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UMC edges toward historic split over LGBTQ inclusion. This church showed the way.

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 22, 2021
(RNS) — Community of Hope was founded in 1993 as an outreach to ‘people on the margin,’ including LGBTQ people and people living with HIV/AIDS, according to its former pastor.
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JewBelong goes digital — and hot pink — in campaign to sound alarm on antisemitism

By Yonat Shimron, Renée Roden — July 13, 2021
(RNS) — Seven such billboards have been flashing at Times Square for more than a month. Beginning this week, they are going up in four other cities.

Photos of the Week: Eid preparations; papal surgery

By Kit Doyle — July 9, 2021
(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo selection includes preparations for Eid al-Adha, surgery for Pope Francis and more.

Prominent Anglican bishop takes leave of absence amid ongoing accusations of mishandling abuse allegations

By Kathryn Post — July 9, 2021
(RNS) — Bishop Stewart Ruch III of the Anglican Church in North America’s Upper Midwest Diocese has taken a leave of absence after admitting he mishandled sexual abuse allegations.

Photos of the Week: Mass with puppets, temple rededication

By Jessi Dodge — July 2, 2021
(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo selection includes a Hindu temple rededication, Mass with puppets and more. Note: RNS is expanding Photos of the Week to include reader photos. Please submit current photos of your practice of religion, spirituality or […]

Photos of the Week: Summer/winter solstice; Manila Archbishop installment

By Kit Doyle — June 25, 2021
(RNS) — This week’s photo selection includes summer and winter solstice celebrations, Manila's new Archbishop and more.

Julie Rodgers shares story of surviving ‘ex-gay’ ministries in new book and Netflix documentary

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 25, 2021
CHICAGO (RNS) — Julie Rodgers’ story of ultimately finding love and faith as a gay Christian shows that 'there is hope that you can find community and acceptance outside of this world,' according to filmmaker Kristine Stolakis.

Rising numbers of young adult Mormons in the US are gay, lesbian or bisexual

By Jana Riess — June 21, 2021
(RNS) — So far, Gen Z Mormons look like millennials in their sexual orientation, only more so, according to the largest dataset we’ve ever had about Latter-day Saints in America.

Photos of the Week: Southern Baptists meet; historic bell found

By Kit Doyle — June 18, 2021
(RNS) — This week’s photo selection includes the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, rebuilding a historic New York City church and more.

Photos of the Week: Belgium hunger strike; SBC tension

By Kit Doyle — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — This week’s photo selection includes a hunger strike in Belgium, tension before the Southern Baptist Convention meeting and more. 

Deconstructed. Deconverted. Not Defriended.

By Jonathan Woodward — June 9, 2021
Katelyn and Roxy reflect on friends who have left the faith. Audrey Assad joins the episode to share her own spiritual journey away from Christianity.

‘Serenade’ album celebrates LGBTQ youth ahead of Queer Youth of Faith Day

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Serenade,’ released last week, is a genre-spanning compilation of original songs by various queer artists and allies celebrating and empowering LGBTQ people of faith.

Photos of the Week: Dancing devils; Tulsa massacre anniversary

By Kit Doyle — June 4, 2021
(RNS) — This week’s photo selection includes Buddhists in China's Tibet Autonomous Region, an annual dancing devils festival in Venezuela and more.
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