The Very Rev Dr Jonathan Draper, the Dean of Exeter Cathedral in the U.K., said that he is embarrassed by Christians who voted for Britain to leave the European Union in last week's referendum, though later he apologized for also suggesting voters are "stupid."
The Express&Echo noted that Draper made a series of comments on social media following the referendum, expressing his disappointment with the results, in which 52 to 48 percent of U.K. citizens voted to sever ties with the EU by 2019.
Draper responded to a poll suggesting that Christians were more likely to vote for Leave than other religious groups by tweeting: "As a Christian I am embarrassed and apologise." more >>
A Pennsylvania megachurch's congregation voted overwhelmingly Sunday to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over theological differences on homosexuality and gay marriage.
About three-quarters of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem approved the measure yesterday that involved leaving PC(USA) for the more theologically conservative Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians.
In a Facebook post to their official page, FPC Bethlehem noted that the measure to seek dismissal passed with 76.5 percent of the 1,048 voting members present approving it. more >>
A week after she skipped the White House United States of Women summit to comfort survivors of the shooting in Orlando, Betty Deas Clark, the first woman pastor appointed to the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine people were gunned down last June, has been reassigned.
Multiple sources confirmed to The Post and Courier on Tuesday that Bishop Richard Franklin Norris, who assigned Clark to Emanuel AME on Jan. 23, reassigned her to Bethel AME Church in Georgetown earlier in the day after just five months on the job. The sources did not elaborate on why she was being moved.
The PC(USA) Presbytery of Lehigh filed a lawsuit earlier this week asking a judge to prohibit the 2,600-member First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, from leaving the denomination.
"The countersuits by the Lehigh Presbytery were joined by 22 members of the 140-year-old Center Street Church, the largest Presbyterian congregation in the Lehigh Valley," reported The Morning Call.
"It came as church leaders have scheduled a congregational meeting Sunday to vote on whether to immediately separate from the denomination, according to the filings." more >>
A 19-year-old teen died after being severely beaten for more than 14 hours in two days at the hands of his father and other Word of Life Christian Church members.
The teen, along with his younger brother, was reportedly punished after it was revealed that they had plans to leave the church. The father has pleaded guilty for taking part in the physical assault and will testify against others that were accused.
Nathan Ames, former Word of Life Christian Church member, told People Magazine, "Normal churches are not like this. This is not what a real church is. It's sad that people see this and think that's what church is. I think it's a cult simply because mind control was used, and because the Irwins made claims that they were the only way to heaven. People believed that." more >>
In a gathering with 900 evangelical pastors and leaders Tuesday, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump promised that he would protect the political speech and religious freedom of pastors and clergy by repealing a longstanding ban on church and nonprofit politicking.
As many evangelical leaders have remained skeptical about backing Trump even after he clinched enough delegates to claim the GOP nomination, the organizations United in Purpose and My Faith Votes, headed by Ben Carson, organized a much-anticipated "conversation" between the billionaire real estate mogul and over 900 pastors, activists and leaders in New York City to allow them to get to know each other better.
Trump was successful in winning over a number of the pastors in attendance by promising that he would not only elect pro-life Supreme Court justices but also vowing to protect the First Amendment rights of churches and pastors. more >>