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Jim Winkler departs National Council of Churches after two terms as chief

By Adelle M. Banks — January 26, 2022
(RNS) — Winkler, who had served as NCC’s general secretary and president since 2013, gave no reason for his departure.
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Online forum draws hundreds of faith leaders to counter religious opposition to abortion

By Alejandra Molina — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — 'So many of the abortion restrictions we’re seeing come from a particular religious lens that doesn’t represent the majority of the country,' said a Presbyterian pastor.

Top Presbyterian executive calls on US Jews to end ‘enslavement’ of Palestinians

By Yonat Shimron — January 20, 2022
(RNS) — In his reflection on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson said he hoped U.S. Jews would influence the U.S. government in ‘ending the immoral enslavement’ of Palestinians.

Theologians were paid to think about alien life. I’d rather they watch ‘Spaceballs.’

By Amy Laura Hall — January 20, 2022
(RNS) — What benefit do Christians really draw from considering — and funding — questions beyond our ken?

King’s last full year of life: Protest, praise, ire, incarceration

By Adelle M. Banks — January 13, 2022
(RNS) — King drew criticism from Billy Graham, who told journalists that he thought King was wrong to link anti-war efforts with the civil rights movement.

Jon Meacham, Bishop Michael Curry discuss religion, politics and insurrection

By Jack Jenkins — January 13, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The two Episcopalian thinkers discuss the Jan. 6 insurrection, the role of faith and the future of politics.

Desmond Tutu: Politician or saint?

By Michael Battle — January 10, 2022
(RNS) — The archbishop who helped South Africa end apartheid was often accused of wielding worldly power.

Reformed Church in America splits as conservative churches form new denomination

By Kathryn Post — January 7, 2022
(RNS) — Some who remain in the RCA are concerned for the small, nearly 400-year-old denomination’s survival.

On Jan. 6, vigils recall the insurrection with competing narratives

By Jack Jenkins — January 7, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — From calls to pass voting rights legislation to assertions that those charged in connection with the insurrection are being mistreated, vigils remembered the attack on the U.S. Capitol differently.

For dying congregations, a ‘replant’ can offer new life

By Bob Smietana — January 5, 2022
(RNS) — As congregations become smaller and smaller, some are being ‘replanted’ by applying the lessons from start-up congregations to older, dying churches.

With child tax credit stance, Manchin runs afoul of former faith allies

By Jack Jenkins — January 5, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The senator’s support for work requirements puts him at odds with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals, among other faith groups.

Be the flame of democracy on Jan. 6

By Auburn Senior Fellows — January 4, 2022
(RNS) — Efforts to undermine democracy fly in the face of the belief that we are all created equal.

Tutu remains interred amid call to rename Cape Town airport

By Andrew Meldrum — January 3, 2022
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The remains of Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Anglican archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, were interred early Sunday during a private family service at the city’s Anglican cathedral. Archbishop Thabo Makgoba laid a small box containing Tutu’s remains to rest in the floor in front of the high […]
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