“I never did understand the severity of my punishment for an act of love for my son Tim. The committee of appeals understood that my defrocking sought to penalize me not for what I did but for what I might do in the future," Rev. Frank Schaefer said.
After a decade of debate over how to use church resources to assist with the situation in Israel and Palestine, the governing body of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., or PC(USA), voted on Friday to divest from three companies that provide Israel with equipment used in the occupation of Palestinian territory.
While convening at their denominational convention in Detroit, Michigan, the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination voted to allow its pastors to officiate same-sex weddings in states where it is legal, and passed another overture that could change official church documents to include a more inclusive definition of marriage.
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“They can show us on a survey how many people like the name, but it doesn’t have anything to do with that. This name should go out the window, just as Al Jolson went out the window for wearing black face,” Rev. Graylan Hagler said.
Brat claims to be a “fairly orthodox Calvinist,” but several of his published writings expose a unsettling core theology that is centered around lifting up unregulated, free-market capitalism as a morally righteous system that churches should embrace—or else.
Protecting Christian minorities is undoubtedly a component of Francis' newfound diplomatic voice, but his peaceful approach is also a firm reclamation of a moral weight once enjoyed by Catholicism —and possibly religion as a whole—in international politics.
“Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude,” Pope Francis said.