Liberal Nominee Defeated

Conservatives at the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) general assembly blocked approval of the liberal nominee for the denomination’s presidency. Disciple Renewal, the conservative arm of the 1.1 million-member denomination, had opposed the election of Michael Kinnamon, dean of Lexington Theological Seminary. “Opposition to Michael Kinnamon is not personal; it is opposition to his views on key faith issues,” said Kevin Ray, leader of Disciple Renewal. Kinnamon holds a prochoice position on abortion, favors ordaining homosexuals and lesbians, and believes salvation is possible outside of Jesus Christ. At the assembly, the nominee failed to gamer the two-thirds majority vote necessary for approval.

Responding to discord in the denomination, assembly delegates elected William Nichols as president. Nichols is regarded as a strong leader and bridge builder.

Satanists In Church

Officials of the Mormon church are investigating claims that Satanists—posing as patriarchs, temple workers, and other church workers, including a bishop—have infiltrated the church and are responsible for as many as 60 documented cases of ritualistic abuse.

Glenn Pace, a high-ranking Mormon in charge of conducting an in-house investigation of the matter, says he believes 800 or more Satanists are affiliated with Mormon churches and practicing their occultic rituals in the Salt Lake Valley alone. “Not only do the perpetrators represent a cross section of the Mormon culture, but sometimes the abuse has taken place in our own meetinghouses,” Pace told a special Mormon committee.

A spokesman for the Mormon church, Donald LeFevre, said that while some Satanists may ...

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