As Pennsylvania’s ‘Bible belt’ evolves, clergy look to one another for mutual support
By Elizabeth E. Evans — February 6, 2023
LANCASTER, Pennsylvania (RNS) — The difficulties of the pandemic and the widening gap between people of different political persuasions have put a strain on the clergy of one small town in this historically religious region. They have found mutual support in a 'ministerium' dedicated to community unity.
Clergy protest legislation targeting transgender children in Missouri
By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 2, 2023
(RNS) — Jewish and Christian clergy have taken an active role in protesting what one advocacy group has called the ‘most dangerous’ session of the Missouri Legislature for the LGBTQ community it has seen in years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Twitter reinstated white nationalist Nick Fuentes. He lasted 24 hours.
By Meagan Saliashvili — January 25, 2023
(RNS) — In his brief Twitter comeback tour, Fuentes spouted late-night obscenities and conspiratorial, antisemitic musings.
How come evangelical leaders are cool toward Trump?
By Mark Silk — January 25, 2023
(RNS) — They’re waiting on the people in the pews.
How Southern California helped birth white Christian nationalism
By Yonat Shimron — January 24, 2023
(RNS) — Part memoir, part history of Southern California’s formative role in the rise of the religious right, Bradley Onishi's new book traces his growing estrangement from the faith he once zealously championed.
‘Not a real schism’: Four years later, UMC exodus less a gush, more a trickle
By Yonat Shimron and Emily McFarlan Miller — January 23, 2023
(RNS) — An analysis of departing churches suggests the country’s second-largest Protestant denomination will be weakened, but it is unlikely to break.
A half-century after Roe, faith groups need to reexamine theology behind abortion politics
By Jacob Lupfer — January 20, 2023
(RNS) — The last time we had religious innovation on the question of abortion came in the 1970s.
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