A committee of the United Church of Canada has decided that a clergywoman who came out as an atheist over 15 years ago is "not suitable" to remain an ordained minister of the denomination.
The Rev. Gretta Vosper of West Hill United Church of Toronto, Ontario, was declared "not suitable" to remain a church minister, according to a report released on Wednesday from the Conference Interview Committee for the United Church's Toronto Conference.
According to the 39-page report, which was provided to The Christian Post by the UCC Toronto Conference, the committee decided in a vote of 19 to 4 that by being an atheist, Vosper has rejected the ordination vows she took in 1993. more >>
As many as 10,000 people left the Church of Denmark between April and June, statistics from the Scandinavian country have shown, due in part to a nationwide atheist campaign urging people to question the divinity of Jesus, and the importance of believing in God.
The Independent noted that the 10,000 people who left the faith in that time period is almost double the number who did the same between January and March, which has led the Danish Atheist Society to celebrate the news.
"We're pleased that Danes have taken the opportunity to express what they actually want. We have long seen in surveys that there aren't that many Danes who are devout Christians," Chairman Anders Stjernholm told Politiken. more >>
Nearly six out of 10 Mainline Protestant pastors say they have never discussed pro-life issues in their sermons and nearly eight out of 10 Mainline Protestant pastors say they haven't discussed pro-life causes from the pulpit over the last year, a new Barna Group survey finds.
As 700,000 abortions are performed each year in the United States, a LifeWay Research poll from last year found that over 70 percent of the women who get abortions self-identify as Christian and about 40 percent of women who get abortions were frequent churchgoers when they ended their pregnancies.
With such startling numbers of self-proclaimed Christian women going against traditional biblical teachings on abortion, Students for Life of America's Institute for Pro-Life Advancement commissioned the Barna Group to research the pro-life activism of Catholic, Protestant and non-Mainline Protestant churches and pastors to see if there was a noticeable lack of pro-life ministry that could play a role in why Christian women seek abortion as the answer to unwanted pregnancies. more >>
The Church of England is condemning a group of gay clerics who are seeking to out gay bishops and other clergy in the Church, arguing that the accusations could spark a witch hunt against priests.
The Rev. Colin Coward, founder of the gay pressure group Changing Attitude, said that a number of bishops within the CofE are gay.
"There are at least 10 other bishops in the Church who are gay, many of whom are in some kind of relationship," Coward told the Sunday Times. more >>
A Tennessee church's banners highlighting a sermon series titled "Naked Jesus" was vandalized by a man who tore it down in front of the lead pastor.
Heartsong Church, a congregation based in Cordova with an average weekly attendance of approximately 350, is currently having a sermon series called "Naked Jesus: The Bare Necessities for Life by God."
Heartsong Church Lead Pastor Steve Stone told The Christian Post that the incident took place on Monday after he had lunch with his wife. more >>
The United Methodist Church is putting a delay on the creation of a commission meant to analyze and possibly suggest changes to the denomination's position on homosexuality.
Earlier this year at their General Conference, UMC delegates approved a resolution that created a commission that would review the Church's positions on homosexuality and gay marriage.
In a statement released Wednesday, the Council of Bishops' Executive Committee noted that an unexpectedly large number of nominees has prompted a delay in the procedure. more >>