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United Methodist leaders urge churches to end Boy Scout charters for now

By Adelle M. Banks — August 26, 2021
(RNS) — The United Methodist Church estimated that as many as 5,000 of its congregations remain exposed to potential lawsuits.

Episcopal Diocese of Maine mandates vaccine for clergy

By Kathryn Post — August 25, 2021
(RNS) — Bishop Thomas J. Brown’s decision is one of the first vaccine mandates for clergy in the U.S.

Nadia Bolz-Weber installed as ELCA’s first pastor of public witness

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 23, 2021
(RNS) — 'We are acknowledging that Nadia has a ministry that goes far beyond the walls of any one church,' the installing bishop told RNS.

How to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Sign the nuclear weapons treaty

By Diane Randall — August 20, 2021
(RNS) — I look forward to celebrating the complete abolishment of nuclear weapons.

Bishop responds after former American University chaplain accused of misconduct

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 19, 2021
(RNS) — A former campus minister and university chaplain at American University in Washington, D.C., has surrendered his clergy credentials after he reportedly admitted to allegations of clergy sexual misconduct.

Back-to-school time influences congregations’ decisions on masking and meeting

By Adelle M. Banks — August 16, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We're just trying to thread the needle and try to keep kids safe, trying to keep them mostly in outdoor environments and trying to keep them connected,' said one pastor.

Christian ethicist Donald W. Shriver Jr., who called America to repent of racism, dies

By Yonat Shimron — August 9, 2021
(RNS) — The former president of Union Theological Seminary in New York, Shriver believed public repentance was the only hope for 'a future less evil than our pasts.'

In sermon, Stacey Abrams supports Texas Democrats ‘in exile,’ preaches on voting rights

By Adelle M. Banks — August 9, 2021
(RNS) — ‘If the act of electing those to speak for us is not a sacred duty, I do not know what is,’ Abrams told a DC church.

As vaccine mandates spread, employers and colleges seek advice on religious exemptions 

By Monique Parsons — August 9, 2021
(Interfaith America) — Secular and faith-based institutions alike are balancing religious protections against community health and safety, as well as the deep political divide.

Amid hesitation in African Anglican provinces, Kenya appoints first two women bishops

By Fredrick Nzwili — August 5, 2021
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — The consecration of women as bishops in the eastern African nation is still controversial.

John Lewis’ co-author talks faith, voting rights and their new graphic novel, ‘Run’

By Adelle M. Banks — August 2, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The lesson I hold with me most from John Lewis and his life and his example is that you have to be persistent,’ said Andrew Aydin.

During Disability Pride, Religious institutions still behind on accessibility

By Kathryn Post — July 30, 2021
(RNS) — The Americans with Disabilities Act was a watershed moment for civil rights law, yet religious entities remain exempt from ADA requirements.

‘This is our Selma moment,’ clergy leaders announce on eve of 27-mile voting rights march to Austin

By Yonat Shimron — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — On Wednesday (July 28), the Rev. William J. Barber II will lead clergy and laypeople on a four-day, 27-mile march from Georgetown to Austin, Texas, to protest the rollback of voting rights and demand federal action.

UMC edges toward historic split over LGBTQ inclusion. This church showed the way.

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 22, 2021
(RNS) — Community of Hope was founded in 1993 as an outreach to ‘people on the margin,’ including LGBTQ people and people living with HIV/AIDS, according to its former pastor.

Wally Funk’s church celebrates her Blue Origin spaceflight: ‘What an inspiration she’s been to us all’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — About 300 members of White’s Chapel turned out Tuesday morning (July 20) at the church to view a livestream of the launch making the pioneering pilot the oldest person in space.
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