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President Joe Biden waits to sign his first executive order in the Oval Office of the White House, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. As one of his first acts, Biden offered a sweeping immigration overhaul that would provide a path to U.S. citizenship for the estimated 11 million people who are in the United States illegally. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

ELCA leaders call on Congress to pass US Citizenship Act of 2021 in new letter

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 4, 2021

(RNS) — Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America threw their support behind what they called ‘fair and compassionate transformations to our nation’s broken immigration system.’

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Conservative United Methodists announce new name, logo, website for planned denomination

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 1, 2021

(RNS) — The planned denomination said it will split from the existing United Methodist Church no matter what the General Conference decides in 2022.

Stephen Colbert, left, interviews the Rev. James Martin, Feb. 3, 2021, on “A Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS. Video screengrab via CBS

On late-night TV and bestseller lists, new books on prayer resonating with readers

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 26, 2021

(RNS) — After a tumultuous year, several new books about prayer from popular Christian authors seem to be speaking to the moment.

Jessica LaGrone, a member of the Commission on a Way Forward, presents the Traditional Plan during the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 24, 2019. RNS photo by Kit Doyle

United Methodists reschedule meeting — and decision on splitting — again

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 25, 2021

(RNS) — In the meantime, bishops have called for another special session.

A crowd cheers while Rene Alex Garcia Maldonado, center, exits Christ Church United Church of Christ in Maplewood, Missouri, as he leaves sanctuary, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. Video screengrab via KMOV

Two more leave church sanctuary as immigration policies ease

By Yonat Shimron — February 24, 2021

(RNS) — The two are the latest beneficiaries of new Biden administration guidelines that restrain ICE from arresting and deporting undocumented immigrants who do not pose a threat to public safety.

Peter Carrell, the Anglican bishop of Christchurch, outside the 2011 earthquake damaged Christ Church Cathedral in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Feb 11, 2021. The Christ Church Cathedral was arguably New Zealand’s most iconic building before much of it crumbled during an earthquake 10 years ago. The years of debate that followed over whether the ruins should be rebuilt or demolished came to symbolize the paralysis that has sometimes afflicted the broader rebuild of Christchurch. But as the city on Monday marks one decade since the quake struck, killing 185 people and upending countless more lives, there are finally signs of progress on the cathedral. It’s being rebuilt to look much like the original that was finished in 1904, only with modern-day improvements to make it warmer and safer. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

10 years after quake, Christ Church Cathedral finally rising

By NIck Perry — February 21, 2021

(RNS) — After years of debate over whether to restore the building or start from scratch, it’s being rebuilt to look much like the original that was finished in 1904.

Nurse practitioner Monika Trogdon, right, gives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination shot to Louella Neal, the pastor's wife, at a mobile vaccination clinic at Temple of Praise Church of Deliverance in Kenly, North Carolina, on Feb. 17, 2021. RNS photo by Yonat Shimron

Faith, medical leaders collaborate to get COVID-19 vaccine in arms of more people

By Yonat Shimron, Adelle M. Banks — February 18, 2021

(RNS) — ‘A really wonderful facet of this work is the multifaith cooperation that we’re seeing already,’ said White House official Melissa Rogers.

Sen. Joe Manchin, left, and the Rev. William Barber. (Left, AP Photo/Patrick Semansky. Right, RNS Photo/Jack Jenkins)

Poor People’s Campaign meets with Joe Manchin, vows to protest for $15 minimum wage

By Jack Jenkins — February 18, 2021

(RNS) — ‘We are trying to get (Manchin) to live up to what he was told when he was a kid: If you have all these blessings, then you can share your blessings,’ said Jean Evansmore, a West Virginia resident.

Edith Espinal, left, speaks with the press after leaving sanctuary Feb. 18, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Video screengrab

As Biden floats immigration plan, Edith Espinal leaves 3-year stint in sanctuary

By Yonat Shimron — February 18, 2021

(RNS) — The 43-year-old Mexican native was allowed to go home on the same day President Joe Biden unveiled his immigration overhaul to Congress.

An image from Day 1 of Chanequa Walker-Barnes’ self-care series for Lent. Courtesy image

Chanequa Walker-Barnes resurrects self-care as a Lenten practice

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 17, 2021

(RNS) — After a year in which everyone has already given up an awful lot, this Lent the theologian is inviting others to join her for the Resurrecting Self-Care Challenge.

Lessie Carmichael-Dew of Arlington, Va., displays an elegant black straw hat at a “hat tea'' sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture in early February. The Baptist woman said her hat's ample width is a symbol of the depth of praise for her many blessings. Photo by Steven Cummings, courtesy Anacostia Museum

Can I get an amen? Black Americans’ faith, religious practice detailed in Pew study

By Adelle M. Banks — February 16, 2021

(RNS) — Senior researcher Besheer Mohamed said that for Black American church shoppers, ‘the race of a congregation and the race of leadership would be not that important.’

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‘The Deconstructionists Playbook’ outlines ways forward for questioning Christians

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 15, 2021

(RNS) — Our Bible App launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier this month to raise money to create a devotional book for not only deconstructing faith but also reconstructing and ‘liberating’ it.

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When the Bible doesn’t make sense

By Jana Riess — February 12, 2021

Kristin Swenson wants to give readers space to understand that the Bible is weird, and a box full of tools to deal with that weirdness.

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