Day: May 2, 2015

Celebrating her 25th year of ordained ministry

Writing in the National Catholic Reporter, Maureen Fiedler wonders when her church will have women in the priesthood. Meanwhile, Pope Francis asks “Why is it expected that women must earn less than men? No! They have the same rights. The disparity is a pure scandal.”

Episcopalians in Brazil celebrate 30 years of women’s ordination.

2015 marks 30 years of women ordained to the priesthood in the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil (Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil.) To celebrate the Brazilian church will hold the National Ordained Women’s Meeting at the Retreat House of Bethany village in Porto Alegre, Brazil with the theme Woman, Source of Strength and Faith. The …

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Religion was trumped by biology this week before the US Supreme Court regarding marriage equality

Soon after the case for marriage equality was won before the Massachusetts Supreme Court, in 2003, conservatives, clergy and laypeople alike, began fighting against it on religious grounds; God had handed down marriage of one man and one woman from on high. That argument wasn’t to be found this week in the case presented by …

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The male couple in the VA marriage equality case to celebrate wedding nuptials

The two men have been a couple for 25 years. They filed a case in federal district court against the VA ban on marriage equality. On 13 FEB 2014, the judge, Arenda L. Wright Allen, ruled the ban unconstitutional. On 28 JUL 2014 the US Fourth Circuit Appeals Court upheld the lower court’s ruling. Finally, …

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Speaking to the Soul: The value of life

If God values the life of a sparrow, or anything else, how much more can we as humans be valued in God’s sight? Do we have the right to say that this person or that one has little value to us because they aren’t like us in some way — physically, culturally, educationally, financially, religiously– and therefore have no value to God?