Even though the government is shutdown and political leaders appear to be unable to work together, evangelical leaders say that immigration reform is moving forward.
While the recent government shutdown has slowed the actions of the federal government, highlighted Congress' polarization, and dominated the domestic agenda, Jenny Yang, the Vice President of Advocacy and Policy and World Relief, said that now was still an important time for the church to act.
"Just because the government is shutdown doesn't mean that the work of the church has stopped. In fact, every day that immigration reform doesn't happen, the consequences of inaction are felt throughout all of our communities," said Yang in a press conference on Oct. 9. more >>
The percentage of multicultural Catholic parishes in the U.S. is on the increase, according to research by the Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). The report also indicates that some 29.7 million U.S. residents who self-identify as Hispanic or Latino are estimated to be Catholic, representing about 59 percent of the 50.5 million people of this race in the country.
Membership of Hispanics in the Catholic Church is growing, reaching to 38 percent, according to the study as presented by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Non-Hispanic whites are still the majority at 54 percent of the national Catholic population.
The study, Cultural Diversity in the Catholic Church in the United States, was done to help estimate the size and distribution of Black or African American, Asian American or Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino, and American Indian or Alaskan Native Catholic populations in the United States, as well as the locations of Catholic parishes known to serve these communities. more >>
WASHINGTON - A prominent pollster and youth outreach ministers argue that young people mimic the relational and evangelical focus of the Early Church. They maintain that older generations need to learn from youth and witness to them in new ways rather than attempt to convert them to the older forms of worship.
"The church of tomorrow is not the glass cathedral – it's the living room," John Zogby, founder of the "Zogby Poll" and the Zogby companies, a prominent pollster and best-selling author, told The Christian Post in response to a question at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC.
Zogby, whose book First Globals: Understanding, Managing, & Unleashing the Potential of Our Millennial Generation debuted in June, claimed that young people born between 1979 and 1994, a group referred to as "Millennials" or "First Globals," prefer personal interaction to identifying with institutions. "Millennials are not institutional – they haven't had much of a reason to trust institutions," Zogby argued, noting that institutions do not emerge as young people's heroes. more >>
A lawsuit aimed at guaranteeing ownership of church property by the largest Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation will be tried at the state level rather than federal, ruled a U.S. District Court.
Judge Jane Boyle of Dallas ruled Monday that the Highland Park Presbyterian Church congregation's lawsuit will be held in Texas state court.
Monty Montgomery, an elder and Session-appointed spokesman for Highland Park Presbyterian, told The Christian Post about the reasoning behind Judge Boyle's ruling. more >>
A group loyal to the national Episcopal Church has filed a motion in a South Carolina court to have an injunction that stops them from using a departing diocese's name and seal lifted.
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC) made the motion with regards to the name and marks of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, whose leadership left the national church last year.
A hearing is scheduled for the motion before Circuit Court Judge Diane S. Goodstein on Friday, which will focus on the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) put against TECSC. more >>
The subject of discipleship took center stage on the first day of the Exponential West conference hosted at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., where 2,000 church planting leaders onsite were treated on Tuesday to the first 10 of 27 speakers planned for the 3-day event.
Saddleback's own Pastor Rick Warren led a mid-day session on the topic of making disciples, along with pastors Robert Coleman and Ray Chang. Other speakers on Tuesday included Jim Putman, Derwin Gray, Obed Martinez, Shawn Mitchell, Alan Hirsch, Debra Hirsch, and Larry Osborne.
Warren said that although not always practiced among Christian leaders, being a servant such as the example Jesus Christ set is the key to making good disciples. He pointed out that the term "servant leader" is an unnecessary one. more >>