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This is no time to build back to the way things were

By Diane Randall — June 21, 2021
(RNS) — This is the moment to reimagine and rebuild a new economy.

1 in 5 young adult Mormons in the US are gay, lesbian or bisexual

By Jana Riess — June 21, 2021
(RNS) — So far, Gen Z Mormons look like millennials in their sexual orientation, only more so, according to the largest dataset we’ve ever had about Latter-day Saints in America.

Marvel’s Loki wins heathens’ hearts even while losing the Norse immortal’s complexity

By Heather Greene — June 21, 2021
(RNS) — To modern heathens, Marvel’s characters are not simply 'all-powerful superheroes,' but thriving gods.

We need a better strategy to plant Black and brown churches

By Thabiti Anyabwile, John Onwuchekwa — June 19, 2021
(RNS) — Solidarity does not mean assimilation.

James Forbes’ ode to Juneteenth calls on Americans to embrace the promise of freedom

By Yonat Shimron — June 18, 2021
(RNS) — The retired pastor's spoken word is not simply a paean to freedom. It’s a call to all Americans to face the reality of the nation’s history and the unfinished work of Juneteenth.

‘We still have work to do’: How to understand the new Juneteenth holiday

By Paul O'Donnell — June 18, 2021
(RNS) — Theon Hill, an expert on rhetoric, race and social change in American culture, discusses Juneteenth and how holidays in general reflect our realities as well as our aspirations as a nation.

After politically charged debate, bishops vote to draft controversial Communion document

By Jack Jenkins — June 18, 2021
(RNS) — Debate over the proposal involved calls to deny President Joe Biden the Eucharist.

Albert Mohler’s darkest hour

By Jonathan Merritt — June 18, 2021
(RNS) — In his bid to lead America’s largest denomination, he was his own worst enemy.

Court: If bias rules have exceptions, faith groups qualify

By Peter Smith — June 18, 2021
(AP) — A ruling Thursday that favored Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia was far from the constitutional gale wind that would have reshaped how courts interpret religious liberty.

In lengthy debate, bishops wrangle over politics and ‘Eucharistic consistency’

By Jack Jenkins — June 17, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We are the shepherds and teachers of these elected officials,’ one bishop declared.

Catholic House Democrats prepare to send bishops ‘statement of principles’ on Communion vote

By Jack Jenkins — June 17, 2021
(RNS) — The vote alone will likely have implications for both the American church and President Joe Biden, a Catholic.

Baker fined for refusing to make transgender transition cake

By Colleen Slevin — June 17, 2021
DENVER (AP) — While Jack Phillips said he could not make the cake because of its message, the judge said the case was about a refusal to sell a product, not compelled speech.

Black community has new option for health care: the church

By Carrie Antlfinger — June 17, 2021
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Some Black church leaders want to extend their efforts beyond the fight against COVID-19 and give their flocks a place to seek health care for other ailments at a place they trust — the church.

PHOTO GALLERY: Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting gathers in Nashville

By Kit Doyle — June 17, 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — The Southern Baptist Convention’s 2021 annual meeting convened June 15-16 at the Music City Center in Nashville. Check out some of our favorite photographs from this year’s meeting. 

At annual meeting, Southern Baptists ‘turn their hearts to the right’

By Jacob Lupfer — June 17, 2021
(RNS) — A new president offers clues to the denomination’s direction. It’s not as promising as it seems.
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