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These Are The Religious Denominations That Ordain Women

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.26.2014 | Religion

The stained glass ceiling is proving hard to crack--but women are refusing to give up. Although studies have shown that women are more religious ...

7 Reasons Not to Freak Out About Protestant Mainline Decline

Derek Penwell | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Year-over-year, our loss of Total and Participating Membership sits close to 20 percent, but that our Average Worship Attendance is only a little over 4 percent. That is a shocking loss to absorb in a single year.

First Openly Gay Lutheran Bishop Elected

Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion

Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin was elected Bishop of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Church in America (ELCA) on May 31st, 2013 during the synod...

Local Groups Anywhere Make a Difference Everywhere

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

We are connected. We need each other everywhere to work towards and sustain cultures of nonviolence.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Shields Church From Minister's Lawsuit

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Employees of religious organizations whose job duties reflect "a role in conveying the Church's message and carrying out its mission" ar...

Ohio Pastor Elected To Lead Breakaway Lutheran Church

Posted 10.15.2011 | Religion

By Jack Jenkins Religion News Service (RNS) Members of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) have elected an Ohio pastor as their new head bis...

The Ordination Of Women And The High Calling Of Dissent

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 11.07.2011 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

"How can we as men say our call from God is authentic, but your call as women is not? Who are we to reject God's call of women to the priesthood?"

German Church Allows Gay Pastors To Live With Partners

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Niels Sorrells Religion News Service BERLIN (RNS) Gay and lesbian Lutheran ministers in the conservative German state of Bavaria may live with their ...

Conservative Evangelical Splinter Group Forms To Oppose Gay Clergy, Gay Marriage

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

GROVE CITY, Ohio — Critics of the country's largest Lutheran denomination and its more open stance toward gay clergy formed a new Lutheran churc...

Conservative Lutherans Leave To Form New Denomination

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Chris Herlinger Religion News Service (RNS/ENInews) Conservative Lutherans are forming a new church body they say will "uphold confessional princ...

Tanzania Lutherans Reject Aid From 'Pro-Gay Marriage' Churches

Religion News Service | By Fredrick Nzwili and Kevin Eckstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Fredrick Nzwili and Kevin Eckstrom Religion News Service NAIROBI (RNS/ENI) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania says it will not accept mon...

Gay Pastors Reinstated: Rev. Bradley Schmeling And Partner Return To Clergy Roster

AP | KATE BRUMBACK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

ATLANTA — A gay Atlanta pastor and his partner who have been at the center of a battle over the treatment of gay clergy by the nation's largest Luth...

Lutherans 'Deeply Concerned' Over Publisher Lawsuit

Religion News Service | By Daniel Burke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America says it is "deeply concerned" for the welfare of employees who...