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This Pastor Self-Immolated To Protest Social Injustice

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion

On June 23 of this year, Rev. Charles Moore stepped out of his car in a shopping mall parking lot in Grand Saline, Texas and set himself on fire. The ...

Defrocked No More, Frank Schaefer Wins Appeal In Methodist Church

AP | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A pastor who presided over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and vowed to perform other gay marriages if asked can return to t...

Gender Neutral and Father's Day

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

With the gradual acceptance of gay and lesbian couples and the enactment of more and more laws permitting same-sex marriages, are we beginning to see the breakdown of the role of both mothers and fathers in the lives of the family?

Will Gay Marriage Split The United Methodist Church?

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Will the United Methodist Church soon have to drop the “United” part of its name? A group of 80 pastors is suggesting that the nation’s...

Hillary Clinton Will Address United Methodist Women

AP | ADAM BEAM | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's faith in God was shaped by her grandmother's hymns and the bedtime prayers from her gruff Navy fathe...

Methodists Drop Gay Wedding Trial Against 80 Year-Old Pastor

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (AP) — A United Methodist bishop on Monday dropped the case against a retired minister accused of breaking church law by officiating his so...

Church Offers Drive-Thru Ash Wednesday Service For Those On The Go

Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion

Too busy to stop by a church this Ash Wednesday? Bethesda United Methodist Church in Sykesville, Md., has come up with an unconventional way to m...

Trial Delayed Indefinitely For Pastor Who Officiated Gay Wedding

Religious News Service | Renee K. Gadoua | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The trial of a retired United Methodist pastor and former Yale Divinity School dean accused of breaking church law by performing a gay wedding h...

Methodist Gay Marriage Debate Hits Court

Religion News Service | Renee K. Gadoua | Posted 10.23.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The United Methodist Church’s highest court gathers for its semiannual meeting in Baltimore on Wednesday, as the denomination confronts a grow...

Methodist Ministers Openly Defy Church Law, Prompt Rulings Review

Religion News Service | Katherine Burgess | Posted 09.26.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Facing a wave of open defiance to church law, the top court of the United Methodist Church is set to consider rulings challenging chu...

Lesbian Minister Sues Church After Being Dismissed For Marrying Wife

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 05.22.2013 | Gay Voices

A lesbian reverend in South Africa is filing a lawsuit after being dismissed by her church after tying the knot with her partner. As ioL News poin...

Idaho Woman Who Allegedly Faked Daughter's Cancer Now Charged With Faking Pregnancy

Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 10.30.2012 | Crime

An Idaho woman already in hot water for falsely claiming her daughter had cancer, allegedly took her deceit a step further by faking a pregnancy for f...

Methodist Clergy Defy Gay Marriage Ban

AP | By DINESH RAMDE | Posted 08.20.2011 | Religion

MILWAUKEE -- A growing number of pastors in the United Methodist Church say they're no longer willing to obey a church rule that prohibits them from o...

Methodists Make Huge Donation To Native American Massacre Memorial Site

Posted 06.27.2011 | Religion

By Chris Herlinger Religion News Service NEW YORK (RNS/ENInews) The United Methodist Church is making good on a pledge to support a learning cente...

What Would Jesus Do (About Malaria)?

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 06.24.2011 | Religion
Rev. Larry Hollon

As a follower of Jesus, I can't help but imagine if he were physically present in Kasumgami today, he would be handing out bed nets and teaching people how to avoid malaria.

Tea Party Leader Wants Methodist Church Disbanded

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the country's most prominent tea party organizations, really seems to despise the Methodist Churc...

Bearing God: Advent from the Eyes of a Pregnant Pastor

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

There was that morning I will never forget, when I stood in the sweet sanctuary. I was at the table before the bread and the wine, saying those ancient Words of Institution, when my belly began shifting around with those smooth oceanic movements.

A Father's Day Remembrance

George Mitrovich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
George Mitrovich

My father taught his children to treat every person with dignity and respect, and to never lose the grace of saying, "Thank you."

A Church of Misfits

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

After years of decline and decay in mainline churches across the country, the vision of revival and renewal is clear.

Ted Turner Joins Christian Groups To Fight Malaria

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Media mogul Ted Turner, who once called Christianity a "religion for losers," announced on Tuesday he was joining forces with two Christian organizati...