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Author and speaker Beth Moore speaks during a panel on sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Alabama, on June 10, 2019. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Beth Moore apologizes for her role in elevating ‘complementarian’ theology that limits women leaders

By Yonat Shimron, Bob Smietana — April 7, 2021

(RNS) — In an email to Religion News Service, Moore didn’t go quite so far as to say she has entirely abandoned complementarianism. But she no longer sees it as essential.

In this Oct. 6, 2004, file photo, Hans Küng attends the Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany. Küng, the Roman Catholic theologian who was an early colleague and friend of the future Pope Benedict XVI but later fell afoul of the Vatican for challenging church doctrine and became a vocal critic of the pontiff, has died. He was 93. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Hans Küng, the theologian who wanted to stand tall

By Tom Heneghan — April 7, 2021

(RNS) — Küng paid dearly for his independence, being stripped of his right to teach Catholic theology by St. John Paul II and repeatedly frustrated in his efforts to reform the tradition-bound Vatican.

Justin Bieber in the video for his song “Holy.” Photo via @justinbieber/Instagram

Justin Bieber’s Easter surprise EP, ‘Freedom,’ adds to his Jesus-filled chapter

By Kathryn Post — April 7, 2021

(RNS) — Justin Bieber’s latest recording is his most explicitly religious project to date.

A man sits on his mat in the Muslim Community Center last year. Photo courtesy of MCC

In Ramadan’s spirit of hope, New York’s Muslims cautiously open mosques

By Zainab Iqbal — April 7, 2021

(RNS) — Last year, Ramadan fell in the worst of the pandemic. Still haunted by the toll of the pandemic, some mosque leaders are following the guidance of local leaders.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church has postponed planned business boycotts regarding recent voting laws but will protest at the Masters Tournament, featured in this photo from a previous year. Image by pocketwiley, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons

AME church delays boycott of Georgia companies, plans protest at Masters Tournament

By Jack Jenkins — April 7, 2021

(RNS) — The faith leaders say they will wait at least until an AME bishop meets with the heads of several companies next week.

A movie theater opened its doors for the broadcasting of Easter services, receiving blowback from the community, frustrated that the theater is otherwise closed due to COVID-19. Photo courtesy of Church of St. John the Baptist in Modena, Italy

Church faces backlash for showing Mass at a cinema, as Italy faces severe lockdown

By Claire Giangravé — April 7, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The case highlights growing tensions between Italians and the Catholic Church, which critics say has been granted more leeway while the weary peninsula faces another severe lockdown more than a year into the pandemic.

Pastor Raymond Chang, president of the Asian American Christian Collaborative, speaks during a panel titled Black & Asian Christians United Against Racism, livestreamed Monday, April 5, 2021, from Apostolic Faith Church in Chicago. Video screengrab

Black and Asian Christian leaders discuss role of church in fighting racism

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 6, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Our oppression is linked together, but also our liberation is connected at the same time,’ said the Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

In this Oct. 6, 2004, file photo, Hans Küng attends the Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany. Küng, the Roman Catholic theologian who was an early colleague and friend of the future Pope Benedict XVI but later fell afoul of the Vatican for challenging church doctrine and became a vocal critic of the pontiff, has died. He was 93. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Hans Kueng, dissident Catholic theologian, dies at 93

By Geir Moulson — April 6, 2021

BERLIN (AP) — Kueng was an influential voice for liberal Catholics and a prolific author, challenging Catholic doctrines on papal authority, birth control, divorce and other issues.

Authorities investigate the scene after a man rammed a car into two officers at the barricade on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Nation of Islam says suspect in ‘tragic’ Capitol attack sought to be a member

By Adelle M. Banks — April 6, 2021

(RNS) — The faith group said it is researching Noah Green’s life and ‘we cannot rest until we find out what caused him to take a turn like this.’

Pastor Tony Evans in 2020. Courtesy photo

Tony Evans: On male leadership, grieving his wife and correcting Kirk Franklin

By Adelle M. Banks — April 6, 2021

(RNS) — Pastor Tony Evans of Dallas says ‘there is a lead role that God has called men to take and own, and we shouldn’t shy away from that.’

The Rev. William Barber II speaks during a virtual Easter vigil service April 3, 2021, titled “Easter in Jerusalem: The Sabeel Community Celebrates Holy Saturday 2021,” led by a Christian activist group in Jerusalem. Video screengrab

William Barber preaches at Easter vigil service spotlighting Christian Palestinians

By Daoud Kuttab — April 6, 2021

(RNS) — Barber’s appearance served to recognize Christians in the Palestinian liberation movement, which some American evangelicals paint as an apocalyptic conflict between Christians and Muslims.

Musician Harry Connick Jr. has released a new album, titled “Alone With My Faith.” Courtesy photo

Harry Connick Jr., bunkered for the pandemic, emerges with ‘Alone With My Faith’

By Maina Mwaura — April 6, 2021

(RNS) — While it’s reverent, the album is anything but churchy.

Andy Ngo, left, at a Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit in 2019 with U.S. Rep Dan Crenshaw. Photo by Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons

Andy Ngo, antifa critic, dropped as speaker by Christian conference Q Ideas  

By Bob Smietana — April 5, 2021

(RNS) — Organizers said they believed the conservative social media personality was an independent journalist and antifa expert.

This July 18, 2012 file photo shows a student stapling colored paper to the wall of a classroom after summer school at Our Lady of Lourdes in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)

LA Archdiocese to close 6 schools due to hardships heightened by pandemic

By Alejandra Molina — April 5, 2021

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — ‘These six schools had been trying to overcome financial challenges long before the pandemic,’ said schools superintendent Paul Escala.

Megan Steffan. Photo by Kevin Troung

Are LGBTQ students at Christian schools discriminated against? A lawsuit, scholarly studies say yes.

By Yonat Shimron — April 5, 2021

(RNS) — A new lawsuit backs up what scholars have been saying: LGBTQ students at Christian schools experience higher rates of bullying and harassment as well as clinical depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation in comparison with students at non-religious schools.

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