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Spencer Cullom on the Duke University campus in Durham, N.C. RNS photo by Yonat Shimron

Need to know: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

What to do about ordination? A gay divinity school student ponders her future

Dozens of LGBTQ United Methodist seminary students will graduate next month from the 13 schools affiliated with the denomination. Like Spencer Cullom, who is a lesbian, they face an uncertain future.

Why United Methodists are watching the results of a denominational court meeting

What might United Methodists' top court decide this week about the Traditional Plan, and what would that mean for the second-largest Protestant denomination in the United States?

Kanye West at Coachella was a substitute Easter for sinner-saints

Beyond his showmanship, some experts say, the God-obsessed rapper is offering something the church typically doesn’t allow for: a space where people are allowed to be saint and sinner.

Mick Mulvaney: Faith is driving many Trump administration policies

'The president has allowed us, Christians of all denominations, folks from all different faiths … to take their faith and work it into our policies,' the acting White House chief of staff said.

Three criteria to evaluate Francis’ reform of Vatican Curia

Six years after Pope Francis was elected, his proposals to reform the scandal-plagued Vatican Curia are ready to be released, writes Thomas Reese. Will they satisfy the critics of the Curia?

2020 election revives debate: should religious faith guide one’s voting?

Mayor Pete Buttigieg says Christian faith leads in a "progressive" political direction. Conservatives disagree. The debate reshapes old questions about the relation between religion and politics.



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Refurbishing holy site, India’s Modi levels ancient spiritual landscape

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The hollowing out of American religion

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