Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.
Seventh and final Plowshares member sentenced to prison for nuclear base break-in
(RNS) — Mark Colville was part of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 who broke into a naval base on April 4, 2018. DePaul University in Chicago announced last month it would recognize the group with a Christian nonviolence award.
Beth Moore apologizes for her role in elevating ‘complementarian’ theology that limits women leaders
(RNS) — In an email to Religion News Service, Moore didn’t go quite so far as to say she has entirely abandoned complementarianism. But she no longer sees it as essential.
Are LGBTQ students at Christian schools discriminated against? A lawsuit, scholarly studies say yes.
(RNS) — A new lawsuit backs up what scholars have been saying: LGBTQ students at Christian schools experience higher rates of bullying and harassment as well as clinical depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation in comparison with students at non-religious schools.
At second Easter under pandemic rules, Christians glimpse church’s future
(RNS) — The pandemic has ‘redefined for me what church is going to be like and what the definition of membership is,’ said one pastor in North Carolina.
UK judge: Council discriminated in removing bus ads promoting Franklin Graham festival
(RNS) — The judge said the borough council’s actions ‘discriminated on the ground of religion’ and showed ‘wholesale disregard for the right to freedom of expression.’
She swung from purity culture to hookup culture. Now she’s written a memoir on it.
(RNS) — Brenda Marie Davies has written a memoir she calls a cautionary tale about the damaging message of purity culture in which she takes an unflinchingly honest look at female sexuality.
Poll: American Jews report increasing incidents of anti-Semitism, mostly online
(RNS) — More than 60% of American Jews said they experienced or heard anti-Semitic comments, slurs or threats, up from 54% a year earlier.
Franklin Graham unfazed after evangelical base blasts him for encouraging vaccines
(RNS) — Graham’s March 24 Facebook post uncovered a deep divide among evangelicals, many of whom are suspicious of COVID-19 vaccines. His organization, Samaritan’s Purse, is managing vaccine clinics in Boone, North Carolina.
Michael Twitty’s ‘kosher soul’ cuisine offers an updated story of liberation
(RNS) — The Jewish culinary historian encourages people to celebrate their braided cultures. “Tradition is what you make,” he says. His Passover Plate will look different from the one most Jews use.
Another NC man is free to leave church sanctuary as immigration policies ease
(RNS) — Eliseo Jimenez, a 42-year-old itinerant laborer who worked in the state’s tobacco fields and later in construction laying floors, has been living at Umstead Park United Church of Christ since Oct. 9, 2017.
Study: Americans overwhelmingly support LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws
(RNS) — The 2020 American Values Atlas study from PRRI finds that at least 60% of every U.S. religious group favors laws that would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. But religious leaders are another matter.
Poll: 4 in 10 US Christians plan to attend in-person Easter services
(RNS) — Americans are growing more confident they can attend in-person religious services, but many still want restrictions such as social distancing and masking.
US Air Force pulls firing range near a Scottish Buddhist monastery
(RNS) — The Air Force’s decision is a victory for the Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Europe’s oldest, largest Tibetan monastery and home to more than 60 monks and volunteers.
With Beth Moore’s exit, more evangelical women are challenging strict gender norms
(RNS) — While no one expects a groundswell of women to follow Moore, some evangelical women are beginning to speak out about the limits of complementarian theology.
Black pastors sign letter supporting compromise bill on LGBTQ equality
(RNS) — They expressed support for LGBTQ civil protections but are asking that the Senate take up a rival bill called Fairness for All, which includes religious exemptions.