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Gender & Sexuality

It’s back: Purity Culture 2.0, Gen Z style

By Devi Abraham — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — Purity culture lives on, and a new generation of influencers on social media is pushing it mainstream.
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Pastor who called on husbands to rape their wives is placed on leave

By Yonat Shimron — November 23, 2021
(RNS) —The Greater New York Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church said it has placed Pastor Burnett Robinson on administrative leave.

‘The best person to rape is your wife,’ says Bronx pastor

By Yonat Shimron — November 22, 2021
(RNS) — Pastor Burnett Robinson was apparently preaching from a New Testament passage on wives submitting to their husbands.

What are God’s pronouns? How the church today is (or isn’t) gendering God

By Kathryn Post — November 18, 2021
(RNS) — Many congregations are actively deciding how to refer to God’s gender in their liturgies, hymns and prayers.

CCM industry stays silent on LGBTQ inclusion as queer artists carve inroads

By Kathryn Post — November 15, 2021
(RNS) — Streaming platforms have allowed LGBTQ Christian artists like Semler to stake a claim in Christian music.

Meet the United Methodist pastor featured on HBO’s drag reality show ‘We’re Here’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 9, 2021
(RNS) — Performing in drag was an ‘incredibly wonderful, refreshing, deepening, powerful spiritual experience,’ said Pastor Craig Duke of Newburgh United Methodist Church in Indiana.

United Methodist leaders on both sides need to rally the troops for schism

By Jacob Lupfer — November 5, 2021
(RNS) — Most laity and many clergy are not nearly so invested in moving the Methodist divorce along as those at the extremes. 

Israeli police protect women’s prayer group from ultra-Orthodox protesters

By Michele Chabin — November 5, 2021
JERUSALEM (RNS) — Until now, Israeli security forces have done the bare minimum to enforce crowd control during the controversial prayer group’s once-a-month services in the women’s section of the Western Wall.

Traditional ‘Side B’ LGBTQ Christians experience a renaissance

By Kathryn Post — November 5, 2021
(RNS) — The largely virtual community sits in a rare liminal space between two sides of a culture war.

Texas judge rules religious businesses exempt from LGBTQ bias claims

By Kathryn Post — November 3, 2021
(RNS) — The ruling allows religious businesses to fire or refuse to hire LGBTQ people without fear of liability.

The Reformed Church in America moves toward restructuring, prepares for departures

By Kathryn Post — October 17, 2021
(RNS) — The decisions follow decades of debate over LGBTQ ordination and same-sex marriage.

As Reform Jews investigate themselves, a reckoning over sexual abuse grows

By Yonat Shimron — October 15, 2021
(RNS) — Multiple investigations, which will look at both historic and more recent instances of sex abuse, signal a desire for a new level of ethical accountability on sexual misconduct and gender discrimination.

The Reformed Church in America faces rupture over LGBTQ gridlock

By Kathryn Post — October 13, 2021
(RNS) — One of North America’s oldest denominations is already splintering. After a long delay, its General Synod meets this week.
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