Churches across the United States and the globe plan to observe the annual World Communion Sunday, and much of the focus will be on persecuted Christians.
The focus for many will be on the sacrament of Holy Communion and the sense of solidarity it gives among Christendom. This includes remembering those in the Christian faith who suffer persecution for their beliefs, be it in the Middle East, East Asia, or elsewhere.
Rev. C.K. Robertson, canon to the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, told The Christian Post that World Communion Sunday was a way that the Church "recognizes its solidarity with fellow Christians across the globe in our prayers and corporate worship." more >>
The California Catholic Conference filed a complaint Wednesday against the state's mandate that Catholic institutions cover all forms of voluntary direct abortion, including late-term and gender selection, stating that defending the sanctity of life is essential to Catholic beliefs.
"Catholic beliefs about life and human dignity animate and shape our Catholic ministries," said Bishop Robert McElroy, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and chair of the Institutional Concerns Committee of the California Catholic Conference.
"It's why we oppose abortion, but it is also why Catholic schools provide education, Catholic hospitals care for the poor and vulnerable and why Catholic social services provide assistance to people and families in need. It goes to the core of our moral beliefs." more >>
Vandals who've repeatedly smashed pumpkins against the exterior wall of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina, are cutting into the profits the church will donate to local charities from its annual sales.
Angela Viney, the senior warden at the church, told Fox Carolina that the pumpkin patch, which is comprised of 2,900 pumpkins, is a 20 year tradition, and is viewed by hundreds of people in the community every year.
"It's sad that someone would jeopardize what we're trying to do here," Viney said. "So now police are keeping an eye on the pumpkin patch and reviewing surveillance video from church cameras and a nearby bank. So stop and consider what you're doing, not only to a church but also to your community." more >>
Pastor John Pavlovitz recently caused a stir with a blog post entitled "If I Have Gay Children: Four Promises From a Christian Pastor/Parent," in which he issued statements of support for his two children should they be homosexual.
Pavlovitz's four promises are the following: "If I have gay children, you'll all know it. If I have gay children, I'll pray for them, I'll love them, and if I have gay children, most likely; I have gay children." The father of two wanted to write the post in response to hearing stories of children's pain when coming out to their parents. He also wanted to provide a Christian response for those searching for reassurance.
"I wrote the post because I've been in ministry for 18 years and have seen many LGBT people be mistreated and damaged by the Church, and with a lack of decency. I wanted to share a different sentiment from a Christian and pastor," he told The Christian Post. more >>
After three years of worshipping at the East Ridge High School in Woodbury, Minnesota, Eagle Brook Church, the largest church in the state and one of the top 20 largest in the U.S., officially opened its newest campus in Woodbury on Saturday, boasting more space than a football field.
A Pioneer Press report describes the new Eagle Brook Woodbury campus as an imposing two-story structure that is both "massive" and "modern." It sits on a 40-acre lot and has about 70,000 square feet of space – much more than the 57,600 square feet covered by your average football field. A large cross atop the structure also announces the building's business.
"We can't even begin to describe and express the gratitude we feel toward East Ridge High School. This past weekend was the culmination of three years of doing ministry in a school. God accomplished amazing things through our beautiful temporary home, rock star volunteer teams, and the support of top notch staff at East Ridge," the new campus team noted in a post on their Facebook page last Wednesday. more >>
This year's Catalyst Atlanta, with more than 9,000 Christian leaders expected to attend the three-day event beginning Wednesday, is spearheaded for the first time in several years by a new executive director.
Tyler Reagin, who was a pastor at a campus of North Point Community Church took the place of Brad Lomenick a year ago, after first being the organization's creative director. Lomenick remains as a consultant and adviser to the highly popular 14 year old movement and organization.
During a recent interview with The Christian Post, Reagin said that after Catalyst took a year to "brand audit" the organization, there should be some noticeable changes to those attending this week. Mainly, the extended time given for the opportunity to interact with other leaders about what they just heard after many of the sessions and deciding on action steps to be taken home to implement. more >>