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NEWS STORY RNS-SBC-Womenleaders: Amid tension, Southern Baptist women lead where they can (RNS/AP) — Tension in the Southern Baptist Convention over the role of women has led to at least one high profile clash of late. But in many parts of the United States’ largest Protestant denomination, women tread often delicate lines to exercise influence […]

NEWS STORY
RNS-SBC-Womenleaders: Amid tension, Southern Baptist women lead where they can
(RNS/AP) — Tension in the Southern Baptist Convention over the role of women has led to at least one high profile clash of late. But in many parts of the United States’ largest Protestant denomination, women tread often delicate lines to exercise influence on Baptist thought and action. By Bob Smietana and Holly Meyer. 1,400 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
AP-Hindu-Womenleaders: In Hinduism, women create spaces for their own leadership
(AP) — Women in Hinduism globally lead by building communities, taking on positions in organizations and passing on knowledge. Part of the RNS/AP/The Conversation series on women’s roles in male-led religions. 1,091 words. (category: a, i)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Vatican-Apology: Vatican official apologizes for deleting video from Catholic LGBTQ outreach group
(RNS) — A Vatican official has apologized for removing a link to a video produced by Catholic LGBTQ outreach organization New Ways Ministry, prompting the group to celebrate the reversal as an example of Vatican officials “becoming aware of how their decisions impact LGBTQ lives.” By Jack Jenkins. 574 words. (Category: a)

NEWS BRIEF
RNS-Tornado-Relief: Faith-based disaster relief teams fan out across six states to help tornado recovery
(RNS) — Religious based disaster relief teams are already working in several of the areas hardest hit by devastating tornadoes that tore through six states Friday (Dec. 10). The tornadoes hit mostly Southern states where Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams are well trained to respond: Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee (along with Missouri and Illinois). By Yonat Shimron. 500 words. (category: a)

NEWS BRIEF
RNS-Moore-Dismissed: Russell Moore defamation lawsuit withdrawn by Georgia pastor Mike Stone
(RNS) — Lawyers for Georgia Baptist pastor Mike Stone filed paperwork Thursday (Dec. 9) to voluntarily withdraw a complaint filed in federal court against Russell Moore, the former head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, ending the current chapter in an ongoing feud between the two leaders. By Bob Smietana. 540 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-DIOCESE-DISCORD: A ‘Catholic’ diocese that values internet hierarchy over religious expertise
(RNS) — The Catholic Diocese of Discord is that it’s not an official diocese, but a group of internet-savvy Catholics using new messaging platforms, such as Reddit and Discord, to connect with other faithful and learn more about their shared religion. By Renée Roden. 1,234 words. (category: a) 

COMMENTARY
RNS-Silk-Oped: Why gift-giving season is the most perilous time of the year
(RNS) — According to the most recent L.L. Bean catalogue, “The Joy is in the Giving.” But according to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “We wish to be self-sustained. We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten.” How to think about seasonal gifts and charity. By Mark Silk. 700 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Raushenbush-Giess-Oped: Americans are furious about vaccinations. It’s not helping.
(RNS) — Americans are angry at one another about a lot of things — politics, education, economics, religion, you name it. Americans are also angry about COVID-19 and the efforts to get the country vaccinated. But listening, not anger, will help us get to where we need to go. By Paul Brandeis Raushenbush and Mary Ellen Giess. 1,060 words. (category: k)