“I couldn’t pass on the other side of the road like a Levite to preserve a rule. All I saw was love for my son.” — The Rev. Frank Schaefer, who was convicted Monday by other United Methodist clergy for officiating at the wedding for his gay son in 2007, invoking Jesus’ parable of the […]
(RNS) Dallas clergy took to the pulpits on Nov. 24, 1963 to try to make sense of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy just two days before. As they drew their sermons to a close, some would learn that the president's assassin had just been gunned down.
(RNS) A jury of United Methodist pastors began hearing testimony Tuesday (Nov. 19) that will help determine if the Rev. Frank Schaefer will lose his clergy credentials for breaking church law by officiating at the same-sex marriage of his son in 2007. Testimony in the penalty phase of the trial may continue Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (RNS) When I think about the guardian angels who I’ve been told surround me like spiritual body guards, I picture the Angel In Charge looking and sounding a lot like the Grammy-winning singer Mary J. Blige.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Haram As-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary), the most sensitive site in this most sensitive of cities is buffeted by a growing chorus of Israelis demanding their government allow Jewish worshippers access to the site, and thereby reverse decades of political and religious precedent.
(RNS) Church-as-Sunday-morning isn’t working; it probably never worked as much as we wanted. It certainly isn’t what Jesus envisioned. Christians were to share a common life and pray “unceasingly,” not gather occasionally for worship in a large, walled-off space.
A verdict in the case of the United Methodist minister who presided at the wedding of his son to another man. An atheist's guide to "converting" the faithful is flying off the shelves. And Dick Cheney picks a side in his daughters' fight over same-sex marriage.
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