RNS-Safe-Harbor: UMC’s Western Jurisdiction announces ‘safe harbor’ for LGBTQ clergy
(RNS) — The Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church has declared its churches a “safe harbor” for LGBTQ clergy. That means it will not withhold or challenge ordination based solely on a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation or punish clergy who celebrate same-sex marriages as new restrictions on LGBTQ ordination and marriage are set to take effect Jan. 1. By Emily McFarlan Miller. 800 words.
RNS-RUBIO-ECONOMICS: Marco Rubio’s ‘common good capitalism’ garners mixed reactions from Catholics
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s recent speech on faith and economics is triggering mixed reactions from his fellow Catholic faithful, with some praising his remarks and others arguing he ignores elements of Catholic social teaching and that his rhetoric doesn’t match past policy positions. By Jack Jenkins. 1,000 words.
RNS-ANTIMUSLIM-CORPORATIONS: Report blames major US corporations for global spread of anti-Muslim bigotry
(RNS) — The watchdog group’s report calls companies including Facebook, Amazon, Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, iHeartMedia and Sinclair Broadcast Group “the unindicted co-conspirators of the Christchurch shooter.” By Aysha Khan. 680 words.
RNS-Neighborly-Faith: Neighborly Faith urges evangelicals to find a ‘third way’ to befriend Muslims
WHEATON, Ill. (RNS) — Neighborly Faith is a nationwide movement to bring Christians and Muslims together. At its first conference this past weekend, co-founder Kevin Singer said, “We wanted to show that there’s another way. I guess you could say there’s a middle way — a third way — besides on the one hand saying people of other faiths are dangerous, people of other faiths are a risk, and on the other hand saying we are just going to unequivocally accept and embrace other faiths as being equally valid to our own.” By Emily McFarlan Miller. 1,500 words. (category: a)
RNS-Camosy-Oped: Five things Kanye’s Christian album tells us about his new faith
(RNS) — Kanye West’s conversion to traditional Christianity has caught the attention of pop culture. But what lessons does a man who has experienced the searing highs and lows — from international fame and fortune to the death of his beloved mother — offer about faith? By Charles C. Camosy. 1,500 words. (category: k)