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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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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
Jonathan_Miller

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Jaweed Kaleem

Presbyterian Church Will Start Ordaining Gay Clergy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion

An historic change will take place in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Sunday when a measure takes effect allowing openly gay men and women in sam...

Get To Know A Presbyterian

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 08.27.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

I know that for many folks, words like "Presbyterian," "Episcopalian" and "Methodist" have very little meaning. That's why I am part of a project called, "We Are Presbyterian."

My Time At The Human Rights Campaign's 2011 Clergy Call

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 06.06.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

A few weeks ago, I was invited to be part of a press conference at the Human Rights Campaign's 2011 Clergy Call in Washington, DC. Every two years HR...

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?"

Pastoral Transitions In A Social Media World

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 06.01.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

May 31, 2011 marked my final day as the pastor of Mission Bay Community Church and this post will be the last time, for a while, that I'll focus on my...

Gay Pastors, Female Clergy And The Gospel

Christopher Cocca | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

For too long, many Christians have used spot-checks in Scripture to exclude groups from the radical equality and freedom before God that serve as the base of Jesus' Gospel message.

My Hopes As Presbyterians Vote For Inclusion

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

This has always been about homosexuality and whether or not we will recognize LGBT folks as being called into ordained leadership in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

The Moral Awakening of Mainstream Christianity

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 07.10.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

As a minister put on trial by my church for marrying a same-gender couple, I have felt called by God to open up a heartfelt dialogue with those conflicted about or opposed to inclusion.

Jaweed Kaleem

In Historic Shift, Presbyterian Church Will Allow Gay Clergy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) passed a historic measure Tuesday evening allowing openly gay men and women in same-sex relationships to be ordained ...

The Big Sort Of The Presbyterian Church

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

We may disagree on theology, politics and baseball, but I have little doubt that there is a genuine yearning to be faithful to God's call on our lives.

The Bible Supports Same-Gender Marriage

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

Progressives of faith need not flee from the Bible in order to stand up for the beauty, truth and goodness of love. God is giving us this job to do. We sin when we shirk it.