Higher power: Bill Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, was a gifted, largely self-taught man. Without a college degree, he scored well on a complex test administered by inventor Thomas Edison. But when Edison offered him a job, Wilson didn’t even respond. Instead, he launched into what was then virgin territory—stock market analysis.
ParkerWilliamson, a conservative gadfly as CEO of the Presbyterian Lay Committee and editor in chief of its publication, the Layman, says he will appeal the invalidation of his ministry by the Presbytery of Western North Carolina.
A minister in the Church of the Brethren whose ordination was invalidated because he is openly gay said he will leave the denomination and be ordained in the United Church of Christ. Matthew Smucker of Kalamazoo, Michigan, said he is “physically drained” by the controversy involved in being the first openly gay minister in the 135,000-member church.
Organizers of a daringly broad coalition of evangelical, Catholic, mainline Protestant and Orthodox Christians say they expect the organization will finalize its formation in May 2005—the first time this variety of U.S. Christians will have joined in a meaningful structure to express a common witness.
Woman's Missionary Union breaks ranks with SBC leaders
Feb 10, 2004
The leadership of the Woman’s Missionary Union, the 1-million-member women’s auxiliary to the Southern Baptist Convention, has voiced support of the Baptist World Alliance, breaking ranks with SBC leaders who want to sever their ties with the worldwide organization.