Prominent Evangelical and Catholic groups jointly warned that a proposed Department of Health and Human Services rule regarding abortion, gender identity and gay marriage could erode religious liberty.
The National Association of Evangelicals, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Family Research Council, World Vision and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other religious groups jointly submitted comments last week expressing concern that religious groups could be required to engage in actions contrary to their beliefs about abortion, gender identity or gay marriage.
Religious organizations could, for instance, be required to provide abortion referrals or coverage, pay for health costs related to gender transition, or hire, or not fire, someone in a same-sex relationship, even if those actions are antithetical to their beliefs. more >>
Jesus Christ is coming soon.
That's not the message of a religious tract or televangelist.
It's a warning from former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann who has called for an intensified effort to convert Jews to Christianity in time for the return of Christ. more >>
Children in religious homes are more punitive and less generous than their non-religious peers, claims a new study published in the journal Current Biology, saying they found no basis for the popular assumption that children from religious households are more altruistic and kind toward others.
"Our findings robustly demonstrate that children from households identifying as either of the two major world religions (Christianity and Islam) were less altruistic than children from non-religious households," state researches involved in the study, "Negative Association Between Religiousness and Children's Altruism Across the World."
"Moreover, the negative relation between religiousness and spirituality and altruism changes across age, with those children with longer experience of religion in the household exhibiting the greatest negative relations," adds the study, which involved about 1,200 children, aged between 5 and 12, in the U.S., Canada, China, Jordan, Turkey and South Africa. Roughly a quarter of these children identified themselves as Christian. more >>
The lead pastor of a United Church of Christ in Massachusetts describes what happened when a Christian man disrupted its annual "Drag Gospel Festival" event held to raise money for assisting LGBT asylum seekers in the U.S. and whose promotional poster carried a 12th century icon of Jesus Christ "digitally enhanced" with makeup and earrings.
The festival, as this church describes, is "a Mardi Gras atmosphere, a chance to bend gender, which society is beginning to understand is so far beyond binary, and a chance for children and adults to be who they really are from the inside out." The church's website says: "God is GOOD all the time! That means God is a DIVA… and girl… Jesus is FIERCE!"
The Frankford Presbyterian Church has changed its membership from the Missouri Union Presbytery (PCUSA) to the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, which has more than 200 congregations across the United States, due to the beliefs of the congregation.
The Frankford church, which had applied for membership in the ECO denomination in June, was released by the Missouri Union Presbytery last week.
"With this move, Frankford joins the First Presbyterian Church of Hannibal and the Bonhomme Presbyterian Church in Chesterfield, St. Louis County, as ECO congregations in Eastern Missouri," reports Hannibal Courier-Post. more >>
Leaders of the nation's two largest Baptist denominations gathered in Mississippi for a summit centered on racial unity and reconciliation.
Sponsored by Mission Mississippi, the Wednesday event featured Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd and National Baptist Convention, USA President Jerry Young.