Commemorative activities leading up to the 70th anniversary of the Council of Churches of Cuba (CIC) on May 28, have begun with the honoring of some 40 leaders of the ecumenical movement in the Province of Matanzas, men and women who have served the cause of ecumenism in that region of the country through their witness and service.
Churches in India were called upon to tackle “institutional casteism” at a conference organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in collaboration with Indian churches and groups.
Tova Hartman opens the door to her apartment with a warm smile, speaking softly and casually dressed. With her down-to-earth femininity, she doesn’t exactly look like a rabble-rouser within Orthodox Judaism.
The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation is pleased to announce that the Rev. Mary Margaret “Meg” Flannagan will join their staff June 1 as hymnal marketing manager. In this new position, Meg will oversee all marketing, promotion, and communication related to the forthcoming denominational book of song, slated for a fall 2013 release.
The Rev. Nikki Collins MacMillan went to seminary, not business school. But the past year has felt like a crash course MBA.
The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Rev. Olav Fkyse Tveit, has said the recent agreement reached between two Palestinian movements, Fatah and Hamas, holds not only the hope and promise for a healing process within the Palestinian community but also creates the atmosphere for a seeking “a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Israel/Palestine.”
In a spirit of repentance, the United Methodist Church is making good on a pledge to support a learning center at the Western site of an 1864 massacre of Native Americans led by a Methodist minister.
The nation’s leading advocacy group for victims of clergy sexual abuse is opposing an Oregon Jesuit’s bid to serve as House chaplain, saying he failed to follow up on alleged abuse 25 years ago.
Twenty-four former moderators of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly have written a letter to the church pleading to “move forward as a unified and missional expression of the Body of Christ.”
The letter comes in the wake of the ratification of Amendment 10-A to the PC(USA) constitution, which relaxes the church’s prohibition against the ordination of sexually active gays and lesbians as church officers.
That provision ― G-6.0106b, which requires “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness” ― has been replaced by language calling for candidates for ordination “to submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life” and affirms the responsibility of ordaining bodies to examine each candidate’s fitness for office individually.
While Americans have debated whether Osama bin Laden’s body belongs at the bottom of the Arabian Sea, most agree on the final destination of his soul: in hell.
A new poll released May 11 reports that most Americans (82 percent) believe bin Laden distorted the teachings of Islam to suit his own purposes, and nearly two-thirds (65 percent) agree he will be “eternally punished for his sins in hell.”
Evangelical Christians, at 80 percent, are most convinced bin Laden will spend eternity in hell, according to the poll conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News ...