The Episcopal Church has officially installed its first African-American leader, in a ceremony that mixed traditional ritual and a focus on diversity.
At the Washington National Cathedral on Sunday, the Right Rev. Michael Curry of North Carolina made history by becoming the first African-American Presiding Bishop of the Mainline denomination.
2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation which started when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, on Oct. 31, 1517.
Many churches celebrate it, especially in the Reformed tradition, on the last Sunday of October or will on Nov. 1.
The Protestant Reformers believed that they were recovering the centrality of Scripture within the Christian tradition. Luther's initial principle dispute with the Roman Catholic Church was primarily related to clerical abuses, especially related to the selling of indulgences. "The Church's true treasure is the Gospel of Jesus Christ," Luther declared. more >>
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham met with Russian Orthodox leader Patriarch Kirill of Moscow earlier this week, where the two discussed issues pertaining to gay marriage, the secularization in the West, and Christian persecution.
"We discussed the persecution of the church worldwide, especially in countries like Syria, and the need to protect Christians. We discussed the refugee crisis and how the church can help these people who are fleeing for their lives," Graham said about the meeting on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
"And we talked about the need to reach a younger generation brought up in secular schools surrounded by a secular culture who know nothing of God and His love for them. I appreciate Patriarch Kirill's very clear moral voice on issues of marriage, family, and the sanctity of life," he added. more >>
Former bishop of The Episcopal Church of Maryland, Heather Cook, 59, who caused the death of a 41-year-old father in a drunken hit-and-run incident two days after Christmas in 2014, said "sorry" as she was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday.
Cook, who was relieved of her position with the church earlier this year, made history in 2014 when she became the first female bishop and second-highest ranking official of the Episcopal Church of Maryland.
Less than a year after she made history, however, life started going downhill when she hit Thomas Palermo, the married father of two and software engineer as he cycled in Baltimore on Dec. 27, 2014. more >>
A former employee of the Methodist LGBT advocacy group Reconciling Ministries Network has withdrawn his legal complaint for discrimination and wrongful termination.
Andy Oliver, who was formerly the director of Communications for the Chicago, Illinois-based organization, opted to voluntarily withdraw his complaint last month accusing RMN of wrongful firing and "gender identity discrimination."
A former employee of Presbyterian Church (USA) who sued the denomination over claims of defamation has filed an appeal.
The Rev. Roger Dermody, former deputy executive director for mission at the Presbyterian Mission Agency, filed the appeal last week before the Court of Appeals of Kentucky, according to Presbyterian News Service.
In April of 2010, Dermody accepted the position of deputy executive director for mission. He had previously served as executive pastor of Bel Air Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles, a 3,000-member congregation with an annual budget in 2010 of approximately $9.8 million. more >>