Two days before she was ordinated as the first female Episcopal bishop in Maryland and three months before she was involved in a fatal hit-and-run incident, Bishop Heather Cook was suspected of being drunk at a private party by head of the Maryland diocese, Eugene Taylor Sutton, and he warned the Episcopal church's national leader, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, about it.
A diocesan spokeswoman told The Baltimore Sun that Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, took Cook to a Baltimore restaurant on Sept. 4 as a gesture of welcome in honor of her then pending ordination into the Episcopal church's high-ranking leadership club.
According to a September entry from a timeline of events document released by the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Tuesday, Sutton, who was present at the dinner, raised concern with Schori that Cook may have gotten a bit happy with the alcohol but nothing came of it. more >>
A judge has ruled in favor a diocese that voted to break away from The Episcopal Church regarding a lawsuit over ownership of dozens of church properties worth an estimated $500 million.
Judge Diane Goodstein ruled late on Tuesday that the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina rightfully owns the church properties under their diocese and not the Episcopal Church.
In a 46-page decision, Goodstein argued that the diocese owns all real and personal property, according the paperwork connected to the diocesan property. "It is equally undisputed that there is nothing in the deeds of their real property referencing any trust in favor of TEC," reads the decision. more >>
The road to the big day had been long and hard-fought, but Sunday would settle everything. Those guys would leave everything on the field. Some in the crowd were cheering, some were biting their nails. But no one present could be neutral because there was too much at stake.
After all, this had become much more than a game. And then it happened. Just when there was a possibility of redemption, the worst play call in Seattle history took place and the hopes for a team legacy were dashed in mere seconds.
Of course, most people would think I've just described the infamous ending to this year's Super Bowl, but like I stated, this is much more than a game. more >>
Notable preacher and retired pastor John Piper has recently stated that racism is a "human issue" and cannot be merely divided into a "North-South kind of thing."
The chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary recently preached to the congregation of Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
In a sermon titled "The Plundering of Your Property and the Power of Hope", Piper spoke about the suffering Christians endure for their beliefs and practices. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham is encouraging Christians to "get involved in government" and "in politics" in order to work for Christian values against "gays and lesbians in politics" as well as the "anti-God people."
"I'm here to tell you, church, God loves each and every one and Christ died for our sins, and we've got a responsibility to take this message to the ends of the earth," Graham said on Jan. 26 at the Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference. "And I want to encourage you to take a stand in your communities."
Graham went on to encourage those in the audience to get involved in government and politics. more >>
A Missouri church that recently voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over the mainline Protestant denomination's stance on homosexuality is facing a legal battle to keep its property, which is estimated to be worth over $6 million.
Bonhomme Presbyterian Church of Chesterfield decided to disaffiliate from its PCUSA regional body, the Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy, last October.