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Roxanne Stone

Roxanne Stone is the managing editor for Religion News Service. She has worked for more than 15 years in publishing with a focus on the intersection of faith and culture. She formerly served as editor in chief for Barna Group, editorial director for RELEVANT Media Group, as well as at Christianity Today and Group Publishing. Roxanne lives in New York City.

All Stories by Roxanne Stone

Hillsong to ‘pause’ operations at Dallas campus, citing leadership failures

April 11, 2021

(RNS) — New revelations about the former Dallas pastors as well as pandemic woes have led the global behemoth to announce a shuttering of the Dallas location for now.

At nationwide rallies, Christians stand up for Asian Americans

March 29, 2021

CHICAGO (RNS) — An estimated 5,000 people attended Sunday’s rallies in 14 US cities, including Chicago, Atlanta, LA and New York.

Suspect in Atlanta spa killings ‘big into religion’

March 17, 2021

(RNS) — Six of the eight victims were Asian women, raising concerns among the already alarmed Asian American community, which has faced a recent spike in anti-Asian hate crimes around the country.

New pastors announced to replace Carl Lentz at Hillsong East Coast

February 13, 2021

(RNS) — Chrishan and Danielle Jeyaratnam, currently pastors at the Hillsong campus in Perth, Australia, have been named to the top spots at the embattled New York location.

Hillsong NYC probe closed, Brian Houston will name new pastors ‘in coming days’

February 12, 2021

(RNS) — The investigation included ‘hours of confidential interviews with current and former staff, volunteers and church members,’ Houston said in a February 12 email to church members.

Survey: White evangelicals most likely to say they’ve been harassed online for their faith

February 2, 2021

(RNS) — ‘The study shows there are some groups who are more likely to attribute their harassment to their religious beliefs than others,’ according to the Pew report.

‘Christian’ crowdfunder hosts campaigns for Tarrio and other Proud Boys

January 5, 2021

(RNS) — The campaign for Tarrio has eclipsed its $100,000 goal and has more than 2,000 donors as of Tuesday evening.

Hillsong Dallas pastors, who helped start NYC location with Carl Lentz, resign

January 5, 2021

(RNS) — The couple’s resignation comes amid months of turmoil and scrutiny for the global megachurch.

5 ‘in real life’ religion and pop culture clashes from 2020

December 30, 2020

(RNS) — Kanye ran for president. Rihanna faced backlash from Muslims. A French-language film caused many conservative religious people to #CancelNetflix.

Evangelical leader Beth Moore trends on Twitter after calling Trumpism ‘seductive and dangerous’

December 13, 2020

(RNS) — ‘I have never seen anything in these United States of America I found more astonishingly seductive & dangerous to the saints of God than Trumpism,’ the founder of Living Proof Ministries said in her tweet.

Historic Middle Collegiate Church in New York City destroyed in six-alarm fire

December 5, 2020

NEW YORK (RNS) — ‘We are devastated and crushed that our beloved physical sanctuary at Middle Collegiate Church has burned. And yet no fire can stop Revolutionary Love,’ said the Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis.

In leaked call, Hillsong founder Brian Houston details ‘narcissistic’ Carl Lentz’s firing

December 3, 2020

NEW YORK (RNS) — In a leaked audio call obtained by The Daily Mail, the head pastor of Hillsong Global said difficulties with Lentz’s leadership emerged long before the recent revelations of his affair.

Hillsong founder Brian Houston announces investigation after NYC pastor Carl Lentz’s firing

November 12, 2020

NEW YORK (RNS) — ‘We are launching an independent investigation into the inner workings of Hillsong NYC/ East Coast. We need a solid foundation for a fresh start and new beginning,’ Houston said in a tweet Thursday (Nov. 12).

Amid cries for church unity post-election, some Christians say ‘Not so fast’

November 11, 2020

NEW YORK (RNS) — After a polarizing presidential election, Christian leaders are urging believers of all political convictions to find common ground in their faith.

Celeb pastor Carl Lentz, ousted from Hillsong NYC, confesses he was ‘unfaithful’ to his wife

November 4, 2020

NEW YORK (RNS) — An email sent to church members on Nov. 4 cited the reason for Lentz’s termination as ‘leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures.’

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