Faith & Religion

Beyond 'regret'

Religion | U.S.
by Edward E. Plowman
Posted 4/15/06, 12:00 am

It was as if the liberal establishment in the Episcopal Church (ECUSA) woke up and smelled smoke.

It happened at last month's meeting of the ECUSA House of Bishops at a conference center in North Carolina. On everybody's mind was what would be the 2.3-million-member denomination's official response to the demands of the Windsor Report, due in June at the ECUSA triennial convention in Columbus.

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Cutting back

Religion | Money woes continue to dog the mainline denominations
by Edward E. Plowman
Posted 4/08/06, 12:00 am

Money woes continue to dog the mainline denominations. For example, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) must chop $9.15 million from its budget for the next two years and lay off as much as one-fourth of its 600-member national staff. Main reason: decline in giving to the PCUSA by congregations and presbyteries.

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Conscience clears

Religion | "Lesbian evangelist" wins ruling in California regional church court
by Edward E. Plowman
Posted 3/25/06, 12:00 am

A regional church court cleared self-proclaimed "lesbian evangelist" Jane Spahr, 63, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister and former denominational official, of charges she improperly conducted the weddings of two female couples.

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