The Episcopal Church, a theologically liberal denomination that has strong historic ties to the former Confederacy, voted at their General Convention in favor of a resolution calling for the removal of Confederate battle flags from public display.
"[The] 78th General Convention recognize that icons and symbols are and have always been important to the liturgical life and practice of The Episcopal Church in leading us to Jesus Christ and in inspiring us to share the Good News that is at the heart of our ministry," read Resolution D044 that was introduced by the Rev. Betsy Baumgarten.
"That as our Baptismal Covenant calls Episcopalians to 'respect the dignity of every human being' and as the fourth Mark of Mission calls Episcopalians to 'transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation,' we consider the continued display of the Confederate Battle Flag to be at odds with a faithful witness to the reconciling love of Jesus Christ …" more >>
A mainline protestant denomination will consider adopting a resolution supporting divestment from companies that do business with Israel.
The Episcopal Church will consider several resolutions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at its 78th General Convention that's being held in Salt Lake City and began on Thursday.
Resolution D016, introduced by the Very Rev. Walter Brownridge of the Diocese of Hawaii, calls on the Church to compile a list of corporations profiting from the so-called "Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories" and divest from said companies. more >>
Conservative members of the United Methodist Church have expressed doubt that a recently approved petition from a local state body of the denomination will influence a change in the Church's position against homosexuality.
During the weekend, a majority of the delegates at the UMC Virginia Annual Conference voted in favor of a petition calling for the denomination to change its position on homosexuality.
Known as Petition 14, the measure called for the striking of language in the UMC Book of Discipline that describes homosexuality as "incompatible with Christian teaching." more >>
A former employee of an organization seeking to promote acceptance of transgender and other sexual identities in the United Methodist Church is charging that the organization has itself exhibited transgender discrimination, according to a case filed with the Cook County Commission on Human Rights.
Reconciling Ministries Network, a pro-LGBT Methodist group boasting the support of hundreds of congregations throughout the country, had a complaint filed against it last month before the Commission on Human Rights.
Andy Oliver, the former director of communications for RMN, accused the group's executive director of unjustly firing him following his refusal to engage in an action he considered discriminatory on the basis of gender identity. more >>
The executive director for the mission agency of the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country has announced her resignation.
Linda Valentine, the longest serving executive director for the Presbyterian Mission Agency of Presbyterian Church (USA), announced Tuesday that she was stepping down after nearly 10 years in the position.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist group committed to maintaining the separation of church and state in the U.S., says it will consider filing a lawsuit against a Florida sheriff if he doesn't stop preaching at churches while wearing his uniform and using his official government title at the pulpit.
The group sent Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd a letter this week threatening legal action if he doesn't comply with their demands, according to WFLA.
"We don't have any problem with him preaching in church and we don't have any problem with him teaching Sunday school, he's free to do that," said Andrew Seidel, attorney for FFRF. "What's he's not allowed to do is use the public government office and title and uniform to promote his personal religion." more >>