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Church of England submits blessings for same-sex couples to fierce debate in Synod

By Catherine Pepinster — February 3, 2023
LONDON (RNS) — The bishops have displeased both conservatives and progressives in the church with a proposal to bless civil unions between same-sex partners.
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A new vision for the National Prayer Breakfast

By Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — February 2, 2023
(RNS) — Will the new organizers of this annual event embrace our founding principle of freedom of belief for all?

At Tyre Nichols’ funeral, VP Harris and Sharpton among those praying and promising reform

By Adelle M. Banks — February 1, 2023
(RNS) — ‘When we talk about public safety, let us understand what it means in its truest form: Tyre Nichols should have been safe,’ the vice president said.

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.

Kenya’s deaf choir changes minds about ‘burdens’ of disabilities

By Fredrick Nzwili — January 31, 2023
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — The choir’s example has helped convince Kenyan churches to embrace deaf culture.

US Hispanic Protestant churches are young, growing and largely new to the country

By Alejandra Molina — January 30, 2023
(RNS) — 'We see more and more English-speaking churches either planting a Hispanic church or adding a service in Spanish to their current congregation,' said Giancarlo Montemayor with Lifeway Recursos.

How students could give Ron DeSantis an African American history lesson

By Andre Henry — January 30, 2023
(RNS) — Today's students don't need to be protected from an education in Black history.

Tyre Nichols police beating video prompts faith leaders to react with grief, goals

By Adelle M. Banks — January 28, 2023
(RNS) — They expressed grief and prayers for Nichols’ family, as well as called for national and state legislation. Some questioned whether the video of the police beating of Nichols should be watched.

His art was an act of ‘sacred listening’ says ‘Portraits in Faith’ photographer

By Bob Smietana — January 27, 2023
(RNS)— A selection of Daniel Epstein's portraits is now on display as part of an exhibit called 'See the Other,' at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

Colorado baker loses appeal over transgender birthday cake

By Colleen Slevin — January 27, 2023
DENVER (AP) — Jack Phillips maintains the cakes he creates are a form of speech and plans to appeal.

‘He Gets Us’ organizers hope to spend $1 billion to promote Jesus. Will anyone care?

By Bob Smietana — January 26, 2023
(RNS)—This year’s Super Bowl will feature a $20 million pair of pro-Jesus ads promoting the idea that Jesus ‘gets us,’ part of the larger ‘He Gets Us’ campaign. Organizers hope to spend a billion dollars in the next three years to redeem Jesus’ brand.

Reclaiming our democracy is a matter of faith

By Bridget Moix — January 26, 2023
(RNS) — The gulf between Democrats and Republicans feels unbridgeable, so why bother engaging with the institution at all?

National Prayer Breakfast breaks from ‘The Family’ with new organization

By Jack Jenkins and Adelle M. Banks — January 25, 2023
(RNS) — Critics are questioning whether the change is a full departure from the past or merely cosmetic.
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