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The Slingshot: Paige Patterson; Whitefish, Montana; Lutheran bishops

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Paige Patterson speaks at the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix on June 14, 2017. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Need to know: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Thousands of Southern Baptist women sign petition against Paige Patterson

Dated Sunday, the letter had been signed by more than 2,000 women as of Monday afternoon (May 6.)

Whitefish Jews fight neo-Nazis with faith, peace and interfaith allies

What do you do when anti-Semites, stirred up by a guy you see at the local coffee shop and the gym, send you doctored pictures of your child's face beneath the gates of Auschwitz?

In historic votes, Lutherans elect two African-American women bishops

The votes mark an inclusive step forward for the "most white" of the nation's mainline Protestant denominations, according to Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.

Crash of small plane kills Jewish seminary’s president

The seminary 53-year-old Rabbi Aaron Panken led trains rabbis in the Reform movement, the largest stream of Judaism in the U.S.

Revisiting Baylor’s list: What does an effective preacher look like?

The problem with Baylor's list is not with the individuals named, but that as a whole, it creates a biased and anachronistic impression of what an effective preacher looks like, writes the Rev. Maggi Dawn.

Missouri lawmaker calls pregnancy by rape God’s ‘silver lining’

Speaking on proposed legislation that would grant fetuses constitutional rights, Rep. Tila Hubrecht called pregnancy that results from rape a gift from God, while arguing that abortion should be illegal, even in the case of rape and incest.

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