‘Happy Holidays’ vs. ‘Merry Christmas’

Posted on 16 Dec 2010 at 7:01pm

Progressive religious leaders weigh in on 1st Baptist’s ‘Grinch Alert’ website, calling it everything from a marketing ploy to just plain mean DAVID TAFFET  |  taffet@dallasvoice.com Locally owned Viewpoint Bank is on First Baptist Church’s naughty list. They have poinsettias in their branches, but they don’t have a Christmas tree. American Airlines made the naughty [...]

Vatican: Pope’s condom comments apply to women too

Posted on 24 Nov 2010 at 9:41am

NICOLE WINFIELD | Associated Press VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI’s comments about condom use being a lesser evil than transmitting HIV also apply to women, the Vatican said Tuesday, a significant shift for a pope who just last year said condoms only worsen the AIDS problem. Benedict said in a book released Tuesday, Nov. [...]

Pope says condoms OK for some groups, including male prostitutes

Posted on 22 Nov 2010 at 12:22pm

NICOLE WINFIELD and FRANCES D’EMILIO  |  Associated Press VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has opened the door on the previously taboo subject of condoms as a way to fight HIV, saying male prostitutes who use condoms may be beginning to act responsibly. It’s a stunning comment for a pontiff who has blamed condoms for [...]

‘Radical inclusion’ is the byword for new church

Posted on 18 Nov 2010 at 7:35pm

Cathedral of Hope Mid-Cities will hold first service in new location at Old Bedford School on Sunday Tammye Nash  |  Senior Editor nash@dallasvoice.com WHERE THE HEART IS | Cathedral of Hope Mid-Cities Pastor Rachael Sandifer, left, and church members Emma St. Marie, center and Linda Harwell say those searching for a truly progressive Christian congregation [...]

Bishop V. Gene Robinson says he’ll retire in 2013

Posted on 08 Nov 2010 at 8:31pm

RACHEL ZOLL  |  AP Religion Writer The first openly gay Episcopal bishop said Saturday, Nov. 6 that he will retire in 2013, due in part to the “constant strain” on him and his family from the worldwide backlash against his election seven years ago. Bishop V. Gene Robinson, whose consecration convulsed the global Anglican fellowship, [...]

DFW Unitarians holding progressive revival this weekend

Posted on 14 Oct 2010 at 7:17pm

From Staff Reports Ruben Habito “Revivals” have long been a staple of the more conservative, evangelical side of Christianity. But this weekend, revivals get a more progressive twist with the “Rediscovering Jesus and Communities of Hope” Revival/Retreat 2010, a national event for spiritual progressives, according to organizers. The event, open to everyone, will feature talks [...]

Helping build a brighter future

Posted on 14 Oct 2010 at 7:10pm

Members of the MCCGD celebrate their new home by helping Habitat for Humanity build a new home for a member of the congregation LisaMarie Martinez  |  Special Contributor lisamarie1207@yahoo.com A NEW BEGINNING | The Rev. Colleen Darraugh, right, pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Dallas, blesses the kitchen in the new house that MCCGD [...]

Megachurch pastor keeps mum on sex allegations

Posted on 25 Sep 2010 at 12:47pm

ERRIN HAINES | Associated Press

ATLANTA — On Sunday mornings, accused megachurch Bishop Eddie Long is usually draped in regal robes and dripping with diamonds and platinum — the kind of material rewards he often says are in God’s plan for those listening.

Anti-gay Atlanta megachurch pastor denies sex with young men

Posted on 23 Sep 2010 at 11:02am

ERRIN HAINES  |  Associated Press ATLANTA — The prominent pastor of a 25,000-member megachurch near Atlanta denies allegations in a lawsuit that he coerced two young men from the congregation into a sexual relationship, his attorney said. Lawyers for the men, now 20 and 21, say they filed the lawsuit Tuesday, Sept. 21 in DeKalb [...]

Pope meets with abuse victims as thousands protest

Posted on 20 Sep 2010 at 10:43am

NICOLE WINFIELD and VICTOR L. SIMPSON | Associated Press LONDON — Pope Benedict XVI apologized Saturday, Sept. 18 to five people who were molested by priests as children in his latest effort to defuse the sex abuse crisis shaking his church, as thousands of people angered at the Vatican’s response marched in central London in [...]