When President Obama named his choices for his administration’s two top medical posts, he chose people of public acclaim whose faith positions may put them out of step with conservative believers—but in tune with White House pragmatism.
Biblical scholar Marcus Borg has been installed as the first canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. Borg, a popular author and lecturer who retired from Oregon State University in 2007, will give public lectures, teach adult courses and occasionally preach.
United Methodists in the U.S. have defeated amendments that would have made church membership open to all Christians regardless of sexual orientation and that would have moved toward allowing the U.S. church to address issues independent of the global United Methodist body.
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has suggested that the Episcopal Church may have to accept a secondary role in the Anglican Communion after voting to allow the ordination of gay bishops and blessings for same-sex unions.