Columns

How will the post-pandemic church pay the bills?

By Jonathan Merritt — October 13, 2020

(RNS) — The pandemic may accelerate a long-term decline in congregational giving and force churches to develop new sources of revenue to survive.

10 years after Elder Packer’s anti-LGBTQ talk, have Mormons turned the corner on gay rights?

By Jana Riess — October 13, 2020

(RNS) — We’ve certainly come a long way since 2010, but it remains to be seen if the LDS church charted a new course on LGBT issues.

White Catholics could be key to a Biden victory

By Mark Silk — October 11, 2020

(RNS) — For Biden, the swing shown in a new poll has everything to do with reconstructing the ‘blue wall’ that collapsed in 2016.

How did Mormons become so Republican?

By Jana Riess — October 7, 2020

(RNS) — What explains more than a half-century of ruby-red Republicanism in the Mormon-dominated state of Utah? How did Latter-day Saints become so Republican in the first place? A new book about Ezra Taft Benson sheds some light.

Election checklist: Five ways Catholic parishes can keep politics out of church

By Thomas Reese — October 7, 2020

(RNS) — Most Catholics don’t want politics to divide their parishes, but the wise pastor will prepare for the worst.

For Trump, COVID-19 is about toxic masculinity

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 6, 2020

(RNS) — Donald Trump should heed how King Hezekiah — a ‘real man’ of the Bible — handled adversity. He cried.

Stop telling Black people to pray for Donald Trump

By Andre Henry — October 5, 2020

(RNS) — The charge to pray for stricken leaders has often been turned against oppressed people, and the Bible makes clear it’s acceptable to decline.

Did RBG beat Trump in cosmic court?

By Tara Isabella Burton — October 4, 2020

(RNS) — As social justice takes on the character of a religion proper, it requires demigods like Ginsburg. It’s a valorization that threatens to rob her, and us, of her humanity.

Trump in the belly of the whale

By Mark Silk — October 4, 2020

(RNS) — Will President Trump’s hospital stay change his approach to COVID-19?

Five things to look for in Pope Francis’ new encyclical, ‘Fratelli Tutti’

By Thomas Reese — October 4, 2020

(RNS) — ‘Fratelli Tutti’ (‘Brothers and sisters all’), the new papal encyclical is an important teaching document that must be read by anyone who wants to know where the pope is coming from.

For Mormons, a wonderfully boring opening day of General Conference

By Jana Riess — October 3, 2020

(RNS) — Saturday’s General Conference was like Corn Flakes—nutritious, fortified, and blissfully predictable. After a tumultuous week in our nation, boring was helpful. Boring gave me time to think.

How to show compassion for a president who lacks it himself

By Simran Jeet Singh — October 2, 2020

(RNS) — Many of us want to feel compassion even for a man who rarely exhibits it but feel sincerely challenged to sympathize for someone we hold responsible for profound human suffering.

POTUS has COVID. What should Jews be saying?

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 2, 2020

(RNS) — I hope he gets better soon. There. I said it.

Donald Trump just gave white supremacists legitimacy, and the Proud Boys were never prouder

By Jana Riess — September 30, 2020

(RNS) — The moderator asked Trump if he would tell white supremacists to ‘stand down,’ which is to withdraw. Trump instead told the group to ‘stand by,’ which means to stay near at hand to be of use in an emergency. Then he gave them the emergency.

General Conference would be a good time for the LDS church to apologize to the Black community

By Kristin Lowe — September 28, 2020

(RNS) — ‘Racist statements and policies were once made by prophets and apostles, and we specifically need prophets and apostles to overturn them now,’ says guest columnist Kristin Lowe.

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