Gleanings: May 2022 | Christianity today

The televangelist’s organ restored

A pipe organ made famous by Robert H. Schuller power hour television program was restored for 3 million dollars. “Hazel,” as the organ is called, was taken apart and sent to Italy for repairs in 2013. Since then, Schuller, who opened a church in a drive-in movie theater in 1955 and paved the way for a generation of mega-church pastors. , is dead. Schuller’s drive-up, walk-in church, “The Crystal Cathedral,” underwent a $72 million renovation and is now a Roman Catholic church. The reinstalled organ has 17,000 pipes and is the fifth largest in the world.

New Methodist Church planned

The United Methodist Church has delayed a meeting for the third time to consider a proposed denominational split, citing COVID-19. This decision prompted some conservatives to announce that they would not wait any longer. A new name is launched in May. Organizers hope the World Methodist Church will provide a home for those who maintain a traditional stance on LGBT issues. The subject of homosexuality has been discussed at every quadrennial conference since 1972, when the denomination decided that LGBT people “are individuals of sacred worth” but that Christians should “not condone the practice of homosexuality. “. Some experts say around 2 million adherents will align with the new denomination in the United States, more than 6 million in Africa and around 150,000 in the rest of the world.

Guatemalan Congress defines marriage, family and gender

A new law defining the meaning of marriage, family and sex passed Congress with 101 votes in favor, 8 votes against and 51 abstentions. The law, which was first considered in 2019, has received strong support from the Guatemalan Christian Ministerial Council…

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