What started as just another church assembly turned into a historic one for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, as members elected Elizabeth Eaton the denomination’s first female presiding bishop.
(RNS) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on Wednesday (Aug. 14) elected the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton as the denomination’s first female presiding bishop. Eaton received 600 votes against incumbent Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, who received 287.
Jonathan Eshiloni Mumena will eagerly tell you about his ivory Star of David ring and the Texas flag on his tie. But Mumena’s real passion has recently turned to advocacy for adult circumcision to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
The Obama administration has issued final rules for religious groups for its controversial contraception mandate, maintaining its position on who qualifies for religious exemption and allowing no carve-outs for private business owners.
Bishops in the Church of England, who had strenuously opposed a bid to allow same-sex marriage, have signaled that they won’t try to derail the bill after it received an overwhelming vote of support in the House of Lords.
Church of England spokesman Steve Jenkins said that England will eventually allow same-sex marriage.
Despite repeated requests from religious leaders and antiabortion activists, city officials in Philadelphia plan to cremate and bury the 47 bodies recovered from the office of abortion provider Kermit Gosnell.
In May, Gosnell was convicted on three counts of first-degree murder. He waived his right to appeal but has 30 days to reconsider his decision.
Do Republicans have an evangelical problem in a party that’s been both derided and heralded as God’s Official Party?
The vast majority of evangelicals have voted with the GOP in recent elections. In fact, despite some qualms about Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith, 79 percent of evangelicals voted for the Republican nominee in 2012, the same percentage that voted for George W. Bush in 2004.
President Obama formally extended his ear to evangelicals ahead of
the 2012 election, meeting with top leaders of the National Association
of Evangelicals in the White House for about 30 minutes in mid-October.