At its previous churchwide assembly in 2009, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America decided to allow ordination of gay clergy, closing a controversial chapter on gay rights even as U.S. society remained divided over same-sex marriage and at loggerheads over economic and political issues.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans consider religious freedom a cornerstone of
society, but fall short in their tolerance of Muslims, according to a
poll released Tuesday (Sept. 6) that probes Americans' attitudes toward
immigrants and the nation's safety 10 years after 9/11.
NEW YORK (RNS) Convincing the famously stubborn Mayor Michael Bloomberg
to change his mind could require a minor miracle, but critics hope
enough pressure will convince Bloomberg to allow clergy to speak Sunday
at ceremonies to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Moscow, September 2 (ENInews)--The patriarchs of three ancient Orthodox
Christian churches met from 1-2 September in Istanbul to discuss the
situation of Christian minorities in the Middle East, and perhaps an even more
prickly topic -- the move toward a historic pan-Orthodox council -- removing
major stumbling blocks to what would be the first such gathering in centuries.
(RNS) The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph could have
put children in jeopardy when it failed to follow guidelines for
reporting clergy sexual abuse, according to a report commissioned by the
CLEVELAND (RNS) They call themselves "Roamin' Catholics," traveling from
church to church, looking for a new place to worship since Cleveland's
oldest black Catholic church was shut down more than a year ago.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is donating
$25,000 to help repair the Washington National Cathedral, which
sustained millions of dollars in damage in the earthquake that rocked
the East Coast on Aug. 23.
(RNS) Mitch Mayne is not the first openly gay person to hold a key
leadership post within the all-volunteer clergy of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints, but he may be the first to announce it from
(RNS) In recent weeks, an arcane and scary-sounding religious term has
crept into the lexicon of the 2012 campaign, tripping from the tongue of
everyone from MSNBC broadcaster Rachel Maddow to conservative Christian
leader Ralph Reed.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican took a swipe at new sex education classes
in New York City schools on Wednesday (Aug. 31), saying teaching middle
school students how to use a condom is "useless, and even harmful."