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2007-08-12 15:14:29

By JUDY HARRISON; OF THE NEWS STAFF The Rev. Marguerite "Rita" A.H. Steadman stepped into the pulpit of Saint John's Episcopal Church in Bangor last Sunday and made history. The 38-year-old mother of two young children is the first woman to serve as rector of the congregation since its founding in 1835. Steadman, however, has been a first before. She was the first woman ordained a deacon more than a decade ago at St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church in Times Square after she completed...

2007-06-12 12:00:15

By Nick G. Maheras, High Point Enterprise, N.C. Jun. 12--HIGH POINT -- The city's biggest church, as well as its largest Baptist assembly, has called a new senior pastor. The Rev. Dr. Darryl L. Craft, pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., will preach his fi rst Sunday service at Green Street Baptist Church on N. Rotary Drive July 22. Craft,44,preached both morning services there Sunday after meeting with church deacons Friday and holding three question -- and-answer...

2006-06-20 18:47:09

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - The largest U.S. Presbyterian Church body approved a measure on Tuesday that would open the way for the ordination of gays and lesbians under certain circumstances. The new policy was approved on a vote of 57-43 percent among 500 church representatives at the biennial meeting of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. It gives local church organizations more leeway in deciding if gays can be ordained as lay deacons and elders as well as clergy,...

2006-06-20 18:40:48

Corrects first name of pastor in paragraph four to Jon Walton from John By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - The largest U.S. Presbyterian Church body approved a measure on Tuesday that would open the way for the ordination of gays and lesbians under certain circumstances. The new policy was approved on a vote of 57-43 percent among 500 church representatives at the biennial meeting of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. It gives local church organizations more leeway in...

2006-06-20 17:44:42

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - The largest U.S. Presbyterian Church body approved a measure on Tuesday that would open the way for the ordination of gays and lesbians under certain circumstances. The new policy was approved on a vote of 57-43 percent among 500 church representatives at the biennial meeting of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. It gives local church organizations more leeway in deciding if gays can be ordained as lay deacons and elders as well as clergy,...

2005-11-22 16:39:46

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Practicing homosexuals, men with "deep-seated" gay tendencies and those who support gay culture should not be allowed to enter the priesthood, according to an eagerly awaited Vatican document. But it will allow men who have "clearly overcome" homosexual tendencies for at least three years to proceed toward the priesthood. Key excerpts from the official English-language version of the document, to be issued next week, were read to Reuters...

2005-11-04 07:52:11

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Traditionalist British Anglicans have defied church leaders in an escalating row over gay clergy by importing a conservative African bishop to ordain three deacons. The latest step toward schism in the 450-year-old Anglican church coincides with the visit to Britain of openly gay bishop Gene Robinson, whose ordination two years ago in the United States first sparked the crisis. In a highly symbolic service that deepened divisions between...

2005-10-03 09:27:29

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Church may someday have to consider ordaining married men in order to deal with the desperate shortage of priests, according to some participants at a Vatican synod that began its work on Monday. While the possibility is still far off, the fact that it even surfaced on the synod's first working day was significant because the 1.1 billion member Church is grappling with ways of stemming the shortage in many areas of the...

2005-08-22 09:09:14

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Roman Catholic church has for the first time allowed a former Anglican minister who is married with two children to be ordained as a priest. David Evans, 65, from Zimbabwe has converted to Catholicism and the Vatican has approved his ordination, the Tenerife Diocese, where Fr. Evans has been assigned, said on Monday. "Of course, David Evans will continue to be married to his wife, Patricia, after his ordination as a priest," the diocese added in a...

2005-07-11 13:53:28

LONDON (Reuters) - The Church of England voted on Monday to move toward ordaining women bishops, a step which could provoke an exodus of conservative clergy and deepen the widening splits within the worldwide Anglican Communion. A synod meeting in the city of York voted to "remove legal obstacles" in Church law to women bishops, a process Church officials say could take about four years to complete. All three houses of the synod -- the church's parliament -- voted in favor. The most senior...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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