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At least three critical race theory statements proposed for Southern Baptist meeting

By Adelle M. Banks — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — There’s a lot riding on the resolutions committee’s work, with critical race theory as one of the 'points of tension' it has to manage, its chair said.
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Southern Baptist Executive Committee hires Guidepost Solutions to review Moore allegations

By Bob Smietana — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — SBC leaders have been accused of trying to delay attempts to deal with abuse and of mistreating abuse survivors.

Liberty grad Nightbirde captures hearts, Golden Buzzer on ‘America’s Got Talent’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — What fans of the popular show may not realize is that Nightbirde's performance came from a place of deep faith.

What Catholic bishops are actually saying about denying Communion to politicians

By Jack Jenkins, Claire Giangravé, Alejandra Molina — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — A rapidly escalating theological debate is liable to yield few clear answers.

If we’re rescinding Southern Baptist history, let’s undo our link to the Confederacy

By Alan Cross — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — Before turning back the clock on CRT, let's rescind a May 1861 resolution aligning the SBC with the Confederacy.

Will yoga classes in public school lead kids to convert?

By Yonat Shimron — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — Indiana University Professor of Religious Studies Candy Gunther Brown says parents should worry less about where yoga comes from and more about how it's being taught.

The social-media-examined life is not the one that sustains us

By Karen Swallow Prior — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — The public life is not what feeds the desires of the heart.

‘Preserve the base’: Leaked audio of SBC leaders shows reluctance on dealing with sex abuse

By Bob Smietana, Adelle M. Banks — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — Recordings released by a prominent pastor highlight dispute over how to handle abuse allegations in the nation's largest Protestant denomination.

Catholics are asking for bread. Their bishops are giving stones.

By Marianne Duddy-Burke — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — A push to deny Communion to pro-choice Catholic politicians is symbolic of denial of care in other forms.

Friends mourn Steve Austin, former pastor and author who wrote about suicide and mental health

By Bob Smietana — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — Author and speaker Steve Austin had spent years trying to reduce the stigma of mental illness. A survivor of abuse and of a suicide attempt in 2012, he was open about sharing his own struggles.

Pope rejects German cardinal’s resignation, urges reform

By Associated Press — June 10, 2021
ROME (AP) — Francis refused to accept the resignation and told Marx in a letter he must continue as archbishop.

The bubbas-that-be in the SBC

By Mark Silk — June 9, 2021
(RNS) — How Russell Moore fell afoul of them.

Facing enrollment declines, some Catholic dioceses are betting on online schools

By Yonat Shimron — June 9, 2021
(RNS) — Catholic schools saw a 6.4% decline in enrollment at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Now some dioceses are trying to attract new students with online schools.
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