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November 10, 1990 | From Times Wire Service
What has been described as the "graying" of the United Methodist Church--the steady increase in the average age of clergy and seminary students--is the fruit of a trend that was encouraged by the denomination in earlier decades, according to a former executive of the church's Division of Ordained Ministry. "For quite a long period of time we actively discouraged candidates from entering the ministry," said the Rev.
June 16, 2001 | Associated Press
The chief policy-making body of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted Friday to recommend lifting a ban on ordaining homosexual clergy. The measure to remove the ban from the church's Book of Order, or constitution, was approved 317-208 by the General Assembly of the nation's sixth-largest Protestant denomination. The measure still must be ratified by a majority of the church's 173 presbyteries, or regional legislatures, over the next year.
August 4, 1991 | From Associated Press
Scores of clergy members helped block the entrance to an abortion clinic Saturday before being arrested with other abortion protesters. Police arrested 321 demonstrators, including 81 of the clergy members, on charges of trespassing during the protest at Wichita Family Planning Inc. About 500 people took part in the protest, police said. Many of the demonstrators sat in the driveway alongside the clinic and others picketed on the sidewalk and in parking lots.
September 10, 1991 | TED JOHNSON
Members of the clergy will soon don special badges, carry pagers and ride along with Fullerton police officers. As part of a plan approved by the City Council last week, the Police Department will recruit as many as two dozen chaplains to provide counseling to crime victims, substance abusers, suicidal persons and those involved in domestic disputes.
May 17, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Hundreds of religious leaders joined politicians at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast this week and heard messages from President Bush and congressional leaders congratulating Latino clergy on their commitments to faith, community and family life. "In the Book of James, we are reminded that faith without works is dead," the president told the crowd. "By loving a neighbor as you'd like to be loved yourself, you prove every day that faith is alive."Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.
July 18, 1996
Nearly 100 clergy members gathered Wednesday morning with city fire and police officials to learn how to protect their houses of worship in the wake of the recent spate of church arson cases in the South. While no racially motivated arsons have occurred recently at area churches or synagogues, Los Angeles police Chief Willie L. Williams said the fires "should not be viewed as something far away."
November 2, 1994 | JOHN DART
Seventy-six Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Islamic clergy in the San Fernando Valley denounced Proposition 187 in a brief statement opposing the state ballot initiative as "an ineffective way to deal with the genuine problem of illegal immigration. "It is an affront to the unity of humankind which all our traditions teach," said the statement, circulated primarily by the Revs.
February 3, 1991 | CHARLES HILLINGER
In the beginning, it was called the Fund for Pious Uses, and it played a key role in the founding of the United States. Now, billed as the world's oldest life insurance company and known as Covenant Life Insurance, the vast majority of its policyholders are members of the clergy. "Few outside the religious profession have ever heard of our company or realized that (it) was started by a religious group in America," said Covenant Life President Robert W. Kloss, 42.
October 5, 2002 | From Wire Reports
WASHINGTON--The House rejected a bill Wednesday that would have let religious leaders endorse political candidates without endangering their organization's tax-exempt status. The bill, which caused splits among religious groups and inside the Republican Party, was defeated 239 to 178. Forty-six Republicans joined with Democrats to defeat the bill. Its main sponsor, Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.), told lawmakers he will try again next year.
December 11, 1999 | Religion News Service
Leading African American clergy, including Bishop Charles E. Blake of the Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles, have issued an open letter to black leaders urging them to address the AIDS crisis in Africa. "What verdict will our descendants render upon their ancestors who stood silently as a generation of African children were reduced to a biological underclass by this sexual holocaust?" said the letter, dated Tuesday.
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