After nearly 40,000 people signed a petition to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal protesting against demands that a Seventh-day Adventist lay minister hand over his Bible and sermons, state officials have backed off to an extent, but are still making intrusive requests toward the pastor, according to the Family Research Council which started the petition.
The petition backed leading health expert Dr. Eric Walsh, who was previously appointed to President Obama's Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDs, though that employment offer was rescinded after officials looked into his views on marriage.
The state of Georgia filed a Request for Production of Documents, which asked Walsh for copies of sermons and all material relating to his service as a pastor, but the doctor said that the government does not have the right to take his sermons. more >>
The United Methodist Church's highest court has affirmed a bishop's decision to overrule a regional church body's resolution that called for defying the Mainline denomination's position on homosexuality.
During the summer, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar of the New England Conference overruled a "non-conformity" resolution calling for the regional body to reject the Book of Discipline's position that homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching."
A retired clergywoman of the United Church of Canada has requested to be removed from the denomination's list of clergy over the Church's treatment of an openly atheist minister.
The denomination is in the process of possibly removing Gretta Vosper of West Hill United Church from her position as a minister due to her being an avowed atheist.
The Rev. Beverley Burlock, a classmate of Vosper's from Queen's Theological College, wrote an open letter requesting that she be defrocked in light of the effort to remove Vosper. more >>
For most Americans, the last day of October is a time of trick-or-treating, costumes, candy, and various spooky things from horror movies to haunted houses.
Halloween, the holiday most known for its playful scaring and bags of sweets, is most closely associated by mainstream culture with Oct. 31.
However, for hundreds of churches across the United States and many others throughout global Protestantism, Oct. 31 is a time to remember the birth of the Reformation. more >>
A priest within the Church of England has been defrocked after his estranged wife exposed his double-life of participating in orgy parties and hiring prostitutes.
The Rev. James Day, the father of three children, was also accused of having committed violent acts against his wife, Birte Day.
The Telegraph reports that the Bishop's Disciplinary Tribunal for the Diocese of Europe examined four memory sticks of evidence containing pornographic images and explicit emails the priest sent about his gay liaisons, and found his conduct "unbecoming and inappropriate." more >>
Scientists have reportedly uncovered for the first time since 1555 an ancient slab inside a chamber in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, which is believed to have once held Jesus' body.
The National Geographic reported that the slab in question had been covered by marble cladding since at least the mid 16th century.
"The marble covering of the tomb has been pulled back, and we were surprised by the amount of fill material beneath it," said archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert, a partner in the restoration project at Jesus' tomb. "It will be a long scientific analysis, but we will finally be able to see the original rock surface on which, according to tradition, the body of Christ was laid." more >>