Since United Church of Christ delegates in July affirmed their support for same-gender marriage, the denomination has lost a total of 16 congregations from nine different regions—close to the number of 20 that officials expected.
“When I went to Washington as the pope’s envoy just before the outbreak of the [Iraq] war, [President Bush] told me, ‘Don’t worry, your eminence. We’ll be quick and do well in Iraq.’ Unfortunately, the facts have demonstrated afterward that things took a different course—not rapid and not favorable. Bush was wrong.” —Retired Cardinal PioLaghi, recalling a conversation with President Bush on March 5, 2003
The Anglican church in Central Africa has rejected the consecration of British priest Nicholas Henderson as bishop of the diocese of Lake Malawi because of his involvement with a group seen as supporting homosexual clergy.
A statement from the Central Africa church in Blantyre, Malawi, said the bishop had been rejected by its court of confirmation “because of lack of sound faith.”
The Southern Baptists’ International Mission Board says it will no longer appoint missionaries who use a “private prayer language”—a controversial practice related to speaking in tongues and previously practiced by IMB president Jerry Rankin.