Faiths

40 years in the making: A timeline of the Southern Baptists’ sexual abuse crisis
By Adelle M. Banks — May 23, 2022
(RNS) — Controversy over the Southern Baptist Convention’s handling of sexual abuse began long before 2000, when a new, scathing report takes up the story.
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Lee University considers limiting student speech on gender
By Associated Press — May 23, 2022
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — If approved, the policy presented to faculty and staff this month would not allow students to identify as anything other than their biological sex.
Banned from Communion in San Francisco, Pelosi receives Eucharist in Washington
By Jack Jenkins — May 23, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — During a homily before Communion, the priest at the church railed against 'election deniers and Vatican II deniers.'
Southern Baptists’ abuse report is no call for reform. It’s a repudiation of the past 40 years.
By Jonathan Merritt — May 23, 2022
(RNS) — Scapegoating a handful of leaders won’t bring the transformation the SBC needs.
Should religion influence abortion policy?
By Jeffrey Salkin — May 23, 2022
(RNS) — Your theological claim cannot be the law of the land. This is America and this is 2022.
Southern Baptist leaders mistreated abuse survivors for decades, report says
By Bob Smietana — May 22, 2022
(RNS) — A blockbuster report found that SBC lawyers worked for years to protect the institution and demonized abuse survivors and accused a prominent pastor of abusing a colleague's wife.
How to know if your practice of Buddhism through listening to podcasts or use of meditation apps is ‘authentic’
By The Conversation — May 22, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of digital religion and Buddhism argues that not all Western Buddhism practice is inauthentic. Here’s a way to know what’s real.
Roberto Miranda, pastor of Lion of Judah, prominent Boston church, has died
By Bob Smietana — May 22, 2022
(RNS) — A Harvard-educated pastor who grew a small congregation into one of the most influential evangelical congregations in Boston has died.
100 years later, Fosdick’s question, ‘Shall the fundamentalists win?’ still echoes
By Jacob Lupfer — May 20, 2022
(RNS) — The answer, improbable at the time, was, 'Yes, they shall.'
How a witch is using her grandmother’s Slavic magic to aid Ukraine’s war effort
By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 20, 2022
(RNS) — Madame Pamita's new book 'Baba Yaga's Book of Witchcraft' was released just after Russia's invasion of Ukraine — 'exactly at the time that it was so needed,' she said.
Los Angeles archdiocese requests sheriff’s campaign ad filmed in church be taken down
By Alejandra Molina — May 20, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — 'The Archdiocese of Los Angeles was not properly informed prior to the filming either by the priest contacted at the parish, or the campaign,' the statement read, adding that it does not endorse political candidates.
With AIPAC funding primary campaigns, young Jewish progressives move further left
By Yonat Shimron — May 20, 2022
(RNS) — Young Jews are rejecting establishment-backed Democratic candidates supported by AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a group that supports pro-Israel candidates in both parties.
Hindu’s classical texts strictly forbid abortion. Here’s why many Hindus don’t.
By Dheepa Sundaram — May 20, 2022
(RNS) — Support for abortion rights is often rooted in the ethic of individual choice.