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United Methodists’ Native American International Caucus calls for end to Columbus Day

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 4, 2022
(RNS) — The caucus is asking Congress to approve several bills replacing the federal holiday with Indigenous Peoples Day.

Cecile Holmes, longtime religion reporter, dies at 67

By Yonat Shimron — September 30, 2022
(RNS) — A veteran religion reporter, editor, journalism professor and interfaith champion, she died in Columbia, South Carolina, Thursday (Sept. 29), after an illness.

Survey: Confederate memorials still divide Americans and religion is a big predictor

By Yonat Shimron — September 28, 2022
(RNS) — Majorities of Protestants, Catholics and Mormons support efforts to preserve Confederate monuments and memorials, a PRRI survey finds.

Moscow patriarch: Russian war dead have their sins forgiven

By Peter Smith — September 27, 2022
(AP) — The assertion, made on Sunday, ratchets up Moscow Patriarch Kirill's already staunch support for Russia's war on Ukraine.

Ojibwe author Patty Krawec writes about Indigenous peoples, Christians ‘Becoming Kin’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 27, 2022
(RNS) — Patty Krawec on why rethinking — or ‘unforgetting,’ as she calls it — history is important.

Dear President Biden, the pandemic is not over

By Jacqui Lewis — September 22, 2022
(RNS) — ‘You do you’ has never been the gospel.

King Charles is interpreting ‘Defender of the Faith’ for a new Britain

By Catherine Pepinster — September 21, 2022
LONDON (RNS) — Next: how to make the country’s rapidly expanding numbers of nonbelievers feel included

Nearly two years after election, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago’s first Black female bishop takes office

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 18, 2022
LOMBARD, Illinois (RNS) — Just weeks before she was set to take office in April 2021, Bishop Paula Clark experienced a brain bleed while exercising and later underwent surgery.

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.
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