Church trials over gay marriage

Tuesday 28th January, 2014

Church trials over gay marriage Keith Day of the United Methodist Church in North America writes about its battles over gay marriage

Church trials are not uncommon in The United Methodist Church. I once served on a jury of a church trial. In many instances, clergypersons are charged with some kind of moral lapse: adultery, dishonesty and the like. But the news accounts today are highlighting a growing trend of clergy trials where the defendant has made a decision to preside at a same-sex union, something prohibited by our Book of Discipline.

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The Wall - Solidarity with those in Bethlehem

Tuesday 14th January, 2014

The Wall - Solidarity with those in Bethlehem Ana and Tod Gobledale give their thoughts on The Wall, an art installation, eight metres high, which appeared in the courtyard of St James', Piccadilly, over Christmas and the New Year.

Boxing Day in London...Christmas lights garland through the Piccadilly Arcade. Our happy conversation and light footsteps are arrested by an unusual sight in the courtyard of St James' Church.  An 8 metre high replica of the Bethlehem wall completely blocks the the view of St James', a Grade 1 listed building.   We learn that it is part of St James' Bethlehem Unwrapped festival and it is designed to reflect what has happened to the holy sites in Bethlehem.  

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