Archives for September 2014

Mental illness rarely addressed by churches

Protestant clergy rarely preach about mental illness to their congregations and only one-quarter of congregations have a plan in place to assist families of the mentally ill, a new LifeWay Research survey found.

Wingfield to lead GBHEM Division of Ordained Ministry

The Rev. Myron Wingfield has been named associate general secretary for the General Board of Higher Education’s Division of Ordained Ministry beginning September 29, 2014.

Mission service opportunities through Generation Transformation

With three different mission tracks to choose from, GT offers a program to fit the mission desires of all who wish to serve. “Generation Transformation is for all who are willing to go, and ready to respond to God’s call,” says Rachel deBos, a Mission Interpreter for Global Ministries.

North GA conference announces called Annual Conference session

Bishop B. Michael Watson announces today that he is calling a special Annual Conference session at 10 a.m, Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.

BREAKING: Pope Francis names Spokane bishop to Chicago, dashing conservative hopes

Pope Francis on Saturday will name Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., a prelate closely identified with the Catholic Church’s progressive wing, to be the next archbishop of Chicago, according to news reports and multiple church sources.

Will the Catholic Church change its stand on marriage and divorce?

Pope Francis made headlines this week when he officiated at the weddings of 20 couples, including some who had been living together and a woman who has a daughter from a previous relationship.

The NFL and the church share the same culture of silence on abuse

Too often, it can be easy to assume that some issues are less prevalent in the church. We forget that, as a collective of individuals shaped by the culture at large, sin is indiscriminate in whom it touches.

Yale chaplain’s resignation reflects larger mainline tensions over Israel

When an Episcopal chaplain at Yale University seemed to suggest that Jews were culpable for Israel’s actions against Palestinians and a related rise in global anti-Semitism, his comments not only led to his resignation but rekindled a debate within mainline Protestant churches about how to respond to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Bishops on the Border” addresses immigration

The small book is a Scriptural tour de force with each contributor citing particularly relevant passages regarding strangers and aliens and the welcome God instructs His followers in the Old Testament and Jesus insists His believers offer in the New.

Why same-sex marriage is expected to heat up this election among evangelicals

As more states affirm same-sex marriage, U.S. evangelicals continue to wrestle with homosexuality, setting boundaries for what’s acceptable and what’s not, and setting the stage for a heated fall election season. This week, things got hotter.