A task force created by The Episcopal Church to investigate changes within the denomination's ecclesiastical structure has met and released a new report.
"Structural, administrative, and governance change is only one component of the renewal to which the church is being called. Our deepest hope and prayer for our work is that it will be part of, and will continue to catalyze, the renewal that is taking place in many places around the church," reads part of the report from the Task Force for Re-Imagining the Episcopal Church (TREC). met last week at the Institute of Technology in Linthicum, Maryland.
"In order for structural, administrative, and governance reforms to be compelling and to effect meaningful change, they must be grounded in a coherent vision for what those structures are supposed to do in the life of the church," TREC stated in a news release provided by the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs on Tuesday. more >>
A Colombian priest from Santa Marta has decided to sell his Mercedes Benz car after being inspired by the words of Pope Francis, who criticized priests who spend large amounts of money on luxury cars.
The Rev. Hernando Fayid apparently told Colombian RCN television that he received the white Mercedes Benz E200 as a gift from his four brothers a year ago, but now feels that the best choice will be to sell the car. The Associated Press noted that the 47-year-old Roman Catholic priest is hoping to get $63,000 for the car, though the report did not share what he plans to do with the money.
Fayid revealed that in the past he has ridden a burro, a horse, a bicycle and a bus, and has "no problem" with going back to that lifestyle after he manages to sell the car. more >>
A Texas bishop of the United Methodist Church has officially ruled against considering an official question over a woman barred from candidacy for ordination allegedly for being a lesbian.
Bishop James E. Dorff of the UMC San Antonio Episcopal Area ruled Tuesday that a request regarding Mary Ann Kaiser "moot" after she was barred from candidacy by the Southwest Texas Annual Conference. "My ruling is that the request, as presented, is moot and hypothetical. Therefore, the request is improper and no decision on the substance of the request will be given," said Dorff in a statement released Tuesday.
"This ruling has been forwarded to the Judicial Council of the church for review. They will either affirm this decision or return it to me for further action. The Council's next meeting is in October." more >>
Although a new survey suggests that evangelical Christians are more patriotic than most other religious and non-religious groups, the president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy nevertheless reminds believers they should celebrate the 4th of July with zest.
"[On Thursday] America celebrates its 237th year as a republic, and Christians with all others should celebrate vigorously," said IRD president Mark Tooley in a statement released yesterday. "Christians should not so much be 'proud' as grateful for God's countless blessings and resolved to mend our nation's many failures to abide by His standards."
IRD stated that as the nation celebrates Independence Day, a new survey shows "religious Americans are more patriotic than the non-religious." more >>
An annual conference of the United Methodist Church has passed a resolution in support of same-sex marriage, even though the denomination officially deems homosexuality incompatible with Christianity.
The Ariz.-centered Desert Southwest Annual Conference of the UMC passed the resolution Sunday which expresses both support for same-sex marriage and for clergy who perform gay marriage ceremonies.
"RESOLVED that the Desert Southwest Annual Conference and the United Methodist Churches of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference make a public statement supporting and upholding Marriage Equality," reads the resolution in part. more >>
In a recent speech to the Junipero Serra International Convention in Mallorca, Spain, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput attacked lukewarm Christians as "pagan." While insulting on its face, the statement received support and clarification from both the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Dean of Theology at Catholic University.
"The meaning of the archbishop's comments is quite clear in the context of the talk (especially in light of his references to Smith and Lasch) and not at all controversial," wrote Francis X. Maier, special assistant to the Archbishop, in an email to The Christian Post.