Kathryn Post is an author at Religion News Service.
Study finds that queer Christians quit the church twice as much as others
(RNS) — A study in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion strongly associated queer identity with a decision to attend church less frequently or stop going altogether.
Gordon College cuts tuition to make Christian education more accessible
(RNS) — The announcement follows an anonymous $75.5 million donation to the college last year, the largest donation ever made to an evangelical college.
Lending hope in a pandemic year, Octavia Butler’s ‘Parable of the Sower’ makes a comeback
(RNS) — The book hit bestseller lists this year 30 years after its publication, not only for its gritty, prophetic portrait of our times but because of its faith in humans to deal with difficult days.
Evangelical Christian colleges take steps to address racial justice after criticism
(RNS) — Christian colleges have been challenged to ‘become a school that no longer has students who are guests and hosts,’ one leader said.
LGBT Christians push to overturn Young Life’s ‘sexual conduct’ policy
(RNS) — #DoBetterYoungLife, a movement advocating for broader LGBT inclusion, has shared hundreds of stories of exclusion, and its petition has garnered over 6,700 signatures.
In ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream,’ the law of attraction plays a starring role
(RNS) — ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream,’ a film based on the bestselling book ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne, was released on July 31 and features a star-studded cast alongside an inspirational dose of spiritualism.
God is Grey’s Brenda Davies receives cease and desist from Christian parenting experts
(RNS) — Stelle Jacobson characterized her father Matt Jacobson’s corporal punishment as “110% into an abuse category” and said the abuse has resulted in her feeling unsafe around men.
Campers test positive for COVID-19 after attending evangelical youth camp in Texas
(RNS) — One parent whose daughter tested positive after attending the Christian camp in early July said she’d heard of at least 80 other campers who tested positive for the virus.
A Christian writer joined the Wall of Moms to protest in Portland. Then they were tear-gassed.
(RNS) — ‘Within seconds, there’s flash-bangs at my feet, and we’re surrounded by tear gas. It was really disconcerting to realize how fast it happened, with no warning and no real reason.’
As seminaries welcome openly transgender students, church lags behind
(RNS) — As mainline and non-denominational Christian seminaries are making strides toward becoming transgender-inclusive, transgender seminarians still encounter hurdles to ordination and finding a pulpit.
Christian author Matthew Paul Turner comes out as gay, announces divorce
(RNS) — Christian children’s book author Matthew Paul Turner came out as gay via social media on Friday and announced an impending divorce with his wife and fellow writer, Jessica Turner.
Jehovah’s Witnesses move global conventions online amid COVID-19 pandemic
(RNS) — Jehovah’s Witnesses have moved their large-scale conventions, which have been held every year since 1897, online due to COVID-19.
Tony Campolo, beloved pastor and social activist, recovering from stroke
(RNS) — Speaker and pastor Tony Campolo had a stroke that partially paralyzed the left side of his face and body; he is now in recovery at a health center.
Michael Hickson, man with disability, dies after Texas hospital ends COVID treatment
(RNS) — Michael Hickson, quadriplegic, husband and father of five, died June 11 after a hospital denied him treatment for COVID-19 and due to his preexisting disabilities.
‘VeggieTales’ creator Phil Vischer releases viral video on race in America
(RNS) — ‘VeggieTales’ creator Phil Vischer’s viral video ‘Race in America’ has over 2.8 million views and helps answer the question: ‘Why are people so angry?’