The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States has for the first time appointed an openly gay person to serve as interim executive director for one of its agencies.
Presbyterian Church (USA) announced Wednesday that Luis Antonio De La Rosa will be appointed to the position of interim executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
An attorney who campaigned to have PCUSA become more accepting of homosexuality, De La Rosa said in an interview with Presbyterian News Service that he considered his appointment to be a "glass ceiling" moment. more >>
Growing up, Mwati Mwila often felt ugly and inadequate because she had dark skin. For years, the outwardly bubbly child of African migrants to the United States was teased about her dark complexion. Although bullying would eventually lead to depression and subsequent suicide attempts, God had bigger plans for her.
According to a 2014 government study released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 46.3 million or 18.1 percent (one in five) American adults suffered from mental illness such as depression. A similar report also found that 3.9 percent of adults have had serious thoughts of suicide. Mwila, a 30-year-old Christian author, is among these alarming statistics.
Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness in the U.S., and while some extreme cases can lead to suicide, Mwila is living proof that death doesn't have to be an option. She wants others to know how a relationship with Jesus Christ can bring hope and healing. more >>
WASHINGTON — In the first ever papal address issued to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis urged Americans to share their wealth, stand up against religious and minority persecution, defend life at every stage of development, welcome immigrants seeking better lives, abolish the death penalty and protect the planet.
After meeting with Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, in his office around 9:15 a.m., the leader of the Catholic Church addressed members of the House and Senate with a 50-minute speech that was broadcasted and shown to approximately 50,000 adoring fans who gathered on the front lawn of the Capitol building to hear his historic remarks.
"Each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility," Pope Francis, who hails from Argentina, asserted. "A political society endures when it seeks, as a vocation, to satisfy common needs by stimulating the growth of all its members, especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk. Legislative activity is always based on care for the people. To this you have been invited, called and convened by those who elected you." more >>
More than two decades after releasing her debut album Tisha, Hollywood actress Tisha Campbell-Martin is back with a powerful new single "Steel Here," which she said is about forgiving her alleged childhood rapist.
At age 3, Campbell, who's a Christian, was allegedly sexually assaulted by a man who apologized for the attack more than 40 years later via a five-page letter. She described the apology as a blessing and has since forgiven her attacker.
Our two teenage sons are very different even though they are only two years apart. The older one is doing well in school, has a nice set of friends and is always respectful to us and other adults. The younger one is very different in every respect. We struggle to communicate with him, the harder we try the more he seems to cut us off. What can we do?more >>
WASHINGTON — With over 11,000 ticketed guests gathered on the South Lawn, Pope Francis made his first-ever visit to the White House Wednesday morning, and called on the world to defend religious liberties and take better care of the environment before going to the Oval Office for a private meeting with President Barack Obama.
The leader of the Catholic Church was welcomed to the White House by the president and first lady Michelle Obama. After the playing of the Holy See's national anthem, the U.S. national anthem, and a short speech by Obama, the pope made his first direct address to the American people and challenged all Americans to be "vigilant" defenders of religious liberty.
"Mr. President, together with their fellow citizens, American Catholics are committed to building a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination," the pontiff asserted. "With countless other people of goodwill, they are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and the right to religious liberty." more >>