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Navy to allow same-sex weddings

According to the Navy Times, the new policy of allowing openly gay and lesbian to serve in the military has caused the Navy Chaplain Corp to issue a memo allowing for Naval Chaplains to perform same-sex marriages on navy bases. Naval facilities may be used for the reception.

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Georgia Surpreme Court hearings begin

Christ Church, Savannah, the “mother church” of Georgia, had a majority of its parishioners vote to leave the Episcopal Church in 2007. The ensuing court case has finally arrived in the state Supreme Court and oral arguments began yesterday. According to reports the courtroom pews were packed with people from both sides.

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The church as “movement” vs. the church as “institution”

The real job of the laity is to reconcile the world. Out there. The congregation is where our Christian community thrives—it is where we live, pray, worship, become renewed. It is our proving ground, where we practice resurrection, where we learn about ourselves and how to become whole human beings.

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Presbyterians on the verge of approving LGBT ordination

The nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination is on the brink of removing its longstanding ban on ordaining non-celibate gays and lesbians. The decisive vote could come as early as tomorrow at a meeting of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area in Minnesota. That presbytery approved a similar resolution

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Religious denominations face a looming financial crisis

Most congregations know the financial squeeze of recent years from the economic recession. What is more striking is that the financial downturn for denominations is even more pronounced and perhaps more long lasting. The practice of depending on fewer people to provide more money is unsustainable in the face of the coming “death tsunami.”

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Mother’s Day Magnificat

A performance of the Magnificat (by Bryan Kelly) from Evensong on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Sung by the Men and Boys of the Cathedral Choir, directed by Benjamin Bachmann, Canon Director of Music. Robert Gurney, organ.

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