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Kenyan Anglican province defies moratorium to ordain woman bishop

By Fredrick Nzwili — September 15, 2021
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — The Rev. Rose Okeno was installed as bishop of the Butere Diocese on Sunday, even as a 2018 moratorium of the Global Anglican Future Conference resolved to halt the consecration of women into the episcopate until a consensus is reached.

Twitter permanently bans Greg Locke, pro-Trump, anti-vax pastor

By Bob Smietana — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — In a Facebook Live video, he claimed to be the first pastor to be banned on Twitter and said his banning was an attack on Christians.

The gospel of Sherri Tenpenny: COVID-19 misinformation meets Christian nationalism

By Jack Jenkins — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — Her claims are discredited by scientists and politicians trying to stem the spread of COVID-19. But her appeal to faith has a constituency all its own.

Post-Trump, Christian nationalists preach a theology of vaccine resistance

By Jack Jenkins — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — Recent rallies have intermingled resistance to COVID-19 vaccines with calls for a resurgence of Christian influence.

Former US presidents, religious leaders launch organization to aid Afghan evacuees

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — Welcome.US provides a single point of entry for Americans to donate to frontline organizations, host arriving families through Airbnb and find other ways to help Afghans as they rebuild their lives in the United States after fleeing the Taliban.

Faith leaders backing Okla. death row inmate hail parole board’s commutation request

By Adelle M. Banks — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — Clergy from across the country had advocated for Julius Jones, holding rallies and writing letters in hopes of getting him clemency or release from prison.

Bishop Spong: Theology without limit or bound

By John C. Dorhauer — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — Here was a bishop putting into words answers to the questions I had asked all my life.

China is quietly using Afghanistan to strengthen its authoritarian agenda

By David Curry — September 14, 2021
(Open Doors) — We are being given a rare glimpse of the immeasurable human cost incurred when authoritarianism is allowed to spread unimpeded.

Korean pastor David Yonggi Cho, founder of one of the world’s largest churches, has died

By Bob Smietana — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — Cho, who preached a Korean version of the prosperity gospel, remained a beloved figure even after being convicted of embezzlement.

A mask mandate showdown in Cobb County school board pits ‘faith’ against ‘fear’

By Heather Greene — September 13, 2021
ATLANTA (RNS) — 'Faith not Fear' is a mantra ringing out across the country, where such debates have reached a fever pitch. That is the case in Cobb County, Georgia.

Head of SBC Executive Committee questions messengers’ resolution in abuse investigation

By Bob Smietana — September 13, 2021
(RNS) — Failing to follow the will of local church delegates, known as messengers, would be nearly unprecented, experts say.

Evangelical Lutheran church installs 1st transgender bishop

By Associated Press — September 13, 2021
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Rev. Megan Rohrer will lead one of the church’s 65 synods, overseeing nearly 200 congregations in Northern California and northern Nevada.

Bishop John Shelby Spong, firebrand who championed LGBTQ inclusion, has died

By Bob Smietana — September 12, 2021
(RNS) — Spong made headlines when he ordained the first openly gay male priest in the Episcopal Church.

Francis Collins ‘a bit’ frustrated with evangelicals amid COVID-19 vaccine push

By Adelle M. Banks — September 10, 2021
(RNS) — Collins said seekers of a religious exemption from new COVID-19 rules would ‘have to really come through with a coherent argument about why that applies in this place.’

Donald Trump to join Sean Feucht worship concert on 9/11 at National Mall

By Jack Jenkins — September 10, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The two-day event is preceded by a daylong summit on Friday at the Trump International Hotel that includes speeches from conservative religious and political leaders.
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