Earlier today, Office of Public Witness Director, J. Herbert Nelson, published an editorial, Discrimination in the Name of Jesus: How “religious liberty” is becoming Discrimination by Another Name, that he co-authored with the Reverend James C.
2013 International Women’s Day march Last year, along with my mom, eldest daughter and her friend, had the privilege of attending the 57th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York City.
“Leave safety behind. Put your body on the line. Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind–even if your voice shakes. When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say.
In order to understand the conflict dynamics of the Presbyterian system of church polity and governance, it is first necessary to examine the way in which the constituent members of this socio-ecclesial unit developed. Specifically, we must explore the adaptive and evolutionary pressures that shaped the genetic precursor of all modern Presbyterians: The Scotsman.
“WCRC joins Presbyterian advocates for women at UN Commission on the Status of Women (WCRC joins Presbyterian advocates for women at UN Commission on the Status of Women http://t.co/dIjg2M3DAf #PCUSA)...”
“The Bishop didn't just drop the charges against Ogletree. He turned them into a huge brass bell he used to ring what will likely be remembered as the death knell of the anti-gay policy of the largest mainline Christian denomination in the world.”
(RNS) The resolution of the Rev. Thomas Ogletree’s case highlights an emerging dynamic that allows some pastors to skirt rules banning clergy from performing same-sex wedding, while others risk costly church trials and the loss of clergy credentials.
Southerners are evenly divided about the freedom to marry, a new study from the Public Religion Research Institute reveals, with 48% in favor of same-gender marriage and 48% who oppose (Compare: Northeast – 60%, West – 58%, Midwest – 51%).
Rev. Thomas Ogletree, an 80-year-old Methodist minister, was going to face a church trial this week for presiding over the marriage of his son, Thomas, to Nicholas Haddad in October of 2012. Instead, on Monday, March 10th, New York area bishop Martin D. McLee dismissed the charges unconditionally, rocking the Methodist church.
Building on image-based social media platforms like Instagram and Tumblr that have gained popularity in recent years, OGA started a “Spirit of GA” Facebook page. Through photo and video postings of the people, sights and sounds that make up an Assembly, the Facebook page is one way of inviting people to this year’s Assembly, meeting in Detroit June 14-21.
“The idea was to lead people into GA in a creative and innovative way,” said the Rev. Toya Richards Jackson, OGA’s associate for communications and assistant stated clerk. “It’s a place to feature the people and the personalities that make up the spirit of the General Assembly meeting.
“(RNS) The Falls Church, a landmark building in downtown Falls Church, Va., was one of several Episcopal congregations that left the denomination over theological differences, many stemming from the 2003 consecration of an openly gay bishop.”
The father of the shooter behind the Sandy Hook killings said what his son did couldn't "get any more evil." Arab countries are banning the film "Noah." Ultra-Orthodox protested Israel's new military draft proposal.
This past week saw the endorsement of a third candidate to stand for the Moderator of the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as Mission Presbytery endorsed Teaching Elder Kelly Allen of San Antonio.
A woman of strong faith, she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church since 1954 and was named an honorary life member by The Presbyterian Women. She was involved in many historical organizations including the Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Society Magna Carta Dames, the Jamestown Society, the North Carolina Society of Southern Dames and the Ann Marwood Durant Chapter Colonial Dames XVII Century, which was named for one of her ancestors.