Delegates at the United Methodist Church's General Conference elected the first-ever African president of their highest ecclesiastical court.
N. Oswald Tweh Sr., a native of Liberia who already sat as a member of the United Methodist Judicial Council, was elected president of the Council last week.
A lay member who was elected to an eight-year term at the 2012 General Conference in Tampa Bay, Florida, Tweh has an extensive legal background, according to the United Methodist News Services. more >>
Former megachurch pastor Rob Bell has recently declared that he rarely uses the term "American" anymore when describing himself or others.
In an interview with the popular digital publication Downpebbles, Bell said he preferred not using the term "American," believing that United States citizens should go beyond selfish titles.
"I don't actually use the word 'American,' because I think Amerigo Vespucci would be mortified that a country with very strong codes of in-and-out was started in his name," said Bell. more >>
Some scientists in the United States are working to make embryos that are part human, part animal in an attempt to save the lives of people suffering from various diseases. But other scientists warn that such experiments could damage people's sense of humanity, NPR reports.
Such embryos are called "chimeras," named after creatures from Greek mythology and which are created artificially by combining genetic material from different species into a single embryo. The adult animals that develop as a result have different populations of cells that reflect different contributions from the species from which they were produced.
"We're not trying to make a chimera just because we want to see some kind of monstrous creature," NPR quotes Pablo Ross, a reproductive biologist at the University of California, Davis, as saying. "We're doing this for a biomedical purpose." more >>
Twenty-one well-respected law professors, including Harvard's Alan Dershowitz, are arguing that Obama administration directives detailing how universities and colleges should react to allegations of sexual harassment are infringing upon due process and free speech.
In an open letter published on Monday, the law professors warned that a series of guidances issued over the last six years by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) explaining how colleges must define and respond to sexual assault and sexual harassment allegations are an act of federal overreach.
The letter explains that although OCR should take action to make sure that institutions can't downplay or ignore sexual assaults or harassment, there is a major issue with the approach that the administration has taken. more >>
The world nowadays has been described as a "global village" thanks to technological advances that have knit first-world urban dwellers to third-world villagers through mobile phones and the internet. Finishing the Great Commission and bringing the Gospel to unreached people groups through Bible translations in their heart language is occurring more rapidly than ever in history.
Bob Creson, president and CEO of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, wrote in a 2014 article in Christian Post that a unqiue software program called ParaText has radically increased the speed of Bible translation and that "someone who is alive in the world today will translate the last Bible for the last unreached people."
"We're at a pivotal point in history where this generation could see the end of a centuries-old effort to make the Bible available in every language that needs it. This is the fastest pace of Bible translation the church has ever seen, and technological advancements have played a critical role in getting us here. We praise God that today there are nearly 2,200 Bible translation projects underway in some of the most remote places on earth, representing 1.9 billion people being reached with the gospel in a language they can clearly understand." more >>
The United Methodist Church voted to sever ties with an interfaith abortion advocacy group, ending an affiliation that has existed for more than four decades.
Delegates at the UMC's General Conference passed a proposal Thursday ending the Mainline Protestant denomination's ties to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.