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Roxanne Stone

Roxanne Stone is the managing editor for Religion News Service and the co-host of the RNS, award-winning podcast Saved By the City.

All Stories by Roxanne Stone

The SBC, Animal Farm & Disneyland + Jonathan Merritt

By Roxanne Stone — June 8, 2022
Roxy Stone and guest host Jonathan Merritt discuss their Southern Baptist upbringings and how it feels to watch your childhood denomination go so off the rails.

‘My race and gender are not obstacles. They’re gifts.’ + Nikki Toyama-Szeto

By Roxanne Stone — June 1, 2022
Katelyn and Roxy talk with Nikki Toyama-Szeto about how she's learned to lead authentically from both her race and gender. She also shares her family's story as survivors of Japanese internment camps.

When Did Being Good Get So Dang Hard? + Sandra Maria Van Opstal

By Roxanne Stone — May 25, 2022
Katelyn and Roxy talk with Sandra Maria Van Opstal about how to pursue a lifestyle of justice without losing your sanity. 

Hillsong and the Scourge of the V-Necked Pastor

By Roxanne Stone — April 27, 2022
Katelyn and Roxy break down the Hillsong breakdown — and explore some of the systemic issues that have seemed to haunt the church from the beginning.

Josh and Leona Kimes, who accused Carl Lentz of abuse, resign from Hillsong Boston

By Roxanne Stone — April 18, 2022
(RNS) — In May of last year, Leona Kimes accused former lead pastor of Hillsong NYC, Carl Lentz, of sexually abusing her while she was working as a nanny for Lentz’s children.

Leaked Hillsong NYC report says sexual misconduct, abuse went beyond Carl Lentz

By Roxanne Stone — April 11, 2022
NEW YORK (RNS) — Details from the leaked report paint a picture of a church leadership rife with abuse, sexual misconduct and secrecy.

Disgraced founding pastor Brian Houston feuds online with Hillsong about his wife’s future

By Roxanne Stone — April 9, 2022
(RNS) — 'Our beautiful church is losing its soul,' Brian Houston concluded in an Instagram post Friday in response to Hillsong board's treatment of his wife and co-founding pastor, Bobbie Houston.

Hillsong pastor Brian Houston resigns after revelations of indiscretions with women

By Roxanne Stone — March 23, 2022
(RNS) — In a statement posted on its website Wednesday, the board said it had accepted Houston's resignation and acknowledged 'there will be much emotion at this news.'

Hillsong board blames anxiety drug, alcohol for landing Brian Houston in a woman’s hotel room

By Roxanne Stone and Bob Smietana — March 18, 2022
(RNS) — The board of the global megachurch released a statement revealing its cofounder had sent inappropriate text messages to a staff member and spent time in a woman's hotel room.

Facing trial, Brian Houston steps aside as global senior pastor of Hillsong

By Roxanne Stone — January 29, 2022
(RNS) — Houston is charged with concealing alleged child abuse by his father.

Philip Yancey on the Blessing of Deconstruction

By Roxanne Stone — December 22, 2021
Katelyn and Roxy are joined by Philip Yancey, whose books have long been a guide for the doubting, deconstructing Christian.

Am I a New Yorker Yet?

By Roxanne Stone — December 15, 2021
There's nothing like going home for the holidays to make a person wonder where they really belong. Katelyn and Roxy are joined by Elizabeth Passarella, a southern evangelical transplant who moved to NYC more than 20 years ago

The Punk Rock Spirit of the Virgin Mary

By Roxanne Stone — December 8, 2021
Katelyn and Roxy are joined by author Kaya Oakes as they talk about how women — past and present — are so often being shaped into the image men want. Including the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. 

Our History Books Were Missing Some Chapters

By Roxanne Stone — November 24, 2021
Thanksgiving may still be a favorite holiday, but its origin myths have long since been revealed to be just that: myths. And dangerous ones at that.

How To Help Your Homeless Neighbors — Really

By Roxanne Stone — November 17, 2021
Katelyn and Roxy are joined by homeless advocate Kevin Nye and Shams DaBaron, "da homeless hero," for challenging conversations on how to help — both on a personal level and a systemic one.
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