At least three critical race theory statements proposed for Southern Baptist meeting
By Adelle M. Banks — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — There’s a lot riding on the resolutions committee’s work, with critical race theory as one of the 'points of tension' it has to manage, its chair said.
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German Cardinal’s resignation, refused by pope, reinvigorates church reform
By Claire Giangravé — June 11, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — For lay organizers of the controversial Synodal Path in Germany, Cardinal Marx’s resignation strengthened their efforts.
Southern Baptist Executive Committee hires Guidepost Solutions to review Moore allegations
By Bob Smietana — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — SBC leaders have been accused of trying to delay attempts to deal with abuse and of mistreating abuse survivors.
Riz Ahmed launches new effort seeking to increase Muslims in Hollywood
By Joseph Hammond — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — While the Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor is spearheading the effort, he is joined by some of Hollywood’s leading Muslim professionals.
Liberty grad Nightbirde captures hearts, Golden Buzzer on ‘America’s Got Talent’
By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — What fans of the popular show may not realize is that Nightbirde's performance came from a place of deep faith.
What Catholic bishops are actually saying about denying Communion to politicians
By Jack Jenkins — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — A rapidly escalating theological debate is liable to yield few clear answers.
Will yoga classes in public school lead kids to convert?
By Yonat Shimron — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — Indiana University Professor of Religious Studies Candy Gunther Brown says parents should worry less about where yoga comes from and more about how it's being taught.
New e-prayer rug offers digital support to Muslim prayer
By Joseph Hammond — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — To help guide new and young Muslims, the rug uses voice prompts and an LED display that shows the correct postures of prayer.
‘Preserve the base’: Leaked audio of SBC leaders shows reluctance on dealing with sex abuse
By Bob Smietana — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — Recordings released by a prominent pastor highlight dispute over how to handle abuse allegations in the nation's largest Protestant denomination.
Friends mourn Steve Austin, former pastor and author who wrote about suicide and mental health
By Bob Smietana — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — Author and speaker Steve Austin had spent years trying to reduce the stigma of mental illness. A survivor of abuse and of a suicide attempt in 2012, he was open about sharing his own struggles.
Pope rejects German cardinal’s resignation, urges reform
By Associated Press — June 10, 2021
ROME (AP) — Francis refused to accept the resignation and told Marx in a letter he must continue as archbishop.
Facing enrollment declines, some Catholic dioceses are betting on online schools
By Yonat Shimron — June 9, 2021
(RNS) — Catholic schools saw a 6.4% decline in enrollment at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Now some dioceses are trying to attract new students with online schools.
‘An unusual nun’: Socialite-turned-monastic Ann Russell Miller dies at 92
By Alejandra Molina — June 9, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The first two-thirds of my life were devoted to the world,’ Ann Russell Miller told friends. ‘The last third will be devoted to my soul.’