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‘Serenade’ album celebrates LGBTQ youth ahead of Queer Youth of Faith Day

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Serenade,’ released last week, is a genre-spanning compilation of original songs by various queer artists and allies celebrating and empowering LGBTQ people of faith.
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New app, believr, aims to create a ‘home for LGBTQ+ Christians’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 4, 2021
(RNS) — Believr started out as a dating app but transformed into a broader community. 'I believe the LGBTQ+ Christian space is much bigger than people realize or think,' said the founder.

‘Green fluff’ brings the taste of church potlucks home during a pandemic year

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 3, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Like a church lady hug,’ green fluff and its many-hued counterparts have been a church potluck staple for generations.

Health experts, faith leaders and White House target the ‘movable’ on vaccines

By Adelle M. Banks — May 27, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We would not be where we are without your help and we won’t be able to cross the finish line without you,’ said White House official Melissa Rogers.

Republicans and Democrats switch sides on religion vs. science

By Carol Kuruvilla — May 25, 2021
(RNS) — Mistrust of the scientific community is affecting the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. But research suggests the religion and science debate wasn’t always this divisive.

Episcopal Diocese of Chicago postpones consecration of bishop-elect after brain bleed

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 24, 2021
CHICAGO (RNS) — The delay will allow Clark to assume her role as bishop in 'the healthiest and most wholesome way,' according to Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

Protecting the climate is loving our neighbor

By Diane Randall — May 19, 2021
(RNS) — The Quaker call to love thy neighbor speaks to the world, not our immediate neighbors.

Crying as a spiritual discipline may change how you see the world

By Benjamin Perry — May 17, 2021
(RNS) — Our religious texts are filled with crying, usually preceding moments of great transformation.

RNS News Quiz: A transgender bishop and a landmark survey of American Jews

By Emily Churchill — May 15, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of the week's current events in the world of religion.

Christian higher ed courses in prisons continue, adapt amid COVID-19

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Adelle M. Banks — May 13, 2021
(RNS) — Despite the elimination of most prison visitations for many months of the COVID-19 pandemic, some religious higher education institutions have found ways to stay connected with prisoners.

Liz Cheney, ousted from party leadership, invokes pope and the ‘power of faith’

By Jack Jenkins — May 12, 2021
(RNS) — U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney made appeals to public and personal faith in trying to forestall her removal from House leadership.

First ELCA transgender bishop, Megan Rohrer, hopes to ‘translate good news’ for the curious

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 11, 2021
(RNS) — That’s been the focus of Rohrer’s ministry, first as the executive director of a nonprofit serving the homeless and hungry in San Francisco and now as bishop-elect of the Sierra Pacific Synod of the ELCA.

Lutherans elect Megan Rohrer first transgender bishop

By Paul O'Donnell — May 9, 2021
(RNS) — The San Francisco pastor is the first transgender person to be elected bishop in the denomination or in any of the US' major Christian faiths.
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