Christianity

Transgender inclusion? World’s major religions take varying stances on policies toward trans people

By David Crary, Mariam Fam, and Deepa Bharath — April 10, 2024
(AP) – Around the world, major religions have diverse approaches to gender identity, and the inclusion or exclusion of transgender people. Some

New York Catholic Workers bring new growth with rooftop garden 

By Fiona Murphy — April 9, 2024
(RNS) — Inspired by Pope Francis’ apostolic letter on ecology, a garden planned for the roof of the movement’s historic Maryhouse has attracted new attention to Dorothy Day’s Catholic service organization.

Dozens of Christians arrested after shutting down Senate lunch in protest of Gaza famine

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — April 9, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The protest, organized by Christians for a Free Palestine, followed a Communion service held on Capitol grounds.

For Christians raised in ‘high-control’ settings, elections may trigger religious trauma

By Kathryn Post — April 9, 2024
(RNS) — ‘Our bodies recognize that we’re being activated and pushed into trauma responses and that the same abusive techniques are being used on us,’ said author Tia Levings.

At Yale, Christian pastors sign a declaration opposing religious nationalism

By Yonat Shimron — April 9, 2024
(RNS) — The declaration commits Christian leaders to preaching on moral issues and rejecting a political movement it says is exploiting traditional values to undermine democracy.

New Vatican document combines modern transparency with eternal teaching

By Thomas Reese — April 9, 2024
(RNS) — Pope Francis summons all people to defend human dignity in every moment of human existence.

For those with mixed families, Israel-Hamas war complicates already difficult terrain

By Tara Abhasakun — April 9, 2024
(RNS) — Since Oct. 7, writers who have both Palestinian and Jewish relatives are navigating polarizing arguments among family and friends as well as reexamining their own identities.

How allowing abortion for secular reasons means allowing it for religious reasons

By Mark Silk — April 9, 2024
(RNS) — States’ abortion laws may not be ‘underinclusive.’

A dramatic schism over social issues? The United Methodist Church has been here before – but this time, America’s religious landscape is far different

By Christopher H. Evans — April 9, 2024
(The Conversation) — The United Methodist Church will hold its General Conference, delayed several years by the pandemic, in April 2024. The meeting comes amid a dramatic divide over LGBTQ+ rights.

Conservative Christians praise Trump’s anti-abortion record but say he’s stopped short of the goal

By Holly Meyer and Tiffany Stanley — April 9, 2024
(AP) — As Republican-led states have outlawed or further restricted abortion, Democrats believe the fight over abortion rights helps them at the polls.

Transgender Catholics say new Vatican document shows no understanding of their lives

By David Crary — April 9, 2024
(AP) — The dismay was heightened because recent moves by Pope Francis had encouraged some trans Catholics to hope the church might become more accepting.

Catholic bishops silent as Ascension hospital system shrinks maternity care

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — April 8, 2024
(RNS) — The bishops have urged more support for mothers and families, even as Ascension, one of the largest Catholic health care providers in the US, has been closing labor and delivery units at its hospitals.

Conservative Christians just lost their scholarly trump card on same-sex relationships

By Jonathan Merritt — April 8, 2024
(RNS) — Theologian Richard Hays' reversal comes at a bad time for those who oppose accepting LGBTQ Christians.

New Vatican document condemns gender theory, surrogacy

By Claire Giangravé — April 8, 2024
(RNS) — The new document takes a step back from the opening toward LGBTQ Catholics ushered in by Pope Francis.

Latter-day Saints leader addresses congregants without a word on racial or LGBTQ+ issues

By Hannah Schoenbaum — April 8, 2024
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Russell M. Nelson announced the planned construction in a pre-recorded closing speech at the twice-annual Salt Lake City conference. It's traditionally watched by millions worldwide.
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