The Permanent Judicial Commission of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies has ruled that John Knox Presbytery did not commit irregularities when it voted in February 2010 to approve for ordination Scott Anderson, a gay man in a long-term committed relationship.
Finally, four of every five youth interviewed believe that a superior being exists, and three-quarters proclaim the existence of God present in their daily lives.
Pope Benedict XVI has denounced violence committed in God’s name, when he addressed around 250 people attending a special meeting of bishops from the Muslim-majority Middle East.
“Men, women and even children of all social classes drank it,” he said. “Its consumption in ancient Israel was encouraged, sanctioned and intimately linked with their religion.”
The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) launched its Web site, www.wcrc.ch, on Oct. 8. The site is designed to share the news of WCRC's 230 member churches representing 80 million Reformed Christians in 108 countries — most in the global south.
Vatican authorities have strongly criticized the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Medicine to Briton Robert Edwards, stating that the scientist’s work on in-vitro fertilization (IVF) does not help in the defense of life.
A majority of Americans — including those who do not practice a particular faith — think students should be able to express their religion in public schools, according to a new poll by the First Amendment Center.
Three-quarters of Americans support student religious speech at public school events. A slight majority of those who don’t practice religion (52 percent) think such expression is appropriate.
In addition, 80 percent of Americans said students should be permitted to pray at events at public schools.
“Clearly most Americans want to keep government out of religion, but they don’t see an expression of faith ...
The General Assembly Mission Council (GAMC) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has approved revised General Assembly Mission Budgets for 2011 and 2012 that incorporate new spending authorized by the recent 219th General Assembly.
The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) took action Oct. 8 to affirm the concept for a new design of the ELCA churchwide organization in 2011, said the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop, in an Oct. 11 announcement to churchwide staff.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, often described as South Africa’s moral compass, officially retired on his 79th birthday saying he wishes to devote time to his wife, Leah, and family.