The University of Southern California will be purchasing a church property that dates back to the 1930s as part of the public academic institution's ongoing expansion efforts.
USC is in negotiations to finalize the purchase of the campus of United University Church, a Los Angeles-based church jointly operated by a United Methodist congregation and a Presbyterian congregation.
Pastor Frank Wulf of United Church told The Christian Post that he could not comment on the pending transaction, but direct CP to an earlier interview he gave to The Los Angeles Times. more >>
The United Methodist bishops in Africa this week released a statement urging all bishops of their denomination to uphold the church's teachings on marriage and sexuality, saying they are "deeply saddened" that the Bible and the Methodist Book of Discipline are being ignored by some clergy.
"We are deeply saddened that the Holy Bible, our primary authority for faith and the practice of Christian living, and our Book of Discipline are being grossly ignored by some members and leaders of our Church in favor of social and cultural practices that have no scriptural basis for acceptance in Christian worship and conduct," the bishops said in a statement released this week at the Council of Bishops' fall retreat in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
"We support laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman," the United Methodist Church says. "The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching." more >>
United Methodist Church leadership has recently endorsed a plan to change the name of its central rule book.
Bishops of the divided denomination plan to change the name of the Book of Discipline to Things United Methodists Don't Agree On.
A complaint filed against a Michigan United Methodist Church pastor who officiated a same-sex wedding might lead to a trial.
The Rev. Michael Tupper, pastor of Parchment UMC, knowingly violated the denomination's Book of Discipline which forbids clergy from performing gay weddings.
During an interview with The Christian Post, Tupper said he participated in the gay marriage ceremony in order "to bring light to the harm done by the United Methodist Church to LGBTQ people." more >>
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 >>