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Methodist Church Prepares to Try Pastor Who Performed Marriage for Gay Men

The trial of pastor Frank Schaefer will begin shortly within a sharply divided Methodist Church.

Transgender in California: All are welcome in pluralistic America

March 26, 2013: A gay rights supporter waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court.Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty … Continued

Why many Methodists still oppose same-sex marriage

Signs display messages about gay marriage in front of the Devon Park United Methodist Church polling site on Tuesday, May … Continued

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Why I disobeyed the United Methodist Church’s unjust teaching on same-sex marriage

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” Marrying Tom and Nick was for me a profoundly personal and quintessentially pastoral act.

Left behind? Conservative Christians and the gay revolution

Ken Blevins AP Signs display messages about gay marriage in front of the Devon Park United Methodist Church polling site … Continued

Keeping the faith: 2012 in gay rights victories

AFP/GETTY IMAGES In May, President Obama became the first U.S. president to say publicly he was in favor of same-sex … Continued

Finding faith in organ donation

It’s during this time of year that people often reflect on their spirituality, faith and the extent to which they … Continued

Faith community is integral to the healthy masculinity movement

The Rev. Reverend Rob Keithan of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice began his address at the Healthy Masculinity Summit … Continued

Don’t deface the anti-Muslim Metro ads

REUTERS Cyrus McGoldrick, a member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, talks to commuters as they walk by an advertisement … Continued

Political discourse: a family affair

AP This photo combo shows President Barack Obama in Chapel Hill, N.C. on April 24, 2012, and Republican presidential candidate, … Continued

Faith-based organizations to make new commitments at London Family Planning Summit

When the British government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation bring together governments, donors, civil society, the private sector … Continued

Affordable Care Act ruling promises religious fights for the forseeable future

Mark Wilson GETTY IMAGES Health-care law opponents and proponents gatherin front of he U.S. Supreme Court, on June 28, 2012 … Continued

The law needs to catch up with love

When I heard the words of President Obama affirming marriage for all couples, it made me proud to be an … Continued

Talking Christianity, walking privilege

I’ve been thinking a lot about Jesus and about why it’s so difficult for members of Congress to follow Him. … Continued

In North Carolina after Amendment One, ‘Let the wild rumpus start’

AP AP As North Carolina voted in Amendment One, the world remembered Maurice Sendak, author of “Where the Wild Things … Continued

The religious case for legalized abortion

It is the 39th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. More than 35 million women in the … Continued

Remembering a local activist

As I visited with Dr. W. Astor Kirk in his hospital room on August 11, he was very ill and … Continued

Rick Perry, evangelicals and evolution as ‘a theory’s that’s out there’

Melina Mara THE WASHINGTON POST Presidential candidate for the GOP nomination and Republican Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, faced a … Continued

After war, churches care for warriors

By: Martin Davis and Kimberly Loontjer A memorial ceremony for America’s military veterans, their courage, commitment and sacrifice, is held … Continued

A verdict on faith-based partnerships under Obama and Bush

“Obama stimulus pours millions into faith-based groups,” read the title of a December 3, 2010, Politico article. It reported that … Continued