(RNS) — The United Methodist Church's decade-long debate over LGBT clergy and same-sex marriage is heading for a showdown in February that will determine whether the denomination will split up or go forward together.
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(RNS) — The question of homosexuality and the church splits another Protestant group.
(RNS) Evangelicals are divided on whether those excited by the election of Donald Trump can reconcile with those who see him 'representing all of the things Jesus stood against.'
(RNS) The United Methodist Church elected and consecrated the Rev. Karen Oliveto as its first openly LGBT bishop in a move the head of its Council of Bishops says 'raises significant concerns and questions of church polity and unity.'
(RNS) In reality, the bishops did not lead.
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) But delegates on all sides of the issues were hopeful as the conference ended.
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) The church faces increasing pressure in the United States to ordain LGBT clergy and allow same-sex weddings, both strongly opposed by conservatives in this country and among its growing congregations in Africa.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Archbishop Justin Welby said the 85 million-strong Anglican Communion would still be a “family” even if some national churches went their “separate ways.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) At 78, Pope Francis isn't expected to have a lengthy pontificate. So how does he beat the clock to ensure his reforms live on after he does?
When Benedict XVI stunned Catholics by announcing that he would resign, it immediately sparked concerns – which were dismissed just as quickly – that having an ex-pope around could undermine the legitimacy of his successor. Now those fears are...
(RNS) So is a schism, with its echoes of medieval debates and heretics burning at the stake, a realistic possibility? And can an independent Catholic church be successful in the modern world?