Dragging an individual through a grueling criminal trial simply for expressing their religious beliefs is the opposite of what characterizes a free society.
Judges to give a verdict by November 30th. Prosecutors asked a 120-day fine for Räsänen and argued her interpretation and post of Bible verses was “criminal”.
Andrew Bunt, author of Finding Your Best Identity, calls churches to build a gospel-centered alternative to the 'affirming' narratives on social media: “We need to offer young people a better community offline, where they can be honest and wrestle with their big questions”.
Theologically conservative groups see the proposals “illogical” and a “Trojan horse” that will lead to future changes in the doctrine of marriage. Politicians accuse the leadership of the Anglican Church of “homophobia”.
The initiative of the Senate also seeks to explicitly ban discrimination on the grounds of disability. LGBTQI groups say same-sex marriage and adoption laws need to be shielded.
It is the first measure of the 6-year-long internal debate on LGBTQI issues. The leading Anglican church says it seeks “a proper 21st century understanding of being human and of being sexual”.
A report shows that Australians have a good perception of Christians and are willing to have spiritual conversations, but also see Christianity as a bad influence in some areas.
The long-awaited global conference of the Anglican Communion closed with calls to unity but theologically conservative bishops say the church cannot have “two or three doctrines”.
In many countries, June is celebrated as Pride Month. We evangelicals should be aware that conversations about gender and sexuality have to do with fellow humans. By a church leader in Central Europe.
Francis is a “liquid” pope who is liquifying an institution that has made its rocky and immutable structure a distinctive trait of its identity.
A documentary with 100 interviews with LGBT priests and other Catholic workers helps launch a movement to demand doctrinal changes. Cardinal Reinhard Marx calls to drop mandatory celibacy for priests.
The Swiss Evangelical Alliance regrets “grievous mistakes in the past” but opposes a law that could limit the freedom of people to seek help according their religious convictions.
The new 'progressive Christianity', which is in reality a regression to a pagan Gnosticism which uses the words of Christianity, also has other characteristics apart from the misuse of language.
A two-third majority of the Church in Wales (Anglican Communion) voted in favour. “A change in the Church’s teaching concerning marriage” will be considered soon.
The regional government had imposed a 20,001 Euros fine on Elena Lorenzo.
The EPUdF approved same-sex marriage in 2015. Since then, some churches have left the denomination.
The Global Youth Culture Study found out about their struggles, beliefs, relationships, connectedness and who and what influences them.
The Council had justified its decision because of previous comments on sexuality of one of the speakers. Now it admits that it "acted unlawfully” and against religious freedom.
Recent surveys confirm that an ever-increasing number of people under 23 identify as “non-binary”. Psychiatrist Glynn Harrison and theologian Olof Edsinger outline some of the causes behind the trend.
The United Methodist Church is expected to split in the 2022 General Conference over the issue of sexuality and marriage. Conservatives are laying the foundations for the new Global Methodist Church.
According to a Gallup survey, 15,9% of Americans aged 19-24 identify themselves as LGBT. The poll also shows that among the general population, the figure reaches a record high (5,6%).
The parliament of Victoria makes any individual practice that aims to “change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity” illegal. Faith groups believe the law restricts religious freedom.
The Swiss parliament approved the “marriage for all” law in December, allowing LGBT people to adopt and use reproductive technology. Now two initiatives seek to collect 50’000 signatures to ask the population in a referendum.
It is the first Norwegian denomination outside of The Church of Norway that condemns attitudes and actions that have inflicted violations, injuries and suffering on LGBT people.
Liberal Anglican leaders call evangelicals “homophobic” and threaten to leave the dialogue. The Church of England had issued the report Living in Love and Faith to open a discussion on identity and sexuality.