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Report: Biblical theology a predictor of church growth

Religion | Thriving mainline congregations remain committed to Biblical beliefs
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 11/23/16, 02:22 pm

The key ingredient for church growth in mainline Protestant denominations is Biblical theology, a recent Canadian study found.

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United Methodists elect first openly gay bishop

Religion | The move goes against church doctrine and points to a possible schism
by Ciera Horton
Posted 7/18/16, 12:02 pm

The United Methodist Church’s (UMC) Western Jurisdiction unanimously elected the denomination’s first openly lesbian bishop Friday, going against the UMC’s official stance on homosexuality.

The Rev. Karen Oliveto’s election follows long-term disputes within the 12.7 million-member UMC about homosexuality, furthering concerns of an impending church division.

“This election raises significant concerns and questions of church polity and unity,” Bishop Bruce Ough, president of the UMC Council of Bishops, said after the vote.

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