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Bishop Vashti McKenzie on leading National Council of Churches as it nears 75 years

By Adelle M. Banks — May 31, 2023
(RNS) — ‘I think that the difference, at this point, is that I am adding activism to advocacy,’ she said as she became NCC president after serving as interim leader.
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Extending a financial lifeline, Episcopal Church credit union launches in the Bronx

By Meagan Saliashvili — May 19, 2023
NEW YORK (RNS) — 'Most of us are not wealthy,' said one local resident. 'It’s impossible for us to get a loan from the commercial banks. So the only opportunity is to go to the loan sharks,' where the interest charged is 'overwhelming,' she said.

Judge clears way for disaffiliations from United Methodist Church in north Georgia

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 18, 2023
(RNS) — The North Georgia Conference had barred churches wishing to leave the UMC from disaffiliating before the 2024 General Conference.

Poll: Religious attendance is shrinking but those who remain are happy

By Yonat Shimron — May 16, 2023
(RNS) — In the PRRI study, 57% of Americans say they seldom or never attend religious services. Among those who do, 89% said they were proud to be associated with their congregation.

Latino faith leaders to gather for summit on Christian nationalism

By Alejandra Molina — May 16, 2023
(RNS) — Christian nationalism has ‘infiltrated’ the Latino Christian community ‘in such a powerful way,’ said one clergyman, ‘that they are not even aware of the position they are supporting.’

Fewer evangelicals support public school childhood vaccine requirements, survey shows

By Adelle M. Banks — May 16, 2023
(RNS) — Significant majorities across religious groups say the benefits of childhood vaccines outweigh the risks from getting them.

North Carolina clergy demonstrate against legislature’s new abortion limits

By Yonat Shimron — May 12, 2023
(RNS) — Their aim was to signal that not all Christians oppose abortion. A new state bill bans abortion after 12 weeks, down from the current 20.

Lutheran, Presbyterian schools moving to Chicago campus of Catholic Theological Union

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 11, 2023
CHICAGO (RNS) — Each of the three schools will remain independent with its own identity, mission and governance.

New books celebrate faith and motherhood in time for Mother’s Day

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 10, 2023
(RNS) — Yes, that’s this weekend. Call your mom — or maybe gift her one of these books.

State Rep. James Talarico: Christian nationalism in Texas is an ‘oxymoron’

By Jack Jenkins — May 10, 2023
(RNS) — ‘I think my fellow Christians and I have a moral obligation to speak out against this growing Christo-fascist movement,’ Talarico said.

COVID-19 health emergency is ending but faith-based vaccine clinics continue

By Adelle M. Banks — May 10, 2023
(RNS) — Over the last few years, African American congregations have provided outsized action on getting people tested and vaccinated.

Breakaway Texas UMC megachurch reveals plans for new Methodist denomination

By BeLynn Hollers and Emily McFarlan Miller — May 9, 2023
SOUTHLAKE, Texas (RNS) — White’s Chapel plans to invite others to join the Methodist Collegiate Church once its disaffiliation is approved by Central Texas United Methodists next month. 

Why Habitat for Humanity’s theology of the hammer offers hope in polarized times

By Bob Smietana — May 9, 2023
(RNS) — For nearly five decades, Habitat for Humanity has inspired people from different backgrounds — who often can’t agree on anything — to work together for their neighbors’ benefit.
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