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Elizabeth II’s 70 years as head of the Church of England

By Catherine Pepinster — June 3, 2022
LONDON (RNS) — While Defender of the Faith has been, over the years, an inherited title and little more, Elizabeth II embraced it and made it her own.

As religious landscape shifts, reshaped seminaries shed their campuses

By Kathryn Post — June 3, 2022
(RNS) — 'The seminary is not a building, and the work we do is not confined to these walls,' said one seminary president.

Meet the first minister of gun violence prevention

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 1, 2022
(RNS) — The Rev. Deanna Hollas urged Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations to host Guns to Gardens events at their churches, inviting — and sometimes incentivizing — gun owners to hand over their weapons to be turned into garden tools.

Asian American Christians see more work for the church to do to stop AAPI hate

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 31, 2022
(RNS) — 'In some ways, I think we have more to grieve now than we did one year ago after the March 16 Atlanta massacre,' said the Rev. Michelle Ami Reyes, vice president of the Asian American Christian Collaborative.

Chicago church preaches ‘The Gospel according to Dolly Parton’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 30, 2022
(RNS) — For the past five weeks, each Sunday’s sermon at Church of the Three Crosses has focused on a different song by Parton.

ELCA presiding bishop requests resignation of first transgender bishop

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 28, 2022
(RNS) — Bishop Megan Rohrer’s removal of a Latino pastor on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe has been criticized by the Asociación de Ministerios Latinos de la ELCA as showing a ‘lack of empathy and understanding toward their Latinx siblings.’

$175,000 in reparations grants given by Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

By Adelle M. Banks — May 27, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The legacy of 350-plus years of discrimination against persons of African descent have taken a toll on this nation,’ said Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton.

Church of God in Christ congregations given $100,000 by pandemic support campaign

By Adelle M. Banks — May 27, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Surprisingly, the generosity has not stopped and churches continued to give,’ said organizer Justin Giboney.

We’ll pray for Uvalde. But as gun deaths mount, there’s too much to pray for.

By Cheryl Townsend Gilkes — May 26, 2022
(RNS) — We’ll pray for understanding of God’s grace, but also for an end to a culture of destructiveness.

For abuse survivors like Jules Woodson, the Indiana pastor video is all too familiar

By Bob Smietana — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — In a dramatic viral video, an abuse survivor confronted a pastor for abusing her, starting when she was 16. In the video, the pastor admits his sins but the congregation still sides with him.

Christian leaders press lawmakers to extend child tax credit for poor families

By Jack Jenkins — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — The campaign supports a measure that had ‘remarkable success’ in lifting families out of poverty at the height of the pandemic.

100 years later, Fosdick’s question, ‘Shall the fundamentalists win?’ still echoes

By Jacob Lupfer — May 20, 2022
(RNS) — The answer, improbable at the time, was, 'Yes, they shall.'

Lawsuit accuses ACNA church of negligence that resulted in child sexual abuse

By Kathryn Post — May 18, 2022
(RNS) — The case will be co-counseled by longtime sexual abuse attorney Boz Tchividjian.

The conversation white parents should be having with their children

By Kelly Brown Douglas — May 17, 2022
(RNS) — Schools are being barred from discussing racism. That leaves parents and our faith communities.

Prosecutor: Church gunman had ‘diabolical plan’ to massacre

By Amy Taxin and Stefanie Dazio — May 17, 2022
(AP) — Dr. John Cheng, a sports medicine doctor who is survived by a wife and two children, charged at the shooter and attempted to disarm him, allowing others to intervene.
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