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Gay and Loved by God

We worship a Jesus who constantly sought out and blessed those condemned by the religious and secular powers of his time.

An aging maverick, Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong has no regrets

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. — At 82, retired and enjoying life, Bishop John Shelby Spong doesn’t have to be the liberal … Continued

Lutherans take surprise step in electing female presiding bishop

RNS () — What started as just another church assembly turned into a historic one for the Evangelical Lutheran Church … Continued

Pope Francis: The end of ‘fortress Catholicism’?

Pope Francis reached out to gays, saying he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a news conference Monday. … Continued

Pope Francis is lots of hope, very little change

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, left, is welcomed by Pope Francis … Continued

(Presbyterian) Church of Scotland OK’s gay ministers

CANTERBURY, England — The Church of Scotland’s General Assembly on Monday (May 20) passed a historic vote to allow actively … Continued

Pope Benedict XVI resigns, upending 600 years of tradition

LONDON — Citing failing strength of “mind and body,” Pope Benedict XVI stunned his closest aides and more than 1 billion … Continued

Obama extols a biblical vision of equality for all in second inaugural

A presidential inauguration is by tradition the grandest ritual of America’s civil religion, but President Obama took the oath of … Continued

Church of England OK’s (celibate) gay bishops

CANTERBURY, England — The Church of England on Friday (Jan. 4) confirmed that it has dropped its prohibition on gay … Continued

Presbyterians to tackle gay marriage, divestment

The Presbyterian Church (USA) will return to two issues that have dominated church life for the past decade, with debates … Continued

Kicking the can down the road

It’s not pleasant to watch America’s religious leaders imitate our politicians when they expropriate political cliches to explain or delay … Continued

Calif. Presbyterians refuse to rebuke the Rev. Janie Spahr over gay marriages

In an unprecedented act of defiance, a California branch of the Presbyterian Church (USA) refused a ruling from a church … Continued

Why the United Methodist Church canceled votes on same-sex marriage and gay clergy

United Methodists concluded their General Conference last Friday (May 4) without voting on gay clergy or same-sex marriage, a surprising … Continued

Methodists uphold policy that calls homosexuality ‘incompatible with Christian teaching’

Despite emotional protests and fierce lobbying from gay rights groups, United Methodists voted on Thursday (May 2) to maintain their … Continued

Methodists to debate gay clergy and same-sex unions

As nearly 1,000 delegates from across the world gather in Tampa, Fla., for the United Methodist Church’s General Conference, gay … Continued

Pro-Tutu petitions flood Gonzaga

SPOKANE, Wash. — After nearly 700 people tried to push Gonzaga University to rescind its commencement speaker’s invitation to Archbishop … Continued

When religion and spirituality collide

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the leader of the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion, recently announced that … Continued

Alumni don’t want Demond Tutu to speak at Gonzaga

SPOKANE, Wash. — Archbishop Desmond Tutu is slated to deliver the commencement address next month to Gonzaga University’s graduating class. … Continued

Are the mainline Protestant splinter churches a new Reformation or old news?

There’s a popular saying in church-planting circles: It’s easier to make babies than to raise the dead. That principle applies … Continued

Virginia Court Will Hear Appeal in Episcopal Property Battle

By Michelle Boorstein A years-long, multi-million-dollar land battle between the Episcopal Church in Virginia and conservatives who broke away from … Continued