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Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

 

[T]his form of pastoral malpractice does immeasurable damage to individuals, institutions and faith communities.

Opinion: Communion should be personal, not political

Joe Biden & Communion question

by: Paul O’DonnellOct. 31, 2019 (RNS) — Joe Biden is a proud Catholic. He carries a rosary to remember his late son Beau, and as recent headlines show, he attends Mass even during a grueling campaign. But when the former vice president presented himself for Communion at St. Anthony Catholic Church in South Carolina on Sunday (Oct. 27), a priest denied him the sacrament. The pastor then discussed the moment with a reporter. “Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching,” the pastor,Read More


The pastoral and lay leadership of First Baptist Church of Naples (FBCN) apologized to all Southern Baptists...

Fla. church signals discipline over ‘racial prejudices’

Marcus Hayes & family

by Diana ChandlerNAPLES, Fla., Nov. 1, 2019 (BP) — A majority white Baptist church has apologized for ‘racial prejudices’ that leaders deemed partly responsible for a favored black candidate losing the Oct. 27 vote for pastor, and said it will discipline those guilty of the sin. The pastoral and lay leadership of First Baptist Church of Naples (FBCN) apologized to all Southern Baptists Thursday (Oct. 31) for “a sickness in what we characterize as a cancer within our fellowship” that led in part to 19 percent of the congregation votingRead More


The Book of Discipline states that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching”...

Dissent from Traditional Plan dominates United Methodists’ top court meeting

by: Emily McFarlan Miller CHICAGO, Nov. 2, 2019 (RNS) — Earlier this year the United Methodist Church’s top court upheld much of the Traditional Plan strengthening the denomination’s language barring its LGBTQ members from marriage and ordination. But questions about that plan still dominated the Judicial Council meeting this past week in suburban Evanston, Illinois. “The matters before us are neither academic nor abstract. They are where we and the church live,” Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, president of the denomination’s Council of Bishops, said during an Oct. 30 public hearing,Read More


Meetings will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m.,and Tuesday, Dec. 10,  at 6:30 p.m...

Learn about owning a Habitat for Humanity home – Nov.16 & Dec. 10

Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity project

MONTGOMERY, Ill., Nov. 1, 2019 – Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity will hold information sessions in November and December for families needing affordable housing. Meetings will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m.,and Tuesday, Dec. 10,  at 6:30 p.m. at Genesis Community Church, 1300 S. Broadway in Montgomery, site of Habitat offices. The public is invited. Parking is free. Debi Albright, Habitat director of operations, will provide information on becoming a Habitat homeowner. Habitat homeowners will also provide information. Applications will be available. To RSVP, or for more information, call (630) 206-5031 or e-mail d.albright@foxvalleyhabitat.org. QualificationsRead More