In a context of confusion and flashy journalism, rigour becomes a precious value.
The words “father” and “mother” are replaced by “parent who gave birth” and “parent who did not give birth”. Government and opposition voted together.
The Ibero-American Congress for Life and Family writes letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs calling to protect freedom of speech. The platform unites 600 representatives from 16 countries.
The General Synod of the Anglican Church also backed a ban on conversion therapy. Some members say deep theological discussions are being left out.
The German Evangelical Alliance describes the Protestant State Church’s support for gay marriage as “catastrophic.” The law was passed despite the opposition of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
As theological debates on sexuality and marriage become more and more central, many Christian denominations are being asked to clarify their views.
The bill could be approved after the summer. A state agency would actively promote LGBT ideology in schools, workplaces, sport events and media. Anyone accused of discrimination will have to prove their innocence.
Tim Farron had been constantly questioned for his Christian view of homosexuality. “A wiser person than me may have been able to deal with this more successfully, to have remained faithful to Christ while leading a political party in the current environment.”
A bishop in Spain was booed by 100 people after a Sunday worship service. “Debate is being replaced by coercion”, says Jaume Llenas, secretary general of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland is the only Nordic national church which doesn’t celebrate same-sex marriages. The Church Synod of the church discussed intensively about it in May.
The Romanian Parliament has approved an initiative, supported by three million people, to constitutionally define family as based on marriage between a man and a woman.
Believers born after 1981 are less supportive of the Republican Party and partially believe homosexuality should be accepted in society, says a survey.
A closer look at 2 Samuel 1:26.
Pastor Sam Allberry defends biblical vision of marriage at Church of England General Synod. Read the transcript of his testimony.
“We commit ourselves afresh to care pastorally for those who are same-sex attracted”, says a statement issued in Cairo (Egypt).
Across Western Europe and the US, those who hold to traditional Christian sexual ethics not only find themselves on the wrong side of popular opinion, but allegedly on the “wrong side of history” too.
A lobby uses the new regional law against LGTBI discrimination approved this month in Madrid to report the case. The bill “only supports those who accept their own sexual orientation”, the coach believes.
The motion was passed by one vote. General Secretary admits: “We have a long road ahead to restore our common life”. The new policy cannot come into effect before 2020.
Stefan Gustavsson (Sweden) on how society misinterprets what Chrisitanity says about homosexuality.
Following a complaint filed by an LGBT advocacy group, they had been convicted by a criminal court. “Freedom of expression has been protected”, the CNEF says.
More than 500 people participated in the convention of the National Union of Protestant Reformed Evangelical Churches (UNEPREF). Church planting, environmental care were also discussed.
111 United Methodist Church leaders in the USA come out as “Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning and Intersex” and sign a letter asking for full recognition just before the General Conference in Portland (Oregon).
We ask David Randall about his decision to leave the Church of Scotland after 40 years of faithful service and about his new book ‘A Sad Departure’.
Churches which support the criminalisation of homosexuality could face “consequences”, Justin Welby warned. Anglican leaders also emphasised the importance of evangelising children and youth.
“The question of our reading of the Scriptures and the authority that we grant them is at stake”, says Pastor Caroline Bretones, one of the 250 members of the new movement. In May, the historic Protestant Church EPUdF voted to bless same-sex marriages.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby hopes the crucial meeting happening in London will not end in a split. An alternative communion of leaders from the Global South emerges.