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Do Episcopalians Have a Church Planting Problem?

July 14, 2014

Can oldline Protestant decline be traced to a failure to establish new congregations?

Anglican Archbishop-Elect Foley Beach (L) and outgoing Archbishop Robert Duncan (R) laugh during a presentation by author Eric Metaxas as the 2014 Anglican Church Assembly in Latrobe, PA (photo: ACNA)

Anglicans Welcome New Archbishop

June 28, 2014

Speakers selected to address the Anglican Assembly indicate the direction in which the ACNA is moving: a focus on planting new congregations, advocating for religious freedom, and proclaiming the Gospel to a culture increasingly skeptical of truth claims.

The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, Episcopal Chaplain at Boston University, became the first person who identified as transgender to guest preach at the Washington National Cathedral on Sunday, June 22. (photo: Washington National Cathedral)

National Cathedral “Comes Out” With Transgender Preacher

June 25, 2014

The Episcopal Church’s embrace of transgenderism is part of God’s “project of revelation” according to the first transgender person to preach at the Washington National Cathedral.

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, center, and retired Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco, right, look on during Cordileone's installation Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption. (Photo: CNS/Catholic San Francisco/Dennis Callahan)

Cordileone Defends Marriage March

June 18, 2014

Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore J. Cordileone has responded to a letter from a number of California elected officials, LGBT groups and religious figures asking him not to participate in the June 19 March for Marriage.

Florida Megachurch Pastor Joel Hunter recently participated in an inter-religious dialogue hosted by Iranian clerics. (photo:  Iran Islamic Culture and Relations Organization)

U.S. Evangelical Delegation Dons Clergy Garb, Praises Iran

June 10, 2014

Florida Megachurch Pastor and Obama Spiritual Advisor Joel Hunter is a non-denominational Evangelical, but you wouldn’t know it from conference photos Hunter appeared in alongside six other American clergy and an assortment of Iranian clerics.

Incoming NCC President and General Secretary Jim Winkler (R) opened the council's 2014 Christian Unity Gathering with NCC Chair Dr. A. Roy Medley,  general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA (Photo: National Council of Churches)

New NCC Chief Winkler Kicks off Christian Unity Gathering

May 23, 2014

Seeking to rebound from an extended period of difficulty and reorganization, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) convened this week inaugurating a new structure, president and mission working against mass incarceration and for interreligious relations with a focus on peace.

Retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire Gene Robinson.

Irreconcilable Similarities

May 7, 2014

For all the attention given to marriage in the Episcopal Church, the denomination is facing a precipitous decline in couples entering into holy matrimony. In the past decade, marriages have declined an astounding 45 percent.

Retired Episcopal Church Bishop Gene Robinson (left) sits with White House Advisor Valerie Jarret and the Rev. Al Sharpton (right) at Monday's White House Easter Prayer Breakfast (photo: White House)

White House Easter Prayer Breakfast: Photo Roundup

April 17, 2014

Monday’s Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House included 150 clergy. We’ve compiled a collection of photos from various attendees.

Retired Episcopal Church Bishop Gene Robinson joined MSNBC's Alex Wagner to talk about his closing prayer at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast (photo: MSNBC)

Bishop Gene Robinson Closes White House Breakfast in Prayer

April 16, 2014

Retired Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson was back in the news this week, attending the fifth annual White House Easter prayer breakfast.

Washington, D.C.'s Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church bills itself as the "National Church" of Methodism. As an activist parish heavily involved in promoting same-sex marriage in the UMC, the congregation also recently hosted a seminar denying Christ's unique divinity and bodily resurrection (photo: Jeff Walton/IRD)

DC Methodists Host Resurrection-Denying Seminar on Historical Jesus

April 10, 2014

The historical figure of Jesus was not intended to be the center of worship, rather a sage pointing towards a politically utopian Kingdom of God, according to two lecturers who recently spoke at a prominent United Methodist church in Washington, D.C.

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Facepalm Friday: More Honkings from Wild Goose

March 28, 2014

IRD’s favorite Religious Left gathering plans an “art intervention” to demonstrate energy alternatives and “live in tension against the culture of domination.”

Author and Princeton Religion Professor Elaine Pagels at a 2013 lecture (Photo: Westar Institute)

Virginia Episcopalians Delve into Gnostic Gospel, Historical Jesus

March 21, 2014

The Historical Jesus is an enigma, according to a Princeton University professor and author who spoke on the Gnostic gospel of Thomas to an audience of Virginia Episcopalians March 13-14.