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The conversation white parents should be having with their children

By Kelly Brown Douglas — May 17, 2022
(RNS) — Schools are being barred from discussing racism. That leaves parents and our faith communities.

Man killed in California church shooting called a hero

By Stefanie Dazio and Amy Taxin — May 17, 2022

Authorities: Hate against Taiwanese led to church attack

By Deepa Bharath, Ken Ritter, and Amy Taxin — May 16, 2022
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If budgets are moral documents, what does the US budget say about ours?

By Bridget Moix — May 13, 2022
(RNS) — Why is destroying our enemies a higher priority than feeding, clothing and teaching children? 

Jordan’s King Abdullah, custodian of holy sites, meets US Christian leaders

By Daoud Kuttab — May 11, 2022
(RNS) — Reconfirming the status quo in Jerusalem will require some hard diplomacy and a lot of goodwill.

Department of Interior releases first report detailing US Indian boarding schools

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 11, 2022
(RNS) — The Roman Catholic Church and a number of Protestant denominations are beginning to investigate their own roles in those boarding schools.

Religious beliefs give strength to the anti-abortion movement – but not all religions agree

By Steven K. Green — May 11, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of constitutional law and American religious history explains how the abortion issue has been historically rooted in religious beliefs, giving a moral certainty that law cannot provide.

US annual conferences can’t just leave the United Methodist Church, rules top court

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 11, 2022
(RNS) — The decision by the Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, comes just over a week after the launch of the Global Methodist Church, a new denomination formed by theologically conservative Methodists.

Bishop Vashti McKenzie to lead National Council of Churches for next two years

By Adelle M. Banks — May 10, 2022
(RNS) — McKenzie succeeds Jim Winkler, who left the ecumenical organization on Jan. 31.

Even abortion foes will help friends who choose to end a pregnancy

By Bob Smietana — May 9, 2022
(RNS) — Americans hold complicated views on abortion — with many seeing it as immoral but necessary. And they often help out friends who choose abortion.

New denomination urges United Methodists to walk out of the wilderness

By Yonat Shimron — May 7, 2022
GARNER, N.C. (RNS) — The Wesleyan Covenant Association’s 6th annual gathering was broadcast live at dozens of local churches across the country and encouraged churches to move into a new denomination.

God is a mother, too, writes children’s book author Teresa Kim Pecinovsky

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — The author spoke to Religion News Service about why it’s important for people of all ages to see God as a mother and how the story of Hagar and Ishmael resonates for her.

Religious groups are ‘making a joyful noise’ with outdoor instruments

By Adelle M. Banks — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — ‘We wanted to make a pretty area that would enhance the chapel but be fun for the children,’ said a leader of a Texas church.

Florida churches among first to begin exit from UMC to new, conservative denomination

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 5, 2022
(RNS) — The departure of any church or clergy from the denomination is not instantaneous, but must first go through its annual conferences.

For red-state clergy who back abortion rights, losing Roe is a call to action

By Bob Smietana and Alejandra Molina — May 4, 2022
(RNS) — A new version of the Clergy Consultation Service, which helped women get abortions before Roe v. Wade, may be organized in response to abortion rights restrictions.
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