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.
The Slingshot: Hybels out; Nourishing faith; Guatemala on the Hudson
Bill Hybels resigns from Willow Creek church following allegations of misconduct. Cultivating the connection between the soil and the soul. Italian-American church in Brooklyn gets new lease on life.
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.
The Slingshot: Remembering a King; Considering a prince; Theologizing a president
Archival images still convey the power of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s work. Saudi crown prince says a “triangle of evil” is leading Muslims astray. The little-known theology behind evangelical support for Trump.
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.
The Slingshot: King’s theology; Mormon diversity; Hooked on Bach
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jrs. was “was no armchair theologian.” Mormons get two new apostles who are not white Americans. Bach was far more religious than you might think
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.
The Slingshot: Page-turning; African panthers; Passion plays
Frank Page, Southern Baptist leader, retired due to ‘inappropriate relationship.’ ‘Black Panther’ inspires Kenyan church leaders’ march for Pan-African unity. An Oklahoma Passion play approaches the century mark.