The bishops of the United Methodist Church have unanimously proclaimed that homosexuality is “not a barrier” to church membership, despite a recent church court ruling that allowed a Virginia pastor to keep an openly gay man from joining his congregation.
An acclaimed scholar of American religious history took the helm of a major university last month when NathanO.Hatch was installed as the 13th president of Wake Forest University. Hatch, 59, comes from the University of Notre Dame, where he climbed the ranks from junior faculty member to provost over 30 years.
As U.S. senators and other political leaders pressured the White House for more written evidence of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers’s ideas and beliefs, the Texan attorney who recently served as President Bush’s private counsel withdrew her nomination last month.
Canada’s two largest Protestant denominations say they are satisfied with a decision by the country’s Supreme Court that stipulates how religious groups and the federal government should divide the cost of compensating tens of thousands of native Canadian sex-abuse victims.