Latoya Shawntee Odom, the California woman who alleges that Rev. Jamal H. Bryant isn't paying child support for the son he fathered with her last summer, should take the pastor to court if her claim is true, says a staff member at the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Billie Irving, executive assistant to AME's General Secretary Jeffery Cooper, told The Christian Post that if Odom is having a problem with child support, then the court can give her more help than the church. If Odom is also looking for Bryant to be disciplined for his alleged sexual impropriety through the AME Church's system, that might be even tougher to accomplish. more >>
The United Methodist Church will put a moratorium on its homosexuality debate, delaying at least for the time being efforts to allow for the ordination of non-celibate clergy.
Delegates at the UMC General Conference in Portland, Oregon, voted 428-405 Wednesday evening to adopt a proposal from the Council of Bishops halting Church legislation on human sexuality issues.
Titled "An Offering for a Way Forward," the Council of Bishops' recommendation will involve church leadership appointing a "special commission" to analyze the denomination's official stance on homosexuality, gay marriage, and gay ordination. more >>
A book by the notable Hispanic evangelical leader the Reverend Samuel Rodriguez is calling upon Christians to become light in a messy, dark world.
Released earlier this month, Rev. Rodriguez's latest book is Be Light: Shining God's Beauty, Truth, and Hope into a Darkened World.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Rodriguez explained that he decided to write the book because he wanted the Church to "stand up and make a difference." more >>
A group of United Methodist clergy who support ending the Church's ban on ordaining non-celibate homosexuals performed an unofficial ordination service for a lesbian.
Sue Laurie, a longtime LGBT activist, was ordained in an unofficial ceremony held at the United Methodist Church's General Conference in Portland, Oregon, last Tuesday.
According to Barton Dempsey of the theologically conservative Institute on Religion & Democracy, this ceremony "has no standing" even though several UMC clergy took part. more >>
The African Methodist Episcopal Church was unclear Monday on whether the denomination will address recent allegations that one of their high profile preachers, the Rev. Jamal H. Bryant of Northwest Baltimore's Empowerment Temple Church, fathered a child out of wedlock with a woman last summer.
"If there is any action to be taken it will be on the part of the Council of Bishops," Billie Irving, executive assistant to AME's General Secretary Jeffery Cooper, told The Christian Post on Monday.
Calls to Council President Julius McAllister and Bishop William P. Deveaux Sr., who oversees the denomination's second district under which Baltimore falls, were unanswered at the time this story was published. more >>
A United Methodist Church bishop believes that disagreements among Christians about LGBT issues and gay marriage are "destroying the very soul" of the church, creating conflict and discord where there should be unity.
"Disagreements among us have led to unbridled acrimony that has led to seeing those with whom we disagree as being other than fully human or as really or truly Christians," said Bishop Gregory Palmer of UMC's West Ohio Conference, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
"Our capacity to turn on each another is destroying the very soul of this church, and our willingness to turn on each other rather than toward each other is under-serving our mission," he added. more >>