Adopting a federal program criticized strongly by some liberals, Senator Barack Obama says he would expand and improve President Bush’s initiative to fund religious charities and community ministries and make it central to his administration should he reach the White House.
Unitarian Universalists ended their annual General Assembly in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, last month with a call to oppose ballot measures in Florida and California that would outlaw same-sex marriages. Delegates also called for an end to what they called the “present-day slavery” of undocumented immigrants. Immigrant rights took center stage during the five-day meeting that ended June 29.
Church leaders in Canada hope that action will follow a public apology by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to victims of a policy whereby aboriginal children were placed in residential schools run by churches under a government policy of enforced assimilation.
Episcopal bishop V. Gene Robinson and his longtime male partner, Mark Andrew, were joined in a civil union June 7 in New Hampshire. The civil ceremony was held in the narthex of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Concord, said Mike Barwell, a spokesperson for Robinson. A religious thanksgiving service at the church followed five years to the day after Robinson was elected inside St.