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  • Catholic Principal Regrets DeGeneres Dance Photo

    The principal of a Catholic elementary school in suburban Philadelphia is apologizing to parents for having used a photo of celebrity Ellen DeGeneres on an invitation to an Oscars-themed graduation dance.

  • Catholic School Vice Principal Forced Out Over Same-Sex Marriage

    Sammamish (KCPQ) -- The sudden resignation of a beloved swim coach and school administrator because of his gay wedding has shocked the students and staff at Eastside Catholic School.

  • Chamber Chat: S.O.M.A Membership Directory & Resource Guide

    The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is on the final stretch of its Membership Campaign and consequently compiling the information that will appear in its “2016 Membership Directory & Resource Guide.” This book is the most important LGBT & Allied community resource directory available in South Florida from which to plan, purchase and/or select service providers.

  • Chamber Chat: Wedding BellSSS

    As expected, following the recent decision by the Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage nationwide, the same sex wedding market has exploded. A report from the Williams Institute, a national think tank at the UCLA School of Law, estimates that 24,248 same-sex couples will marry in Florida during the first three years it is legal. Those weddings, according to the report, would generate $182.2 million to the state and local economy and create between 875 and 2,626 jobs in the tourism and recreation sector.

  • Christian Group Wants NC Marriage Limit Preserved

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Christian conservatives who helped pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in North Carolina are gathering again in Raleigh to try to keep the prohibition defended in court.

  • CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS

    "CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS"

    The Rev. Mark Andrew Jones, BSG

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    Rector, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Pompano Beach 

    In Christmas we celebrate Jesus’ coming as Emmanuel (God-With-Us). The Prince of Peace, “is the image of the invisible God”; “in him all the fullness of God … dwell[s], and through him God … reconcile[s] to himself all things” (Colossians 1:15-20) – out of love, for love, and in love. This is Good News and Tidings of Great Joy! No matter who you are, or what you’ve done, or whom you love, God accepts you. By daily accepting into our hearts the coming of Jesus – the Light of Life that dispels all darkness – the miracle of Christmas can change the world.

    The Rev. Dr. Deborah Geweke

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    Christ Lutheran Church, Oakland Park

    What is the meaning of Christmas? It is an expectant time of the year.  After weeks of waiting we gather to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. He comes to us as the Christ Child. And He is the one who continues to live among us and in each one of us.  He is the Lord of our lives guiding us to reach out to one another in love and faith.  We look forward to carrying true meaning of Christmas into and through the new year, and in all aspects of our life."  Christmas Blessings from Christ Lutheran Church.

     

    Father Joe, OSF

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    Parish of Sts Francis and Clare, Wilton Manors

    The Word became flesh and dwells among us" - the promise made long ago, that in the fullness of time, God would keep the promise to send one like us as Emmanuel - God with us.

    We, as Franciscan friars, in word and action, make this promise known. As a parish community, our sisters and brothers are also ambassadors of the Word made flesh. We are an

    open and affirming parish where we appreciate and welcome diversity. 

     

    The Reverend Robert G. Trache

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    Rector and Head of School

    St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School

    While I was watching a Christmas tree twinkle, it occurred to me how each Christmas is something like a renaissance painting touched up and redone ever year, bringing with it memories both new and old. Isn’t it remarkable that for almost 2000 years Christians have been returning to Bethlehem in their hearts and minds to remember and recreate the hope of Christmas?

    Christmas is the beginning of the Christian story of how God became intimately involved in our lives. Because God loved us so dearly, God drew us closer in the Christ child, so that we can see God in every child, and God can know the child within us.

    CHRIST-MAS

     

    by Rev. Patrick Rogers, MDiv.

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    United Church of Christ Ft. Lauderdale 

    The season of Christmas is a time to remind us to be more Christ like. May we choose to allow the light within each one of us to shine. We live in a torn and hurting world and the invitation of this holiday is for us to choose "love" as our lifestyle all year long.

    Last year, Rabbi Marc Labowitz and the congregation from his Temple brought the food to our church so we could feed those who were hungry and in need together.  Before the meal we shared a joint worship service where we praised, sang, and prayed together and shared our love and passion for God. I have no doubt that the unity of our community pleases Jesus. We don’t judge, we love. 

    Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Seasons Greetings!. 

     

    The Call of Christmas

    Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins

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    Senior Minister, Sunshine Cathedral

    Fort Lauderdale

    There’s a lot of ugliness in the world. There’s fear, sadness, injustice, and conflict. That’s why we need holy days. Every religion offers days to celebrate possibilities and show gratitude for resilience, and in my faith tradition, Christmas is such a day. Christmas reminds us that there is joy to be found even in uncertain times. Christmas presents angels reminding us that peace is possible and goodwill is our inheritance. Christmas is needed when the world seems out of whack; it reminds us to dream of better days and to work to make those dreams come true.

    Christmas Eve Services at Sunshine Cathedral: 7 PM and 9 PM.

     

    CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

    Christ Lutheran Church

    1955 East Oakland Park Blvd.

    Service at 7:30pm with preservice Jazz celebration of our Lord's birth at 7:00pm

    The Parish of Sts. Francis and Clare

    2300 NW 9th Avenue - Powerline Road, Wilton Manors, FL  33311

    Service at 10 PM - Mass followed by dessert, punch and coffee. 

    United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale

    2501 NE 30th Street, Fort Lauderdale 33306

    Service at 8:00pm, including a Chamber Orchestra and Candle Lighting 

    St. Mark's Episcopal Church

    1750 East Oakland Park Boulevard

    Children's Christmas Pageant - 4:30 p.m.

    Prelude Festival of Music - 7:00 p.m.  AND 10:30 p.m.

    Choral Eucharist - Rite II  - 7:30 p.m.  AND 11 p.m. 

    St Nicholas Episcopal Church

    1111 E Sample Road,Pompano Beach FL 33064 

    5:00 p.m. Christmas Lessons & Carols with Holy Communion.

    The 10:00 p.m. service will be a traditional Choral Eucharist.

    A spirited reception will follow both services (Eggnog & Blender Drinks)

    Sunshine Cathedral

    1480 SW 9thAvenue,  Fort Lauderdale 

    We Need a Little Christmas!

    Services at 7pm and 9pm

    Both services with orchestra 

  • Church Drops Boy Scouts Over Gay Leadership Decision

    LANCASTER, S.C. (AP) — A Presbyterian church in South Carolina says it is dropping its nearly 50-year association with the Boy Scouts after the organization agreed to allow gay leaders.

  • Church Elects Lesbian Pastor with a Message of Inclusion

    (AP) The Rev. Jennifer Sanders, an openly lesbian community minister, has been elected as the new pastor of Beloved Community Church in Avondale.

  • Church Leaders Denounce Charity's Decision to Hire Married Gays

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Leaders of the Assemblies of God and the Southern Baptist Convention are denouncing World Vision's announcement that it will start hiring Christians in same-sex marriages.

  • Church Members Indicted For Abusing Gay Man

    SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina grand jury has indicted five members of a Rutherford County church for kidnapping and beating a man because he's gay.

  • Church of England Appoints First Female Bishop

    LONDON - (AP) -- The Church of England on Wednesday named the first female bishop in its 500-year history, promoting saxophone-playing, soccer-loving vicar Libby Lane to bishop of Stockport.

  • Church of Our Savior MCC Installs Interim Pastor

    More than 50 people attended last month’s service for the installation of Rev. Jack Copas, D-Min as transitional pastor at Church of Our Savior MCC in Boynton Beach.

  • Church Unanimously Selects Lesbian Pastor

    Pinellas Park – The members of Good Samaritan Church of Pinellas Park unanimously voted to put Rev. Jennifer Marie Daysa behind the pulpit. She began her ministry on June 1.

  • Church-Based Institutions Ponder Same-Sex Benefits

    Universities, charities and hospitals affiliated with churches that oppose same-sex marriage are facing the thorny question of whether they have an obligation - morally or legally - to extend health care benefits to spouses of gay and lesbian employees in states where they now are allowed to marry.

  • Churches Are Losing Their Influence in the South

    SYLACAUGA, Ala. (AP) — Prayers said and the closing hymn sung, tea-drinking churchgoers fill Marble City Grill for Sunday lunch.

  • Churches Near Mountain Home, Ark. Refuse Funeral For Gay Man

    After a gay man from Mountain Home, Ark. died, local churches refused to allow the family to have a funeral in their churches. The local firehouse, which was built by the man’s father, refused to open its doors for fellowship after the funeral as is the custom in that town, according to Jeremy Liebbe, who officiated at the service.

  • Churches Sue Over Massachusetts Transgender Bathroom Law

    (AP) A conservative Christian organization has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new Massachusetts law that prohibits discrimination against transgender people in public restrooms.

  • City Accused of Mismanaging CDBG Funds

    Money will be used for security cameras, WiFi

  • City Forging Economic Development Plan

    An improved quality of life, gained through an enhanced business climate and expanded tax base, is the ultimate goals of the city’s economic development strategy.

  • Clerk in Gay-Marriage Fight Back to Work Friday or Monday

    After a five-day stint in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will return to work as soon as Friday to face another day of reckoning.