1st Gay PCUSA pastor

More than two decades after Scott Anderson told his California congregation that he was gay and therefore must resign as its pastor, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) is preparing to welcome him back. Anderson will be ordained Saturday as the denomination’s first openly gay minister, marking the latest mainline Protestant church to move toward accepting homosexual 

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Church on Trial

The church’s call to exclusion is ‘killing its soul’.  Those are the words of Dr. Joretta Marshall of Brite Divinity School talking about the upcoming trial of lesbian pastor Rev. Amy DeLong in the United Methodist Church. Watch this: The soul of the church is what’s at stake, according to Marshall. The soul of the 

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Gallop: More and More Christians View Homosexuality as "Morally Acceptable"

According to the Houston Chronicle and a new Gallop poll:  Christians and people from other religious traditions have grown more tolerant of gays and lesbians. The percentage of Catholics calling gay relations “morally acceptable” has increased by more than a third in the past five years, up to 62 percent. More Americans also favor legalizing 

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"The Holy Spirit Is Telling Us to Elect Gay Bishops"

With special thanks to Frank Lockwood (The Bible Belt Blogger), take a look at this pastoral letter from Episcopal Church presiding bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to the Anglican Communion… A pastoral letter to The Episcopal Church Pentecost continues! Pentecost is most fundamentally a continuing gift of the Spirit, rather than a limitation or quenching of 

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Ted Haggard's New Church: Open to Gays, Straights…

Well, I kinda pegged this one last week… Ted Haggard’s launch party for his new St. James Church happened last week.  A few interesting observations about the first service… 1.  According to media reports, only 160 people attended the first service of this new church.  That’s with nation-wide media coverage that it was going to 

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How Would Your Church Respond to Constance McMillen?

Given the interest in the Jennifer Knapp story here at MMI yesterday, I thought this would be a great follow-up, and I’d really like to spark some additional conversation around this topic because I think it’s vitally important.  Meet Constance McMillen.  Constance is an 18 year old high school senior from Fulton, Mississippi (but she 

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