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Christian writer Danté Stewart seeks revelation in Black experience

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 15, 2021
(RNS) — 'Shoutin' in the Fire: An American Epistle' weaves together the stories of Black lives and Black literature with the stories of the Bible.

Raphael Warnock honored with Four Freedoms award in ‘extra step’ for racial justice

By Adelle M. Banks — October 15, 2021
(RNS) — FDR’s granddaughter said of Warnock: ‘his voice is consistently counseling, teaching, making himself vulnerable in order to help the rest of us make sense of the world.’

Ronnie Floyd, SBC Executive Committee chief, resigns, citing damage to his reputation

By Bob Smietana — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — Floyd’s plans to unite Southern Baptists around evangelism and missions were overshadowed by controversy.

White Christian progressives can be nationalists too, ecumenical panel says

By Adelle M. Banks — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Liberal Christians are just as complicit with white nationalism that the Trumpites were that we saw on Jan. 6,’ a speaker said.

Border dispatches: Mayor says local crime rate hides citizens’ values

By Doug Pagitt — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — A 3,200-mile bike ride along the U.S.-Mexico border to see what America’s immigration policy looks like in action.

Is God good for America? Depends whom you ask.

By Ryan Burge — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — Most Americans see religion as good for society. Those on the extremes disagree.

It’s official: Rumored October meeting between Biden and Pope Francis is confirmed

By Jack Jenkins — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — It won’t be the first time the two have met, but it will be the first since Biden became president.

National Council of Churches elects all-female officers, approves NRSV update

By Adelle M. Banks — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — ‘At this pivotal time in the life of the church in the United States, it is noteworthy that the NCC is modeling inclusiveness in selecting its leaders,’ said its new chair.

Airman convicted of kidnapping, killing Mennonite teacher

By Felicia Fonseca — October 14, 2021
On Wednesday, a jury in Arizona found U.S. Air Force airman Mark Gooch guilty of kidnapping and first-degree murder in Sasha Krause’s killing.

Study: Attendance hemorrhaging at small and midsize US congregations

By Yonat Shimron — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — The Faith Communities Today survey finds that half of the country’s congregations had 65 or fewer people in attendance on any given weekend, a drop from a median attendance level of 137 people in 2000.

Menlo Church investigation finds no direct evidence or disclosures of sexual abuse

By Bob Smietana — October 13, 2021
(RNS) — A long-expected report found no evidence of abuse at a San Francisco megachurch but did fault leaders for their lack of transparency.

‘Cosplay Christianity’: The sin is in the denial of the life God calls us to

By Karen Swallow Prior — October 13, 2021
(RNS) — Sometimes it’s as deadly serious (and ironic) as a riot in which grown men in costumes channel William Wallace in ‘Braveheart’ crying ‘Freedom!’ while attacking the seat of democracy.

The Reformed Church in America faces rupture over LGBTQ gridlock

By Kathryn Post — October 13, 2021
(RNS) — One of North America’s oldest denominations is already splintering. After a long delay, its General Synod meets this week.

Archbishop of the military defends those who refuse vaccines

By Jack Jenkins — October 13, 2021
(RNS) — More than 90% of active-duty Navy personnel and more than 81% of Army and Air Force personnel have already gotten the shots.

Pope OKs crediting miracle to John Paul I on sainthood path

By Associated Press — October 13, 2021
Pope Francis approved the crediting of the miraculous healing of a child in Buenos Aires to the intercession of John Paul I.
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