Christianity

Report: Megachurches continue to grow and diversify, steer clear of politics

By Bob Smietana — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — A look at megachurches over the past five years finds that most have grown larger and more diverse and become less likely to call themselves evangelical.

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Pope Francis on civil unions: Another step toward common ground with the LGBTQ movement

By Alphonso David, James Martin — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — Underlying the pope’s support for gay civil unions is his own long history decrying homophobia and calling for LGBTQ people to be treated with respect and dignity.

In 2020, ‘nonexistent’ Catholic vote will be crucial — again

By Thomas Reese — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — It’s not who Catholics are or what they believe, but where they are and their enthusiasm for voting.

Senator Mike Lee’s just one example. Mormon men still like Donald Trump.

By Jana Riess — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — Mike Lee’s fawning comment comparing Donald Trump to a Book of Mormon hero reveals a fault line among U.S. Latter-day Saints.

3 dead in attack at French church; country on high alert

By Lori Hinnant — October 29, 2020

PARIS (AP) — It was the third attack in two months in France that authorities have attributed to Muslim extremists.

Jerry Falwell Jr. announces lawsuit against Liberty University over his ouster

By Bob Smietana — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — Falwell alleges that an individual supported by foes of President Donald Trump made false claims against him.

Kamala Harris talks about her own faith and how it might influence a Biden-Harris White House

By Maina Mwaura — October 28, 2020

(RNS) — In an email Q&A, the vice presidential nominee shows how she thinks about the government’s role in protecting people of faith and ensuring religious freedom.

Hillsong Church says new Atlanta location will be led by its first African American pastor

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 28, 2020

(RNS) — Pastors Sam and Toni Collier are launching Hillsong Atlanta, the global megachurch’s first location in the Southeastern United States.

55 years ago, a cardinal’s ‘special reverence’ for the Jews redeemed ‘Nostra Aetate’

By A. James Rudin — October 28, 2020

(RNS) — The proclamation sparked a systematic effort by the Catholic Church to transform its past bitter relationships with Jews and Judaism.

The nondenominational Donald

By Mark Silk — October 28, 2020

(RNS) — The president discovers that his Presbyterianism was so 20th century.

Taco trucks and voter guides boost political profiles of faith communities at the margins

By Alejandra Molina — October 28, 2020

(RNS) — Civic engagement, said one activist, humanizes minority faith groups in the eyes of the rest of the electorate.

For Mormons in a faith crisis, the Gospel Topics essays try to answer the hard questions

By Jana Riess — October 27, 2020

For the first time, there is a resource to help ordinary LDS members understand the Gospel Topics essays—what they say (which is often a leap forward in the church’s transparency about its history) and, just as importantly, what they don’t say (which is often a lot).

Three church coalitions in the Deep South partner to urge racial reconciliation — and justice

By Adelle M. Banks — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — An Alabama pastor said groups already meeting in ‘notorious slave-trading cities in the past’ decided to encourage churches in other cities to take actions toward unity.

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