First drag queen certified as a candidate for United Methodist ministry ‘speaking in a new way to new people’
(RNS) — Isaac Simmons is the first openly gay man to be certified within the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and, as far as anyone can tell, the first drag queen certified in the United Methodist Church.
New book explores how Desmond Tutu’s Christian mysticism helped unite a nation
How Tutu’s spirituality incorporated Christian mysticism with the African notion of interdependency
Planned Parenthood announces new clergy advocacy board members, many from red states
(RNS) — ‘As a clergyperson who discovered my call to ministry within a Planned Parenthood, it was a no-brainer,’ said the Rev. Katey Zeh, who heads the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
Anglican convert and Pacific Island deity: 5 faith facts about Prince Philip
(RNS) — Married for 73 years to the head of the Church of England, the prince consort built a religious profile that was more complicated than his official role might suggest.
Why some Christians want Target to stop carrying a bestselling book of prayers
(RNS) — Editor Sarah Bessey and other contributors to ‘A Rhythm of Prayer’ responded to the backlash with a statement Thursday evening (April 8), saying critics are missing the point of the prayer.
Canceled flights, expired clearances: US refugee resettlement in limbo awaiting promised changes
(RNS) — In March alone, more than 700 refugees who were scheduled to arrive in the United States had their flights canceled, according to Refugee Council USA.
Biden says seminary COVID-19 vaccine clinic is example of ‘America at its finest’
(RNS) — Biden said the partnership between the seminary and a community health center is one of many that are happening between religious and medical organizations across the nation.
Black and Asian Christian leaders discuss role of church in fighting racism
(RNS) — ‘Our oppression is linked together, but also our liberation is connected at the same time,’ said the Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.
William Barber preaches at Easter vigil service spotlighting Christian Palestinians
(RNS) — Barber’s appearance served to recognize Christians in the Palestinian liberation movement, which some American evangelicals paint as an apocalyptic conflict between Christians and Muslims.
Faith-based agencies invite volunteers, donations as they care for children at border
(RNS) — Some struggle to cobble together resources decimated under the policies of former President Donald Trump’s administration.
At second Easter under pandemic rules, Christians glimpse church’s future
(RNS) — The pandemic has ‘redefined for me what church is going to be like and what the definition of membership is,’ said one pastor in North Carolina.
10 nonfiction books (and one novel) to keep Women’s History Month going all year
(RNS) — Here are 10 new nonfiction books, both forthcoming and released in the last year, that explore women’s roles and influence in Christian traditions — plus, one bonus work of fiction.
Behind Gallup’s portrait of church decline
(RNS) — America’s religious life will be shaped not by secularization alone.
Like Beth Moore, many women preachers have had to break free to follow God’s call
(RNS) — For women preachers, following their call has often conflicted with the rules put forth by their churches — even though people in the pews are open to a woman in the pulpit.