Harrison Butker’s commencement speech almost made a good point

By Tyler Huckabee — May 17, 2024
(RNS) — Harrison Butker can tell something is off about how we think about work. He just thinks it's all women's fault.
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Background checks are essential for kids’ ministry. No one knows how many churches do them.

By Bob Smietana — May 17, 2024
(RNS) — Many denominations have passed new policies and procedures to make their churches safer for kids — few check to see if churches follow them.

Vatican issues new norms to rein in supernatural phenomena

By Claire Giangravé — May 17, 2024
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Once left only to local bishops, the Vatican doctrinal office will now have the ultimate say on apparitions, miracles and the supernatural.

Afro-Cuban drums, Muslim prayers, Buddhist mantras: Religious diversity blooms in once-atheist Cuba

By Luis Andres Henao — May 17, 2024
HAVANA (AP) — Today, diverse beliefs can be found mixed together on altars in homes, with the Virgin Mary sharing space with a ceramic Buddha and a warrior spirit from the Afro-Cuban faith.

He feared coming out. Now this pastor wants to help Black churches become as welcoming as his own

By Darren Sands — May 17, 2024
(AP) – Crowley’s career has flourished, and he has now written a book — “Queering the Black Church” — that he hopes can serve as a guide for other congregations to be “open and affirming” to LGBTQ+ people rather than shunning them.

On Nakba Day, some Palestinians dream of a single, secular state

By Andre Henry — May 16, 2024
(RNS) — People who reflexively invoke Israel’s right to exist conflate the right of a nation to exist with the right to oppress.

AME official Jerome V. Harris dies under a cloud of alleged corruption

By Fiona André — May 16, 2024
(RNS) — Harris, an important figure of the AME Church, died suddenly, according to a press release from the Christian Recorder, the church’s official publication.

A priest observed a ‘Eucharistic fast’ for racial justice. Now, he could be deposed.

By Kathryn Post — May 16, 2024
(RNS) — Ramey, an activist against white supremacy and former rector of an Episcopal church in Alexandria, Virginia, has refused to preside over the Eucharist or to receive it personally since 2022.

Lawmakers unveil statue of Billy Graham in US Capitol

By Jack Jenkins — May 16, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Billy Graham’s son, the Rev. Franklin Graham, praised the statue but said his father ‘would want the focus to be on the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.’

Vatican to weigh in on the supernatural, Marian apparitions

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain and Claire Giangravé — May 16, 2024
(RNS) — This Friday, the Vatican will release a document with new norms for discerning Marian apparitions and other supernatural phenomena, the first time those norms have been updated since 1978.

He won a Pulitzer for his book on the Israeli occupation. Then came the cancellations.

By Yonat Shimron — May 16, 2024
(RNS) — When the Pulitzers were announced on May 6, Nathan Thrall had to contend again with cancellations from venue organizers too skittish to feature a writer on a combustible subject.

Anitta defends her Afro-Brazilian faith after new music video costs her some followers

By ElÉonore Hughes — May 16, 2024
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Anitta was already known for elevating marginalized populations such as women, residents of the working-class neighborhoods known as favelas, as well as LGBTQ+ and Black people.

United Methodists scrap their anti-gay bans. A woman who defied them seeks reinstatement as pastor

By David Crary, Peter Smith, and Holly Meyer — May 16, 2024
(AP) — Earlier this month, delegates at a United Methodist Church conference struck down the UMC’s longstanding anti-LGBTQ policies and created a path for clergy ousted because of them to seek reinstatement.
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