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Bishop Vashti McKenzie to lead National Council of Churches for next two years

By Adelle M. Banks — May 10, 2022
(RNS) — McKenzie succeeds Jim Winkler, who left the ecumenical organization on Jan. 31.

The Global COVID-19 Summit left children off its agenda. The church should not.

By Albert L. Reyes — May 9, 2022
(RNS) — More than 5 million children have lost a primary or secondary caregiver to COVID-19.

Even abortion foes will help friends who choose to end a pregnancy

By Bob Smietana — May 9, 2022
(RNS) — Americans hold complicated views on abortion — with many seeing it as immoral but necessary. And they often help out friends who choose abortion.

Grove City faculty say college is facing a ‘fight for the soul’

By Kathryn Post — May 9, 2022
(RNS) — A new report on critical race theory only added fuel to the dispute that has engulfed the Christian college.

New denomination urges United Methodists to walk out of the wilderness

By Yonat Shimron — May 7, 2022
GARNER, N.C. (RNS) — The Wesleyan Covenant Association’s 6th annual gathering was broadcast live at dozens of local churches across the country and encouraged churches to move into a new denomination.

God is a mother, too, writes children’s book author Teresa Kim Pecinovsky

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — The author spoke to Religion News Service about why it’s important for people of all ages to see God as a mother and how the story of Hagar and Ishmael resonates for her.

Faith-based NGOs are helping Ukraine’s children. Now we have to prove it.

By Brian Peterson — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — Faith-based aid groups need to prove the effectiveness of their holistic approach to caring for refugees.

Religious groups are ‘making a joyful noise’ with outdoor instruments

By Adelle M. Banks — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — ‘We wanted to make a pretty area that would enhance the chapel but be fun for the children,’ said a leader of a Texas church.

Lost in Ukraine and SCOTUS: Five urgent Christian persecution situations

By David Curry — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — The American media’s single-story focus has crowded out alarming developments on the religious freedom front.

Survey: White evangelicals oppose abortion; all other religious groups support it

By Yonat Shimron — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — US religions have wide-ranging opinions on legality of abortion. But most support legal abortion.

Florida churches among first to begin exit from UMC to new, conservative denomination

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 5, 2022
(RNS) — The departure of any church or clergy from the denomination is not instantaneous, but must first go through its annual conferences.

National Day of Prayer observances to feature in-person worship, online petitions

By Adelle M. Banks — May 4, 2022
(RNS) — Proclaimed by Congress in 1952, the prayer day has been observed since 1988 on the first Thursday in May, with a more diverse array of participants in recent years.

Alito and public opinion reveal link between Roe and broader white Christian nationalist agenda

By Robert P. Jones — May 4, 2022
(RNS) — Attitudes on abortion are strongly correlated with a worldview that denies systemic racism and pines for a 1950s America.

For red-state clergy who back abortion rights, losing Roe is a call to action

By Bob Smietana and Alejandra Molina — May 4, 2022
(RNS) — A new version of the Clergy Consultation Service, which helped women get abortions before Roe v. Wade, may be organized in response to abortion rights restrictions.

If Roe goes, Black church leaders expect renewed energy for elections

By Adelle M. Banks — May 3, 2022
(RNS) — One leader is ‘expecting great mobilization of the African American community and in communities where people recognize the importance of giving a person a choice.’
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