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Seen and Not Heard
What does all this mean? It means to me that the first deacons, though they were told they should be seen only and not heard, refused to be boxed in by such limitations. They had things to do, to be sure, but they also had a story to tell.
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Good Standing and Great Boldness
Good standing and great boldness. Give it your best, let your religion show, and if you will do that, God will bless you for it.
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New Orleans Pastor on Restaurant Quest Can’t Live by Bread Alone
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Minister Ray Cannata’s mission is almost complete.
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Episcopal Bishop Who Won Heresy Trial Dies at 87
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Rt. Rev. Walter C. Righter died at the age of 87.
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Priest Won’t Stop Push for Women’s Ordination
(RNS) The Roman Catholic priest who faces expulsion from the priesthood for advocating for women to be ordained as priests is refusing to recant.
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Catholic Priest Faces Expulsion for Supporting Women’s Ordination
(RNS) A Roman Catholic priest who has campaigned for the ordination of women has been told he will be expelled if he does not publicly recant.
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Watkins Re-elected President of Disciples
(RNS) The Christian Church voted to re-elect the Rev. Sharon Watkins as head of the denomination capping off a weeklong assembly.
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China Ordains Another Bishop Without Vatican OK
VATICAN CITY (RNS) China’s state-run Catholic church ordained another bishop without the approval of Pope Benedict XVI.
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Presbyterians to Officially Allow Gay Clergy
(RNS) Presbyterians are prepping to celebrate the passage of a policy that allows gay pastors to serve openly for the first time in the denomination’s history.
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Pastor Preaches Brotherly Love for his Co-pastor Sister
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) Decades ago, Daniel Parker would pretend to be a preacher, belting out sermons as he jumped up and down on his bed.
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Lesbian Minister Suspended for 20 Days
(RNS) A United Methodist minister was suspended for 20 days by a church court in Wisconsin for performing a same-sex union in 2009.
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Lesbian Minister to Face Methodist Church Trial
(RNS) United Methodists will begin a trial against a minister who’s accused of celebrating a same-sex marriage and being in a lesbian relationship.
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Even After Win, Gay Clergy likely to Remain Limited
(RNS) Advocates celebrated a victory when the Presbyterian Church (USA) entered the ranks of denominations that allow openly gay, partnered clergy.
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Former N.J. Governor Denied Episcopal Ordination
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey will not be ordained into the Episcopal Church priesthood in the near future.
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Excommunicated Priest Now Faces Explusion
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The Rev. Roy Bourgeois now faces expulsion from his religious order and from the priesthood over his support for the ordination of women.
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Anglican Prelates to Meet in Ireland
(RNS) Some archbishops are boycotting a high-level meeting in Ireland to protest the Episcopal Church’s acceptance of openly gay and lesbian bishops.
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Former UCC President Suspended After Affair
(RNS) The former president of the UCC has been suspended for one year and ordered to undergo a program of growth.
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Ordination Practices: Following Christ or Tradition?
Ordination Practices: Following Christ or Tradition?
Baptists have never had consistent criteria for ordaining deacons, ministers or pastors, but the perception of ordination for many of them has shifted from a recognition of servanthood to a position of authority and power.
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Vatican, China Clash over Bishop’s Ordination
HONG KONG (RNS/ENInews) Vatican and Hong Kong cardinals criticized the ordination of a Catholic bishop without Vatican approval.
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German Church Allows Gay Pastors to Live with Partners
BERLIN (RNS) Gay and lesbian Lutheran ministers may live with their partners in parish parsonages.
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Presbyterian Pastor to Appeal Gay-marriage Verdict
(RNS/ENInews) A retired Presbyterian pastor who was formally rebuked by a church court will appeal the ruling.
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Church Court Convicts Pastor on Gay Marriage Charges
(RNS) A Presbyterian court  found a retired California pastor guilty of violating church rules and her ordination vows.
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Baptist Leader Raises 10 Questions About Ordination
Nearly 400 years after the founding of the first Baptist church in Amsterdam by John Smyth and Thomas Helwys, Baptists are still debating the meaning of ordination, a topic that will be considered during six hours of formal presentations and discussions at the Baptist World Alliance meeting this week in Prague, Czech Republic.
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