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UMC Court Rules Against Lesbian Bishop

This binding ruling clarifies several matters in United Methodist church law: Because of church standards only recognizing monogamous, heterosexual marriage and disapproving of sexual relations outside of it (Paragraphs 161B, 161F, 310.2d, and 2702.1b of the UMC's governing Book of Discipline), which UMC clergy must vow to uphold, any "partnered homosexual ... does not meet the minimum standards" for ordination, and a minister found to be "openly homosexual and partnered" cannot be made bishop.

Former Muslim Nonie Darwish's Crusade Against Islam

Comparing her 30 years in Egypt with her life after immigrating to the United States in 1978, Darwish notes recent efforts to replace the term "Judeo-Christian" with "Abrahamic.

There Will Be No Religious Left

The first and perhaps most significant reason for skepticism is that there are far fewer religious liberals today than there were a generation ago. Nearly four in 10 (38 percent) liberals are religiously unaffiliated today, more than double the percentage of the 1990s, according to data from the General Social Survey. In part, the liberal mass migration away from religion was a reaction to the rise of the Christian right.

LAGOS: GAFCON Primates Will Consecrate Missionary Bishop in England

"During our meeting, we considered how best to respond to the voice of faithful Anglicans in some parts of the Global North who are in need of biblically faithful episcopal leadership. Of immediate concern is the reality that on 8th June 2017 the Scottish Episcopal Church is likely to formalize their rejection of Jesus' teaching on marriage. If this were to happen, faithful Anglicans in Scotland will need appropriate
pastoral care.

'Worshipping the equality-god is a dangerous thing to do....'

Gangland culture knows all about the significance of looking. "Who are you looking act", like so many challenges isn't the question it pretends to be. The person asking the question knows very well who is being looked at. The real question is "who the **** do you think you are- looking at me straight in the eyes when you should be lowering them as a sign that you are inferior to me."

England faces possibility of GAFCON Bishop * Welby's stance on Homosexuality ripped by Nigerian Primate * Truro Anglican Church Cuts Deal with TEC Bishop * Bruno Disciplinary Trial Bishops asked to find Compromise * Wales gets new Woman Bishop * More...

Only 20 percent of Americans have read the Bible in its entirety. A new survey also found that most Americans have positive feelings toward it and would describe it as a "good source of morals." LifeWay Research revealed that 10 percent of respondents read none of the Bible, 13 percent said they read only a few sentences, 30 percent said they knew of several passages or stories, 15 percent read at least half the Bible, and 12 percent read almost all of it. Overall, only 20 percent of the respondent said they read the entire Bible. -- Stoyan Zaimov in the Christian Post

Parents are using a "dubious interpretation of human right legislation" to pull students out of the classes

He said that parents are using a "dubious interpretation of human right legislation" to pull students out of the classes, warning that such actions create a "dangerous" precedent.

Mr Holloway, who taught at comprehensive schools in Essex and Wiltshire before taking up his current post in the C of E's education office, said that the right to withdraw children from RE lessons risks being hijacked by those who want to "incite religious hatred".

Attorneys urge Bishop Bruno disciplinary panel to move in opposite directions

The misconduct allegations, initially brought by the members of St. James, stem from Bruno's unsuccessful 2015 attempt to sell the church in Newport Beach to a condominium developer for $15 million in cash.

St. James was one of four properties that the diocese spent close to $10 million in litigation to recover from disaffiliated Episcopalians who broke with the Church over its policies on women's ordination and the full inclusion of LGBTQI members in the life of the church, including ordained ministry.

Diocese of Minnesota sells diocesan office to Native America tribe

I am truly sorry for all those inspiring dreams that we were not able to accomplish together. In the midst of that, I am also truly grateful for all those who have worked hard to be good stewards of 1730 Clifton Place. And at the end of the day, as we are once again reminded in this Easter season, we are resurrection people. Because of this, I believe new life always finds a way to come forth.

Making Christ-followers of all nations--it's the main thing

In a workshop, I had an opportunity to share some thoughts about how the Anglican Communion can structure itself to both fulfill Christ's Great Commission to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:16-20), and at the same time reaffirm the Bible over and against false teaching by Anglican leaders (mostly in the West) who are leading people away from Christ.

Truro parish to form School of Peace and Reconciliation in defiance of bishop and ACNA Archbishop

"In this Easter season of rebirth and renewal, Truro Anglican Church is pleased to announce a new ministry of peace making and reconciliation called the Truro Institute: A School of Peace and Reconciliation. The Institute represents the continued fulfillment of God's work at Truro over many decades and is consistent with our congregational history and DNA.

Anglican Church names Nigerian bishop, the first African in 2 decades

Dorgu joins Ugandan John Sentamu, currently the archbishop of York, who is the only other black bishop. He is the second most powerful leader of the church and was consecrated as bishop of Stephney 20 years ago.

He is much involved in the life of the Church Primary School in the parish where he has been Chair of Governors and supports staff and pupils. He is married to Mosun who is a Consultant Child Psychiatrist.

Elevation of the Blessed Asparagus: a Church of England pantomime

England might be a major producer of asparagus, and the Vale of Evesham might be hosting the world famous Asparagus Festival, but where exactly does this stop? Would the Church of England permit a man dressed up as a baked bean to process behind a Heinz tin of the things, and sanctify the mummery with a facade of thanksgiving? And why only adoration of asparagus? Where's the sprout liturgy, or equality for mushrooms? Would the Dean really permit a walking fungus to participate in an act of divine worship?

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? - 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

There is more for Christ to do that has consequences for each one of us and the whole of creation. Christ is described as the "first fruits of those who have fallen asleep." The first fruits were the first sheaf of the harvest which was brought to the temple and offered to God. The first fruits were a sign of the harvest to come. What was true for Christ would be true for those who follow him. Jesus is the forerunner of all those who have died in Christ and will die in the future.

TRURO, VA: Truro Anglican Church Announces Property Reconciliation with TEC Diocese of Virginia

However, ACNA Archbishop Foley Beach blasted the idea, saying that the TEC diocese was not an "appropriate partner" for such a project because their leadership continues to promote teaching and practices contrary to Scripture --teaching that, if followed, would keep people from an eternal inheritance in the Kingdom of God.

Church of Ireland set to vote on Pastoral Acceptance of Same-Sex Unions

The synod could not have been any clearer on the teaching of the Church of Ireland in relation to Human Sexuality and Marriage. Five years later what has changed? We have had a 'listening process' in the intervening period. However, in that period the Republic of Ireland has passed legislation allowing same-sex marriage whereas the Northern Ireland assembly, through motions of concern, blocked the same legislation being passed. This leaves the Church of Ireland in an awkward situation because it is an all Ireland church.

Reformation Anglicanism: A Vision for Today's Global Communion

It could not be more timely. Anglicanism, as it has been practiced in recent years, has been fraught with 'heresies distressed' and the doctrinal and moral wars fought has left the battlefield littered with corpses. The wounded still walk amongst us.

The Anglican ship of state continues to roil but it also continues to move steadily forward, at times listing, but then righting itself and growing as new Anglican beacons are lit to show us the way and reveal to us that all is not lost.

African and Asian church leaders threaten to 'plant' a bishop in Britain to defy Welby on gay Christians

The move represents a highly provocative challenge for Archbishop Welby, who softened his stance on homosexuality in February

Archbishop Welby alarmed conservatives in February by issuing a letter softening his stance on homosexuality. In the letter, written with his counterpart in York, John Sentamu, he called for a 'radical new inclusion' for gays and a '21st Century understanding' of sexuality -- apparently paving the way for the first formal services to celebrate gay couples.

The welfare state has a lot to answer for

I was the youth speaker. I was asked to address the second generation. The kids were Brits--born, bred, buttered and jammed in the UK. I was preaching to a sea of young brown faces speaking in a Babel of British accents. Some of them were even saying "innit" and "yoof!" Then, after my first session at the coffee break, I heard the two magic words: welfare state. The parents of these "yoof" mobbed me and began pleading with me. 'Achan, (Father) in your talks, please tell our children to work hard and study hard and get a good education.

Canon Lawrence D. Bausch to Lead Forward in Faith North America

Canon Bausch resigned from the ministry of the Episcopal Church in September 2006, and was received as a priest in good standing in the Diocese of Argentina, in the Anglican Province of the Iglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur de America.

VOL interviewed Canon Bausch as part of the ongoing realignment both in North America and the wider Anglican Communion and we asked him how he saw the future of FIFNA, its goals and aspirations within the Anglican Communion.

VOL: Canon Bausch, how do you understand your mission in these post-TEC, new ACNA days?

The Three-Dimensional Ministry of the Lord Jesus

The range of Jesus' salvific service to humanity is from eternity to eternity. We gasp with awe at the extent of His mercy that commits Him to our rescue from alienation from God to reclamation to God. The mind of the Triune God apart from all else was fixated on restoring fallen man to fellowship with Himself. In some hugely major way, this plan of deliverance was a means of God's disclosure of His excellence to the full assembly of creation, every citizen of earth of all time, every denizen of heaven, every corner of the cosmos. The Lord is not in need of our applause.

Former Queen's Chaplain Refutes British MPs liberal response to Belief in the Resurrection

"But the article nonetheless was unworthy of a clever man, an honourable public servant and a kind Christian.

"It contained some poor arguments and poor analysis.

"Why does it matter in particular if Michael Gove got things wrong?

AUSTIN, TX: Episcopal Church to Develop Downtown Block

The filing by KBGE is the first real news we've heard regarding the site -- which was purchased by the Episcopal Church in 2009 -- since 2015, and development has seemingly been in limbo for years beyond that. We're still unsure of the project's developer, but details will inevitably emerge as filings for the site continue.

Bishop of Oxford's St Ebbe's Sermon Epitomizes Relational Dilemma for Reformed Anglicans

It would be quite wrong to impugn the Christian sincerity of Dr Croft's desire to serve God's Church. His sermon was most edifying, biblically faithful and Christ-honouring. Lord willing, he will do a lot of good in Oxford Diocese.

What Makes Your Church Your Church?

Miller covers the process his church underwent in determining their church's story and how they could use this new space to convey their mission, vision, and values. His church's building project helped him discern three key elements that must be considered to clearly communicate your church's unique story within its physical space.

1. Loves


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