Day: January 31, 2012

Data pointing toward reality Part 2

The best you can do is trace membership in the denominations that have reliable figures. The long-term pattern was mainline decline and conservative growth, with the overall total remaining about the same–until the last 5 years when the overall total began to decline. Mainline decline got worse and several large conservative bodies began to decline.

What’s happening in feminist liberation theology?

…women tend to have a 27% lower salary than men, 90% of the lead women pastors are the first woman in such a position in their congregation, 69% of the women are married compared with 99% of the male pastors, 25% of the lead women pastors report some form of physical threat. ~UMC study

Diarmaid MacColluch opposes Anglican Covenant

This pernicious proposal of a Covenant (an unhappy choice of name if you know anything about our Church’s history) ignores the Anglican Communion’s past, and seeks to gridlock the Anglican present at the cost of a truly Anglican future. ~MacCulloch

Virginia bishop on property settlements

… this means that if and when the present ruling stands and we retain the disputed properties, no community of faith, no ministry program will be summarily thrown out of its current place. We will be as open as possible to creative agreements, generous provision, and true mutuality, while protecting the needs of our own ministries and the integrity of our witness.

Praying for New Orleans one block at a time

…Campbell and her friends have decided the most powerful thing they can do is drive the city’s streets and pray, as the community does its business, unaware, around them. “We got a problem, but we don’t know how to solve it,” Campbell insisted. “Well, we do,” she said, meaning herself, Minor and their friends. “We’re taking it to the Spirit.”