Faith & Religion
Photo by Mike DuBose/UMNS

Methodists postpone decisions on sexuality, marriage

by Melinda Taylor
Posted 5/19/16, 03:00 pm

PORTLAND, Ore.—Earlier this week, demonstrators wearing rainbow-patterned stoles marched into the room where thousands of United Methodists had gathered for their much-anticipated denominational meeting in Portland, Ore. They chanted slogans calling for unity. During another meeting, gay-rights supporters, some lying on the floor with their hands and feet bound, called on bishops to change the denomination’s policies on homosexuality.

Read more

Photo via YouTube

Catholic leaders defend Little Sisters, religious freedom

Religion | National Catholic Prayer Breakfast speakers make the case for religious liberty
by Evan Wilt
Posted 5/17/16, 03:50 pm

WASHINGTON—One day after the Supreme Court kicked the Little Sisters of the Poor case back to lower courts to get rehashed, the sisters said they had no plan B in the fight for their religious freedom.

“We have no contingency plan,” said Sister Constance Veit, director of communications for the Little Sisters of the Poor at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., “because we believe that God will never abandon us.”

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Eric Gay

National Day of Prayer laments Obergefell aftermath

Religion | Speakers at the 65th annual event call for God’s intervention in matters of marriage, gender, and Supreme Court decisions
by Evan Wilt
Posted 5/05/16, 06:15 pm

WASHINGTON—Each year since 1952, Christians have convened in the U.S. capital to pray for the nation’s future. But this year, the first National Day of Prayer since Supreme Court legalized gay marriage had renewed urgency.

“We need visible and verbal followers of Jesus Christ. Everybody else is coming out of the closet; we might as well come out too,” said Tony Evans, a Dallas pastor and the 2016 National Day of Prayer keynote speaker. “We don’t need any more secret-agent Christianity.”

Read more