The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is holding its biennial denominational meeting in Pennsylvania this week.
Kicking off Monday, delegates from across the United States converged at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., for the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.
The Assembly, which is scheduled to go from Monday until Saturday, has in attendance about 950 voting members from 65 of the ELCA's synods. more >>
A pair of Methodists hope to change the United Methodist Church's official position on homosexuality and same-sex marriage via a grassroots campaign.
Christopher Tiedeman, an Indiana pastor and student at United Theological Seminary, and author Joel L. Watts, blogger at http://UnsettledChristianity.com, told The Christian Post about their plan to change the UMC from within.
In an email, the two told CP about their plan, which will be coordinated through a group called the Communion of Concerned United Methodists or "The Communion" for short. "Starting soon, we will begin to write letters to pastors and leaders in other areas of the world and begin the theological argument," wrote Tiedeman and Watts. "This is what Paul did. This is what the Church Fathers did. This is what Wesley did. They put pen to paper in order to individually sway one person, or a group of people, to their cause." more >>
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 Wisconsin-based atheist organization has sent a letter of complaint to a public academic institution in Alabama over its soon-to-be opened "faith-based" housing program.
Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison sent the letter last Thursday to Troy University arguing that their housing program, scheduled to be open in the fall, was unconstitutional.
Andrew Seidel, FFRF staff attorney, wrote in the letter that the housing program gives preferential treatment to some students at the expense of others. more >>
The Assemblies of God (U.S.) and 30,000 of its Pentecostal members are set to descend on Orlando, Fla, next week for the 55th General Council that carries the theme "Believe," and will feature Wilfredo "Choco" De Jesus, Robert Madu, Judah Smith and Christine Caine among its headline speakers.
"This council comes at a pivotal time in our history as it launches the church into our centennial year. We are grateful for God's blessing on the Assemblies of God for nearly a century," explained Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, in a statement shared with The Christian Post.
"The AG in the U.S. has experienced growth for the last 22 years with much (of) that from those under 40 and minorities. While we celebrate the past, we are focused forward as we gather this council under the theme, 'Believe,' and challenge one another to 'Believe God for Greater Things.' We are asking God to empower us to communicate the gospel by all means possible to the ends of the earth." more >>
A Satanist group will face legal action after performing a "Pink Mass" on the grave of the mother of Westboro Baptist Church's founder.
The New York-based Satanic Temple will likely be charged with trespassing after going to the burial place of Fred Phelps' mother in Meridian, Miss.
The location of the burial site was Magnolia Cemetery. Captain Dean Harper of the Meridian Police Department told local media on Saturday that they would look into it. more >>