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National Cathedral Dean Exits Amid Struggles

August 20, 2015

During Dean Gary Hall’s tenure, the cathedral began charging an admission fee for visitors and announced it was available to rent for corporate events.

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Dean of National Cathedral to Step Down

August 18, 2015

Gary Hall announced he will step down as dean on Dec. 31 – two years early — saying the prominent Episcopal cathedral needs major financial and programmatic changes

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Who are the Planned Parenthood Clergy?

August 10, 2015

Stocked with assorted retired and small-church pastors, the Clergy Advocacy Board presents an image of oldline Protestantism: older, disproportionately concentrated in the Northeast, and almost entirely white.

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IRD: Clergy Praise Planned Parenthood as “God’s Work”

July 31, 2015

“Clergy and churches should defend the vulnerable, not excuse their destruction,” says IRD’s Mark Tooley.

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Liberal Clergy Praise Planned Parenthood ‘Doing God’s Work’

July 30, 2015

A group of UCC, Episcopal and Unitarian clergy do not mention abortion, instead portraying Planned Parenthood as an indispensable provider of “high-quality care” that “does the best of what religious traditions do.”

An Assemblies of God youth convention gathers in West Bend, Wisconsin in 2007. Over the past decade, the Pentecostal denomination has posted significant growth. (Photo credit: Paul M. Walsh/AP)

Study: Diversity in U.S. Churches Varies Greatly

July 28, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. once said that 11 a.m. on a Sunday morning is “the most segregated hour in this nation,” but it appears some religious groups are experiencing more success than others in overcoming this historic separation.

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Mark Tooley in First Things: National Cathedral & Confederate Windows

July 10, 2015

(This piece originally appeared at First Things) The Dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., which is an Episcopal Church institution but serves as a place for national religious pageantry, wants to remove…

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Washington National Cathedral Celebrates Gay Marriage Decision

July 7, 2015

LGBT-affirming churches are openly celebrating the gay marriage decision as a gift from God. What impact will this have on faithful churches in a post-Obergefell v. Hodges world?

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Episcopalians Scuttle Anti-Israel Divestment

July 2, 2015

On the same day that the Mennonite Church USA voted to delay consideration on a divestment proposal, Bishops in the Episcopal Church meeting in Salt Lake City have rejected a similar resolution.

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Book Review: A Plague on Both Their Houses by Christopher Brittain

July 2, 2015

Christopher Craig Brittain’s upcoming book A Plague on Both Their Houses: Liberal vs. Conservative Christians and the Divorce of the Episcopal Church USA ($112, Bloomsbury, July 30, 2015) examines the split of American Anglicans…

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Episcopal Church Enacts Gender-Neutral Marriage

July 1, 2015

The Episcopal Church’s General Convention has authorized a gender-neutral marriage rite that officially brings same-sex marriage to the denomination.