Here are some good conversion stories I’ve found.
Better Late Than Never [A
On a related note: Why Tom Casey Loves the
I sympathize with this group well. Sadly, the Roman Catholic Church may someday need their
Group Amplifies Voice of Protestant Orthodoxy
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
Published: May 22, 2004
“As Presbyterians prepare to gather for their General Assembly in Richmond, Va.,
next month, a band of determined conservatives is advancing a plan to split the
church along liberal and orthodox lines. Another divorce proposal shook the United
Methodist convention in Pittsburgh earlier this month, while conservative Episcopalians
have already broken away to form a dissident network of their own.”
I hope the orthodox/traditional Methodists win out over the heterodox/progressive
Order Review of Lesbian Case
By JOE MANDAK, Associated Press Writer
PITTSBURGH – United Methodists ordered their top court to review the case of a lesbian
pastor after the court ruled Saturday that gay sex violates Christian teaching.
The denomination’s General Conference voted 551-345 to direct the Judicial Council to review the case of the Rev. Karen Dammann, whose avowed homosexuality led to church charges of committing practices “incompatible with Christian teaching.”
Court Says Gay Clergy Prohibited
Wash. Pastor Can Remain, for Now
By Alan Cooperman, Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, May 2, 2004; Page A22
“The highest court in the United Methodist Church ruled yesterday that church law
unambiguously says the practice of homosexuality is ‘incompatible with Christian
teaching’ and a ‘chargeable offense’ for Methodist ministers.”
I've often wondered about their motto myself. The "open minds" part worried me most. An open mind is like an open trap. It isn't useful unless it closes on something.
Methodist 'Openness' Motto Queried — Open to What?
Acquittal of Lesbian Pastor Source of Distress at UMC's General Conference
By Fred Jackson and Jim Brown
April 28, 2004
"(AgapePress) – United Methodists meeting in Pittsburgh appear deeply divided over whether their denomination's motto –'Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors' — requires acceptance of behavior that the Bible calls sinful."