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Progressive National Baptists to deploy $1 million grant to boost ‘compelling preaching’

By Adelle M. Banks — January 31, 2023
(RNS) — The Lilly Endowment grants to the 32 organizations total $31.7 million and were distributed in November.
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Bulgarians celebrate Epiphany with traditional rituals

By Associated Press — January 6, 2023
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Thousands of young men are plunging into rivers and lakes across Bulgaria to retrieve crucifixes, in an old ritual marking the feast of Epiphany.

Faith leaders call for Putin to extend Christmas truce into a permanent cease-fire

By Kathryn Post — January 5, 2023
(RNS) — ‘There are always risks in peace. But there’s a bigger risk in war,’ said one pastor calling Ukraine to embrace the truce.

Congress’ new class has much higher percentage of Christians than American public

By Adelle M. Banks — January 3, 2023
(RNS) — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, an independent from Arizona, remains the only member of the new Congress who uses the description of religiously unaffiliated.

The most significant religion stories of 2022

By RNS staff — December 29, 2022
(RNS) — Faith communities and organizations were at the center of some of the year's most indelible moments.

Some Ukrainians move up Christmas to part ways with Russia

By Renata Brito and Hanna Arhirova — December 27, 2022
BOBRYTSIA, Ukraine (AP) — Some Orthodox Ukrainians have decided to observe Christmas on Dec. 25, like many Christians around the world. Yes, this has to do with the war, and yes, they have the blessing of their local church.

Sunday school looks different since pandemic’s start: From monthly to missing

By Adelle M. Banks — December 21, 2022
(RNS) — ‘If you kept it online, you probably don’t have a religious education program now,’ expert Scott Thumma said of children’s activities.

In these polarized times, even a prayer could be up for debate

By Adelle M. Banks — December 15, 2022
(RNS) — After struggling over wording in the prayer, one ecumenical organization is developing new tools to address divides within its own network.

Scrutiny of Ukraine church draws praise, fear of overreach

By Associated Press — December 12, 2022
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday announced measures primarily targeting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which is one of two major Orthodox churches in Ukraine following a 2019 schism.

Greek Orthodox church at World Trade Center reopens at last

By Karen Matthews — December 7, 2022
NEW YORK (AP) — The new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine hosted its first liturgy service on Tuesday to mark the Feast of St. Nicholas and is preparing to welcome visitors who want to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Ukraine bans religious organizations with links to Russia

By Associated Press — December 5, 2022
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Friday banned the activities of religious organizations “affiliated with centers of influence” in Russia and said it would examine the links between the Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox churches.

Why Americans are leaving their churches

By Jana Riess — December 1, 2022
(RNS) — For sociologist Stephen Bullivant, the question is why it took so long for the religious exodus to happen.

With searches, Ukraine focuses suspicions on Orthodox clergy

By Hanna Arhirova and Peter Smith — November 24, 2022
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — An investigation of a centuries-old monastic complex in Ukraine’s capital has underscored Ukrainian authorities' suspicions about some Orthodox Christian clergymen they see as loyal to Russia.
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