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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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Jewish group condemns United Church of Christ resolution on Israel, Palestinians

By Yonat Shimron — July 19, 2021
(RNS) — The American Jewish Committee took offense to the liberal Protestant denomination, which called the oppression of the Palestinian people a sin.

Co-chair of Poor People’s Campaign among nearly 100 women arrested at march for voting rights in D.C.

By Renée Roden — July 19, 2021
(RNS) — The arrested protesters were part of the Women’s Moral Monday March, advocating for legislation to protect voting rights and demanding relief for marginalized and impoverished Americans.

War or peace? For Iran and the United States, it’s time to decide.

By Diane Randall — July 19, 2021
(RNS) — A swift return to the JCPOA is our best and only option for dealing with Iran.

United Methodist conference seizes church assets in dispute

By Associated Press — July 15, 2021
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The North Georgia Conference and the leadership at the conservative Mount Bethel church have been in a dispute for months.

White evangelicals in numerical, political decline

By Mark Silk — July 14, 2021
(RNS) — A lesson from the new PRRI religious census.

United Church of Christ declares racism a public health crisis

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 14, 2021
(RNS) — The resolution’s approval ‘set the tone’ for the United Church of Christ’s Special Edition General Synod, which runs through Sunday (July 18).

A new resource for combating Christian nationalism sees it as a ‘distortion of the gospel’

By Yonat Shimron — July 12, 2021
(RNS) — A three-session curriculum offers churches a resource for sermons or discussion groups about the ideology it calls a 'distortion of the gospel of Jesus and a threat to American democracy.'

What is a mainline Christian, anyway?

By Jack Jenkins — July 8, 2021
(RNS) — A recent survey raises new questions about an old tradition.

She lost her husband in a beach accident. Her book tackles what it takes to heal.

By Yonat Shimron — July 8, 2021
(RNS) — In her new book, Shannon Dingle writes about leaning into grief, accepting uncertainty, connecting to feelings, expressing hard truths and getting psychological help.

Survey: White mainline Protestants outnumber white evangelicals, while ‘nones’ shrink

By Jack Jenkins — July 8, 2021
(RNS) — The ‘unprecedented’ dataset also suggests that white Christian decline, which accelerated in recent years, appears to have slowed.

As United Church of Christ takes on race and LGBTQ issues, consensus reigns

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 7, 2021
(RNS) — The remaining Protestant denominational meetings this summer promise more comity than strife.

Breaking the silence: Clergy address pandemic’s surge in domestic violence

By Katie Givens Kime — July 6, 2021
(RNS) — This crisis of violence affects every faith community, and every faith leader.
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