ELCA hears from Indigenous boarding school survivor ahead of National Day of Remembrance
By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 20, 2023
(RNS) — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is one of several mainline denominations reckoning with the role they played in the federal boarding school system.
Survey: Mainline clergy are more liberal than their congregants
By Yonat Shimron — September 14, 2023
(RNS) — Mainline clergy are more supportive than their congregants of LGBTQ rights, more likely to have opposed the overturn of Roe v. Wade and less likely to believe America is in danger of losing its culture and identity.
Mainline Protestants, though divided politically, make room for clergy’s views
By Melissa Deckman — September 14, 2023
(RNS) — America’s nonevangelical white Christians are cultivating healthy political discourse.
At Sing! Global, a faithful pushback to the spread of megachurch praise music
By Grace Beckner — September 12, 2023
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Keith and Kristyn Getty's hymn conference brings Christians together to sing tunes from historic hymnals, from Celtic traditions and new creations — and to share a common love and culture of sacred music.
Three dozen NC churches have agreed to leave the UMC under approved plan
By Yonat Shimron — September 8, 2023
(RNS) — After a judge dismissed their lawsuit, the 36 churches in the Western North Carolina Conference agreed to leave under the denomination's exit plan. They will formally exit in November.
Episcopal Bishop Prince Singh resigns amid accusations of domestic abuse
By Kathryn Post — September 8, 2023
(RNS) — The announcement comes one day after he was placed on leave for allegations that he had physically and emotionally abused his wife and sons.
‘The Great Dechurching’ explores America’s religious exodus
By Bob Smietana — September 7, 2023
(RNS) — A new study looks at why millions of Americans left church — and what might bring them back.
Episcopal Bishop Prince Singh restricted from ministry
By Kathryn Post — September 7, 2023
(RNS) — A letter from a bishop designated to oversee the case cites ‘a series of public allegations’ as reason for the decision.
Bishop Michael Curry responds to complaints of ‘free passes’ for accused bishops
By Kathryn Post — September 5, 2023
(RNS) — At least 55 Episcopal bishops signed a letter saying they are ‘angered by and deeply concerned about the perception — or the reality — that bishops get a free pass on behavioral issues.’
Drag queen, Christian artist Flamy Grant joins lawsuit over Tennessee’s anti-drag act
By Kathryn Post — August 31, 2023
(RNS) — She joins LGBTQ nonprofit Blount Pride in suing a Tennessee district attorney who threatened to prosecute them over a pride event where Grant is scheduled to headline.
The story of Emmett Till is the story of America
By Robert P. Jones — August 29, 2023
(RNS) — If we trace the historical stream further back, we can see, in Emmett Till’s story, America’s oldest struggles. Indeed, the land itself testifies to the cultural world in which Till’s murder was conceivable.
White Christians think too many people see racism when it’s not there, new survey finds
By Bob Smietana — August 28, 2023
(RNS) — A new survey from Pew Research revealed once again how deeply divided religious Americans are when it comes to matters of race.
The radical, irreverent and inclusive religion of Burning Man
By Kathryn Post — August 25, 2023
(RNS) — 'Perhaps our presence can give people the sense that religion doesn’t need to be as judgmental or scary or exclusionary as they might experience it,' said John Brett, who helps lead the Religious AF camp at Burning Man.
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