President Barack Obama symbolically demonstrated support for certain transgender political goals this week by announcing his support for bans on conversion therapy for youth and the addition of a gender neutral bathroom in the White House.
In response to a petition posted on a White House website, the Obama administration expressed its support for Sexual Orientation Change Efforts Therapy.
Valerie Jarrett, a senior presidential adviser, wrote in the official response to the petition that President Obama supported such a ban. more >>
Services for Crystal Cathedral founder, the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, will be held in the very iconic sanctuary that his ministry created.
While it's now under the ownership of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and named Christ Cathedral, the large southern California church building will be used for the famous televangelist's funeral.
Carol Schuller-Milner, daughter of the former "Hour of Power" host and head of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, announced the details last weekend. more >>
NEW YORK — Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, creators of "A.D. The Bible Continues," have not shied away from pointing out that their new series includes an "accomplished cast hailing from more than 10 different nations." But that is because the couple has also acknowledged that they "could have done a better job in hiring a diverse cast" for their 2013 ratings blockbuster, "The Bible."
Although "The Bible" series "made strides ... we needed to see more of the diversity of the church," Barbara Williams-Skinner said during a diversity chat on Twitter last week. "For too long religious programming has neither reflected the look of biblical times (nor) the diversity of the church today."
"We made this point to Mark and Roma after ("The Bible"), and quite frankly they listened. I'm glad for that," she added. more >>
NEW YORK — Vincent Regan, whose extensive resume includes roles in more than a few historical and mythological blockbusters, appears in the new "A.D." series as Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who ordered Jesus' crucifixion. The stage and screen star, a former Roman Catholic who identifies as agnostic, breaks down his character and his views on Christ and explains why he is smitten with the pope.
Regan has starred in numerous British television series and a long list of feature films, but is better known for his roles as a man of war in "300" and "Troy."
This time around, the U.K. veteran is all about keeping the peace, albeit still with a sword, in NBC's "A.D. The Bible Continues." more >>
A female archdeacon belonging to the Church of England will soon be promoted to the position of a senior bishop, breaking new ground in the prominence of women in the Church of England.
The Ven. Rachel Treweek, a former speech therapist ordained in 1994, will become the head of the Diocese of Gloucester.
Comedian Larry Wilmore, host of Comedy Central's "The Nightly Show," criticized and poked fun at the actions of pastor Creflo Dollar — who last week asked Christian followers to buy his ministry a new $65 million jet — and other "prosperity gospel" preachers as part of his opening segment on Wednesday night's show.
The former "Daily Show" cast member lampooned Dollar and megachurch pastors who preach the prosperity gospel, suggesting that they've gone too far and are "taking advantage of poor people."
"When exactly did Jesus start a hip-hop label?" asked Wilmore, referencing Dollar's recent effort to have people pay for a $65 million private jet. more >>