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More US churches commit to racism-linked reparations

By David Crary — December 13, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Many are weighing how to make amends through financial investments and long-term programs benefiting African Americans.

‘Proud Boys’ burn Black Lives Matter signs at churches in Washington

By Jack Jenkins — December 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘For me it was reminiscent of cross burnings,’ said the Rev. Ianther M. Mills, pastor of a church whose Black Lives Matter sign was burned.

Church pageants go virtual amid a COVID-19 Christmas

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 9, 2020

(RNS) — With kids and the internet involved, virtual pageants, it turns out, are just as delightfully unpredictable as more traditional performances at churches.

Black pastor leads his white North Carolina church toward a fuller reckoning on race

By Yonat Shimron — December 7, 2020

SALISBURY, North Carolina (RNS) — In one of the most conservative cities in North Carolina, a United Methodist pastor gingerly approaches racial issues without alienating his flock.

Historic Middle Collegiate Church in New York City destroyed in six-alarm fire

By Roxanne Stone — December 5, 2020

NEW YORK (RNS) — ‘We are devastated and crushed that our beloved physical sanctuary at Middle Collegiate Church has burned. And yet no fire can stop Revolutionary Love,’ said the Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis.

Drive-thru live Nativities are tailor-made for a COVID-19 Christmas

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 4, 2020

(RNS) — It’s an idea whose time has come as the pandemic stretches into the Christmas season.

The COVID-19 books have arrived: From Pope Francis, John Piper, N.T. Wright and more

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Adelle M. Banks — December 3, 2020

(RNS) — Some prominent Christians have sought to offer comfort or answers to life’s biggest questions in new books published since the coronavirus first upended life last spring.

Latino Protestants more conservative, supportive of Trump than Latino Catholics, poll finds

By Alejandra Molina — December 1, 2020

(RNS) — ‘Religion is the largest demographic divider among Hispanic Americans,’ notes the Public Religion Research Institute analysis.

Progressive United Methodists announce new denomination: Liberation Methodist Connexion

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 30, 2020

(RNS) — Correct doctrine is less important to the new denomination than correct action, collaborators said during Sunday’s presentation.

Churches return land to Indigenous groups as part of #LandBack movement

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 26, 2020

KITCHENER, Ontario (RNS) — The returns come as some mainline Protestant Christian denominations have learned about and repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery, the justification for European Christians to seize lands already inhabited by Indigenous peoples.

Martin Luther’s pandemic advice goes viral — 500 years later

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 20, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — Luther’s advice was the subject of a lunch-and-learn session hosted Friday on Zoom by Good Shepherd Church, a congregation in suburban Naperville affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

William Bobby McClain, leader in United Methodist Church and civil rights movement, dies at 82

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 19, 2020

(RNS) — McClain was a pastor and professor who not only shaped the lives of the students he taught but also countless United Methodists with the creation of the groundbreaking hymnal ‘Songs of Zion’ and as an original member of the group that organized Black Methodists for Church Renewal.

Chicago church releases a beer for Advent — and the end of the world

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 19, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — Church members stopped by to pick up the wreaths they’d ordered for the coming Advent season — OK, so they were cardboard drink holders filled with Advent-themed beers and topped with a green ribbon and Christ candle to light on Christmas Eve.

Five faith facts about former President Barack Obama’s new book: ‘A Promised Land’

By Adelle M. Banks — November 18, 2020

(RNS) — Obama mentions his ‘broader skepticism toward organized religion’ but says he often turned to private prayer.

Fauci and Collins dispense Thanksgiving COVID-19 advice at cathedral forum

By Adelle M. Banks — November 13, 2020

(RNS) — Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci advised weighing the risks. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said he’s skipping the family gathering this year.

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