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United Methodist Church announces date, location for thrice-postponed General Conference

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 7, 2022
(RNS) — The next General Conference will be held April 23 to May 3, 2024, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Birmingham ministries host LGBTQ-affirming student fair amid Samford pushback

By Kathryn Post — November 4, 2022
(RNS) — The event takes place months after Samford University disinvited LGBTQ-affirming ministries from its annual ministry fair.

How we might celebrate the legacy of flawed leaders

By R. William Franklin and Craig Townsend — October 28, 2022
(RNS) — Is there a middle ground between valorizing our founders and canceling them?

Faith groups mobilize to protect voters as partisanship deepens

By Adelle M. Banks — October 27, 2022
(RNS) — ‘We're not telling people how to vote, but we're telling people (that) just to sit down in your home and not partake in our civic responsibility will only hurt us,’ a rabbi said.

Building a more just church in a post-pandemic world   

By Kelly Brown Douglas — October 27, 2022
(RNS) — Trying to ‘get back to normal’ is both folly and missed opportunity — in more ways than one.

Poll: Nearly half of Americans think the US should be a Christian nation

By Jack Jenkins — October 27, 2022
(RNS) — But those who say that tend to avoid hard-line positions and have different views about what a Christian nation should look like.

Most faith groups agree US has gone astray. They don’t agree on the way forward.

By Adelle M. Banks — October 27, 2022
(RNS) — The research, released shortly before Election Day, sheds light on questions of race, sexuality, abortion and immigration as well as sentiments about the country’s origins.

No tricks! Church trunk or treats are a Halloween tradition

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 25, 2022
ST. CHARLES, Illinois (RNS) — Trunk or treats have grown in popularity in recent decades, many hosted by churches as outreach to their surrounding communities.

New projects offer churches ways to pay royalties on the spirituals they sing

By Adelle M. Banks — October 21, 2022
(RNS) — 'It seems to have picked up some steam within the last couple of years, particularly since the George Floyd murder,' said a spirituals expert about churches offering royalties.

When it comes to Halloween, pastors have opinions, according to new survey

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 18, 2022
(RNS) — More than 90% of pastors encourage their congregations to observe Oct. 31 in a particular way, but that ranges from avoiding Halloween completely to inviting people to Halloween-adjacent events at their churches.

Judge gauges if Indiana abortion ban defies religious rights

By Arleigh Rodgers — October 17, 2022
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Residents who hold Jewish, Muslim and spiritual faiths argue that the state's abortion ban violates their religious rights.

What Biden’s new deal for Venezuelans means for other refugees

By Emily McFarlan Miller and Paul O'Donnell — October 13, 2022
(RNS) — Faith-based refugee resettlement agencies welcome the new program, while advocating for refugees who have gotten less media coverage of late.

Heresy isn’t the enemy in TikTok pastor’s new book

By Kathryn Post — October 12, 2022
(RNS) — ‘I’m not interested in playing the orthodoxy game,’ Brandan Robertson told RNS.

Even Christians who are Democrats are abandoning the Social Gospel

By Ryan Burge — October 6, 2022
(RNS) — Survey data show that church attendance, not party, is more likely to determine how Christians view the kingdom.

Episcopal priest the Rev. David Sibley becomes four-time ‘Jeopardy!’ champion

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 6, 2022
(RNS) — ‘I’m just a nerdy trivia buff kind of guy who wanted to play ‘Jeopardy!’ all my life,’ said the Rev. David Sibley, who won nearly $80,000.
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