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Dear President Biden, the pandemic is not over

By Jacqui Lewis — September 22, 2022
(RNS) — ‘You do you’ has never been the gospel.
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Little churches still matter, says Martha’s Vineyard pastor of church that took in migrants

By Bob Smietana — September 16, 2022
(RNS) — Houses of worship on Martha's Vineyard have long worked together to meet the needs of their neighbors. So they were ready to spring into action when refugees arrived unexpectedly.

How Doug Mastriano uses faith to fend off criticism — even from other Christians

By Jack Jenkins — September 15, 2022
GETTYSBURG, Pa.(RNS) — ‘They’re actually supposed to pray for me and support me as their government leader,’ Mastriano said, referring to the Lutheran pastors who criticized him. ‘I’m over them politically. I’m their senator.’

After Elizabeth: The spiritual implications of imperial succession

By Lisa Sharon Harper — September 15, 2022
(RNS) — What is the hope in this moment of transition?

UMC bishops in Africa break with Africa Initiative, Wesleyan Covenant Association

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 14, 2022
(RNS) — African bishops claimed the Africa Initiative has ‘lost its original goal of helping The United Methodist Church in Africa’ and instead is ‘working with Wesleyan Covenant Association to destroy our United Methodist Church.’

At World Council of Churches gathering, Russian church keeps its membership

By Jack Jenkins — September 9, 2022
(RNS) — The 11th assembly of the World Council of Churches approved a statement on Thursday (Sept. 8) regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Pushed online in pandemic, women of color find safe spaces for faith and healing

By Kathryn Post — September 8, 2022
(RNS) — ‘There’s really no space in the nonprofit world, racial justice world or the ministry world that is just for women of color.’

You’ve seen ‘The Rings of Power,’ but have you heard of this tiny museum housing J.R.R. Tolkien’s treasures?

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 2, 2022
(RNS) — The collection of letters and books has grown to become the Marion E. Wade Center, one of the foremost research centers not only on Lewis, but also Tolkien and five other British Christian authors who had influenced Lewis’ work.

#PandemicPastoring report documents a ‘new era in ministry’

By Emily McFarlan Miller and Adelle M. Banks — September 1, 2022
(RNS) — As the COVID-19 pandemic stretched from that first spring into summer, researcher Eileen Campbell-Reed said, she realized its impact on ministry wasn’t going to be short-lived.

Don’t want the government forgiving student loans? Then your church should.

By Danny Bryant — September 1, 2022
(RNS) — Forgiving debts may very well fall outside the purview of the federal government — but it’s smack dab in the middle of the church’s.

Bishop slams ‘negative rhetoric’ as conservative Methodists declare end to moratorium

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 23, 2022
(RNS) — In his first presidential address as president of the United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops, Bishop Thomas Bickerton called on conservative groups encouraging churches to leave the denomination to stop the negative rhetoric.

Meet Imran Siddiqui, the first Asian American vice president of the ELCA

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 19, 2022
(RNS) — Siddiqui, who became Lutheran in 2011, said he doesn’t always get all the ELCA's 'in' jokes about hot dishes and Garrison Keillor. But he hopes he’ll bring a different perspective that will be helpful.

For United Methodists, the center is not holding

By Jacob Lupfer — August 19, 2022
(RNS) — Big-tent centrists like Bishop Ken Carter have to face facts and give traditionalists a last push out.
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