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Bishops Neutral On Anti-Gay Rights Initiatives After Opposing Measures Last Year, Archdiocese Declines To Take Stand On Initiatives 166 And 167

Roman Catholic Archbishop Thomas Murphy and two bishops are not taking sides on two anti-gay rights initiatives after opposing two comparable propositions last year. A four-page paper by the church's three prelates in Washington state criticizes Initiatives 166 and 167 as "inadequately crafted," and they have barred signature-gathering for the measures on church grounds, said John McCoy, an archdiocese spokesman.

Vatican Attacks U.N. Document Bella Abzug Defends Plan Meant To Promote Women’s Equality

The Vatican accused European nations on Saturday of opposing motherhood and the traditional family. European and American representatives shot back that the Roman Catholic church is trying to restrict women's rights. At issue is a U.N. plan of action meant to promote women's equality. It is the main document that delegates from 189 countries at the Fourth U.N. World Conference on Women hope to produce in the remaining week of negotiations in Beijing.

Lutheran Churches Finish Merger

As of Monday morning in Spokane, there will be no Calvary Lutheran Church and no Ascension Lutheran Church. But there will be Prince of Peace Lutheran. The two congregations have consolidated and each separately voted to rename the combined church, said the Rev. John Vaswig, senior pastor of Prince of Peace and former pastor of Calvary.

Priestly Gains Church Of England Parishes Report Growth A Year After Ordination Of Women

More than a year after the first women were ordained priests in the Church of England, the terminal split predicted by the traditionalists has yet to occur. There still are strong pockets of opposition, but women are now quietly running parishes up and down the country. Far from weakening the Church of England, the arrival of women lifted morale and in many cases increased membership. "The overwhelming sense is of the rightness and naturalness of the ministry of women and the fact that their priestly orders are in every sense of God," says the Rev. John Oliver, bishop of Hereford. "And their gifts and skills are enormously enriching to the diocese."

Catholics Least Willing To Donate, Studies Reveal Assemblies Of God Families Have Highest Level Of Giving

Despite rising incomes, Roman Catholics are far less willing to dig into their pockets to support their churches than members of other religious denominations, according to a recent report. Catholic families contribute $386 annually to their church, compared with $1,696 for families in the Assemblies of God, the denomination that had the highest level of giving, according to a series of studies by Catholic University in Washington.

Catholic Church Ratings Will Focus On Movies’ Morality

Forget Siskel and Ebert. The Roman Catholic church is giving its own thumbs up or thumbs down to the latest movies. The Catholic Communications Campaign next Wednesday will open a national toll-free movie review line giving "moral ratings" to the latest movies and videos.

Episcopal Churches Plan To Consolidate, Then Search For Priest

While it's not quite of the magnitude of the much-ballyhooed ABC-Disney merger, that colossal union at least had someone to sign the contracts. Two Valley churches exploring the possibility of merging congregations are without CEOs. Neither All Saints Episcopal Church, 12817 E. Broadway, or the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, 15319 E. Eighth; have priests. Still, they plan to press toward consolidating congregations.

Spare Us From Poor Forms Of Evangelism

My neighbor believes I'm headed for hell, and I find this disconcerting. It's not that I'm newly concerned about my prospects for eternal doom; those remain about the same as last week. What is disturbing is the newfound knowledge that the couple next door have apparently been shaking their heads and clucking sympathetically while pondering my eventual destiny. It is, perhaps, the worst form of gossip.

Bishop Hopes Lutherans Expand Outreach

Newly retired Lutheran Bishop Herbert Chilstrom listens to comments during a churchwide tribute to him last Sunday. Photo by Associated Press

Valley Fourth Hires Minister Of Music

The Rev. Mark Rice, a chaplain with the Spokane County Sheriff's Department, has been hired as minister of music at Valley Fourth Memorial Church, 2303 S. Bowdish. Rice, who served in a similar position at Northview Bible School in Spokane, will coordinate music for the church's services.

Episcopal Conservatives May Try Iowa Bishop For Heresy

Conservative bishops have obtained the votes they need to put the retired bishop of Iowa on trial for heresy, Episcopal Church headquarters announced Friday. The accused, Bishop Walter C. Righter, 71, is charged with violating church doctrine by ordaining a "practicing homosexual" as a church deacon.

Valley Fourth Pastor Familiar To Congregation

The Rev. James Underhill isn't a new face to Valley Fourth Memorial. For him, starting a new job as senior pastor there was a sort of homecoming. His father, Ed Underhill, was pastor of the North Side's Fourth Memorial Church, and was instrumental in starting Valley Fourth. The junior Underhill attended his father's church at the time.

Promise Of Hope To This Member Of The Media, The Promise Keepers Movement Is Not How Others In His Professionnn Have Portrayed It.

"Promise Keepers 1995 - Raise the Standard." It was the kind of Christian gathering I might have avoided a few years back, afraid of the inevitable collision with my own hypocrisy. Besides, a bunch of men getting together to share personal experiences, cry, even hug one another - in Seattle's venerable Kingdome, no less - just didn't sound like a great weekend to me.