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April 23, 1988 | KENNETH FREED, Times Staff Writer
The United Church of Canada, the nation's largest Protestant denomination and one of the most powerful social institutions in the country, is on the verge of disintegration in a struggle over homosexuality. Church leaders are considering a report that calls homosexuality "a gift from God," recommends the ordination of homosexuals as ministers and condones not only homosexual relationships but premarital sex between "committed couples."
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August 25, 1988
Leaders of Canada's largest Protestant denomination, the United Church of Canada, ruled that homosexuals may be considered for the ministry. The 205-160 vote by the church's general council followed months of heated debate in which one-quarter of the church's 4,000 ministers and 30,000 of its 860,000 members signed a declaration opposing the ordination of homosexuals. The decision could lead to a possible schism in the church.
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NEWS
August 25, 1988
Leaders of Canada's largest Protestant denomination, the United Church of Canada, ruled that homosexuals may be considered for the ministry. The 205-160 vote by the church's general council followed months of heated debate in which one-quarter of the church's 4,000 ministers and 30,000 of its 860,000 members signed a declaration opposing the ordination of homosexuals. The decision could lead to a possible schism in the church.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1988 | KENNETH FREED, Times Staff Writer
The United Church of Canada, the nation's largest Protestant denomination and one of the most powerful social institutions in the country, is on the verge of disintegration in a struggle over homosexuality. Church leaders are considering a report that calls homosexuality "a gift from God," recommends the ordination of homosexuals as ministers and condones not only homosexual relationships but premarital sex between "committed couples."
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August 24, 1988 | Associated Press
Leaders of Canada's largest Protestant denomination, the United Church of Canada, decided today that homosexuals can be ordained to the ministry. The vote by the church's general council was 205 to 160 and followed months of heated debate in which one-fourth of the church's 4,000 ministers and 30,000 of its 860,000 members signed a declaration opposing the ordination of homosexuals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1998 | Religion News Service
The United Church of Canada says it will appeal a court decision that found it and the Canadian federal government "vicariously liable" for the sexual abuse of children at a residential school for indigenous children run by the church on behalf of the government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1998 | Religion News Service
Two major North American Christian denominations--one from Canada and the other from the U.S.--will be at the center of an expected controversy over homosexuality at the upcoming World Council of Churches assembly in Zimbabwe. The United Church of Canada and United Church of Christ are among the few Christian denominations that ordain sexually active gays and lesbians.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2002 | DOUGLAS TODD, RELIGION NEWS SERVICE
After a long and passionate debate, members of a remote church in the Canadian Rockies have voted to keep a rare, 4-century-old King James Bible that one congregant calls a "spiritual legacy." For almost a year, controversy had stirred among church members and others over whether to keep the Bible, donate it to a university or sell it for cash to help the poor.
NEWS
January 18, 1986 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer
The government refused Friday to allow nine American and Canadian clergymen to visit South Africa, accusing them and the U.S. National Council of Churches of having close ties with terrorist groups.
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January 24, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Northrop Frye, the widely quoted but elusive literary critic who tracked myths and symbols to their biblical sources, has died, his agent and publisher said Wednesday. He was 78. No details of Frye's death Tuesday were announced. A teacher and ordained minister with the United Church of Canada, the shy critic hated small talk but ministered to generations of university students. His "Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays," published in 1957, became a standard work.
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May 11, 1996 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the government of Ontario, Canada's most populous province, this week announced a 15% cut in the provincial income tax rate--the first such reduction in a quarter of a century--unrestrained glee from taxpayers might have been expected. But instead, reaction to the tax break has included selected refrains that, well, maybe Ontarians don't really need that money back. There is more at work here than the tendency of some Canadians to seek a dark cloud behind every silver lining.
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February 16, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Though feminism and financial issues are sporadically raised, delegate conversations at the 7th Assembly of the World Council of Churches have been dominated by talk about the war in the Middle East. Even before the assembly opened last week, the World Council's executive committee issued a call for the immediate end to hostilities in the Gulf. The war has reached "ominous proportions and tragic consequences," threatening all of God's creation, the committee said.
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