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Unable to find common ground on LGBTQ ordination and the church’s response to same-sex marriage, the United Methodist Church is expected to split. The split might be revealing a larger division emerging within Christianity. […] Read More

While the number of women applying for and exercising accredited ministry in Great Britain has steadily grown, many never set out to explore God’s calling of them. But the time for change has surely come. […] Read More

When I was ordained five years ago, I couldn’t imagine what the journey would entail. I won’t pretend to know what the next five years hold, but I pray I will have the strength and courage to continue to live a called life. […] Read More

The priesthood of all believers is a vital tenet of the faith and often misunderstood. Simply put, it means every believer in the community is a full-time minister of the gospel, set apart for ministry. […] Read More

Seen and Not Heard

A sermon Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. January 12, 2014 Deacon Ordination and Installation Numbers 27:15-23; Acts 6:1-7 Doing church is not easy. Never has been, never will be. Doing church the Baptist way makes it even messier at times, given our penchant for congregational self-governance. I don’t have a […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on November 25, 2012. Deacon Ordination and Installation Psalm 67:1-7; 1 Timothy 3:8-13 I wonder, whenever Paul took his quill in hand – or whatever he may have used as a writing instrument – and wrote the word deacon, if he […] Read More

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Minister Ray Cannata’s mission is almost complete. Four years ago he set out to eat at every restaurant in New Orleans. By mid-September, he’d already checked 719 eateries off his list and only had 10 meals to go before the ceremonial conclusion of his quest on Oct. 21, when he’ll have dined […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Rt. Rev. Walter C. Righter, an Episcopal bishop whose victory at a 1996 heresy trial played a key role in the push for gay rights in the church, died on Sunday (Sept. 11) at the age of 87. “I look around the Episcopal Church today where there are no impediments to the […] Read More

(RNS) The Roman Catholic priest who faces expulsion from the priesthood and his religious order for advocating for women to be ordained as priests is refusing to recant and has hired a church lawyer. “What they’re asking me to do is lie,” the Rev. Roy Bourgeois said in an interview on Tuesday (Aug. 9) from […] Read More

(RNS) A Roman Catholic priest who has campaigned for the ordination of women has been told he will be expelled from his religious order if he does not publicly recant. The Rev. Roy Bourgeois was issued a “second canonical warning” on July 27, and told that he would be dismissed from the Maryknoll order within […] Read More