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Two Nashville churches, wrecked by tornadoes years apart, lean on each other in storms’ wake

By Jonathan Mattise, Holly Meyer, and Travis Loller — December 12, 2023
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — “Whatever we have is available to them,” said Boyd, who leads Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, two days after a tornado ripped through Community Baptist Church.

Preaching to polarized congregations: A responsibility and a challenge, clergy say

By Adelle M. Banks — December 8, 2023
(RNS) — 'It's not about going from red to blue to purple,' Andrew Hanauer of One America Movement advises clergy. ‘It's about going above the partisan divisions.’

Bishop Curry hospitalized for brain bleeding after fall in Syracuse

By Fiona André — December 5, 2023
(RNS) — Bishop Michael Curry has been hospitalized twice previously this year for internal bleeding and heart conditions. 

What the Camino shows us about travel and mortality

By Jana Riess — December 4, 2023
(RNS) — Travel teaches us how fragile life is and what a holy gift every day can be. (Also, it shows us we can be fear-based idiots.)

The Episcopal Church reckons with tangled protocol on clergy abuse and accountability

By Kathryn Post — December 1, 2023
(RNS) — As the denomination evaluates its Title IV clergy misconduct policy, abuse survivors say the process needs to be trauma-informed.

Opposing communities plan separate memorial services for Carlton Pearson

By Adelle M. Banks — November 29, 2023
(RNS) — ‘I want to show diversity,’ Pearson said in a recording near the end of his life, which has ended up being shown through the range of services.

Bethlehem pastors arrive in DC, urge lawmakers to embrace cease-fire, peace plan

By Jack Jenkins — November 27, 2023
(RNS) — 'All we want for Christmas is a constant and comprehensive cease-fire and an end to this war,' said the Rev. Munther Isaac, pastor of Bethlehem’s Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church.

A film sheds light on 11 daring women whose defiant act changed the Episcopal Church

By Yonat Shimron — November 24, 2023
(RNS) — ‘The Philadelphia Eleven’ depicts the buildup toward the so-called irregular ordination at which four bishops ordained 11 women as priests without the denomination’s approval.

Claiborne, Barber, Budde among Christian leaders calling for Gaza cease-fire at White House vigil

By Jack Jenkins — November 21, 2023
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'We must join forces with Jews and Christians and Muslims around the world who are calling for a cease-fire in Gaza, and the safe return of all hostages and civilian prisoners," said the Rev. William Barber II.

Manhattan’s Middle Collegiate Church begins façade demolition

By Fiona André — November 20, 2023
(RNS) — The congregation is already working on architectural plans with an expected cost of between $30 - $40 million.

Church of England synod moves forward with a test of prayers for same-sex couples

By Catherine Pepinster — November 15, 2023
LONDON (RNS) — The vote follows the House of Bishops’ agreement last month to commend ‘Prayers of Love and Faith,’ a collection of prayers and readings for use in existing services. The bishops also approved the prayers as the basis for stand-alone services for gay couples.

Bishop T.D. Jakes helps launch online hub to aid faith leaders with mental health tools

By Adelle M. Banks — November 15, 2023
(RNS) — Jakes introduced the ‘Faith and Mental Health Hub,’ a free online course that aims to define mental health, reduce stigma and encourage self-care activities.

‘Holy Frit’ film tells sacred, profane story of ‘huge, freaking’ stained-glass window

By Kathryn Post — November 10, 2023
(RNS) — The documentary captures Judson Studios' race against time to build one of the world’s largest stained-glass windows for the biggest mainline church in America.

Pope Francis to join other clergy at first ‘Faith Pavilion’ at climate summit

By Adelle M. Banks — November 9, 2023
(RNS) — ‘This demonstrates the significance of the interfaith movement in helping to tackle the climate emergency,’ said one faith leader about the pavilion.

In wake of Ohio abortion victory, some clergy rejoice, others mourn

By Kathryn Post — November 8, 2023
(RNS) — ‘The fight is well from over,’ said Catholics for Choice Ohio field organizer Nicole Morino, who mobilized Catholics in the state who support abortion rights ahead of the vote.
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