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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.

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

By Roxanne Stone — 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

By Roxanne Stone — 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

By Roxanne Stone — 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

By Roxanne Stone and Emily McFarlan Miller — 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’

By Roxanne Stone — 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

By Roxanne Stone — 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

By Roxanne Stone — 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

By Roxanne Stone — 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’

By Emily McFarlan Miller and Roxanne Stone — 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

By Roxanne Stone — 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

By Roxanne Stone — 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

By Roxanne Stone — 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

By Roxanne Stone — 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

By Roxanne Stone — 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.

Egypt arrests Coptic community rights activist amid heightened surveillance measures

By Roxanne Stone — December 5, 2019
CAIRO (RNS) — Early on Nov. 23, plainclothes police arrived at the home of Ramy Kamel, a tailor and advocate for the Coptic community. Human rights groups have expressed alarm over Kamel's arrest and a renewed crackdown on activists and journalists in Egypt.
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