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Employees at Catholic Charities were told Monday that the social services organization is changing its health coverage to avoid offering benefits to same-sex partners of its workers — the latest fallout from a bitter debate between District officials trying to legalize same-sex marriage and the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington…(Read More)

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A gay clergyperson has been re-instated in the Presbyterian Church. The reinstatement was based on the person’s exercising a “scruples” clause (conscientious objection) to a “one man, one woman” definition of marriage in an ordination standard. From Brief bio of Anderson “As a life-long Christian and Presbyterian, the counter-cultural character of…(Read More)

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Pluralist wonders why liberal English bishops have no spine: I see nothing but imbalance when it comes to wider comment by Church of England leaders – so that the increasingly conservative like Williams and Wright are like road blockages and foghorns, and then you have the more extreme noises making hay, whereas there is no…(Read More)

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Failure to thrive

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Here were two congregations going nowhere. In each case, there was no partnership between clergy and lay leaders. The congregations were stuck on alternate poles of this polarity, and both were experiencing more and more of the downside of their respective poles…(Read More)

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The U.S. Supreme Court today announced that it has denied a petition to hear an appeal from a breakaway congregation seeking claim to the property of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of La Crescenta, California. The court posted its action, together with dozens of other petitions denied, on its web site…(Read More)

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As I survey the religious landscape (for more than a dozen years I served as counsel to some of America’s largest Protestant groups), I sense a growing energy — if not membership rolls — among these more liberal Protestant churches. Part of that energy could be because Protestants are developing an identity that jibes with…(Read More)

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