Background checks are essential for kids’ ministry. No one knows how many churches do them.

By Bob Smietana — May 17, 2024
(RNS) — Many denominations have passed new policies and procedures to make their churches safer for kids — few check to see if churches follow them.
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A priest observed a ‘Eucharistic fast’ for racial justice. Now, he could be deposed.

By Kathryn Post — May 16, 2024
(RNS) — Ramey, an activist against white supremacy and former rector of an Episcopal church in Alexandria, Virginia, has refused to preside over the Eucharist or to receive it personally since 2022.

Lawmakers unveil statue of Billy Graham in US Capitol

By Jack Jenkins — May 16, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Billy Graham’s son, the Rev. Franklin Graham, praised the statue but said his father ‘would want the focus to be on the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.’

United Methodists scrap their anti-gay bans. A woman who defied them seeks reinstatement as pastor

By David Crary, Peter Smith, and Holly Meyer — May 16, 2024
(AP) — Earlier this month, delegates at a United Methodist Church conference struck down the UMC’s longstanding anti-LGBTQ policies and created a path for clergy ousted because of them to seek reinstatement.

PCA cancels anti-polarization panel with David French for being too polarizing

By Bob Smietana — May 15, 2024
(RNS) — Leaders of the conservative denomination canceled the discussion of dealing with polarization after online backlash.

Bishop T.D. Jakes subject of AI-generated misinformation, says fact-finding website

By Adelle M. Banks — May 15, 2024
(RNS) — A false rumor of Jakes’ resignation was ‘latest chapter in a months-old series of videos — many at least partially created with the assistance of artificial-intelligence tools,’ reported Snopes.

Hagee: Antisemitism bill in Congress doesn’t violate Bible’s account of Jesus’ death

By John Hagee — May 15, 2024
(RNS) — Members of Congress have claimed the legislation will stifle a false theology that ‘the Jews killed Jesus.’ 

The Rev. William Lawson, Texas civil rights leader who worked with Martin Luther King Jr, dies at 95

By Associated Press — May 15, 2024
HOUSTON (AP) — Lawson’s longtime church, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in that Texas city, announced on its website that he had died on Tuesday.

FBI asked to join investigation of death of pastor’s wife, Mica Miller

By Kathryn Post — May 14, 2024
(RNS) — Miller’s April 27 death has been the source of fierce controversy and widespread speculation.

Texas megachurch hits the brakes after trying to skew a traffic study

By Bob Smietana — May 14, 2024
(RNS)— Critics call the latest controversy at Lakepointe Church in Rockwall, Texas, one more sign of dishonesty from its leaders.

Former Trump official Elizabeth Neumann wants to combat Christian extremism

By Jack Jenkins — May 14, 2024
(RNS) — 'We've reordered, if you will, in the incorrect order: Politics is the premier as opposed to our trust and faith in Jesus,' said the extremism expert.

Tornado rips steeple off Pennsylvania church during worship service

By Kathryn Post — May 13, 2024
FINLEYVILLE, Pennsylvania (RNS) — 'God had his hand on us,' one of the pastors told Religion News Service.

Far-right Christians blame Madonna’s ‘satanic’ concert for floods in southern Brazil

By Eduardo Campos Lima — May 13, 2024
SÃO PAULO, Brazil (RNS) — Christian pastors and social media influencers have connected the concert's sexual content with unprecedented floods that have devastated cities in Rio Grande do Sul state and killed 116 people.
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