Archives for January 2015

Top Catholics and evangelicals: Gay marriage worse than divorce or cohabitation

“If the truth about marriage can be displaced by social and political pressure operating through the law, other truths can be set aside as well,” say the nearly 50 signers of the statement

MTSO hosts United Methodist Women history conference

MTSO will host a conference May 28-30, 2015, with the theme “United Methodist Women’s History: Voices Lost & Found.”

Early-bird rates for YOUTH 2015 ending + lineup announcements

Youth and youth leaders planning to attend YOUTH 2015, the national gathering for United Methodist youth next June in Orlando, can take advantage of the best possible price for the four-day event by registering before Jan 31.

Training for Multiethnic Church Planting Scheduled in February

The Multiethnic Church Planting Training is designed for church planters, potential planters, church leaders in transitioning neighborhoods and conference leaders.

Boston bombing jury excludes some Catholics

As the quest for a jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial approaches its fourth week, some of the area’s 2 million Roman Catholics are growing frustrated with criteria that effectively disqualify followers of church teachings.

How Franklin Graham transformed a debate about Duke Chapel into a culture war

Franklin Graham’s Facebook fulminations last week about plans to issue the Muslim call to prayer from the bell tower of Duke Chapel transformed what could have been a nuanced campus debate about religious establishment, sacred space, and pluralism into a countrywide fracas that calls to mind 1980s culture wars.

Putting our money where our faith is by divesting from fossil fuels (COMMENTARY)

For Christians, humanity’s failure to care for God’s creation warrants our repentance. This is not just a theological claim but a practical moral imperative when it comes to fossil fuel consumption. American Christians need to repent — and quickly!

GOP abandons anti-abortion bill, angering religious conservatives on Roe anniversary

Abortion opponents marking the huge annual March for Life in Washington on Thursday (Jan. 22) and anticipating legislative gains by a Republican-dominated Congress were thrown into disarray after GOP leaders unexpectedly withdrew an anti-abortion bill that had been seen as a done deal.

Marcus Borg, leading liberal theologian and historical Jesus expert, dies at 72

(RNS) Marcus J. Borg, a prominent liberal theologian and Bible scholar who for a generation helped popularize the intense debates about the historical Jesus and the veracity and meaning of the New Testament, died on Wednesday (Jan. 21). He was 72 and had been suffering from a prolonged illness, friends said. Borg emerged in the 1980s […]

Candler School of Theology announces spring event schedule

Candler continues the yearlong celebration of its 100th birthday with “Prophetic Voices: Confronting Theological Challenges of the Next Century,” an academic conference to be held March 18-20 at the school.