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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

This One’s for the Lonely

By Roxanne Stone — November 10, 2021
Ekemini Uwan joins to discuss the difference between solitude and loneliness — how we can lean into being alone and also seek meaningful connection.

Weathering the Age of Rage

By Roxanne Stone — November 3, 2021
Katelyn and Roxy are joined by political analyst Kirsten Powers as they ask: can you stay centered in an age of extremes?

Demons! Demons Everywhere!

By Roxanne Stone — October 27, 2021
Fall festivals! Hell Houses! Satanic Panic! Katelyn and Roxy are joined by Tyler Huckabee as they dredge up some ghosts of evangelical Halloween's past.

When Church Hurts Like Hell

By Roxanne Stone — October 20, 2021
Katelyn and Roxy, joined by Kyle J. Howard, explore why church wounds and spiritual abuse inflict such lasting damage in people's lives.

Promise Keepers says it has changed. The times have changed more.

By Roxanne Stone — July 16, 2021
(RNS) — An organization once committed to a post-political future has reemerged into a culture entrenched in a bitter partisan battle.

A pair of Hillsong docuseries planned, examining the megachurch’s culture, the fall of Carl Lentz

By Roxanne Stone — June 23, 2021
(RNS) — Both docuseries are planned in partnership with separate news organizations and based on their respective coverage of the ongoing scandals plaguing the global megachurch, with a spotlight on Hillsong NYC and its disgraced former pastor.

Exclusive: Sex abuse allegations by Carl Lentz’s former nanny put spotlight on Hillsong culture

By Roxanne Stone — May 31, 2021
NEW YORK (RNS) — The allegations, which Lentz denies, are the most recent chapter in a scandal that has caused turmoil in the global church.

Josh Duggar released with strict conditions as he awaits trial on possession of child sexual abuse materials

By Roxanne Stone — May 6, 2021
(RNS) — During the virtual hearing, a federal agent said the images downloaded on Duggar’s computer were among ‘the worst of the worst that I’ve ever had to examine.’

Former reality star, Josh Duggar, arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, pleads not guilty

By Roxanne Stone — April 30, 2021
(RNS) — The conservative Christian and former star of '19 Kids and Counting' faces his latest sexual scandal.

Another Hillsong East Coast pastor resigns, this time over revealing Instagram selfies

By Roxanne Stone — April 29, 2021
NEW YORK (RNS) — The New Jersey pastor sent explicit photos on Instagram stories to his ‘close friends,’ but also included a 30-year-old woman who used to volunteer for him at the church.

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

By Roxanne Stone — 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

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Alejandra Molina, and Roxanne Stone — 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’

By Roxanne Stone — 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

By Roxanne Stone — 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’

By Roxanne Stone — 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.
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