At National Cathedral, leaders of different parties, perspectives call for civility

By Adelle M. Banks — February 22, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and Maryland Gov. Wes Moore spoke about their participation in the ‘Disagree Better’ project and noted their efforts to seek bipartisan solutions.
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Trump-aligned think tank, denying policy plans, gives voice to Christian nationalist views

By Jack Jenkins — February 21, 2024
(RNS) — The Center for Renewing America is denying a Politico report about plans to push Christian nationalism should Donald Trump win back the White House — but that doesn’t mean the group doesn’t endorse the ideology or want it to help shape public policy.

Heads of SBC mission boards say they will not fund new abuse reform nonprofit

By Bob Smietana — February 21, 2024
(RNS) — Leaders of Send Relief, an SBC-related humanitarian group, say funds earmarked for abuse response have to be used within the SBC.

Southern Baptist leaders expel two churches for allegedly mismanaging abuse

By Bob Smietana — February 20, 2024
(RNS) — The committee also voted out a church in Kentucky for having a woman pastor.

For Iranian converts claiming religious persecution, European courts require proof of faith

By Hanna Vioque — February 20, 2024
LONDON (RNS) — Judges across Europe are having a tough time deciding whether asylum-seekers claiming religious persecution are ‘genuine’ Christians.

SBC task force plans to start nonprofit to oversee abuse database and reforms

By Bob Smietana — February 19, 2024
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — The new nonprofit is designed to get past the SBC Executive Committee’s ongoing financial and legal challenges.

Brazilian evangelical Christians disrupt pre-Lenten partying with ‘Gospel Carnival’

By Eduardo Campos Lima — February 19, 2024
SÃO PAOLO (RNS) — Once content to avoid Carnival's excesses, evangelicals, who make up about 30% of Brazil's population, have a new strategy, working to short-circuit the festival with displays of Christian faith.

Will the Southern Baptist Convention’s Cooperative Program crumble?

By Bob Smietana — February 19, 2024
(RNS) — For nearly a century, Southern Baptist churches have banded together to raise funds for mission in the US and around the world, raising more than $20 billion through their Cooperative Program. But the trust that once held the program together is fraying.

Houston megachurch holds healing and thanksgiving service a week after deadly shooting

By Juan A. Lozano — February 19, 2024
HOUSTON (AP) — Osteen's Lakewood Church has not had services since the Feb. 11 shooting that sent worshippers scrambling for safety.

African Methodist Episcopal Church leaders call for halt to all US funding of Israel

By Adelle M. Banks — February 16, 2024
(RNS) — The statement comes in a week of continuing calls for cease-fire and humanitarian aid for the victims of the war that began on Oct. 7.

Freethought Democrats object to Pastor Jack Hibbs as guest chaplain, say he’s Christian nationalist

By Jack Jenkins — February 16, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'I think there is a real problem with our new speaker and his ability to accept religious pluralism, diversity, and inclusion in a way that can work for our country and our diverse Congress,' said Rep. Jared Huffman.

Kamala Harris holds private meeting with Rev. William Barber

By Jack Jenkins — February 15, 2024
(RNS) — The vice president sat down with Barber and the Rev. Kazimir Brown, head of Repairers of the Breach, to discuss poverty and Israel's ongoing assault into the Gaza Strip.

Can American congregations learn to embrace the uncoupled?

By Elizabeth E. Evans — February 15, 2024
(RNS) — Many American congregations tend to focus on traditional families, recollecting a mid-20th-century model for church growth or else simply as a model of what a Christian life should be.
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