The Slingshot: Hybels out; Nourishing faith; Guatemala on the Hudson

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Venice Williams, left, leads Christian, Jewish and Muslim farmers in prayer at the FaithLands gathering on March 8, 2018, in Paicines, Calif. Williams is the founder of Alice’s Garden in Milwaukee, where she presides over a house church that grew out of the garden and its community. RNS photo by Kimberly Winston

Need to know: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bill Hybels, prominent megachurch pastor, resigns from Willow Creek following allegations

He said didn't want to be a distraction to the church's ministry following allegations of misconduct from several women.

Cultivating the connection between soil and the soul with ‘FaithLands’

When 40 faith-based farmers gathered for a first-of-its-kind weekend at a working ranch near San Jose, they sought nothing less than a complete disruption of how food is grown, distributed and even served.

Italian-American church in Brooklyn’s ‘Little Guatemala’ gets new lease on life

St. Finbar Catholic Church in Brooklyn's Bensonhurst neighborhood is part of a larger national trend: The share of U.S. Catholics who are Hispanic has increased by 5 percentage points since 2007 to 34 percent and is expected to continue growing.

No integrity for Trump’s evangelical disciples. Sad!

A question from his 5-year-old daughter about Stormy Daniels makes it clear to commentator Jacob Lupfer that conservative Christians have brought vulgarity, adultery and a porn star into his family’s home.

State and local Republican officials have been bashing Muslims. We counted.

Republican officials in 49 states have openly attacked Muslims with words and proposed legislation since 2015, and few have faced repercussions.

Mormon church to celebrate end to ban on blacks entering the priesthood

A ceremony on June 1 in Salt Lake City will mark the 40th anniversary of the day the LDS church ended a centurylong ban on black men and boys being ordained, and on black women being allowed in Mormon temples.

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A rabbi should be able to change his or her mind

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