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  • For some Minnesota Methodists, a same-sex marriage conundrum on Aug. 1
    Minnesota's new marriage law goes into effect Aug. 1, creating new urgency for many faith communities about whether they will perform such weddings, particularly those that have been wrestling with how to address sexual orientation for decades. Among those torn over the issue are Methodists, who have a unique history on the matter in Minnesota.July 22, 2013
  • Same-sex marriage in Minnesota: A cross-section of faith communities' approaches
    Same-sex couples can legally wed in Minnesota on Aug. 1. Marriage in the eyes of the state's many faith communities, however, is a different matter. Reactions from Minnesota religious organizations -- and sometimes from within those organizations -- vary widely.July 22, 2013
  • As Minnesota prepares for same-sex weddings, churches debate their role
    Same-sex marriage will be legal in Minnesota on Aug. 1. How will churches across the state respond?The Daily Circuit, July 21, 2013
  • LGBT group finds acceptance at evangelical college
    An openly gay seminarian hopes to promote acceptance for other gays in the broader evangelical community through his role as president of the nation's first LGBT student club sanctioned by a major evangelical seminary. The group, called OneTable, formed last fall at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, one of the world's largest multi-denominational seminaries, and has attracted about three dozen students.July 13, 2013
  • Judge blocks new Wisconsin abortion law
    The bill was introduced in the Legislature on June 4, passed nine days later and signed into law Friday by Gov. Scott Walker. It took effect Monday.July 9, 2013
  • Francis: Church shouldn't fear structural renewal
    Pope Francis called for structural renewal in the Catholic church to keep up with the times, although advising future priests and nuns Saturday to shun costly trappings like the latest smart phones so they can use more resources to help the poor.July 6, 2013
  • Few Wis. clergy abuse victims got large sums
    An Associated Press analysis of documents released this week found most of the $30 million the archdiocese paid out through mid-2012 went to victim settlements and therapy, but the bulk of it went to just a few victims -- while hundreds of others got no money at all.July 5, 2013
  • Plymouth Church's summer home: Temple Israel
    A Minneapolis Christian congregation that's over 150 years old is worshiping at one of the city's most-established synagogues this summer.July 2, 2013
  • Milwaukee priest sex abuse records to be released
    A deal reached in federal bankruptcy court between the archdiocese and victims suing it for fraud called for the documents to be made public by July 1.July 1, 2013
  • Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson at Westminster Town Hall Forum
    Retired Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson speaks about civil rights, gay marriage, and anti-racism. He's the author of "In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God" and "God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage." He spoke June 27, 2013 at the Westminster Town Hall Forum in Minneapolis.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, June 27, 2013
  • Filibuster derails proposed Texas abortion ban
    As midnight approached, nearly 6,000 tweets per minute were being posted about the filibuster, CNN reports. A YouTube live stream had almost 200,000 viewers.June 26, 2013
  • Christian group closes, apologizes to gays
    Alan Chambers said on Exodus International's website Thursday that the group wants to apologize "to the gay community for years of undue suffering and judgment at the hands of the organization and the church as a whole."June 20, 2013
  • Pilgrim Baptist Church, founded by former slaves, celebrates 150 years
    The faces in stained glass that inspire worshippers at the Pilgrim Baptist Church aren't those of a white Jesus and the saints. Instead, they're the faces of the black ministers who led the church, and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.June 13, 2013
  • 500 years later, theological debate still simmers
    Is God's saving grace free to anyone who accepts Jesus, or did God predestine certain people for heaven and hell before the beginning of the world? That's a 500-year-old question, but it is creating real divisions in 2013 in the nation's largest Protestant denomination.June 8, 2013
  • Same-sex couples start applying for marriage licenses
    Same-sex couples are heading to license bureaus in the Twin Cities this morning to apply for marriage licenses for the very first time, and Al Giraud and Jeff Isaacson were among the first in line at the Hennepin County Government Service Center.June 6, 2013

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