Here’s what you need to know in news for Oct. 1:
Professors at NY theological seminary protesting school’s dean
Eight professors at New York’s General Theological Seminary say they are not going to teach, attend meetings or take part in common worship until they are able to meet with the school’s Board to discuss the seminary’s dean and president.
The professors say that Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, the seminary’s dean and president, hasn’t worked with faculty and instead created a place “fraught with conflict, fear and anxiety.”
“Simply put, the working environment that the Dean and President has created has become unsustainable,” the professors wrote.
“We wish to underline that we have not resigned,” Dr. Andrew Irving wrote in a statement obtained by Episcopal Cafe. “Our letters did not say that we would resign. We requested meetings with the Board.”
Dunkle was made the dean of the seminary in October 2013.
Museum of the Bible set for Washington, D.C.
Officials announced this week that a museum in Washington, D.C. dedicated to the bible will be called Museum of the Bible.
“We don’t need more to tell people who and what we are,” the museum’s founder and funder, Steve Green, said.
The museum is slated to open in 2017 and will feature exhibits on the history and impact of the bible.
The memorial is estimated to cost about $800 million.
Religious leaders discussing what to do about ISIS
Religious officials and leaders are gathering to discuss what can be done to stop the Islamic State.
“As mainstream religious leaders of different faiths get together, it strengthens the voice of moderation,” said Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy group.
In the U.S., Christian leaders are hoping to keep children and teens from joining the Islamic State.
“To offer a different world view endorsed by religions, as well as governments, in the long term will go a long way to defeating its appeal to those who are looking to join them,” said Antonios S. Kireopoulos of the National Council of Churches. The council represents about 45 million Christians, from mainstream Protestants to “living peace” congregants.
Ex-Gay Awareness month kicks off this weekend
Conservative groups are meeting in Washington, D.C. this weekend for the second annual Ex-Gay Awareness month.
The month is dedicated to supporting those who formerly identified as homosexual. Events are organized by Voice of the Voiceless, an organization that supports former homosexuals.
Christopher Doyle, president of VoV, said: “We have stopped 14 bills in state legislatures across the country that have tried to ban therapy for minors. People have been telling their stories in much greater number and veracity than last year, when we were reeling from the closure of Exodus International.”