A former lesbian candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church has recently announced that she has undergone a "gender transition."
Mary Ann Barclay, a Texas resident who recently garnered headlines for purportedly being barred from ministry over her sexual orientation, announced earlier this week that she was transitioning to "a non-binary person."
"I am so thrilled to share that this past Friday I was able to have 'top surgery' to help me live into my self and my body better. This was, of course, a surgery I have thought about long before coming out as genderqueer," said Barclay, who now abbreviates her first name to M. more >>
A California Roman Catholic diocese that owns the property that once was the Crystal Cathedral has received a $20 million donation for its renovation work.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange announced that an anonymous donor gave $20 million to aid the estimated $113 million renovation of the former Crystal Cathedral.
The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has warned that allowing gay and lesbian couples the same rights to marry as straight couple would be "a grave injustice," ahead of the country's upcoming referendum on marriage in 2015.
"To put any other view of unions on the same level as Christian marriage would be disservice to society rather than a service," Bishop Liam MacDaid said at a news conference, according to Reuters.
"In a same sex union, children would be deprived of what a man and woman can give to children in a stable marriage." more >>
Bishop Eddie Long and his Georgia-based megachurch congregation recently held a rally in support of a local family who recently lost their teenage daughter to a shooting at a bus stop.
Bishop Long and members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church of DeKalb County held a "prayer walk" on Sunday at the scene of the murder of 19-year-old Marcaysia Dawkins.
"#Prayer walk on Sunday with Bishop Eddie L. Long & #ChiefAlexander to the MARTA bus stop just near our church where Marcaysia Dawkins who was 19 years old and a recent high school graduate was murdered on November 23," noted New Birth Missionary on social media. more >>
First Things, a conservative Christian website, published a pledge that pastors can sign saying they will disengage from civil marriage. At the time of this writing 332 pastors have signed the pledge.
There are some praiseworthy items within this pledge, the first being how pastors must bear a clear witness.
"This is a perilous time. Divorce and co-habitation have weakened marriage. We have been too complacent in our responses to these trends. Now marriage is being fundamentally redefined, and we are being tested yet again. If we fail to take clear action, we risk falsifying God's Word." more >>
Pope Francis and several of the world's leading religious leaders joined together in a pledge to end human slavery by 2020, focusing on the tens of millions of people "in chains" due to human trafficking and forced labor.
"The physical, economic, sexual and psychological exploitation of men and women, boys and girls, is chaining tens of millions of persons to inhumanity and humiliation," the pope said and signed the pledge to do "all in our power, within our faith communities and beyond" to end modern slavery by 2020.
The signatories of the declaration included Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury; Rabbi David Rosen, international director of interreligious affairs for the American Jewish Committee; Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi al-Modarresi, an influential Shiite scholar; Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, as well as representatives for Ahmad el-Tayeb, a grand imam from Egypt. more >>