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September 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Seven clergy members have volunteered to help law enforcement officers here when they inform families that a loved one is dead, hurt or in trouble. The program started when Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead told the Rev. Brian Mortenson that he and his officers sometimes felt they could do more to help families touched by tragedy. Mortenson agreed to help, and the program has expanded to the Sioux Falls Police Department.
December 30, 2000 | Religion News Service
The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice has launched a new project designed to encourage seminaries to prepare African American clergy to discuss sexuality issues in the black religious community. Under the program, seminaries will offer courses addressing issues such as AIDS and teenage pregnancy and fellows will be involved in related research. United Theological Seminary, a United Methodist-related school in Dayton, Ohio, will be the first to offer the program, beginning in January.
December 17, 1990 | Reuters
Crown Prince Hassan met Sunday with a group of leading U.S. clergymen on a "peace pilgrimage" to the Middle East. The state news agency Petra said Hassan briefed them on Jordan's efforts to find a U.N.-backed Arab solution to the crisis sparked by Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.
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 14, 2003
A theological split between clergy and laity on the matter of the Iraq war is hardly surprising in a land in which the laity are besotted by guns, gargantuan vehicles, violent entertainments and insatiable acquisition ("Parting Souls," by Joel Kotkin and Karen Speicher, Opinion, May 11). The message of the Gospel was stunning to the populace who heard it first. So stunning that it led directly to the execution of Jesus, who preached it. Jesus' message violated the ethos of the Roman Empire in his day just as it violates the ethos of the U.S. today.
January 18, 2003 | From Wire Service Reports
The Presbyterian Church (USA) will convene a special assembly -- the first in the church's 214-year history -- to deal with churches and pastors who openly defy a church ban against actively gay clergy. Alex Metherell, a church elder from Laguna Beach and delegate to last summer's regular general assembly, gathered 57 signatures on a petition from fellow delegates to force the meeting. He presented them this week to the church's moderator, the Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel.
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.
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