The Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club cancelled its sponsorship of a controversial reenactment of a satanic "black mass" by New York's Satanic Temple Monday after strong condemnation from Catholic groups, university officials and students.
Early Monday evening Lucien Greaves, spokesman for the Satanic Temple, told The Boston Globe that the event had to be cancelled because they no longer had a venue.
"Everyone involved, outside of the Satanic Temple, got really scared," said Greaves. "And I don't necessarily blame them, because I understand that they were getting a lot of vitriolic hate mail, and I don't think they expected it." more >>
The United Methodist Church's internal struggle over the Protestant denomination's stance on homosexuality has become increasingly public over the past few years.
Although the UMC's official position is that of declaring homosexuality sinful and barring practicing homosexuals from the ministry, a number of clergy, groups, and congregations want the church to change. One group, known as the Reconciling Ministries Network, seeks to unite churches under their banner, creating a more inclusive atmosphere for the LGBT community.
Back in the 1980s, RMN created a program in which UMC congregations could become "Reconciling Congregations." more >>
Speaking at the third annual "Washington: A Man of Prayer" event Wednesday, Pastor Robert Jeffress said that while members of Congress can debate immigration, healthcare and taxation policies, there are some issues that are beyond debate.
"Issues such as the value of life inside and outside the womb, the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, the right to religious freedom for every human being and the compassionate treatment of the poor. … For the Judge of the universe has already rendered His opinion," Jeffress said in Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol in Washington.
Jeffress, senior pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, was joined by Fox News host and former Republican governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at the event, which was held to commemorate "the events of April 30, 1789, when … President [George] Washington, accompanied by Congress, proceeded to St. Paul's Chapel where, as one of his first official acts, the president offered a prayer of dedication to God on America's behalf," according to the event website. more >>
Hillsong, a Pentecostal powerhouse with church campuses spanning the globe, recently descended on New York City's Times Square to declare the name of Jesus before thousands of onlookers while also shooting cover art for a new album that shares its name with the megachurch's 2014 conference theme.
Instead of flashing the usual ads, news reports or the day's market results, 21 digital screens played for an hour a looped video comprised of just a few frames flashing repeatedly: "Jesus" and "No Other Name."
Jay Argaet, Hillsong's Art and Communications director, told The Christian Post that at least 400 people from Hillsong NYC church joined in the nighttime campaign at Times Square, one of the world's most sought out tourist destinations. more >>
California Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn walked out of the National Day of Prayer event on Capitol Hill Thursday after hearing Dr. James Dobson refer to President Barack Obama as "the abortion president."
Speaking to Fox News host Megyn Kelly on "The Kelly File" Thursday night Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family and "Family Talk," a Christian radio ministry, explained the significance of his comments and context in which the statement was made.
"President Obama has not only done everything he could to promote abortion, and he let us know that before he was elected, and the people elected him anyway," said Dobson, who was seated next to his wife, Shirley, who has been the chairwoman of the event since 1991. more >>
Leaders from the Catholic and Episcopal churches have condemned a law passed earlier this year that allows licensed gun owners in Georgia to arm themselves in schools, restaurants, government buildings and churches.
Despite the new law, which Governor Nathan Deal signed on April 24, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta said he intends to keep congregants from bringing firearms into the church.
"Churches and other places of worship are intended to be sanctuaries, holy sites where people come to pray and to worship God," Gregory wrote in the May 1 issue of the Georgia Bulletin, a newspaper of the Atlanta archdiocese. more >>