An expert on United Methodist Church policy says that the wave of pro-gay resolutions from regional conferences will not change the mainline denomination's position on homosexuality.
John Lomperis, director of the United Methodist program at The Institute on Religion and Democracy, told The Christian Post that efforts over the summer will have little impact.
"I expect it may do a little to energize and encourage UMC activists wanting the next General Conference to disavow biblical standards for sexual self-control," said Lomperis. "But even activists writing such resolutions increasingly realize that whatever wave of momentum they may be able to generate will crash against a brick wall at the next General Conference." more >>
A black megachurch pastor said he'd rather use the "multiracial, multicultural" body of Christ to solve racism than commemorate Trayvon Martin by displaying his hooded sweatshirt in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, as suggested by the Rev. Al Sharpton.
"I'm just leaving Sanford, Florida now," Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Md., told The Christian Post in a Thursday interview.
"I've just signed on to something called the Sanford Declaration," he announced, introducing the document as "just an idea that we can end racism in America, and that a multiracial and multicultural team of people from the church – Christians – can start to transform the nation from our racist/insensitive roots in the next decade." more >>
Christian activists are seeking the removal of a Facebook group that regularly posts sacrilegious material on the world's largest social network.
A couple Christian groups have coordinated efforts to have Facebook shut down the "Mary Should've Aborted" group, whose admins post sacrilegious remarks about Christianity.
The Facebook group at the center of these efforts, Mary Should've Aborted, was created in February and has more than 3,000 likes. more >>
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York recently clarified that Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church still consider homosexuality wrong.
Dolan, who also serves as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, told 'CBS This Morning' that the remarks were about accepting homosexuals without accepting homosexual behavior.
"Pope Francis would be the first to say, 'My job isn't to change church teaching. My job is to present it as clearly as possible'," said Dolan on Tuesday. "While certain acts may be wrong...we will always love and respect the person and treat the person with dignity." more >>
WASHINGTON – A representative of the Cuban Catholic Church explained at an event Monday that presently the Catholic Church is exerting a growing influence in the country.
Orlando Márquez Hidalgo, editor and director of the Havana Archdiocese publication Palabra Nueva (or New Word), explained to The Christian Post after a panel discussion event held by the Brookings Institute that there is "open dialogue" between the Church and President Raúl Castro.
"There is an open dialogue, there is not a road map, there is an open dialogue where everything can be included," said Márquez. "They talked about the situation in Cuba and the relationship with the regime, how to improve the relations between the Church and the government." more >>
Indianapolis' Heritage Christian School decided to end its relationship with Cub Scout Pack 316, the local elementary school chapter of Boy Scouts of America (BSA), this week following BSA's controversial decision last month not to exclude openly gay boys.
"Our school's mission is to glorify God, discipline students and pursue excellence in education, with the Bible as our foundation and Jesus Christ as our focus," school CEO Jeff Freeman wrote in a statement to the local Indianapolis Star. "Heritage Christian School leadership has made a very difficult decision not to continue its charter sponsorship of our local Troop as we are no longer in alignment with the Boy Scouts of America."
But Kathy Meyers, committee chair for Pack 316, told The Christian Post on Friday that "this was not any sort of issue." Meyers said the national policy change would have no impact on the pack, because the children are too young to even think about sexual orientation. more >>