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WCA calls on conservative churches to withhold dues from United Methodist Church

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 16, 2022
(RNS) — Those apportionments, determined by each annual conference, fund bishops’ salaries and support the work of the mainline Protestant denomination around the world.
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Frederick Buechner, popular Christian ‘writer’s writer’ and ‘minister’s minister,’ dies at 96

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 15, 2022
(RNS) — Buechner died peacefully in his sleep on Monday (Aug. 15) at age 96, according to his family.

Bruxy Cavey credibly accused in 3 cases of sexual abuse and 1 sexual misconduct

By Yonat Shimron — August 15, 2022
(RNS) — For the first time, leaders of the Toronto-area church said Cavey’s behavior amounted to sexual abuse, not just sexual harassment or abuse of power as it had previously maintained.

Non-affirming views continue to complicate HIV/AIDS response in Black churches

By Richa Karmarkar — August 15, 2022
(RNS) — A new study highlights an overall negative attitude toward homosexuality in the Black church. Now, Black LGBT clergy members are working to combat stigma in congregations about the public health issues of HIV and AIDS.

5 things you need to know from the ELCA Churchwide Assembly

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 12, 2022
COLUMBUS, Ohio (RNS) — The denomination's first meeting since the pandemic saw the election of the first Asian American vice president, as well as support for the #Landback movement and a long-awaited apology.

Department of Justice to investigate Southern Baptist sexual abuse

By Bob Smietana — August 12, 2022
(RNS) — News of the federal investigations comes several months after the nation's largest denomination passed new reforms aimed at addressing abuse.

Republicans keep mostly mum on calls to make GOP ‘party of Christian nationalism’

By Jack Jenkins — August 12, 2022
(RNS) — 'When they fail to speak out against this, they're surrendering the future of their party to the Marjorie Taylor Greenes of the world,' said Brian Hughes of American University's Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab.

Overturning Roe wasn’t a win for faith. Kansas was.

By Jamie Manson — August 11, 2022
(RNS) — The vote showed that the anti-abortion movement is really about white privilege and political power. 

In his debut country album, Rhett McLaughlin breaks up — with God

By Riley Farrell — August 11, 2022
(RNS) — The ‘Good Mythical Morning’ comedian goes on a spiritual deconstruction journey in his album, ‘James and the Shame.’

Reckoning with their history, Lutherans issue declaration to Indigenous peoples

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 11, 2022
COLUMBUS, Ohio (RNS) — The largest Lutheran denomination in the United States shared its Declaration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to American Indian and Alaska Native People for the first time in person Wednesday (Aug. 10) at its triennial Churchwide Assembly in Columbus, Ohio.

Sanctuaries become art hubs thanks to new space-sharing site

By Kathryn Post — August 11, 2022
(RNS) — Venuely offers a solution for New York City houses of worship in need of income.

Progressive National Baptists, AFL-CIO reunite for midterms voter initiative

By Adelle M. Banks — August 11, 2022
(RNS) — ‘We want to make that connection between the two and we want these two entities to feel comfortable again as they did in the ’60s,’ a Baptist leader said.

ELCA apologizes to Latino congregation whose pastor was removed on sacred day

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 10, 2022
(RNS) — ‘We hope that this public apology is only the first step of many in our committed journey to dismantle systemic racism in this church,’ representatives of Iglesia Luterana Santa Maria Peregrina said.
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