Christianity

diocese

A diocese is an administrative unit of the Christian Church, presided over by a bishop.

Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God is the biblical language for speaking of God’s reign of justice and righteousness that will one day become fully present on earth. For Christians, Jesus made clear that the Kingdom of God is not only a future hope but a present reality to be discerned and nurtured in the midst of the community.

Patrick

St. Patrick (c.390-c.460) was born in Britain and became known as the Apostle of the Irish, having spent most of his life establishing and nourishing the church in Ireland.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the first day of the season of fasting, penitence, and spiritual discipline and study called Lent, the six and one half weeks preceding Easter. For many Christians it is a day of fasting and a day on which the season ahead is symbolized by the imposition of ashes on one’s forehead.

John XXIII

Pope John XXIII (1881-1963) was made cardinal and then patriarch of Venice in 1953. At age 77 he was elected to become Pope after the death of Pius XII in 1958. In 1959, the new Pope announced the convening of the Second Vatican Council to bring the religious, social, and liturgical life of the church into the 20th century. He died before the extraordinary work of Vatican II was completed.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is the Sunday preceding Easter when Christians commemorate Jesus’s triumphant entry into the city of Jerusalem to crowds cheering and waving palms of victory before him. In churches today, palms are often distributed and the community forms a procession with the palms.

Anglican

The Church of England is a national church that broke with the Roman Catholic Church in the English Reformation of the 16th century; the Worldwide Anglican communion, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, consists of more than thirty-eight autonomous provinces throughout the world, including the Episcopal Church in the United States.

Judge blocks deal to bar LGBT discrimination in adoptions

September 27, 2019

Religious-based adoption agencies that contract with the state of Michigan will be allowed to refuse to place children in LGBT homes under a preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge Thursday. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids blocked Democratic state Attorney General Dana Nessel, Michigan’s first openly gay statewide officeholder, from barring the faith-based agencies from excluding LGBT couples from services.

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Formation of the Next Generation

Formation of the Next GenerationThe Eastern Orthodox Church’s Syndesmos World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth, Roman Catholic World Youth Days, and evangelical campus ministries are all efforts by Christian groups to reverse the trend of young people turning away from religion. Many centrally organized youth groups host international gatherings to solidify community and invest in the future of the faith.

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The Ecumenical Movement

The Ecumenical MovementMembers of the Protestant, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Mormon churches all call themselves Christians—yet they also maintain theologies and practices that diverge in significant ways. Ecumenical organizations such as the World Council of Churches and the National Association of Evangelicals attempt to bridge those differences, although such efforts remain controversial.

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The Ethics of Abortion

The Ethics of Abortion

For American Christians, abortion is a highly-charged political and religious issue. Religious groups that support abortion rights, like the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights, have long faced opponents of abortion, notably Catholics and evangelicals. Despite the polemics, some Americans on both sides have made efforts at open conversation.

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