Cynthia Meyer, pastor at Edgerton United Methodist Church, came out to her congregation in January. That’s a fireable offense in the denomination. A policy change that she hoped for at the Methodist General Conference in May didn’t happen. To avoid a trial, she agreed to leave her post at the end of August.
The leaders of the Catholic Church in Missouri are calling on lawmakers to uphold Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that would eliminate the requirement to seek training and obtain a permit in order to carry a concealed gun.
Twenty-two Missouri clergy members could face up to six months behind bars after being convicted Wednesday on trespassing charges and acquitted of other counts in connection with a peaceful 2014 protest over Medicaid expansion at the state Capitol.
The Rev. Bob Hill, pastor emeritus, Community Christian Church: All who ask this question and earnestly seek answers to it are already on the way to life-saving learnings about forgiveness and wholeness.
In May 2014, clergy members and others standing in the gallery area at the state Capitol were charged with obstructing government operations and first-degree trespassing. They were there to press senators to expand Medicaid eligibility limits so that more Missourians could receive coverage. This week, the “Medicaid 23” go to trial.
Northwest Nazarene University theology Professor Thomas Jay Oord doesn’t think of God the way a lot of Sunday church-goers do. As some Nazarenes pushed back against his views, Oord found a school administration and a church that did little to protect him. Following the Oord experience, the Nampa, Idaho, school is doing its own soul-searching on governance and religious freedom.
Syed E. Hasan, chairman, Shawnee Mission Islamic Education Center: The most important aspect of Islam is belief in the existence and oneness of God. This unflinching conviction is the bedrock that anchors the entire foundation of Islam.
Pope Francis has lamented that children are being taught at school that gender can be a choice, adding that his predecessor, Benedict XVI has labeled current times “the epoch of sin against God the Creator.”
Some atheists are suing over $65,000 in tourism tax dollars approved for a use related to a Baptist convention coming to Kansas City. But the city responds that this money would be used for a secular purpose.
I didn’t come to Ark Encounter as an atheist. I came as a mainstream Christian, and two things bothered me: Answers in Genesis’ claim that its pseudo-science is “true” Christianity, and some critics’ assumption that all Christians are anti-science rubes.