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At least three critical race theory statements proposed for Southern Baptist meeting

By Adelle M. Banks — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — There’s a lot riding on the resolutions committee’s work, with critical race theory as one of the 'points of tension' it has to manage, its chair said.

Putting Black at the center of interfaith

By Frederick A. Davie — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — Interfaith partners have often ignored the struggle for racial justice facing Black and brown neighbors and their religious leaders.

Southern Baptist Executive Committee hires Guidepost Solutions to review Moore allegations

By Bob Smietana — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — SBC leaders have been accused of trying to delay attempts to deal with abuse and of mistreating abuse survivors.

Liberty grad Nightbirde captures hearts, Golden Buzzer on ‘America’s Got Talent’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — What fans of the popular show may not realize is that Nightbirde's performance came from a place of deep faith.

If we’re rescinding Southern Baptist history, let’s undo our link to the Confederacy

By Alan Cross — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — Before turning back the clock on CRT, let's rescind a May 1861 resolution aligning the SBC with the Confederacy.

Will yoga classes in public school lead kids to convert?

By Yonat Shimron — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — Indiana University Professor of Religious Studies Candy Gunther Brown says parents should worry less about where yoga comes from and more about how it's being taught.

The social-media-examined life is not the one that sustains us

By Karen Swallow Prior — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — The public life is not what feeds the desires of the heart.

‘Preserve the base’: Leaked audio of SBC leaders shows reluctance on dealing with sex abuse

By Bob Smietana, Adelle M. Banks — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — Recordings released by a prominent pastor highlight dispute over how to handle abuse allegations in the nation's largest Protestant denomination.

The bubbas-that-be in the SBC

By Mark Silk — June 9, 2021
(RNS) — How Russell Moore fell afoul of them.

Anne Graham Lotz: ‘I just have to follow the Lord and what he’s called me to do’

By Adelle M. Banks — June 9, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Generally speaking, I’m not accountable to people who want to say that I should or shouldn’t be doing this or that,’ said Bible teacher Anne Graham Lotz.

Pressure mounts for an independent investigation of SBC Executive Committee handling of abuse

By Bob Smietana — June 9, 2021
(RNS) — Former SBC ethicist Russell Moore remains controversial, even after his departure, as he accuses Southern Baptist leaders of mishandling abuse claims.

‘Serenade’ album celebrates LGBTQ youth ahead of Queer Youth of Faith Day

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Serenade,’ released last week, is a genre-spanning compilation of original songs by various queer artists and allies celebrating and empowering LGBTQ people of faith.

Spirituality underpins migrant activism in US borderlands

By Anita Snow — June 8, 2021
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Protecting migrants and honoring the humanity of those who died on the perilous trail is a kind of religion in southern Arizona.

Pastor seeks revival of suit challenging virus restrictions

By Kevin Mcgill — June 8, 2021
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tony Spell repeatedly flouted the public health restrictions at his Life Tabernacle Church in the Baton Rouge suburb of Central, and faces six state criminal counts as a result.

Keep COVID-19 restrictions during in-person worship, ecumenical guide suggests

By Adelle M. Banks — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — A revised ecumenical guide includes a chart of ‘benchmarks for in-person gatherings,’ distinguishing between worship in outdoor and indoor settings.
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