Red Church Revival

On the outskirts of Tivoli, NY, a small Hudson River village, sits a small, fairly nondescript church known simply as “the Red Church.” Although it’s never had its own congregation and it ceased housing a congregation of any kind more than a century ago, the former Dutch Reformed church has found a special place in... Continue Reading

Presbyterian Church considers denouncing Caterpillar Corp.

The Louisville-based Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is being asked to approve a statement that “strongly denounces” the Caterpillar corporation for profiting from Israel’s use of its heavy equipment for “clearly non-peaceful purposes.” The church committee recommending the statement is not calling on the denomination to pull its investments from Caterpillar — an approach that drew heavy... Continue Reading

The Eyes of the Nation are on the Southern Baptist Convention

Will the Southern Baptist Convention step up to the plate and hit the ball out of the park this Christmas? The second largest denomination–and the largest Protestant denomination–in the U.S. is approaching a critical choice point in December 2009. The denomination has announced since 2007 that an additional 2,800 missionaries could help it complete the... Continue Reading

New Presbyterian Church Welcomes Visitors

from the Edmond Sun Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Edmond, Okla., is a new church-plant of the Presbyterian Church in America. With the recent growth Edmond and Oklahoma City have experienced along with the desire of a core group of people to bring a PCA church to Edmond, the network went forward in developing plans to... Continue Reading

Reformed Church in America Is Imploding, Professor Says

The Reformed Church in America ship is sinking, argues one Reformed believer. “Listen. Do you hear them? Those are the gentle, mournful sounds of a denomination imploding,” Donald A. Luidens, professor of sociology at Hope College in Holland, Mich., wrote in an article featured in November’s Perspectives. “The denominational craft has carried us far, but... Continue Reading

Oh Heavenly Weed

You’ve heard about people taking advantage of Colorado’s medical marijuana laws by faking an illness, getting a doctor’s prescription and getting licensed to smoke pot. But now there’s a ministry where you can get higher than the heavens, smoke your sacrament, without any license required. And you’ll find it right in the heart of Boulder,... Continue Reading

San Francisco PCUSA Presbytery Permits Ordination of Lesbian

After a lengthy battle, a San Francisco lesbian is a step closer to being ordained as a clergywoman in the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Presbytery of San Francisco voted Tuesday (Nov. 10) to permit the ordination of Lisa Larges, 46, after she stated under a “scruple” policy that she objects to the PCUSA’s rules preventing... Continue Reading

Killeen’s churches Fill on First Sunday After Fort Hood Shootings

The reserved greeting at Killeen’s First United Methodist Church contrasted sharply with the effusive cries of parishioners several blocks away at the Christian House of Prayer. But across this Army town in search of recovery, the message was the same. Pastors, chaplains and priests echoed themes of remembrance, forgiveness and healing in the first Sunday... Continue Reading

House Democrat: Investigate Catholic Tax Exemption

Rep. Lynn Woolsey, a California Democrat dismayed by the House vote over the weekend to prohibit taxpayer subsidies for insurance policies that cover abortion in the healthcare overhaul, is saying maybe the IRS should investigate the tax-exempt status of the Catholic Church following its lobbying effort for the restriction. “I expect political hardball on any... Continue Reading

The Church that Helped Bring Down the Berlin Wall

By Deborah Potter, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly LEIPZIG, Germany — St. Nikolai Evangelical Lutheran Church hasn’t changed much since the 16th century. Bach once played the organ here and the music remains alluring, but it is the church’s more recent history in the last days of the Cold War and its role in the fall... Continue Reading