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Jon Meacham pulled from Samford University event over ties to Planned Parenthood

By Jessica Mundie — October 29, 2021
(RNS) — After receiving backlash from pro-life students about Meacham’s association with Planned Parenthood, Samford University has decided to postpone his lecture, which was scheduled during a presidential inauguration event.

Climate crisis at forefront of agenda for Parliament of the World’s Religions

By Nidhi Upadhyaya — October 19, 2021
(RNS) — Jane Goodall noted that faith leaders could play a great role in bringing about change in the world.

Canadian Catholic bishops apologize for residential schools

By Associated Press — September 27, 2021
The Catholic bishops in Canada are promising to provide documents that may help “memorialize” students buried in unmarked graves, work on getting the Pope to visit Canada, and raise money to help fund initiatives recommended by local Indigenous partners.

Women church planters hope to give Christianity a fresh start

By Bob Smietana — August 19, 2021
(RNS) — If evangelical churches want to reach people with the gospel, they need the skills of women and men of all backgrounds, say leaders like the Rev. Liz Rios.

Vatican employees criticize pay cuts by Pope Francis as ‘anti-meritocratic and disincentivizing’

By Claire Giangravé — May 20, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Vatican employees complained to Pope Francis about the pay cuts he enacted at the Vatican, which is struggling financially due to mismanagement and the pandemic. Employees say it should not be up to them to foot the bill.

Liberty University shake-ups continue as Falwell Jr.’s son leaves post as VP

By Emily McFarlan Miller and Jack Jenkins — April 14, 2021
(RNS) — Trey Falwell was a vice president of university operations at the evangelical Christian school.

The Vatican tries to hold back the tide on same-sex blessings

By Mark Silk — March 15, 2021
(RNS) — But the Vatican is already up to its ankles.

Liberty University board accepts Jerry Falwell Jr.’s resignation

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 25, 2020
(RNS) — The board of Liberty University has accepted the resignation of its president, Jerry Falwell Jr., after a roller coaster day in which Falwell resigned, then withdrew his resignation, then resigned again late Monday night.

Willow Creek, Life.Church among churches that received millions in PPP loans

By Yonat Shimron — July 7, 2020
(RNS) — The vast majority of religious organizations listed in the data received between $150,000 and $300,000, but at least two dozen religious organizations received the highest amount of dollars, between $5 million and $10 million.

Religious conservatives look to the next Supreme Court rulings on religious liberty

By Yonat Shimron — June 17, 2020
(RNS) — They hope to carve out significant wins in a series of cases, including ones dealing with the ministerial exception, abortion and public funding for religious schools.

50 years after ‘Black Manifesto,’ religious groups take up reparations again

By Matthew J. Cressler and Adelle M. Banks — December 30, 2019
(RNS) — Five decades later, the reparations debate has reentered the national spotlight, with some religious institutions leading the way. 

Retiring NAE head Leith Anderson: Evangelicals not just white or political

By Adelle M. Banks — November 27, 2019
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘I want the standard to be what the Bible teaches, not what the polls report,’ said Leith Anderson, outgoing president of the National Association of Evangelicals.

The Good News from India

By Mark Silk — January 29, 2019
A legacy of the Scudder missionaries.

Incoming Moody president hopes to give historic Christian school a ‘restart’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 17, 2018
CHICAGO (RNS) — New Life Community Church Pastor Mark Jobe is no stranger to Moody Bible Institute — or to helping religious institutions start over in less than ideal circumstances.

Episcopal Church confronts past role in sexual exploitation

By David Crary — October 16, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — With striking displays of candor, the Episcopal Church is acknowledging the potency of the #MeToo movement by officially lamenting its past role in sexual exploitation and pledging steps to combat it.
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