Jimmy Carter and â€˜The Eldersâ€™ To mark his 89th birthday, former South African President Nelson Mandela announced the launch of a global Council of Elders, a group boasting the alleged sagacity of nearly a thousand yearsâ€™ life experience and the belief that it can save the world. Backed in part by the resoundingly effective United Nations, â€œThe Eldersâ€ is the brainchild of businessman Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel.
The Presbyterian National Assembly has agreed to allow churches to change how they refer to the holy Christian Trinity of “Father, Son and Holy Spirit” – because the traditional phrasing promotes men as superior to women.
Some “alternative phrasings” proposed by the church? “Mother, Child and Womb,” “Rock, Redeemer and Friend,” and “Lover, Beloved, Love.”
Presbyterian Legislative Committee chair, Nancy Olthoff, says the decision doesn’t alter the church’s theological position, but merely “provides an educational resource to enhance the spiritual life of our membership.” –Brit Hume on FOX News Report, 06.20.06, FOX News Channel’s Aaron Bruns contributed to this report.
Words mean something…
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. –Ephesians 4:4 — 6
Opinion as facts?
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts. –Daniel Patrick Moynihan
The new leader of the Episcopal Church in America, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, says she does not believe homosexuality is a sin and that homosexuals were created by God to love people of the same gender.
As the Episcopal leadership continues to huff and puff to catch up with the world, it would be helpful if it could tell its members what it regards as sinful behavior, or will the very concept of sin soon be up for negotiation in order to avoid giving offense to anyone? –by Cal Thomas, 06.22.06 as found at Townhall.com – read the complete article here
Father’s Day lament
On Father’s Day we will again hear paeans of praise about the importance of fathers. This year, we will also hear extra rhetoric from those who argue that we need a federal Marriage Amendment because children need parents of both sexes, a father and a mother.
But the elephant in the parlor is the millions of children of divorced parents, who need their father just as much as children in intact marriages, if not more. Maintaining the father’s love and authority is crucial when a child’s life is turned upside down by divorce.
The silence of the pro-family movement and of the churches is deafening. Don’t they care about the need for fathers of the 21.5 million children under age 21 who the U.S. Census Bureau reported in 2002 are living with only one of their parents?
The vast majority of those 21.5 million children are living without their fathers. Citing a principle called the “best interest of the child,” family courts award sole or primary custody of most children of divorced parents to mothers, thereby reducing fathers to occasional visitation and zero authority. –excerpted from an article by Phyllis Schlafly 06.19.06 as posted at Townhall.com read the article here
Presbyterians Call for Medical Marijuana
The Presbyterian Church (USA) on Wednesday (June 21) became the seventh major religious organization in the nation to support the use of medical marijuana. –from Peter Sachs for Reuters News Service