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The Pacific Northwest is the American religious future

By Mark Silk — May 31, 2019

SEATTLE (RNS) — Recent research on the region’s distinctive religious culture gives us hints about what a society dominated by Nones may look like.

Life stories — not sermons — guide Gilead Church in Chicago

By Katelyn Ferral — March 4, 2019

CHICAGO (RNS) — At Gilead Church in Chicago, life stories are as sacred as Scripture.

Booker and Warren fuse faith and politics in appeal to mainline preachers

By Jack Jenkins — May 24, 2018

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Pairing religion with liberal politics, the two potential presidential candidates made an unusually direct appeal to mainline Christians.

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

By Mark A. Kellner — May 7, 2018

(RNS) — The votes mark an inclusive step forward for the ‘most white’ of the nation’s mainline Protestant denominations, according to Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.

Barbara Brown Taylor on the devil, death, and the definition of ‘Christian’

By Jonathan Merritt — April 15, 2014

The “New York Times” bestselling author talks openly about personal topics, even sharing how aging affects her and whether she is afraid of dying.

Barbara Brown Taylor tells Christians to embrace darkness

By Jonathan Merritt — April 14, 2014

One of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world, is on a mission to redeem the darkness. Barbara Brown Taylor says Christians have never had anything to say about darkness, but she plans to change that.

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