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An Open Letter to Presbyterian Clergy

Rae Abileah | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Rae Abileah

At the General Assembly we watched Christian clergy and laypeople engaging in dialogue on a very difficult topic -- the Israeli occupation of the West Bank -- with respect, grace and open hearts. It is a true blessing to walk the path of peace with you in solidarity.

Why I Work With Christians To Divest From the Occupation

Rabbi Alissa Wise | Posted 09.22.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Alissa Wise

At first glance, my work as a rabbi may look untraditional. Instead of serving a congregation, I do my rabbinic work by organizing for justice and equality for all the people of Israel and Palestine.

The Religious Right (Side Of History)

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

We talk a lot about the power of the religious right to negatively influence the fate of LGBT civil rights, but we are talking about the wrong religious right there. What LGBT people need now is not more of the religious right.

Mainline Protestant Church Decisions On LGBT Issues Highlight Growing Generational Gaps

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

It will be instructive to see how these American religious bodies navigate the coming sea change on attitudes led by their younger American members toward more inclusive policies.

Presbyterian Boycott Vote a Victory for Human Rights and Justice

Phyllis Bennis | Posted 09.15.2012 | Media
Phyllis Bennis

The mainstream U.S. press wrote quite extensively about last week's Presbyterian campaign for corporate social responsibility. Virtually all the headlines focused on the decision not to divest from corporations profiting from the Israeli occupation.

Targeted Boycotts and Divestments Are Pro-Israel

Michael Zigmond | Posted 09.11.2012 | World
Michael Zigmond

At the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA, the commissioners emphasized the importance of alleviating suffering through the establishment of a just, peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- a profoundly pro-Israeli position.

I'm Not Saying You're Homophobic; I'm Just Saying You're Homophobic

Mark Sandlin | Posted 09.09.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

It is impossible for me to believe that most people who hide behind the Bible or denominational polity haven't had more than ample time to recognize that those two things simply don't support their belief that homosexuality is a sin.

Jaweed Kaleem

Presbyterians Come Out Against Gay Marriage | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 07.06.2012 | Religion

Members of the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination on Friday voted against a proposal that would have created a path to same-sex marriage cerem...

Close Presbyterian Vote on Selective Divestment Shows Likudniks Losing Middle America

Robert Naiman | Posted 09.05.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

The fact that the "American Jewish establishment" could only muster a two-vote majority at the Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly shows what the future holds for the Likudniks if they do not change their policies towards the Palestinians.

Jaweed Kaleem

Presbyterians Take Controversial Stand On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 07.06.2012 | Religion

Members of the largest U.S. Presbyterian denomination rejected a controversial proposal Thursday night to divest millions of dollars of investments in...

Boycott, Divestment And Sanctions Put Allies At Odds

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Jeremy Ben-Ami

I understand that frustration is rising over diplomatic stagnation, and I know that advocates for peace are attracted to tactics like BDS that create the impression of action. But, to date, pursuit of these tactics has promoted little more than debate and division.

Denominations As Mission, Not Like-Minded Membership

Lisa Hickman | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

Amid conflict, naming divisions, dogma and disappointment is all too easy. Perhaps differences of opinion might be kept in check by focusing on the name of our neighbor in need. This is where unity matters. Our naming should be directed to their service.

Jaweed Kaleem

Presbyterians Gear Up For Gay Marriage, Divestment Debates | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.28.2012 | Religion

When thousands of members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) convene in Pittsburgh this week for their denomination's biennial gathering, they will deba...

Presbyterians: Help Prevent Injustice Against Israel

Jonathan_Miller | Posted 08.26.2012 | Religion

This misguided, ineffectual proposal would have only one meaningful ramification -- It would seriously deepen a growing chasm between the church and some of its strongest allies: the Jewish people.

Opening Doors: Katie Ricks Becomes First Out Lesbian To Be Ordained In PCUSA

Todd Clayton | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Todd Clayton

One thing is certain: "the door's open for LBGT people to be ordained, and it's happening."

Out And Ordained

Brett Webb-Mitchell | Posted 05.02.2012 | Religion
Brett Webb-Mitchell

While I was silent, I witnessed the trials of other LGBTQ people and straight allies whose ordination as ministers, deacons or elders were either withheld or defrocked because someone was out of the closet or broke church law by marrying same-sex couples.

Jaweed Kaleem

Major Churches Consider Divesting From Select Businesses In Israel | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.19.2012 | Religion

A major body within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Friday to recommend that the church vote to stop investing in three companies "until they h...

Church Court To Review Rebuke For Performing Gay Marriage

Reuters | Posted 04.18.2012 | Religion

(Adds details from hearing) By Ronnie Cohen SAN ANTONIO, Feb 17 (Reuters) - A lesbian minister rebuked by the U.S. Pres...

My Thoughts On The Fellowship And The Evangelical Covenant Order Of Presbyterians

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 01.25.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

What will prevent ECO from becoming just another Presbyterian denomination burdened by structure and organization? 

Stuff Presbyterian Seminarians Say

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 03.24.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

My friend, Jack Jenkins and seminary student himself, has put together a quick video "Stuff Presbyterian Seminarians Say" to help folks gain a little perspective as they approach ordination exams later this week.

Dear God, I Would Like My Presbyterian Church (USA) Back

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

With recent developments in the PCUSA constitution that now make it possible for openly LGBTQ folks to be ordained into leadership, there has been quite a bit of finger-pointing and blame.

'Non-Peaceful' Activities In Palestinian Territories Prompt Presbyterians To Recommend Divestment

Posted 11.14.2011 | Religion

By Josef Kuhn Religion News Service (RNS) A Presbyterian Church (USA) committee will recommend that the church add heavy equipment giant Caterpill...

Jaweed Kaleem

After Gay Clergy Vote, Presbyterians Talk Defection | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.25.2011 | Religion

Less than four months after the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) made a historic and controversial move to ordain noncelibate, openly gay and lesbian cler...

People Of Faith Rally Against Colombian Free Trade Agreement

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 09.12.2011 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

Free Trade Agreements have set up a system where large agro-business moves into a country, small farmers become devastated, indigenous citizens lose rights and the land becomes ravaged.

What Is the Meaning of July 10th? God's Love is Ascendant Alleluia!

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 09.08.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

This Sunday, a change to the Presbyterian Church's ordination requirements will go into effect that will allow for the ordination of faithful lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members who live openly and honestly about how God made them.