The United Methodist Church will put a moratorium on its homosexuality debate, delaying at least for the time being efforts to allow for the ordination of non-celibate clergy.
Delegates at the UMC General Conference in Portland, Oregon, voted 428-405 Wednesday evening to adopt a proposal from the Council of Bishops halting Church legislation on human sexuality issues.
Titled "An Offering for a Way Forward," the Council of Bishops' recommendation will involve church leadership appointing a "special commission" to analyze the denomination's official stance on homosexuality, gay marriage, and gay ordination. more >>
Is an eating disorder considered a sin? Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll answers, including a response that Satan's oppression and idolatry can sometimes be culprits.
In a video message posted to his website Monday in response to a female viewer's question about whether anorexia nervosa is sinful, Pastor Mark Driscoll opened up a larger discussion about the societal pressures on physical appearance many women and men face. Those pressures are often exacerbated by celebrity and social media. Driscoll offered suggestions on how to combat the viewer's challenge.
According to WomensHealth.gov, per the National Eating Disorders Association, the average American woman is 5'4'' and weighs 140 lbs., while the average American model is 5'11'' and weighs 117 pounds. "All too often, society associates being 'thin' with 'hard-working, beautiful, strong and self-disciplined,'" the report said. In contrast, being "fat" is associated with being "lazy, ugly, weak and lacking will-power." more >>
Target's shares are plunging in an "increasingly volatile consumer environment," though the retail giant is denying that the conservative boycott against its transgender bathroom policies is playing a big part.
"Shares of the company were off 7.6 percent at $68 as of 4 p.m. trading on Wednesday. Sales at stores open at least a year rose 1.2 percent in the quarter ended April 30, short of Target's 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent annual target," The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, noting that this is the first such decline in two years, since Brian Cornell took over as CEO.
Cornell said that "an increasingly volatile consumer environment" is to blame for consumers pulling back on spending in the first quarter, and noted that other retail giants, including Macy's and Nordstrom, also reported losses. more >>
Popular department store in the US, Ross, is taking some heat after in the ongoing transgender controversy after letting a man use the women's dressing room.
Reports indicated that a man was let into a women's dressing room earlier this week in one of the Ross department stores. A woman named Lisa Stickles complained that the Mesquite branch allowed a man to enter the women's dressing room while she was inside.
She explained, "I was in the dressing room, when we heard a man's voice. She [the manager] went inside the dressing room, came right back out and called me to the side and told me… he was representing himself as a woman today." more >>
LeToya Luckett is glorifying God after earning a role in the upcoming film about singer Dionne Warwick to be titled "Dionne."
"To God be the glory," the 35-year-old actress and singer wrote on Instagram Saturday. "Overjoyed and honored! Thank you #DionneWarwick."
Warwick, the 75-year-old singer and actress announced that Luckett would take a leading role in the film alongside actors Olympia Dukakis and Danny Glover. The film will be based off Warwick's 2010 autobiography My Life as I See It and will document her career from 1962 through 1968. more >>
The South Carolina legislature approved a bill Tuesday banning most late-term abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother's life is at risk in a medical emergency.
According to The State, lawmakers in the South Carolina House voted 79-29 in favor of the bill, making South Carolina the 17th state to approve a ban on late-term abortion. After it is ratified, Gov. Nikki Haley is expected to sign the bill into law.
"I can't imagine any scenario in which I wouldn't sign it," Haley told The State in March, noting that she wanted to see the details of the bill before signing it into law. more >>