Book of Discipline uses "soft words" about homosexuality
Apr 06, 2004
The filing of charges against two Unitarian Universalist ministers who performed same-sex marriages in New York state has drawn mixed reaction from religious leaders. Ministers Kay Greenleaf of Poughkeepsie and Dawn Sangrey of Bedford Hills were charged with misdemeanor counts of “solemnizing marriages without licenses” for performing same-sex weddings for 13 couples March 6 in New Paltz.
The news in early March that all United Methodists could receive a free drug discount card with savings up to 65 percent appeared at first glance to be a bold health-care step by a major denomination in the light of national disputes over how to help the nation’s uninsured.
The Church of England is setting up a church on the Web and is advertising for a Web-pastor to run it. The initiative comes from the diocese of Oxford, using money given by the church commissioners to each of the Church of England’s 44 dioceses to fund pioneering projects that would support the church.
Episcopal church leaders have reacted sharply to what one called an “unauthorized and clandestine” service in Ohio at which five retired conservative U.S. bishops, joined by a bishop from Brazil, confirmed 110 persons without the permission or presence of the diocesan bishop.
Proponents of traditional family values are championing a unanimous California Supreme Court ruling March 11 that halted—at least temporarily—gay marriages in the state. “What the court has done . . . is take a stand against the anarchy that has reigned in San Francisco since February 12,” said James Dobson, chairman of Focus on the Family.