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More than 100 Florida churches file lawsuit to leave United Methodist Church

LAKELAND, Fla. (RNS) — More than 100 churches are suing the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to immediately disaffiliate from the denomination. The lawsuit comes amid a slow-moving schism in the United Methodist Church largely over the ordination and marriage of its LGBTQ members. And, according to the head of a new, theologically conservative […]

Homosexuality debate rekindles among U.S. denominations

NASHVILLE (BP) – This summer’s denominational gatherings among U.S. churches have deepened fault lines over the topic of human sexuality.

Canada joins list of nations banning conversion therapy

OTTOWA, Canada (BP) – A Canadian law banning any form of conversion therapy, broadly defined as treatment or counseling aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, is set to take effect Jan. 7 (Friday).

FIRST-PERSON: Pride month calls for a response of joyful truth from Christians

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – In case you failed to notice literally every major corporation changing its logo to a rainbow hue, June is now upon us, and that means 30 days of religious-like devotion to the gods of sexuality and identity politics – what our cultural powerbrokers refer to as “Pride” month.

Baylor provides path for LGBTQ campus group, says position unchanged on sexuality

WACO, Texas (BP) – Baylor University’s Board of Regents approved a resolution Friday (May 14) that paves the way for an officially recognized LGBTQ student group on campus while attempting to reaffirm its commitment to a traditional, biblical perspective on homosexuality and marriage.

Vatican forbids blessing of same-sex unions

ROME (AP) – The Vatican decreed Monday that the Catholic Church won't bless same-sex unions since God "cannot bless sin."

United Methodists reschedule meeting — and decision on splitting — again

(RNS) — The United Methodist Church has once again postponed its quadrennial meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, delaying further a widely anticipated vote by delegates from across the globe on a proposal to split the denomination over the inclusion of LGBTQ members.

Southern Baptists warn about LGBTQ proposals to Biden

WASHINGTON (BP) – A new agenda proposed to the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden by the country’s leading gay and transgender rights organization poses a serious threat to religious freedom, especially that of Christian colleges and universities, Southern Baptist leaders have warned.

Circuit court reversal of ban on gay attraction counseling has national potential

BOCA RATON, Fla. (BP) – An appeals court reversal of laws in Florida banning counseling for teenagers experiencing same-sex attraction has the potential to overturn such bans nationwide, the winning attorney told Baptist Press.

Biden calls for hope, unity in acceptance speech

WILMINGTON, Del. (BP)—Joe Biden accepted the Democratic nomination for president Thursday night (Aug. 20) in a speech that was long on appeals to hope and unity but short on declarations of his positions regarding some of the issues of most importance to Southern Baptists.