Day: April 13, 2016

Should the Episcopal Church explain why McDonald and Baumgarten were fired?

Issues of trust, transparency and legality inform both critics’ and supporters’ responses to the Episcopal Church’s silence surrounding the termination of TEC Chief Deputy Operating Officer Sam McDonald and Director of Public Engagement Alex Baumgarten. Religion News includes a number of perspectives in a story published today, including the impact on future situations: By saying …

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Norway’s Lutheran Church votes for same-sex marriage

Seventy-four percent of Norwegians are Lutheran, and its Lutheran Church voted earlier this week (88 affirmative votes out of 115) to allow same-sex marriage, though individual priests who disagree can still object, according to a Reuters report. The vote by Norway’s Lutheran Church reflects increasingly liberal attitudes in wider Norwegian society to issues such as …

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In the ALA’s top 10 most challenged books for 2015: The Bible

It’s not often the Bible and Fifty Shades of Grey appear on the same reading list, but they have at least once – in the American Library Association’s list of top 10 most frequently challenged books for 2015. The reasons given for E.L. James’ novel’s listing include that it is “sexually explicit” and “poorly written.” …

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