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SBC Executive Committee agrees to pay for abuse review, stalls on waiving privilege
By Bob Smietana — September 21, 2021
(RNS) — After two days of meetings, the details for an abuse investigation remain unresolved.
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Anthony Pilla, longtime Cleveland bishop, dies at 88
By Associated Press — September 21, 2021
(AP) — Pilla was installed as the ninth bishop of Cleveland in January 1981 and served until his retirement in May 2006. He also served as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1995 to 1998.
Faith-based agencies celebrate ‘return to moral leadership’ as Biden raises refugee ceiling to 125,000
By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 21, 2021
(RNS) — Even as they praised the higher refugee ceiling, the groups also asked Congress to commit to rebuilding and fully funding the U.S. refugee resettlement program so it could reach that number.
Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman posts video supporting LGBTQ ‘rights and freedoms’
By Kathryn Post — September 20, 2021
(RNS) — The video comes in response to queer Christian artist Semler, who posted a video last week seeking clarity on the band’s stance toward LGBTQ inclusion.
From luxury stays to ‘champing’ in the sanctuary, churches adopt pandemic-era Airbnb models
By Kathryn Post — September 20, 2021
(RNS) — Instead of worshippers, some churches have been filled with local tourists, professional chefs or burnt-out frontline workers.
Pope Francis wants to disrupt church hierarchies, but for women it may not be enough
By Claire Giangravé — September 20, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis’ vision of synodality hopes to change how decisions are made in the Catholic Church, but women wonder if they will have a say.
Vatican City enforces mandates for vaccines, COVID-19 test
By Claire Giangravé — September 20, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — To enter Vatican City, people will have to present a Green Pass, the certification used in Italy to avoid the spread of the pandemic, or any international equivalent.
Christian author Josh McDowell apologizes for comments about Black, minority families
By Bob Smietana — September 19, 2021
(RNS) — At a meeting of the American Association of Christian Counselors, the popular Christian author and speaker denounced critical race theory as one of several 'global epidemics' threatening Christians.
Trump is gone, but Muslim federal workers say reforms are still needed
By Joseph Hammond — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — Muslim Americans in Public Service has published a set of 12 recommendations to improve working conditions for Muslims in public service.
Photos of the Week: Yom Kippur; 9/11 anniversary
By Kit Doyle — September 17, 2021
(RNS) - This week’s photo gallery includes Yom Kippur, the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and more.
Ahead of right-wing rally, Washington DC churches ask for extra police protection
By Jack Jenkins — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — Black Lives Matter signs belonging to churches in the area were torn down and set on fire by Proud Boys in December 2020.
She spent three years in church sanctuary. A new documentary tells her story.
By Yonat Shimron — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — Espinal, who is married and has three adult children, had been living in the United States since she was 16.
Base booster or blasphemy? Bible-quoting pro-Trump billboard raises eyebrows in Georgia
By Paul O'Donnell — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — The ad, comparing Trump to Jesus, disappeared a few days later, leaving behind a flurry of confusion and outrage.