‘You can’t just jump to hope’: Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on healing after the election

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 11, 2020

(RNS) — Curry spoke to Religion News Service about what divides the United States, what people of faith can do to help bridge those divisions and why he believes healing is possible.

The 2020 election was a referendum on race and Christian faith

By Shane Claiborne — November 10, 2020

(RNS) — We can see in how the vote went our competing visions for what we want America to be.

Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., Trump evangelical adviser, has died

By Adelle M. Banks, Bob Smietana, Emily McFarlan Miller — November 9, 2020

(RNS) — Jackson was a prominent Black conservative pastor, with close ties to many religious right leaders.

Who will President Joe Biden listen to on faith matters?

By Jack Jenkins, Emily McFarlan Miller — November 8, 2020

(RNS) — The nation’s second Catholic president is likely to bring a more restrained, interfaith approach to his faith-based politics than his predecessor.

5 Faith-facts about VP-elect Kamala Harris, a Black Baptist with a Hindu family

By Yonat Shimron — November 7, 2020

(RNS) — Few, if any, vice presidential candidates have had as much exposure to the world’s religions as Kamala Harris, the 55-year-old senator from California whom Joe Biden picked Tuesday (Aug. 11) as his running mate.

Southwestern Baptist adjunct professor, wife, struck and killed by drag racer

By Bob Smietana — November 7, 2020

(RNS) — A Baptist theologian and ‘just a good guy’ and his wife were killed Friday, leaving behind four children.

5 faith facts about Whitney Houston, set to be inducted in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

By Adelle M. Banks — November 6, 2020

(RNS) — ‘On any stage that I stand on I praise the Lord; I claim him everywhere I go,’ Houston said at the 1998 Dove Awards.

Evangelical asylum-seekers stuck in Mexico hold prayer vigil for the US election

By Bob Smietana — November 6, 2020

(RNS) — ‘Their lives and the lives of the children depend on the outcome of the election,’ said Alma Ruth, founder of the Texas-based Practice Mercy Foundation.

Exit polls show few changes in the religious vote

By Yonat Shimron — November 5, 2020

(RNS) — Support for President Donald Trump among white evangelicals remained constant. Catholics split their vote. And non-Christians voted overwhelmingly for Joe Biden.

A former Catholic school-turned-Nashville swingers club is reborn as homeless shelter

By Bob Smietana — November 5, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Churches and other faith-based groups form the backbone of the emergency shelter system for the homeless. But COVID-19 means many shelters are having to shut down or find creative ways to open.

Celeb pastor Carl Lentz, ousted from Hillsong NYC, confesses he was ‘unfaithful’ to his wife

By Roxanne Stone — November 4, 2020

NEW YORK (RNS) — An email sent to church members on Nov. 4 cited the reason for Lentz’s termination as ‘leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures.’

Vote, pray, wait: Faith leaders reassure congregations, call for full vote count as election remains uncertain

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 4, 2020

(RNS) — Clergy, houses of worship and faith-based organizations have been preparing their members for a long wait for election results.

How Trump’s strong play for Hispanic evangelicals helped him stun Biden in Florida

By Jack Jenkins — November 4, 2020

(RNS) — ‘I think the Biden campaign is going to say, ‘We blew it: we took for granted the Latino vote and the evangelical vote,’’ said the Rev. Tony Suarez, vice president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

Nick Challies, son of well-known evangelical blogger, dies at college

By Bob Smietana — November 4, 2020

(RNS) — The younger Challies, who was engaged to be married, collapsed while playing a game at college.

Closed for months by COVID-19, church reopens to provide respite on Election Day

By Alejandra Molina — November 4, 2020

PASADENA, Calif. (RNS) — The leadership at All Saints, a church with a long history of progressive activism, decided that opening the building to the public and parishioners was ‘a way for them to be in community.’

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