Clergy & Congregations

James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel reach multimillion-dollar agreement

By Yonat Shimron — October 20, 2020

(RNS) — MacDonald, who was fired last year, will get $1.2 million and a vacant parcel of property adjacent to the church’s Crystal Lake Campus. He will also be allowed to run his Walk in the Word ministry independently.

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New book links the decline of religious authority to the end of empathy

By Yonat Shimron — October 6, 2020

(RNS) — John Compton’s ‘The End of Empathy’ shows how the collapse of religious authority in the 1960s led Christians to evangelical megachurches that resist any efforts at social reform.

Most congregations are doing all right during COVID-19. But the future is uncertain.

By Bob Smietana — October 1, 2020

(RNS) — A new study from the Lake Institute on faith and giving found that congregations’ giving was holding up during the pandemic, but barely half had met in person.

In Portland, this rabbi leads the clergy resistance

By Yonat Shimron — July 23, 2020

(RNS) — The Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance, lead by Rabbi Ariel Stone, has been downtown since the protests began 55 days ago, supporting the people on the street and providing a daily witness.

Willow Creek, Life.Church among churches that received millions in PPP loans

By Yonat Shimron — July 7, 2020

(RNS) — The vast majority of religious organizations listed in the data received between $150,000 and $300,000, but at least two dozen religious organizations received the highest amount of dollars, between $5 million and $10 million.

At Shavuot, 3 NC synagogues find unity in online Torah study

By Yonat Shimron — May 28, 2020

(RNS) — The six-hour online Torah-fest may be a harbinger of the kinds of creative changes in Jewish communal life resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

Breakaway Anglican group that left Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth wins property fight

By Yonat Shimron — May 26, 2020

(RNS) — The Texas ruling may be the first time that a breakaway diocese has prevailed in a legal fight over church property.

Survey shows faith can prosper in online services

By Ryan Burge — May 13, 2020

(RNS) — A recent Pew survey also allayed fears that there are large demographic disparities when it comes to accessing streaming services.

An Old World Torah scroll unites a North Carolina synagogue in a time of pandemic

By Yonat Shimron — May 5, 2020

(RNS) — Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the scroll has taken on a starring role on Zoom.

Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore says churches may apply for SBA loans

By Yonat Shimron — April 15, 2020

(RNS) — In a Facebook Live interview, SBC ethicist Russell Moore said that’s because banks would be issuing the loans, not the government. He also called a decision by Louisville, Kentucky’s mayor to ban a drive-in Easter service ‘stupid.’

A Passover Haggadah with a focus on Earth care takes off in a time of pandemic

By Yonat Shimron — April 7, 2020

(RNS) — In a year that has seen the deaths of thousands to a virulent virus sweeping the world, many are welcoming a focus on the health of the planet and finding it especially meaningful in a time of social isolation.

Florida officials: Arrested pastor not exonerated by new order listing religious services as ‘essential’

By Jack Jenkins — April 1, 2020

(RNS) — ‘Nothing has changed,’ said a representative for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

In this Episcopal church, the co-leader of the Lenten study is a rabbi

By Yonat Shimron — March 19, 2020

(RNS) — Rabbi Raachel Jurovics is now rabbi-in-residence at the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina — one of a handful of such posts in Episcopal dioceses.

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