A decision allowing a United Methodist Church pastor to regain his clergy credentials after losing them over officiating a same-sex wedding will be appealed.
Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania pastor who oversaw his son's gay marriage in 2007, will again have to face a church trial.
The Rev. Christopher L. Fisher, counsel for the UMC, filed an appeal with the United Methodist Judicial Council, the highest court in the denomination. more >>
No certainty exists over the fate of an amendment brought before the regional bodies of Presbyterian Church (USA) that would redefine the denomination's marriage definition to include same-sex unions.
Last month, the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country voted in favor of a recommendation to change the official definition of marriage in the Book of Order from "a man and a woman" to "two people, traditionally a man and a woman."
Toya Richards, spokeswoman of the PC (USA) Office of the General Assembly, told The Christian Post that "we can't speculate on that." more >>
This couple were married in front of 300 friends and family at a secluded 130-acre estate on Kauai's north shore. This was right near the town Bethany had grown up in. The wedding party consisted of 13 bridesmaids and 8 groomsmen, who were all be barefoot for the ceremony. The happy couple had wrote and said their own vows, which are very inspiring. When listening to them it may bring tears of joy to your eyes.
"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Below is a beautiful video showing the highlights from Bethany Hamilton and Adam Dirk's wedding ceremony. It's is set up much like a fairy tale wedding that we all dreamt of as kids. more >>
NEW YORK — "The Religion Thing," by award-winning playwright Renee Calarco, explores the pitfalls of an interfaith marriage and how the past demons of a Christian couple (an ex-gay and ex-party girl) disrupt their new marriage and reformed lives.
"The Religion Thing," making its run in New York City through Aug. 1, portrays how two career-successful best friends and their husbands manage being a lapsed Catholic (Mo) married to a non-practicing Jew (Brian), and a former and repentant party girl (Patti) finding "perfect love" with a born-again Christian (Jeff).
Jeff, whose story typifies much of the ongoing debate about Evangelicals and sexuality, insists like a good Christian that the past is the past and that "none of it counts anymore." Only trouble is, Patti's new husband has a reason for trying to bury his old life. And like each main character, his past comes back to haunt him — or, since he is an "Evangelical" — to tempt him in ways apparently no amount of prayer can avail. more >>
A bill introduced in the Ohio Legislature would allow for individuals of any religion, or none at all, to solemnize marriages in the state.
Known as Ohio House Bill 591, the proposed legislation would expand the range of people who can solemnize a marriage, including non-theists.
"Any other person or entity that wishes to solemnize marriages shall register with the secretary of state and the secretary of state shall issue a license authorizing the person or entity to solemnize marriages in this state," reads HB 591 in part. more >>
Social media websites in general and Facebook in particular may be linked to an increased likelihood of divorce, claims a recently released study.
"Results show that using social networking sites negatively correlated with marriage quality and happiness, and positively correlated with experiencing a troubled relationship and thinking about divorce."
Published in the July 2014 edition of Computers in Human Behavior, researchers from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile's School of Communications and Boston University's College of Communication have claimed a link between Facebook and divorce. more >>