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Clergy & Congregations

The Sunday Assembly hopes to organize a godless future. It’s not easy.

By Bob Smietana — September 24, 2021
(RNS) — At its peak, there were about 70 congregations in the Sunday Assembly movement. About half have shut down or gone dormant.
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She spent three years in church sanctuary. A new documentary tells her story.

By Yonat Shimron — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — Espinal, who is married and has three adult children, had been living in the United States since she was 16.

Evangelical Lutheran church installs 1st transgender bishop

By Associated Press — September 13, 2021
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Rev. Megan Rohrer will lead one of the church’s 65 synods, overseeing nearly 200 congregations in Northern California and northern Nevada.

‘Unvaccinated people die!’ declare Orthodox rabbis in new video ad

By Yonat Shimron — September 3, 2021
(RNS) — Jewish Americans overall are the most likely US religious group to have received a vaccine. But vaccine hesitancy is far higher among some Orthodox Jews.

In troubled ACNA church, alleged ‘spiritual hazing’ pressured members to conform

By Kathryn Post — September 3, 2021
(RNS) — Former members of Church of the Resurrection, headquarters of the Upper Midwest Diocese in the ACNA, say its leadership used spiritual language to force them to conform.

Group distributes ‘trauma kits’ to temples ahead of holidays

By Associated Press — September 3, 2021
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An organization in South Florida is distributing “trauma kits" to Jewish houses of worship that help treat life-threatening injuries before first responders can arrive.

Vatican exonerates Brooklyn bishop accused of sexual abuse

By Bobby Caina Calvan — September 2, 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — The Vatican has closed its investigation into allegations made separately by two men, who accused the bishop, Nicholas DiMarzio, of abusing them a half-century ago when he was a priest in New Jersey.

Pope replaces Australian bishop in alleged misconduct probe

By Associated Press — August 30, 2021
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday replaced an Australian bishop who stepped down amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Amid a boom of plus-sized churches, one Catholic church wants to keep it small

By Yonat Shimron — August 26, 2021
CARY, N.C. (RNS) — The explosive growth of Catholicism in the Diocese of Raleigh has led to building massive churches. One church has been fighting to keep things small.

Episcopal Diocese of Maine mandates vaccine for clergy

By Kathryn Post — August 25, 2021
(RNS) — Bishop Thomas J. Brown’s decision is one of the first vaccine mandates for clergy in the U.S.

With abuse allegations, conservative Anglican diocese faces questions about structure

By Kathryn Post, Bob Smietana — August 19, 2021
(RNS) — ACNA’s Upper Midwest Diocese, where the abuse allegations have taken place, places few checks and balances on the bishop’s authority.

Synagogues hoped to be in person this year. Now they’re not so sure.

By Yonat Shimron — August 18, 2021
(RNS) — A flood of new cases fueled by the highly contagious delta variant is putting increased pressure on synagogue leaders to scale back High Holy Days services.

Organ experts try to get the music going again after flood

By Ed White — August 9, 2021
GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich. (AP) — An extreme storm flooded a suburban Detroit church with more than 7 feet of water, striking the boiler, electrical system, elevator and more.
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