week. That’s down from an average of 45 percent just 10 years ago. And severely off from the mid-1900’s. In 1955, for instance, 75 percent of Catholics reported attending mass during the previous week.On the other side of the aisle, the new Gallup survey found that church attendance...
  • Does Calvinism Offer a Basis for the Assurance of Salvation?

    04/11/2018 8:47:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/11/2018 | Randal Rauser
    Calvinism affirms a doctrine known as the perseverance of the saints according to which the truly regenerated disciple will persist in faith. In the words of the seventeenth-century Puritan William Secker, "Though Christians be not kept altogether from falling, yet they are kept from falling altogether."Calvinists insist that perseverance of the saints is a scriptural doctrine. As Paul says in Philippians 1:6: "he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."In addition, Calvinists have also often argued that perseverance has a clear pastoral advantage in that it grounds our...
  • Sweden's Lund Cathedral to Host First Catholic Mass Since Reformation

    04/09/2018 6:14:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Vatican News ^ | 4/4/18 | Philippa Hitchen
    The decision by the Lutheran Church of Sweden to offer a temporary place of worship to a local Catholic parish reflects the spirit of Pope Francis' visit to the city in 2016 for a joint ecumenical commemoration of the Protestant ReformationThe medieval cathedral in the southern Swedish city of Lund will be the setting for a Catholic celebration of the Eucharist for the first time since the days of the Reformation. The chaplain of the Lutheran cathedral and the Catholic parish of St Thomas announced on Tuesday that the initiative follows on from the historic visit of Pope Francis to...
  • Church of England Goes Cashless for Worshippers’ Contributions

    04/06/2018 5:54:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 4/2/18 | Catherine Pepinster
    LONDON (RNS) — Like the widow offering small coins at the Temple in Luke’s Gospel, Christians have long been encouraged to not only pray but also make a financial contribution at their place of worship. The Church of England has now decided to make their financial transactions easier. Instead of expecting people to rummage for a few coins or bills, it plans to introduce cashless, contactless payments in its 16,000 churches and cathedrals. The payment machines will first be used for funeral fees, wedding notices or even to buy a coffee after the service. Later, people will also be able...
  • Archbishop of Wales Chooses EASTER to Cast Doubt on the Resurrection...

    04/01/2018 6:14:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 3/31/18 | Jonathon Petre
    * The Archbishop of Wales, John Davies, has been accused of ‘sowing confusion’* He said it was ‘terribly hard’ for people to grasp the idea of a bodily resurrection* The Archbishop, 65 was elected in September to head the Church in WalesOne of Britain’s leading Anglican clerics has sparked controversy by casting doubts over the Resurrection of Jesus – just days before Easter. The Archbishop of Wales, John Davies, has been accused of ‘sowing confusion’ over the biblical story that will be celebrated by millions around the world today. Asked in an interview about the New Testament account of Jesus...