Preemptive Love Coalition to merge with Search for Common Ground
By Bob Smietana — March 16, 2023
(RNS) — The merger ends a year of uncertainty for the charity, which sees relief work as a form of peacemaking,
For United Methodists’ top court, 2024 is the new 2020
By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 15, 2023
(RNS) — Three of the most recent decisions released by the Judicial Council dealt with resolutions that annual and jurisdictional conferences have approved regarding the denomination’s stance on LGBTQ inclusion.
Since the 1880s, Southern Baptists have argued over the role of women
By Bob Smietana — March 15, 2023
(RNS)— At the SBC’s meeting this summer, delegates may debate a constitutional amendment to limit women leaders. It wouldn’t be the first time.
Americans like Jews, Catholics and mainline Protestants. Evangelicals, not so much.
By Yonat Shimron — March 15, 2023
(RNS) — A new Pew Research poll finds that only 18% of nonevangelical Americans had favorable opinions of evangelicals; 32% had somewhat unfavorable views.
State lawmakers push for priests to report abuse learned about in confessional
By Jack Jenkins — March 14, 2023
(RNS) — Catholic bishops are pushing back, arguing the statutes would infringe on the First Amendment rights of priests.
Orthodox Jewish parents sue California for ban on special ed funds to religious schools
By Alejandra Molina — March 14, 2023
(RNS) — ‘It takes a special kind of chutzpah to deny Jewish kids with disabilities equal access to special education benefits,’ said Eric Rassbach, an attorney representing the parents.
Georgia may be turning purple. It’s definitely turning green.
By Marqus Cole — March 14, 2023
(RNS) — Georgia’s clean energy transition is doing what some may deem a miracle — getting Republicans and Democrats to agree.
Trump vs. DeSantis: Florida pastors mull conservative issues
By Giovanna Dell'orto — March 14, 2023
(AP) — “The evangelical vote in Florida is too diverse to be a big force in politics,” said one political scientist, but many faithful across denominations like seeing DeSantis take charge of issues like sexually explicit materials available to children. “That resonates.”
Five charts that explain the desperate turn to MAGA among conservative white Christians
By Robert P. Jones — March 14, 2023
(RNS) — White Christians’ attempt to halt their demographic slide has fostered two narratives of American life.
The women who stood with Martin Luther King Jr. and sustained a movement for social change
By Vicki Crawford — March 14, 2023
(The Conversation) — From family to grassroots activists, these are some of the women who shaped MLK’s vision and campaigns.
How a little-known editor made God a bestseller by helping Americans let go of religion
By Bob Smietana — March 13, 2023
(RNS) — A chance encounter at a party led religion professor Stephen Prothero to rediscover the story of Eugene Exman, a longtime book publisher who helped transform American religion.
30 years later, Waco siege still resonates – especially among anti-government extremists
By Art Jipson and Paul J. Becker — March 13, 2023
(The Conversation) — Waco has been used as a rallying cry for decades, two scholars of domestic extremism explain.
Why the pronouns used for God matter
By Annie Selak — March 13, 2023
(The Conversation) — With the Church of England considering gender-neutral language to refer to God, a feminist theologian explains how Christianity has historically recognized many pronouns to refer to the divine.
Arizona Christian University sues school district for religious discrimination
By Kathryn Post — March 10, 2023
(RNS) — At issue, the school board claims, is the university's 'strong' anti-LGBTQ stance.
For FBI legend J. Edgar Hoover, Christian nationalism was the gospel truth, argues new book
By Bob Smietana — March 10, 2023
(RNS)— In 'The Gospel of J. Edgar Hoover,' Stanford professor Lerone Martin details how the longtime FBI director shaped the belief in America as a Christian nation.