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Doctrine & Practice

In fight against ‘tyranny,’ Michigan board declares itself ‘constitutional county’

By Yonat Shimron — May 24, 2023
(RNS) — In drafting the resolution to become a ‘constitutional county,’ commissioners relied on the writings of a Wisconsin pastor who promotes the idea of resistance to civil authorities.
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Hebrew school enrollment plunges dramatically in new report

By Yonat Shimron — May 12, 2023
(RNS) — The enrollment plunge may be another sign of declining American religious affiliation affecting American Jews as well.

Their church is leaving the UMC fold. They found refuge in a nearby ‘Lighthouse.’

By Yonat Shimron and Emily McFarlan Miller — May 4, 2023
(RNS) — The United Methodist Church is turning its attention to taking care of those who want to remain and rebuilding and fortifying its ranks.

Abortion pill rulings undermine religious freedom, interfaith leaders say

By Yonat Shimron — April 14, 2023
(RNS) — Multiple faith groups object to Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk’s ruling on mifepristone, saying it is motivated by a sectarian version of Christianity that tramples over their beliefs.

Amid attacks on trans people, a queer yeshiva offers a path to liberation

By Yonat Shimron — April 12, 2023
(RNS) — At Svara, LGBTQ Jews are reinterpreting and reshaping Jewish tradition by copying the methods used by the rabbis who compiled the Talmud.

Judge denies most claims against Seattle Pacific University board

By Yonat Shimron — April 7, 2023
(RNS) — Twelve students and faculty sued four members of the university’s board of trustees for refusing to scrap an employment policy that bars the hiring of people in same-sex relationships.

This North Carolina church used to be multiracial. Then came Jan. 6.

By Yonat Shimron — April 4, 2023
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (RNS) — Chapel Hill Bible Church seemed perfectly positioned to attract a diverse membership. And for many years it did — boasting that 20% of people attending were nonwhite.

‘Purple church’ pastors mull leadership strategies in polarizing times

By Yonat Shimron — March 27, 2023
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (RNS) — The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina held a leadership forum to help pastors figure out how to speak out without alienating half of their members.

Judge dismisses lawsuit by 36 United Methodist churches

By Yonat Shimron — March 21, 2023
(RNS) — The North Carolina churches sued in state courts to leave a denomination they view as having strayed from its theological moorings on LGBTQ issues.

White supremacist propaganda scaled new heights in 2022, ADL report finds

By Yonat Shimron — March 9, 2023
(RNS) — The Patriot Front, based in Texas, was responsible for 80% of propaganda distributions in 2022, the ADL report concluded.

Don’t overlook the faith in climate action

By Simran Jeet Singh — March 3, 2023
(RNS) — Pretending our problems don’t exist might help us relax in the moment, but it comes with a real cost in the long run.

At Repro Shabbat, Jewish congregations try to change the narrative on abortion

By Yonat Shimron — February 16, 2023
(RNS) — At more than 1,200 synagogues this weekend, Jews will pushing back against the prevailing Christian view that abortion is religiously forbidden.

New Catholic clergy sexual abuse report from Fordham charts a path forward

By Kathryn Post — February 9, 2023
(RNS) — ‘To me, placing survivors’ stories first is about cultural transformation,’ said The Rev. Gerard McGlone.
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