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Church shooting survivor: Gunman ‘disengaged,’ sat alone

By Kim Chandler — June 21, 2022
(AP) — The suspected gunman had previously attended church services and a few church gatherings but didn't seem to interact much with others.

Funerals announced for 3 killed at Alabama church dinner

By Associated Press — June 21, 2022
VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — Services for Walter Bartlett Rainey, Sarah Sharon Yeager and Jane Pounds will take place at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, where the three church members were fatally shot Thursday night.

The history of Southern Baptists shows they have not always opposed abortion

By Susan M. Shaw — June 21, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar writes about how the Southern Baptist Convention’s views on abortion changed during the 1980s, when a more conservative wing seized control of the denomination.

A pioneering Shabbat service marks a new way to observe Jewish Juneteenth

By Yonat Shimron — June 19, 2022
(RNS) —The Juneteenth Kabbalat Shabbat was the first Jewish service organized and led by Jews of color to mark the annual celebration of freedom that is now a federal holiday.

Grappling with the sacred in Juneteenth’s celebration of freedom

By Haley Barker, Riley Farrell, Marika Proctor, and Paul O'Donnell — June 19, 2022
(RNS) — With Juneteenth falling on Sunday this year, Christians especially are taking the opportunity to consider the spiritual charge of the day.

Poor People’s Campaign holds major DC rally to combat poverty

By Jack Jenkins — June 18, 2022
(RNS) — The Rev. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, called legislation that hurts the poor ‘forms of policy murder.’

At annual meeting, Southern Baptists draw the line

By Jacob Lupfer — June 17, 2022
(RNS) — The SBC has to decide for itself whether it will be smaller and purer or bigger and more accepting.

Pilgrimage to Mecca is never easy. Saudi Arabia just made it a lot harder.

By Dilshad Ali — June 17, 2022
(RNS) — Less than a month before the pilgrimage to Mecca was to begin, the Saudis changed the rules.

Maine diocese sued for 1st time since abuse suit barrier end

By Patrick Whittle — June 17, 2022
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Attorneys who represent three people with claims of childhood sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and a lay educator filed the complaints seeking monetary damages.

Humanist chaplains guide nonreligious students on quest for meaning

By Kathryn Post — June 17, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The nonreligious have as much of, or more of, a need for meaning, purpose and community as anybody else.’

Gunman kills 3 seniors over potluck dinner at Alabama church

By Kim Chandler and Jay Reeves — June 17, 2022
VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — Emergency dispatchers got a call at around 6:20 p.m. reporting an active shooter at Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church in the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills, said Police Capt. Shane Ware.

The eternal truth behind the SBC presidential vote: Location, location, location

By Ryan Burge — June 16, 2022
(RNS) — Conservative Baptists may be looking ahead to getting on home turf next year.

Christian Reformed Church codifies homosexual sex as sin in its declaration of faith

By Yonat Shimron — June 15, 2022
(RNS) — Over the years, the small Calvinist denomination has given its churches a degree of latitude in ministering to LGBTQ people. That may now change.

Abortion foes, accustomed to small wins, ready for a big one

By Matt Sedensky — June 15, 2022
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) —A movement built of tiny steps and endless setbacks, though, now seems poised for a massive leap, with the Supreme Court weighing undoing the constitutional right to abortion found in Roe v. Wade.
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