Articles from Columbus Dispatch - faith values

United Methodists set to decide on LGBT policies

The United Methodist Church faces a defining, and potentially dividing, decision on lesbian and gay rights as members from around the world gather this week in St. Louis.A group of 864 appointed delegates, clergy members and laypeople will meet Saturday through Tuesday in a special session of the General Conference to vote on whether the church should allow lesbian and gay people to serve as clergy members and to be married in Methodist churches.Since 1972, the Christian […]

Susan Sparks: Lose the training wheels

I bought my first motorcycle in the spring of 1995. A used black Harley Sportster 883, all chromed up, with snakeskin fringe on the handlebars and wicked custom pipes. It was love at first sight. The perfect match. And we were together exactly one hour and seventeen minutes. I had just gotten my motorcycle license the day before on a Honda Rebel (with about one-fourth of the Sportster’s engine power and one-half the weight). The sane thing would have been to buy a Rebel, spend some […]

Bill Tinsley: Spice of life

My wife loves cooking. When we take road trips she passes the time by reading cookbooks. When browsing the TV, she usually settles on a cooking show. Any cooking show, it seems to me. When we watch jeopardy and they introduce a food category, she usually knows the answer. When I get stumped on a crossword clue that includes spices or food, she helps me fill it in. I am pretty well limited to breakfast: bacon, eggs and biscuits, or grilling steak, hamburger or salmon on the gill out back. It […]

Methodist Theological School to become first Ohio seminary to offer social-justice degree

An increasing number of religious schools and seminaries around the country are training leaders who can make a difference in social movements beyond the walls of their churches.Methodist Theological School in Ohio, which is on Route 23 in Delaware, is the first in the state and one of the latest seminaries in the country to add a Master of Arts in […]

Shayne Looper: Love a spouse can trust

The radio and television host Larry King was asked in an interview about his marriages. He has been married eight times to seven different women. So he must be an expert, right?King answered, “Questions about my marriages and divorces always take me to the same place. I once asked Stephen Hawking, the smartest guy in the world, what he didn’t understand. He said, ‘Women.’ If the smartest guy in the world couldn’t understand them, what do you expect from me? […]

Suzette Martinez Standring: A visit to the Civil Rights Institute: Choosing humanity over 'otherness'

Today, America is in the midst of a tectonic shift regarding money, culture and a fear of outsiders. Fifty-six years ago, these same issues divided our country. At the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) in Alabama, I came face-to-face with past laws that justified abuse and oppression to Black American citizens. For today’s younger generations, it is unthinkable. In Birmingham, the downtown BCRI is a modern museum, located across the street from the 16th Street Baptist Church […]

Bill Tinsley: God’s metric

We live in a world of metrics, a world that is obsessed with measuring progress in almost every area of life. The business world has created an entire glossary of terms for measuring Corporate Performance Management. Every business needs to know its Return on Investment, Churn Rate (the measure of customer or employee attrition over a specified time), Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization, to name a few. Education has long used measurements to determine a […]

Accuser's lawyer asks court to force diocese to release files on abuse by priests

A southwestern Ohio attorney has filed a motion seeking to compel the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus to release information about clergy members accused of sexual abuse.The diocese said in September that it would release to the public a list of credibly accused clergy members, following a national trend, but it has not yet done so.Lebanon attorney Konrad Kircher filed the motion to compel discovery from the diocese in Franklin County Common Pleas Court on Friday. […]

Shayne Looper: Is it wrong for Christians to evangelize?

A friend and I were sitting across the table from two Muslim men, talking about faith. The conversation was amicable, the atmosphere friendly. At one point, one of the Muslim men interrupted himself to reassure us, “We’re not trying to convert you.”I responded candidly: “Well, we’d love to see you become Christ-followers,” then went on to say that such a decision was theirs alone. Coercion can never produce real faith.I really do not understand […]