No, I'm not converting, although I enjoyed my 1983 visit to the Vatican. But Friday, columnist Kirsten Powers announced on Fox News that she was joining the Catholic Church. Not many years ago she moved from non-belief to Evangelical Christianity, and she has been attending an Anglican church with friends of mine.
Many Catholics on social media have hospitably welcomed here. From a Protestant stance, her move from one church to another neither adds to nor subtracts from God's Kingdom. May He continue to bless her faith.
Presumably she will explain her faith transition. As a political liberal who is more traditional on moral and social issues, she very likely admires the current Pope and appreciates Catholic social teaching. In Washington, D.C., and in wider intellectual circles, conversions from Protestantism to Catholicism are not uncommon. There is a thirst for the intellectual resources and historic continuity of Catholicism, amplified by Mainline Protestantism's collapse and modern Evangelicalism's lack of a rich tradition. more >>
Hillary Clinton's much publicized visit to Foundry United Methodist Church yesterday brought back many memories. My first assignment with the Institute on Religion and Democracy 20 years ago was to research and publish an article on Foundry's then controversial pastor Phil Wogaman, a longtime liberal theologian who had taught at Wesley Seminary. He was an old time Social Gospel modernist, skeptical of biblical miracles but confident about perfecting society through state power.
My subsequent report on Wogaman's theology and politics was picked up by columnist Cal Thomas, which led to longtime Foundry members Bob and Elizabeth Dole, then in a presidential campaign, publicly quitting Foundry. I actually attended Foundry on the Sunday of Elizabeth Dole's final attendance. The church bulletin advertised a critique of the Republican "Contract With America." Wogaman afterwards mentioned me in his response to the Thomas column from the pulpit, with the Clintons present. Later he covered the episode in his memoir, as I did in my own book.
During that time IRD's office was across the street from Foundry Church, fueling suspicions of ongoing surveillance. Memories! more >>
Editor's Note: The following sermon was delivered by Hillary Clinton at Foundry United Methodist Church, Washington, D.C. on Sept. 13, 2015. Clinton formerly served as U.S. secretary of State, U.S. senator and first lady. She is running for president of the United States.
Good morning. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. And especially for this occasion, a remarkable event that we are celebrating together. I am so glad that Chelsea and I could be part of it. I thank you for that invitation.
I was thinking, as Chelsea was speaking, how unpredictable, even serendipitous it turned out to be that we ended up at Foundry. Some of you may remember it was not too long after the inauguration. It was a Sunday. We were already getting kind of stir-crazy, and so we thought, "Let's go to church." Now, this was a long time ago — 1993. There had been a big storm in Washington. The drifting snow was stacked in the streets and on the sides. We had the idea that we would find a Methodist church and walk from the White House. I don't know who was there that day. Some of you were very, very kind in bringing us in. This was the time before metal detectors and all of the hyper-security that we live with today. We just walked out of the White House followed by some bewildered Secret Service agents and made our way to church. And from that moment until this, we have always felt so welcome. more >>
Democratic Presidential frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed to be much nicer to the press during a speech at the bicentennial celebration of the Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington on Sunday.
Two months after Clinton campaign aides roped off reporters at a 4th of July parade in New Hampshire and subsequently drew criticism from Republicans, the lifelong Methodist has promised to be nicer to reporters. The issue was raised when Clinton received unsolicited advice from the church's former pastor J. Philip Wogaman, who ministered to the Clintons during President Bill Clinton's two terms in the White House during the 1990s.
Clinton was joined by Bill, her daughter Chelsea and fellow congregants at Foundry's 200th anniversary celebration where she spoke from the pulpit. more >>
The United Methodist Church will soon implement changes to its employee insurance coverage that will increase out-of-pocket expenses due to the Affordable Care Act.
In late August the Board of Directors for the UMC General Council on Finance and Administration agreed to revise the insurance coverage for bishops and general church employees.
An agency within the United Methodist Church says its aiming to help gay youth by seeking to lift the Mainline denomination's ban on funding groups that promote homosexuality.
Timothy L. Bias, general secretary for the United Methodist Discipleship Ministries, told The Christian Post that the reason for crafting legislation to amend the denomination's Book of Discipline is to allow the agency to "provide resources aimed at preventing teen suicide, particularly among youth who feel marginalized by their sexual identity."
"If the legislation is approved, our agency, among others, can then develop resources and programs for the LGBTQ community, preventing despair and hopelessness," said Bias. more >>