The pastor of a Southern Baptist church in California that broke with the denomination's stance on homosexuality by deciding to accept the LGBT community without judgment and announcing that he no longer regarded it as a sin has been invited to the White House with his son.
Danny Cortez, who leads New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, California, and his 15-year-old son Drew, who came out as a gay earlier this year, received an invitation to a reception with President Barack Obama at the White House on June 30, a fundraising page for the family's trip expenses stated.
The Christian Post called New Heart Community Church to learn more of the details of the family's trip, but its office is closed on Wednesdays. more >>
A United Methodist Church pastor defrocked for officiating his son's same-sex marriage had his clergy credentials reinstated by a church court on appeal.
Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania pastor defrocked last December, was reinstated Tuesday courtesy a decision from the Northeastern Jurisdictional Committee on Appeals.
In a statement following the decision, Schaefer called the appeals committee's decision "a hopeful sign for our LGBTQ community." more >>
A Virginia Christian college that is considering reversing its policy that bans tenure-line faculty members from being in same-sex relationships has delayed its decision.
Eastern Mennonite University announced in January that it would open up a formal six-month long "listening period" to consider reversing its ban on faculty same-sex relationships and had previously stated that it would announce its policy in June.
A statement released from EMU suggested that the school's deferral came after it realized that the larger Mennonite church was "currently engaged in extensive discernment over human sexuality." more >>
Vice President Joe Biden said during a speech on Tuesday that protecting gay rights trumps national cultures and social traditions, as President Barack Obama's administration continues promoting LGBT rights around the world.
"I don't care what your culture is," Biden told about 100 guests at the Naval Observatory's vice presidential mansion, The Associated Press reported. "Inhumanity is inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice."
He added that the cause is a "defining mark of a civilized nation" and met with a number of religious, human rights and HIV health care advocates in a forum dedicated to promoting gay rights internationally. more >>
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Friday June 20th became the most prominent religious group in the United States to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians, voting for a resolution to sell church stock in three companies whose products Israel uses in the occupied territories.
In a statement on its Facebook page, the Israeli Embassy in Washington denounced the resolution as "shameful."
"Voting for symbolic measures marginalizes and removes its ability to be a constructive partner to promote peace in the Middle East," the statement said. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson has defended his views on homosexuality, which stirred great controversy when they were posted in a GQ magazine article earlier this year, and said that he simply wants to help "those poor souls" and "turn them to Jesus."
Al.com reported that Robertson made the comments during a Q&A at an appearance at the Rock the South festival in Cullman, Alabama, over the weekend.
"I'm actually a nice man. … I'm trying to help those poor souls and turn them to Jesus," Robertson reportedly said. more >>