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2001-JUL-16: USA: Methodists plan advertising
campaign: The United Methodist Church will be starting an ad campaign
on the CBS network, on SEP-4 to publicize their "Igniting Ministry"
effort. It will describe how the denomination embraces different races,
cultures, and diverse theological views. The theme will be: "Our
hearts, our minds, and our doors are always open." Ads will be signed
by "The people of the United Methodist Church." It it doubtful that
the ads will mention that their diversity does not
extend to sexual orientation.
Sexually active gays and
lesbians cannot be ordained, and UMC ministers may not conduct "ceremonies
that celebrate homosexual union" within the denomination.
|2002-JUL-14: MO: Youths respond spontaneously to hate pickets:
Youth delegates were in Kansas City, MO to attend the combined United
Church of Christ General Synod and the Christian Church (Disciples
of Christ) General Assembly. They were distressed at hate picketing by
Rev. Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka. Phelps is well
know for his www.GodHatesFags.com
web site and the intensity of his virulent hatred of gays and lesbians.
Some of the picket signs read "UCC fag church" and "No tears for
queers." The UCC youth quickly gathered together materials and made
signs with messages like: "God Forgive You" and "God Loves
Everyone." David Newfarmer, an adult UCC delegate from Illinois from
Illinois said: "I can't imagine any church preaching that kind of hate.
God is all about love. I'm very proud of this group of young Christians
who believe totally in the equality of all people." UCC General
Minister and President, Rev. John Thomas thanked the youths and cautioned
them to take no action that might escalate into violence. He said: "As
we celebrate hope and the dignity for all of God's people tonight, I ask
you, as hard as it might be, to be disciplined and quiet around the
2001-JUL-20: MA: Bill to exonerate Salem Witches:
It is now 309 years since the tragedy in Salem MA. "19 people in the
Massachusetts colony were tried and then hanged because the community
believed they cast spells on a group of young girls. Most of them were
officially exonerated later, but five have never had their names
cleared...In 1957, state lawmakers agreed to exonerate the remaining
accused witches. But the measure they passed only mentioned one by name.
So Bridget Bishop, Alice Parker, Margaret Scott, Wilmott Redd and Susannah
Martin were never officially cleared."
Their descendants are hoping this will finally be the year. Another bill
is pending that would finally exonerate these women, called the "Forgotten
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Copyright © 2001 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2001-JUN-3
Latest update: 2002-JUL-25
Compiler: B.A. Robinson