Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, LCWR's apostolic delegate, is seen at the group's annual assembly Aug. 13. RNS photo courtesy Joshua J. McElwee/National Catholic Reporter

U.S. nuns strike a positive note on Vatican investigation

(RNS) After its four-day annual assembly, the board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents 80 percent of the nation’s 57,000 sisters, emphasized the positive and remained tight-lipped about negotiations over the doctrinal investigation launched by the Vatican two years ago.

The Assemblies of God, a denomination rooted in rural and small town America, appears to have leaped into the 21st century with dramatic results. Photo courtesy Assemblies of God

Assemblies of God defies denominational decline

(RNS) At its General Council meeting this week, the Assemblies of God touted its formula for defying the seemingly irreversible decline of other religious groups: contemporary music, arts and high-tech quality communication, outreach to young people, immigrants and ethnic minorities.

A young person holding a gun.

COMMENTARY: Concealed handguns a form of white social control

(RNS) Part of the problem lies with with the lunatic — and, I would argue, racist — manner in which the Florida legislature has defined self-defense. You can start a fight for any reason, and if you begin to lose the altercation, and feel you are about to suffer grave body harm, you can kill the other person with totally immunity.

President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Pastor Joel Hunter, center, and Joshua DuBois, Director of the White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, in the Oval Office, Feb. 1, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Joel Hunter pays a price for political activism

(RNS) Over the past decade, Hunter and a cohort of younger, evangelical leaders have called on others to lower their voices and shift the political center of gravity from the far right to the pragmatic center-right. Ten percent of his church members left.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Learning from (dis)ability

(RNS) The good news is that some churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples are already welcoming people with disabilities and preparing for the coming influx of wounded vets and creaky boomers. The bad news is that some congregations still resist making themselves welcoming, accessible and inclusive. By Mark Pinksy.