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Three church coalitions in the Deep South partner to urge racial reconciliation — and justice

By Adelle M. Banks — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — An Alabama pastor said groups already meeting in ‘notorious slave-trading cities in the past’ decided to encourage churches in other cities to take actions toward unity.

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Religious identity and Supreme Court justices — a brief history

By Nomi Stolzenberg — October 19, 2020

(THE CONVERSATION) — Religion has always played a strong role in shaping the composition of the United States Supreme Court. The specific nature of that influence, however, has changed over time.

Stacey Abrams’ passion for voting began with her preacher parents

By Adelle M. Banks — October 16, 2020

(RNS) — ‘The family is just a tight-knit cadre of people who understand that it is incumbent upon them to vote,’ said her Georgia pastor.

Maryland Episcopal diocese reparations fund gains $100,000 in community donations

By Adelle M. Banks — October 14, 2020

(RNS) — Maryland Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton noted the development during a panel discussion on reparations at a National Council of Churches virtual meeting.

Episcopal men’s ministry loses board members, chapters over response to George Floyd’s death

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 12, 2020

(RNS) — The Brotherhood of St. Andrew has publicly apologized and said they realize they need to do more to combat systemic racism and white privilege in the organization and beyond. Others say it has a long way to go.

Unlike most Christian women’s conferences, the Ally Virtual Tour isn’t shying away from politics

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 7, 2020

(RNS) — The four-week Ally Tour kicked off Monday (Oct. 5) and brings together a number of female Christian leaders to discuss faith, gender, race and politics in the countdown to the 2020 presidential election.

New book links the decline of religious authority to the end of empathy

By Yonat Shimron — October 6, 2020

(RNS) — John Compton’s ‘The End of Empathy’ shows how the collapse of religious authority in the 1960s led Christians to evangelical megachurches that resist any efforts at social reform.

Biden campaign labels racism as religious issue at post-debate event

By Adelle M. Banks — October 1, 2020

(RNS) — Christians, Jews and Muslims ‘better have an answer for why it’s not their essential issue in this election,’ said facilitator Jim Wallis.

Faith-based organizations express outrage over plan to cut refugee admissions to historic low — again

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 1, 2020

(RNS) — In recent weeks, several faith-based organizations involved in refugee resettlement had asked the Trump administration to raise that number to its historic average: 95,000.

Black church turnout effort mobilizes against alleged voter suppression

By Adelle M. Banks — September 29, 2020

(RNS) — Some groups previously ‘never worked this tightly together because the stakes are higher,’ one Black church network leader said.

Lutherans ask Trump administration to admit more refugees as deadline looms

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 28, 2020

(RNS) — Clergy in the US largest Lutheran denomination are asking the administration to admit at least 95,000 in the 2021 fiscal year, which begins in October.

Churches hit home run with services in ballparks and stadiums as COVID-19 cancels sports

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 24, 2020

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (RNS) — With many sports canceled for the season, some churches — like South Bend City Church — have filled the stands at the empty stadiums and ballparks in their neighborhoods.

Texas United Methodists take up call to replace denomination’s logo over association with racist imagery

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 23, 2020

(RNS) — One of the United Methodist Church’s regional conferences has taken up the call to replace the denomination’s ‘Cross and Flame’ logo because of its association for many with the racist imagery of a burning cross.

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