President Obama can expect to receive numerous Christmas cards this year pressing him to end the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
Churches for Middle East Peace, a coalition of mainline and progressive denominations and church organizations, launched a new advocacy effort Wednesday to get American Christians more involved in the Middle East peace process.
The year-long campaign began with a call to thousands of Christians across the country to send Christmas cards to the president. The card is designed by a Palestinian Christian in Bethlehem and includes the verse: “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9). A one sentence message tells Obama that the sender is praying for his work in securing peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians. more >>
The mission arm of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) plans to send out a letter of apology for the sexual and physical abuse that was endured by dozens of people out on the mission field.
The denomination had received 85 reports alleging abuse – incidents that spanned a 40-year period and on ten different mission fields.
Linda Valentine, executive director of the General Assembly Mission Council, expressed horror and the church body's deepest apologies as it released a detailed report last week. more >>
A Presbyterian regional court has affirmed a Wisconsin church body's decision to ordain a partnered homosexual.
The Permanent Judicial Commission of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies ruled Saturday that the John Knox Presbytery "acted within its authority" when it approved the ordination of Scott D. Anderson in February.
A complaint had been filed in March by Caledonia Presbyterian Church in Portage, Wisc., as well as the presbyteries of Central Florida, Prospect Hill and Stockton, alleging that John Knox Presbytery committed irregularities by ordaining someone who is ineligible. more >>
A California minister was rebuked on Friday by a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) court for performing same-sex ceremonies.
In a 4-2 vote by the Redwood Presbytery Judicial Commission, the Rev. Jane Adams Spahr was found guilty of representing the ceremonies as marriages, persistently disobeying church law, and violating her ordination vows.
An anonymous layperson had brought charges against Spahr, a lesbian activist and a Presbyterian minister for 36 years, after she officiated the weddings of 16 same-sex couples during the brief period same-sex marriage was legal in California between June and November 2008. more >>
A retired Presbyterian minister is facing trial Tuesday morning for performing same-sex ceremonies in California.
This is the second time the Rev. Jane Adams Spahr, a lesbian activist, has gone to court over violation of church law.
Earlier, in 2008, she was cleared of wrongdoing by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s highest court, the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission. The high court had reversed a decision by a regional judicial committee that found Spahr guilty of misconduct when she conducted ceremonies for two lesbian couples in 2004. more >>
The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is considering a recommendation to extend spousal and dependent benefits to same-gender domestic partners.
The board is hoping to bring proposals next year and begin implementing changes to the denomination's Benefits Plan in 2012.
Thomas C. Paisley, Jr., chair of the Board of Directors of the Board of Pensions, said they are committed to "responding affirmatively to the action of the General Assembly, with a focus on doing what is in the best interests of our members and being attentive to the concerns of our participating employing organizations," as reported by the Presbyterian News Service. more >>