Evangelical disillusionment is finding a home in book clubs
(RNS) — Evangelicals who are questioning often do so in isolation — but some are now looking for community. And they’re finding it in book clubs, reading the growing market of deconstructionist and justice-oriented literature.
This Passover, kosher pig’s on the menu
(RNS) — Modern Jewish life is filled with kosher pigs, utter inconsistencies we sometimes hardly notice; but they are there, and they are enlightening.
The swastika and the 4 H’s
(RNS) — Banning the swastika, or writing laws that treat it as only a Nazi symbol, would violate the First Amendment. Just as important, bans sidestep the real issue such as dealing with our differences and coexisting as Americans.
Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Don’t throw away your shot’
(RNS) — ‘The mayor’s office called, wanting to take a shot with me, but the mayor was too slow. When he called I had already gotten my shot!’ said Pastor Clarence C. Moore, senior pastor of the New Era Church in Indianapolis.
Praying with Mennonites
(RNS) — A dozen or so Mennonites in San Antonio, meeting for prayer at 6:30 a.m. on Zoom, have seen their prayers answered again and again.
In Coachella Valley migrant community, the COVID-19 death of a beloved priest helps spur vaccinations
THERMAL, Calif. (RNS) — The passing of the Rev. Francisco Valdovinos has ignited a consciousness around public health and COVID-19 prevention.
In Germany, Vatican ban on blessing same-sex couples catches church ‘in process’
(RNS) — The Vatican’s note, many Catholics believe, was prompted by the resumption of the German church’s ongoing discussions about same-sex couples, which had been interrupted during the pandemic.
How pleading ‘sexual addiction’ protects evangelical men
(RNS) — Given Long’s exposure to Christian porn addiction recovery rhetoric, it likely contributed to his claim that his out-of-control sex addiction fueled his atrocious violence.
Belgian bishop lashes out at Vatican over gay unions decree
(RNS) — Antwerp Bishop Johan Bonny wrote in an opinion piece Wednesday that he feels ‘shame for my Church’.
Faith leaders’ year of pandemic: grief, solace, resilience
(AP) — The pandemic, said one assistant pastor, “has called us to rethink and re-imagine what our philosophy of ministering really is in the age of COVID.”
Alabama House votes to end yoga ban, but don’t say ‘namaste’
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Board of Education voted in 1993 to prohibit yoga, hypnosis and meditation in public school classrooms.
Amid deadly resurgence, Tanzanian officials maintain they can pray the ‘coronavirus devil’ away
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (RNS) — Some religious leaders have even proclaimed the country free of the coronavirus because of the power of prayer. Meanwhile, the government has refused to report any data on the number of cases in the country.
‘Silence is not an option’: Harold Braswell on Canada’s new assisted suicide law
(RNS) — The law, passed this week, extends the right to physician-assisted suicide (PAS) to disabled people.
Why I empathize with Harry and Meghan
(RNS) — So the British royal family is screwed up. Aren’t we all?
Being ‘godless’ might be good for your health, new study finds
(RNS) — Several new studies are challenging the idea that being an atheist leads to poor health.