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Leaders & Institutions

Franklin Graham writes to Putin, Zelenskyy to ask for a cease-fire during Holy Week

By Yonat Shimron — March 31, 2022
(RNS) — Samaritan’s Purse, Graham’s humanitarian relief organization, is pushing farther east and plans to open a second emergency field hospital in Ukraine by this weekend.

Anglican Church of Canada blunders stoke calls for general secretary to resign

By Kathryn Post — March 30, 2022
(RNS) — “The ACC absolutely has the capacity to respond in an appropriate way, but it has made deliberate and calculated choices not to," a survivor said.

Duke University divided over Israel’s treatment of Palestinians — and antisemitism

By Mark I. Pinsky — March 30, 2022
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — For months, the local Duke chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine and a new group, Students Supporting Israel, have been in a virtual slugfest on the campus.

When a rabbinical school closes

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 28, 2022
(RNS) — A requiem for a rabbinical program. Actually, for far more than that.

These 5 clergywomen found each other 12 years ago. They still text every day.

By Yonat Shimron — March 23, 2022
(RNS) — At a time when reports of clergy burnout and clergy misconduct are soaring, this group has been able to forge a tight collegial peer group to help them navigate challenges, avoid pitfalls and find joy and fulfillment in their calling.

Anti-woke preachers Voddie Baucham and Tom Ascol to be nominated as SBC leaders

By Bob Smietana — March 22, 2022
(RNS) — The announced nominations are the latest salvo in the SBC’s ‘woke wars’ over social justice.

Bruxy Cavey investigation widens to include two more alleged victims

By Yonat Shimron — March 21, 2022
(RNS) — The Meeting House has hired a third-party victim advocate to independently receive any concerns or allegations of sexual misconduct.

Hillsong board blames anxiety drug, alcohol for landing Brian Houston in a woman’s hotel room

By Roxanne Stone and Bob Smietana — March 18, 2022
(RNS) — The board of the global megachurch released a statement revealing its cofounder had sent inappropriate text messages to a staff member and spent time in a woman's hotel room.

Alleged US Anglican abuse victims break with ACNAtoo and support bishop

By Kathryn Post — March 17, 2022
(RNS) — ‘ACNAtoo does not speak for us. We would like to be heard for ourselves,’ the group said in a statement.

Study: Black Catholics in US are a tiny minority increasingly drawing on immigrants

By Yonat Shimron — March 15, 2022
(RNS) — Only 68% of Black Catholics are U.S.-born. The rest are from Africa, the Caribbean or South America.

US Jews furiously raise money, send delegations to help Ukraine

By Yonat Shimron — March 12, 2022
(RNS) — Thousands, if not millions, of American Jews can trace their ancestors back to Ukraine and feel a special connection to the place, even if it brings up a complicated past.

Graduate Theological Union’s GTUx is launched to spiritually equip ‘nones,’ activists

By Kathryn Post — March 11, 2022
(RNS) — Their new online learning hub for interreligious activism aims to reach new audiences. 

Bruxy Cavey’s former megachurch debates allegations: Sex abuse or an affair?

By Yonat Shimron — March 9, 2022
(RNS) — Cavey’s victim wanted the board to define what happened as ‘clergy sexual abuse.’ The Meeting House church called it ‘sexual harassment’ and ‘abuse of power.’ Cavey called it an "extramarital affair."

Samaritan’s Purse, Israelis will treat wounded Ukrainians in Lviv field hospitals

By Yonat Shimron — March 7, 2022
(RNS) — Medical personnel will begin treating wounded Ukrainians at a clinic outside Lviv’s train station on Tuesday. The underground field hospital is expected to open Wednesday.

Pittsburgh rabbi is out following hostile workplace investigation

By Yonat Shimron — March 7, 2022
(RNS) — Rodef Shalom Congregation placed Rabbi Aaron Bisno on administrative leave in late November after employees complained about his conduct. Now the board has decided not to renew his contract.
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