A rift has emerged in the United Methodist Church after delegates in the Western Jurisdictional Conference defied the Church's prohibition of homosexuality on Friday to elect the Rev. Karen Oliveto as its first openly gay bishop.
"I think at this moment I have a glimpse of the realm of God. I want to thank the candidates who I have journeyed with these past few days, for the grace with which we walked with each other. And know I stand before you because of the work and prayers of so many, especially those saints who yearned to live for this day, who blazed a trail where there was none, who are no longer with us, and yet whose shoulders I stand on," Oliveto, 58, said after her election, according to a report from the United Methodist Church.
The Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church encompasses the eight westernmost regional conferences of the United States: the Alaska Conference, the California-Nevada Conference, the California-Pacific Conference, the Desert Southwest Conference, the Oregon-Idaho Conference, the Pacific Northwest Conference, the Rocky Mountain Conference and the Yellowstone Conference. more >>
Evolutionary biologist and atheist author Richard Dawkins has split from his wife, "Dr. Who" actress Lalla Ward, after 24 years of marriage, but has decided to keep the details of their divorce under wraps.
"Our marriage, like everyone's, is a private matter and we are not prepared to share any details. Suffice to say it is true that we recently separated entirely amicably," Dawkins and Ward announced in a joint statement shared with the Sunday Times.
"Obviously, this remains a difficult time, one which we simply will not discuss any further publicly. We would, however, like to stress that we shall always be friends and that we will, of course, continue to work together," they added. more >>
Presbyterian Church (USA)'s eighth largest member congregation voted this month to leave the Mainline denomination over theological differences and join the Evangelical Covenant of Presbyterians, a conservative denomination that has more than 280 member congregations.
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, a Houston, Texas-based congregation with approximately 3,700 members, was granted dismissal by the PCUSA Presbytery of New Covenant on Saturday.
Pastor Jamal Bryant revealed earlier this week that he believes in open marriage, he just forgot to tell his ex-wife about it, he jokingly said on the daytime talk show "Preachers," speaking about the infidelities that led to his divorce from Gizelle Bryant in 2008.
Bryant, lead pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland, co-hosts the new daytime talk show "Preachers" alongside E. Dewey Smith Jr., senior pastor of The House of Hope churches in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia; John Gray, an associate pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, and Orrick Quick, pastor and founder of God Seekers Church in High Point, North Carolina.
During a segment on Tuesday's show, actress and comedian Mo'nique and her husband, Sidney Hicks, spoke candidly about their open marriage in which they each have sex with people outside of their union. more >>
They say some of the smartest people in the world move to D.C., but take one look at the housing costs, and you may beg to differ. If you've ever lived in the vicinity of our nation's Capital, you know it's not cheap.
My fiancé took one for the team and recently moved to the D.C. Metro area — the plan being that he'd rent a one bedroom apartment for half a year, then I would move in after the wedding. When we told people, they were shocked and even a professing Christian was slightly surprised.
We got questions like, "Don't you want to test it out first and see if you're compatible?" or "Don't you want to save money?" more >>
The social conservative advocacy group Family Research Council has withdrawn its support for a religious freedom bill introduced in Congress last year that aims to protect individuals and institutions from being punished by the federal government over opposition to same-sex marriage.
In the wake of last June's Supreme Court decision redefining marriage to include same-sex couples, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, introduced the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) in their respective houses.
The crux of the legislation is to prohibit the federal government from discriminating against or taking action against religious institutions or individuals that act in accordance with their religious beliefs on marriage. more >>