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

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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.

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.

On 9/11 anniversary, a survivor seeks a National Day of Discussion

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If we can’t figure out a way to profit from the most significant events on our nation’s calendar, we seem destined to neglect them. We have lost sight of why these events are significant — the extraordinary actions of courageous Americans, and the important lessons from their lives that should inspire future generations.

Dr. Bill McElvaney, social justice crusader, dies


Dr. Bill McElvaney, one of North Texas’ most revered retired pastors, died August 24, 2014.

Denominational restructuring won’t work; local churches must innovate


In an earnest 3,000-word letter to the church, the Episcopal task force acknowledged that “innovation and adaptation” are already under way at local levels, where the church’s fortunes actually are shaped. “With or without” action by churchwide bodies, the new is breaking in.

UMC Street View: FUMC of Hartford, AL offers community tutoring

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Hartford First United Methodist is moving a tutoring program from its campus into the community hoping to make it more accessible beyond its own membership.

United Methodists work to reverse Scout losses

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Churches with members who don’t look like their neighborhood can change that through scouting,” said Gil Hanke, top staff executive of the commission.

Christian group sanctioned at two dozen college campuses


A well-established international Christian student group is being denied recognition at almost two dozen California college campuses because it requires leaders to adhere to Christian beliefs, effectively closing its leadership ranks to non-Christians and gays.