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Synod officials caution bishops to put Catholics’ needs over their own agendas

By Junno Arocho Esteves — January 30, 2023
(RNS) — The warning seemed aimed at the German bishops' approach to the Synodal Path.
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Study: US clergy favor medical treatment for depression

By Yonat Shimron — January 12, 2023
(RNS) — The study reports that 90% of clergy respondents said they would encourage someone with depressive symptoms to see a mental health professional.

South Carolina’s largest UMC church set to leave denomination

By Yonat Shimron — January 9, 2023
(RNS) — Mt. Horeb is one of several large churches in the United Methodist Church that have either voted to leave or are about to.

Top 10 Mormon news stories of 2022

By Jana Riess — December 30, 2022
(RNS) — From a Joseph Smith photograph to David Archuleta's decision to 'step away' from the church, it's been an eventful year.

UMC’s North Georgia Conference blocks church departures

By Kathryn Post and Emily McFarlan Miller — December 28, 2022
(RNS) — The regional body is alleging the spread of “defamatory” misinformation about the UMC and its disaffiliation procedure.

Frank Pavone, Leonard Feeney and the long story of Catholic fundamentalism

By Mark Silk — December 27, 2022
(RNS) — The defrocking of the anti-abortion crusader is the latest chapter in an old story.

Sunday school looks different since pandemic’s start: From monthly to missing

By Adelle M. Banks — December 21, 2022
(RNS) — ‘If you kept it online, you probably don’t have a religious education program now,’ expert Scott Thumma said of children’s activities.

Giant menorahs, helicopters, candy cannons announce the arrival of Hanukkah

By Yonat Shimron — December 19, 2022
(RNS) — In the face of growing antisemitism, many Jews are taking to the streets and making the eight-day Festival of Lights very public and very flashy.

Mark Rivera, a former Anglican lay pastor, found guilty of felony child sexual assault

By Kathryn Post — December 15, 2022
(RNS) — The decision has been a long time coming for the family of Cherin Marie, whose young daughter originally reported being sexually abused by Rivera in 2019.

This Advent, churches urged to assess worship for inadvertent antisemitism

By Kathryn Post — December 14, 2022
(RNS) — ‘To say that the meaning of sacred Scriptures are over for Jews, because Jesus has come, fuels a sense that there is no longer a reason for Jews to exist,’ said one scholar.

Anglican church informs parishioners of sex offender attendee after three years

By Kathryn Post — December 6, 2022
(RNS) — Church of the Resurrection informed congregants in an email on Friday that a registered sex offender has been attending the church since 2019.

Theological schools report continued drop in master of divinity degrees

By Kathryn Post — December 2, 2022
(RNS) — Enrollment at theological schools has remained stable, but the two-year M.A. degree is appealing to more students.

In Philadelphia, artwork brings Catholic Church’s synod to life

By Kyle Desrosiers    — November 30, 2022
(RNS) — Artwork reflecting the thoughts of young Catholics in Philadelphia pointed up the contentious issues swirling as the continental phase of the Synod on Synodality begins.
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