Former employee sues Dave Ramsey’s company for alleged religious discrimination, ‘cult-like’ atmosphere
By Bob Smietana — April 15, 2021
(RNS) — The lawsuit claims employees have to submit to Ramsey as a spiritual leader and agree with his views on COVID-19, with no questions allowed.
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Formerly incarcerated, this Unitarian Universalist minister is dedicated to abolishing prisons
By Roxanne Stone — April 15, 2021
(RNS) — His ministry may have been born in prison, but Jason Lydon wants to see a society where prisons no longer exist. That dream is connected to his theology, he says.
First drag queen certified as a candidate for United Methodist ministry ‘speaking in a new way to new people’
By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 15, 2021
(RNS) — Isaac Simmons is the first openly gay man to be certified within the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and, as far as anyone can tell, the first drag queen certified in the United Methodist Church.
Protesters rally to cause of ‘jailed’ Canadian church as pastor awaits trial
By Paul O'Donnell — April 15, 2021
(RNS) — The pastor is a former student of the Rev. John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, who has resisted COVID-19 restrictions there.
Liberty University shake-ups continue as Falwell Jr.’s son leaves post as VP
By Jack Jenkins — April 14, 2021
(RNS) — Trey Falwell was a vice president of university operations at the evangelical Christian school.
New book explores how Desmond Tutu’s Christian mysticism helped unite a nation
By Yonat Shimron — April 14, 2021
(RNS) — In his new book, ‘Desmond Tutu: A Spiritual Biography of South Africa’s Confessor,’ Michael Battle delves into the ways Tutu’s religious formation shaped a vision that helped topple apartheid and unite a riven nation.
During Ramadan, Black history museum features prayer rugs, other Muslim artifacts
By Adelle M. Banks — April 14, 2021
(RNS) — The collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture includes 'The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an,' signed by boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Volcanic eruption in Caribbean prompts Baptist church meals, relief agency supplies
By Adelle M. Banks — April 14, 2021
(RNS) — A local pastor and international relief agencies plan to assist St. Vincent residents with physical and spiritual needs during what is expected to be a long recovery.
‘Bachelor’ star Colton Underwood says he’s gay and calls faith ‘no longer conditional’
By Alejandra Molina — April 14, 2021
(RNS) — In an interview on ‘Good Morning America,’ Underwood said revealing his truth has made him ‘closer to God.’
Meet Mercy Haub: The 16-year-old cancer survivor and preacher’s kid who inspired Ellen
By Bob Smietana — April 14, 2021
(RNS) — After a friend’s dad died of cancer, a Seattle teen made raising money to fight cancer one of her life’s goals. Then she faced her own illness.
Sikhs mark toned-down holiday amid continuing virus concerns
By Paul O'Donnell — April 14, 2021
LIBERTY, Missouri (AP) — U.S. Sikhs are holding toned-down Vaisakhi celebrations, joining people of other faiths in observing holidays cautiously this spring due to COVID-19.
At online symposium, Pope Francis says religions can eradicate sexual abuse together
By Claire Giangravé — April 13, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — After decades of child sexual abuse scandals, the Catholic Church is ready to share its successes — and failures — with other religious and lay institutions.
Planned Parenthood announces new clergy advocacy board members, many from red states
By Jack Jenkins — April 13, 2021
(RNS) — 'As a clergyperson who discovered my call to ministry within a Planned Parenthood, it was a no-brainer,' said the Rev. Katey Zeh, who heads the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.