An Anglican diocese in Quebec, Canada, has elected its first woman bishop, continuing the trend in the Anglican Communion of increased upper level female leadership.
The Diocese of Montreal announced Saturday that the Very Rev. Mary Irwin-Gibson was selected to become diocesan bishop, replacing the retiring Bishop Barry Clarke and making her the first woman to head the diocese.
Montreal Diocese is a regional body of the Anglican Church of Canada, whose General Synod is based in Toronto, Ontario. more >>
A Florida pastor whose church has garnered controversy for posting a sign denouncing the idea of the Boy Scouts of America having gay scout leaders says that the sign is "not gay bashing."
K.C. McCay, pastor at The Congregational Church of Nokomis, recently displayed an LED sign comparing the notion of gay scout leaders to a fox entering a hen house.
LaVern Vivio, a 52-year-old Christian radio personality and mother of four from Springfield, Tennessee, revealed recently that she once struggled with gender identity issues as a teenager and expressed sympathy for Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner.
"I am a 52-year-old woman and mother of four. A wife for almost 26 years but I wished I had been born a boy," Vivio began in a blog post last Thursday.
"Probably until I was well into junior high and maybe even high school I was fairly convinced God had simply mixed me up with John Mark, the name my parents had selected if I had been born male," she continued. more >>
An online petition is urging Hillsong Conferences to remove former Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll from his scheduled appearances in Sydney and London, arguing that Hillsong would be sending the wrong message by endorsing the controversial pastor.
"By inviting Mark Driscoll to speak on the Hillsong platform, Hillsong are both endorsing and legitimising Mark's messages about women and ignoring the concerns being repeated by many internationally about his abusive behaviour, which has been corroborated by ex-members and ex-leaders of Mars Hill Church," reads the petition on Change.org, which has been signed by over 1,150 people as of Friday afternoon.
It adds that the pastor's statements against women during his leadership have "greatly undermined the Gospel message of women as leaders, evangelists and full members of the Body of Christ." more >>
A California pastor who once went to church with Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, has described the celebrated Olympic athlete as once being a standout Christian who taught him a lot about Jesus Christ. He has also called on Christians not to turn their backs on the LGBT community and instead ask "what would Jesus do?"
Josh Cobia, now a musician and the pastor at Resonate Church in Santa Monica, Californnia, said he first met Bruce Jenner, 65, years ago after being approached by Life Change Community Church pastor Brad Johnson to minister at the nondenominational evangelical church. Life Change Community Church, recently renamed California Community Church and located in Agoura Hills, was co-founded by Johnson and Jenner's now ex-wife, Kris Jenner.
In a recent blog on his website, Cobia recalled once worshipping with America's most famous reality TV family (the Kardashian/Jenners) and noted Jenner as being the most committed to his faith amongst the unlikely clan. more >>
The International Olympic Committee has no plans to revoke the gold medal of Bruce Jenner despite calls from an online petition to do so following Jenner's gender identity change.
Earlier this week, an individual living in Massachusetts posted a petition on the White House's "We the People" site calling for the revocation of Jenner's 1976 gold medal.
"As we all know, Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) is an Olympic gold medalist," states the petition, which must get 100,000 signatures by July 1 to be guaranteed an official reply from the Obama administration. more >>