Category «Other Religious News and Analysis»

United Methodist Schism & Local Churches

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By Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism. Since the small Western Jurisdiction of United Methodism elected an openly lesbian bishop in defiance of church law, there’s been renewed conversation about schism. Some predict it with regret while some hope it would end decades of controversy between conservatives and liberals. Typically schism talk does not focus on the …

China on Track to Have Largest Christian Population in the World With 200M Believers Despite Crackdown

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By Brandon Showalter, Christian Post. Despite increasing persecution of Christians in China, the Communist country is on track to have the largest Christian population in the world by 2030, according to Rodney Pennington who studies religious trends for OMF International. “We are overjoyed with what the Lord has already done in China,” said Pennington, vice …

3 Key Takeaways from the Latest Report on Global Religious Restrictions and Hostilities

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By Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News. Government and social interference with religious practice decreased in 2014, but people of faith faced more threats from terrorist groups, according to Pew Research Center’s latest report on global religious restrictions and hostilities. “Of the 198 countries included in the study, 24 percent had high or very high levels of …

Ecumenical ‘Together 2016’ Unites Christians, Catholics in Nation’s Capitol

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By Heather Clark, Christian News. Thousands of youth flocked to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday for the ecumenical gathering “Together 2016,” which sought to unite those of various backgrounds to “stand together for Jesus” and featured a video endorsement by the leader of Roman Catholicism. The event featured speakers such as Francis Chan, …

Condoleezza Rice Issues Prayer for Peace, Unity During Service at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

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By Leah Marieann Klett, The Gospel Herald. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice issued a powerful prayer asking God to bring peace and healing to the United States amid the pain, anger, and uncertainty seen nationwide following the shooting deaths of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and five police officers who were gunned down in Dallas, Texas. …

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