Jerome Socolovsky is an author at Religion News Service.
Megachurch pastor Bill Hybels resigns, calls sexual accusations ‘flat-out lies’
(USA Today) — The founder of Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago has been dogged in recent years by a series of investigations into claims of inappropriate behavior with female staffers and congregants.
More anti-Semitism, but less of it is violent, report says
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Violent attacks on Jews worldwide dropped in 2017 despite a rise in other forms of anti-Semitism, researchers reported Wednesday, in a year characterized by normalization and mainstreaming of anti-Semitism not seen in Europe since World War II.
Thousands of historic Congregational documents to go online
BOSTON (AP) — With the help of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Congregational Library and Archives Hidden Histories project is locating, securing, and digitizing church records from 1630 to 1800 and putting them online for anyone to peruse for free.
Greek town ritually burned Judas as Orthodox celebrated Easter
ERMIONI, Greece (AP) — The tradition dates back centuries in some places. In the Greek town of Ermioni, it has been observed the past 25 years.
Ukrainian Orthodox switch allegiance from Moscow to Kiev-linked churches
KIEV, Ukraine (RNS) — The church’s ties with Moscow, which date back to the 17th century when Ukraine became part of the Russian Empire, started to cause problems in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea.
Mother allegedly used stun gun to wake son for church
PHOENIX (AP) — Police arrested 40-year-old Sharron Dobbins on suspicion of child abuse after her 17-year-old son alerted authorities.
Charlottesville mayor says social media fed hatred and violence at 2017 rally
JERUSALEM (RNS) — Mike Signer, the former mayor of Charlottesville, Va., began receiving anti-Semitic messages in early 2017, when, for the first time, he started to speak publicly about being Jewish.
Pakistani court ruling aims to publicly identify all religious minorities
LAHORE, Pakistan (RNS) – The high court ruling in this majority-Muslim nation has spread fear among Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and other religious minorities already under pressure in the South Asian nation.
‘Black Panther’ inspires Kenyan church leaders’ march for Pan-African unity
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — A network of progressive churches in the United States, inspired by the success of the movie ‘Black Panther,’ has joined with over 100 Kenyan church leaders in a march to promote a global movement on Pan-African peace, power and prosperity.
Streets deserted, airport closes for Bali’s Day of Silence
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Aside from no Facebook, Instagram or instant messaging apps, television and radio broadcasts cease and Balinese stay indoors, covering the windows and not even turning on a light, for the day of reflection that is the most sacred in Balinese Hinduism.
German interior minister questions Islam’s place in country
BERLIN (AP) — Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told Friday’s Bild newspaper that ‘Germany is characterized by Christianity. … My message is Muslims must live with us, not parallel to or against us.’