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.

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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.’

Gospel legend Bishop Rance Allen, known for ‘Something About the Name Jesus,’ dies at 71

October 31, 2020

(RNS) — Allen, a five-time Grammy nominee widely praised for his vocal range and the blending of rock, soul and R&B with traditional Black gospel music, died on October 31 at the age of 71.

Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo defends decision to host campaign for Kyle Rittenhouse

August 31, 2020

(RNS) — Meanwhile, more than 12,000 people have signed Faithful America’s petition calling on the Christian crowdfunding site to take down the Rittenhouse campaign.

Christian fundraising site has earned over $250,000 for alleged Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse

August 29, 2020

(RNS) — The site, similar to GoFundMe, describes itself as the ‘#1 free Christian crowdfunding site,’ and has categories for campaigns that include ‘Mission,’ ‘Medical,’ ‘Memorial,’ and ‘Church,’ among others. 

Peaceful church protest in Brooklyn brings disruption, blessing and a call for change

June 3, 2020

NEW YORK (RNS) — Demonstrators at a church-led peaceful march in Brooklyn prayed for their city and protested for lasting change in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

RNS Updated Budget — Wednesday, March 11, 2020

March 11, 2020

NEWS STORY RNS-Virus-Communion: With coronavirus concerns, sales up for pre-packaged Communion cups and wafers (RNS) — In light of concerns about the new coronavirus, a United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has ordered boxes of hundreds of pre-filled Communion cups packaged with wafers. It’s not the only one. By Adelle M. Banks. 950 […]

RNS Updated Budget — Thursday, November 7, 2019

November 7, 2019

EDS: LATINO-CATHOLICS will not be coming today. NEWS STORY RNS-Yiscah-Smith: Rejected as an Orthodox man, Yiscah Smith reclaims Judaism as a woman DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — Yiscah Smith, a trailblazing Jewish teacher of mostly Hasidic mystical teachings is having a moment. A documentary about her transition, “I Was Not Born a Mistake,” premiered at the […]

Aid workers Jessica and Jeremy Courtney on the fallout from Trump’s Syria moves

October 22, 2019

(RNS) — ‘They were refugees, they did what the world wanted them to do. They went back home, they tried to rebuild and then we just opened the gates for more terror to come back again into their lives after they were trying to rebuild.’

James K.A. Smith: St. Augustine might just be the therapist we need today

October 11, 2019

NEW YORK (RNS) — ‘There are ways in which we’ve set freedom up so that almost everything we imagine as freedom turns into addictions,’ said Smith in an interview with Religion News Service about his new book, ‘On the Road With Saint Augustine.’

Evolving Faith conference offers evangelical ‘refugees’ shelter

October 7, 2019

DENVER (RNS) — Nearly 2,500 attendees gathered in Denver for two days to seek community in what many called “the wilderness” of deconstruction. Speakers grappled with questions about faith, church, power and justice. Even as they also mourned the death of co-founder, Rachel Held Evans.

Pastor, author and mental health advocate Jarrid Wilson dies by suicide

September 10, 2019

(RNS) — News of Wilson’s passing followed a series of tweets he posted throughout the day Monday that dealt with suicide, including a post encouraging followers to remember that even though loving Jesus doesn’t cure mental illnesses, he does offer companionship and comfort.

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