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Heidi Hall

Heidi Hall is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Heidi Hall

Finding a faith that is stronger than death — or my family’s rejection

By Heidi Hall — September 26, 2019
(RNS) — I want an afterlife like my life has been: one like Revelation 7:9, a great multitude of diverse people existing together in love of each other and their Creator. It’s not up to me to say who qualifies.

The Christian singer and the voice behind ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

By Heidi Hall — December 13, 2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Marc Martel, the Christian rocker turned Queen tribute artist, resurrects the late Freddie Mercury in this year's biopic.

Religious broadcasters take a peek at Museum of the Bible collection

By Heidi Hall — February 24, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Museum officials offered a preview of the soon-to-open museum at the National Religious Broadcasters’ conference. Among the browsers: Kentucky clerk Kim Davis.

Churches step in after feds drop Fugitive Safe Surrender

By Heidi Hall — September 28, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Churches in more than 50 cities have hosted Fugitive Safe Surrender events over the past decade, some of them more than once, resulting in thousands of cleared warrants.

Southern Baptists urged to engage with politics, but be civil

By Heidi Hall — August 5, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Speaker after speaker reiterated the point that it is a Christian’s duty to ensure biblical principles are being upheld by elected officials.

Is it heresy for Baptists to baptize a baby? One pastor’s example sets off a debate

By Heidi Hall — May 18, 2015
(RNS) In light of new survey data showing a decline in the number of self-professing Christians, some have wondered whether denominational heads are urging younger baptisms as a way to provide a membership boost.

Sexy swingers club or ‘church’: Who gets to decide?

By Heidi Hall — April 30, 2015
MADISON, Tenn. (RNS) Rooms labeled as dungeons in remodeling plans for The Social Club have been renamed as "choir" and "handbell" space in the revamped United Fellowship Center. Courts may decide the sincerity of that conversion.

Southern Baptist race summit calls for focus on reconciliation

By Heidi Hall — March 26, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Russell Moore said the work of racial reconciliation isn’t just for people whose “bedsheets have eyeholes,” he said, referring to the Ku Klux Klan. It’s for articulate people whose racism finds expression in complex and indirect ways.

As one evangelical church ‘comes out’ for LGBT rights, others cast a wary eye

By Heidi Hall — March 3, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) The shifts and conversations within this Bible Belt congregation mirror a larger debate among American evangelicals as they engage tricky and sensitive matters of human sexuality, the authority of Scripture and a rapidly changing culture.

Southern Baptists try to diversify churches — but will it work?

By Heidi Hall — February 23, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Russell Moore's proposed solution -- diversifying worship spaces -- will take some work. Of 50,500 Southern Baptist congregations, 3,502 identify as predominantly African-American, or about 7 percent.

With persecution now ended, Protestants in Russia sputter along, pastor says

By Heidi Hall — October 8, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) After perestroika, Russians couldn't get enough evangelical preaching. These days, Ignatenkov said, people are indifferent.

Sister Elizabeth Johnson: ‘The waste of time on this investigation is unconscionable’

By Heidi Hall — August 16, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a theology professor at Fordham University, accepted a top award from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and then lambasted U.S. Catholic bishops saying its investigation of the nuns was wasteful.

US nuns to honor feminist theologian while keeping politics at bay

By Heidi Hall — August 15, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) A top Vatican official warned the nuns in April that honoring Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a longtime Fordham University professor, would be considered provoking the Holy See and U.S. bishops.
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