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(RNS) Despite Mitt Romney's loss on Tuesday night, fellow Mormons say his candidacy was a win for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. By Peggy Fletcher Stack and Daniel Burke.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) All those stories about Mitt Romney's White House bid and his Mormon faith educated millions of observant Americans about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Still, some “understandings” remain misunderstandings — and many views of the religion continue to be skewed, exaggerated or flat-out wrong. Here are 12 persistent myths about Mormonism. By Peggy Fletcher Stack.
Photographs of a Mormon service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Lenexa Ward on Sunday June 17, 2012 in Lenexa, Kan. These slideshows were created by Religion News Service to provide our readers with an inside look at various religious services. From a Catholic Mass to prayer at a mosque, these images help understand the culture and diversity of the religious world, as well as how people pray and celebrate their religion. Photos by Sally Morrow / Religion News Service
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Rather than wait for possible excommunication from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon blogger David Twede has resigned his membership. By Peggy Fletcher Stack.
(RNS) A majority of Protestant pastors plan to vote for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new survey, but nearly a quarter are still undecided less than four weeks from Election Day. By Daniel Burke.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) In a surprising move that promises to transform Mormon social and spiritual dynamics, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is lowering the age of full-time missionary service to age 18 for Mormon men (down from 19) and 19 for women (down from 21). By Peggy Fletcher Stack and Lisa Schencker/The Salt Lake Tribune.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) A number of Mormons are circulating a request via email that sympathetic Latter-day Saints join them in forgoing food and water on Sunday to help Mitt Romney at the Oct. 3 presidential debate. By Peggy Fletcher Stack.
(RNS) It would be an error to underestimate or write off the Protestant influence in the American political arena. But with the rapid demographic and sociological changes now underway, get ready for Hindus, Jews, Hispanics, Buddhists, Muslims, gays, women, atheists and many other groups to head up future presidential tickets. By A. James Rudin.
(RNS) President Obama's support for gay marriage has put some black clergy in a bind, torn between their political loyalties and their religious beliefs. By Adelle M. Banks.
(RNS) Conservative commentators like Rupert Murdoch's stable and Ross Douthat of The New York Times are feasting on what they perceive as the "death" of "liberal Christianity." Their next round of emotional and financial blackmail won't find much of an audience. By Tom Ehrich.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) If you suspected the newly released U.S. Religion Census overstated the Mormons' growth rate, you were right. That’s because, this time around, the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints changed the way it reported its membership to the researchers. By Peggy Fletcher Stack.
RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) Most black churches consider homosexuality a sin, and have resisted any attempt to reinterpret biblical passages condemning it. But some pastors are finding ways to skirt the theological issue, and support equal treatment of gays and lesbians as a legislative concern. By Yonat Shimron.
Five hundred years after the Protestant reformation, Catholics and Protestants are coming closer together, theologically and practically, over the Eucharist, or Communion. Katherine Brewer speaks to Monsignor Kevin Irwin, professor of liturgical studies at Catholic University, and the Rev. Dean Snyder of Washington's Foundry United Methodist Church in this audio report.
(RNS) The question now is whether these breakaway Anglican, Lutheran and Presbyterian groups signal a seismic shift in American Protestantism, or just a few fissures in the theological terrain. By Daniel Burke.