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When Tim Schaefer was sixteen years old he was contemplating suicide. Fortunately someone anonymously telephoned his father, Rev. Frank Schaefer, pastor of the local United Methodist church. The caller told him about his son’s state of mind and added that Tim was gay and worried that his parents would reject him.
Washington, DC- Today, bishops of the United Methodist Church (UMC) publicly rebuked a retired colleague who recently conducted a same-sex marriage celebration in Alabama.
Washington, DC—Some evangelical Christian officials are touting “comprehensive immigration reform” like the U.S. Senate recently passed. Many are aggressively quoting the Bible to argue that mass legalization of unlawful immigrants is the Christian way to “welcome the stranger.”
Washington, DC—The Islamist group responsible for over two thousand deaths and an epidemic of church bombings in Nigeria has been formally designated a “foreign terrorist organization” by the U.S. State Department.
On Sat. Oct. 26, United Theological Seminary and the Evangelical Fellowship of West Ohio hosted “Catechesis: Why United Methodists Must Recover their Doctrinal Heritage,” featuring speakers Dr. David F. Watson, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of New Testament at United and Dr. William J. Abraham, Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, TX.
It seems as if the National Security Agency (NSA) is out of control. Every week, thanks to Edward Snowden and his fellow leakers, we learn of new programs to monitor more channels of communication and eavesdrop on more people. Phone calls, emails, Google, Yahoo. When it was just the presidents of Mexico and Brazil whose phones had been tapped, people outside those countries didn’t seem so upset. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel, now that’s a woman we shouldn’t mess with!
Following upon his 2009 New York Times Bestseller—God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It—Jim Wallis, CEO of Sojourners and editor in chief of its magazine by that name, continues his efforts to call all Christians, but especially conservative evangelicals, to join in a common quest to transform America.
As the government shutdown/debt ceiling crisis neared its conclusion last week, the chief Presbyterian Church (USA) lobbyist joined a left-leaning religious coalition in blaming Republicans.
Washington, DC—The Institute on Religion and Democracy will be sending a team to the 2013 Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya this October.
Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson believes he has found the culprit in the current standoff regarding the federal budget and debt ceiling. “The curse of U.S. politics is that it’s become less about interests and more about ideologies,” Samuelson avers. He charges that “ideologies breed moral absolutes, rigid agendas and strong emotions.” Hence the paralysis as the Republican House of Representatives and the Democratic Senate and White House seem unable or unwilling to reach any compromise.