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National Day of Prayer to be marked with petitions for racial justice

By Adelle M. Banks — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It is time for us to stand up and own this racism,’ said a leader of Religions for Peace USA, ahead of its second prayer day event.
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Biden raises refugee ceiling, and faith-based groups brace for rebuilding work

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The sad truth is that we will not achieve 62,500 admissions this year,’ the president said in his announcement. ‘We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years.’

Jerry Falwell Jr. cancels Liberty graduation party at family farm due to health concerns

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — Falwell said canceling the party was 'a major disappointment to us since we wanted to celebrate the success of the graduating students and show them our appreciation.'

Bob Abernethy, host and founder of ‘Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly,’ dies at 93

By Adelle M. Banks — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It has been a great privilege to report the many ways people of faith worship and serve others,’ he said as the show concluded.

Ahead of Andrew Brown Jr’s funeral, North Carolina clergy cry out for justice

By Yonat Shimron — May 1, 2021
(RNS) — For North Carolina clergy, the killing of an unarmed Black man by law enforcement is personal.

Former reality star, Josh Duggar, arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, pleads not guilty

By Roxanne Stone — April 30, 2021
(RNS) — The conservative Christian and former star of '19 Kids and Counting' faces his latest sexual scandal.

RNS Weekly News Quiz: April 29, 2021

By Emily Churchill — April 30, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of current events in the world of religion.

Falwell invites Liberty students to ‘real’ graduation party at his farm despite lawsuit

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — April 30, 2021
(RNS) — 'If you're not a senior but you're dating one, you can come, too,' said Jerry Falwell Jr., who resigned as president of Liberty University last year in the wake of multiple scandals.

Historic Houston church leaves United Methodist Church over LGBTQ stance

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 29, 2021
(RNS) — Jan Lawrence, executive director of Reconciling Ministries, said she believes that the longer the denomination’s General Conference is delayed, the more churches will leave.

AME Church historical documentary features Mother Emanuel pastor Clementa Pinckney

By Adelle M. Banks — April 29, 2021
(RNS) — The AME Church is highlighting the documentary along with another about the history of its major quadrennial meetings, as producers work on a third film.

Another Hillsong East Coast pastor resigns, this time over revealing Instagram selfies

By Roxanne Stone — April 29, 2021
NEW YORK (RNS) — The New Jersey pastor sent explicit photos on Instagram stories to his ‘close friends,’ but also included a 30-year-old woman who used to volunteer for him at the church.

Evangelicals are losing their climate skepticism

By Mark Silk — April 28, 2021
(RNS) — No wonder the pushback on President Joe Biden’s climate agenda has thus far been minimal.

Why some preachers rely on holy ghostwriters and other pulpit helps

By Bob Smietana — April 28, 2021
(RNS) — To keep up with the demand for high-quality sermons, preachers often turn to ghostwriters and researchers, without telling their congregation. At least one expert calls that ‘cheating.’
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