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The Rev. Dan Collison and First Covenant Church Minneapolis. Courtesy photos

Need to know: Monday, July 1, 2019

Removed from Roster

Evangelical denomination expels entire congregation over LGBT policy

The Evangelical Covenant Church's vote to expel the First Covenant Church, a prominent and historic Minneapolis congregation, for being "out of harmony on human sexuality," took place at the denomination’s annual meeting in Omaha on Friday, June 27. More from Religion News Service

Data Collection and Expanded Support

Civil rights advocates, victims’ families urge support for new hate crime report …

The bipartisan NO HATE Act would address underreporting in hate crime data submitted to the FBI by state and local law enforcement agencies. More from Religion News Service

“Trail Magic”

Episcopalian pilgrims bring Spain’s Camino de Santiago to the Appalachian Trail

Inspired by Spain's popular pilgrimage, hikers from the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania are making their own "Appalachian Camino" this week on the piece of the Appalachian Trail winding through the diocese. More from Religion News Service

Fighting Against Rejection

South Sudanese churches call for acceptance of wartime sexual violence survivors

Thousands of women and girls in Africa’s newest nation who have suffered brutal sexual violence have been rejected by their families on their return to their communities. More from Religion News Service

Spiritual Politics

An academic society whose time has come

The study of religion and nature bids for center stage, writes Mark Silk. More from Religion News Service

Call to Ministry

Church of England appoints its first black female bishop

Rose Hudson-Wilkin, born in Jamaica, will be consecrated in November as bishop of Dover. More from The Guardian




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