Ethics

Rev. Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign calls for resistance to reopening plans

By Yonat Shimron — May 13, 2020

(RNS) — It is urging Congress, the president and state governors to follow the recommendations of public health experts and not risk a resurgence of the virus, which is disproportionately affecting poor, uninsured, low-wage workers.

Yale’s popular happiness class gains an online following among the socially distanced

By Yonat Shimron — April 27, 2020

(RNS) — More than 2.2 million people have enrolled in the 10-week online class called ‘The Science of Well-Being,’ which explores the things people think will make them happy — and the things that actually bring lasting life satisfaction.

President of Central Baptist Theological Seminary resigns due to ‘ethical lapse’

By Alejandra Molina, Adelle M. Banks — March 31, 2020

(RNS) — The Rev. Molly T. Marshall said she offered her resignation at the beginning of the month ‘because of an ethical lapse that betrayed my stewardship of office.’

A conversation with ‘McMillions’ creators James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte

By Bob Smietana — March 31, 2020

(RNS) — HBO’s ‘McMillions’ is part true crime, part morality tale, with a generous portion of temptation and forgiveness.

Bethel still believes in miracles but discourages hospital visits for healing prayer

By Alejandra Molina — March 11, 2020

(RNS) — The church is discouraging Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry students — who evangelize to strangers as they learn to pray and to heal the sick — from visiting health care settings.

How war bypasses morality

By Russell P. Johnson — January 6, 2020

(Sightings) — Ironically, it is in times of crisis when we can be least likely to step back and compare our words and actions against our moral convictions.

How Howard Thurman can help Christians heal their political divides

By Jemar Tisby — October 16, 2018

(RNS) — In our current political morass, we need to constantly remind ourselves that Christians, and their politics, should bring relief and flourishing to those whom the world counts as the least.

Israeli court fines ultra-Orthodox radio station for banning women from the air

By Michele Chabin — September 21, 2018

JERUSALEM (RNS) — After a lawsuit was filed, the station began permitting women to speak during limited hours, “and only on stereotypically female topics like recipes or education,” said an activist. 

How Willow Creek exposed our sins

By Kyle Strobel — September 7, 2018

(RNS) — We must see the recent fall of pastors as an opportunity to have a new conversation about power in the American evangelical church.

Battle lines form over social justice: Is it gospel or heresy?

By Jemar Tisby — September 6, 2018

(RNS) — In the current social climate some Christians have called for new movements to fight the marginalization of minorities and the poor as an expression of discipleship. But others see calls for social justice as a distraction from the gospel. 

Trump’s evangelical pander: a sin or a violation of law?

By Paul O'Donnell — August 31, 2018

(RNS) — Normally, when Trump’s evangelical fan club enjoys the perks of presidential access, it hardly merits mention because its unfolding is so predictable. This time, it backfired.

Pope Francis closes Ireland visit with appeals to divided Catholics

By Christine A. Scheller — August 27, 2018

DUBLIN (RNS) — For many, Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland was clouded by the latest revelations of clergy sex abuse in the U.S. and Australia and Catholic bishops’ attempts to cover them up.

Why it’s so hard to hold priests accountable for sex abuse

By Carolyn M. Warner — August 27, 2018

(The Conversation) — Pope Francis has expressed sympathy with the victims of clergy sex abuse, but an important reason for crisis is the church’s Code of Canon law, which the pope alone can change.

Francis kills the death penalty for Roman Catholicism

By Mark Silk — August 2, 2018

And made it a central concern for the church’s pro-life activism.

The culture wars need to make a safe space for conscience

By Paul O'Donnell — July 31, 2018

(RNS) — The booing of Christian soccer player Jaelene Hinkle for following her conscience shows that we need to turn down the temperature in the culture wars.

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