EVANSTON, Ill. (RNS) — A decision this week by the United Methodist Church Judicial Council hints at what the denomination’s 2019 special session on sexuality will look like. And it has some worried the session could become bogged down in the same petitions and points of order it was supposed to avoid.
(RNS) — As the First Step Act passes the U.S. House of Representatives, the country’s largest Christian prison ministry says there’s ‘never been greater interest in America in criminal justice reform.’
(RNS) — Bishop Michael Curry preached a word at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Former President Jimmy Carter spoke at Liberty University’s commencement. A Christian conference discussed better ways to talk about science with teens.
(RNS) — United Methodists have expressed both concerns and hope after bishops endorsed a plan last week that would allow individual pastors and regional bodies to decide whether to perform same-sex weddings and ordain or call LGBT people as clergy.
(RNS) — The gold standard for church leaders — the Master of Divinity — is losing some of its luster to its humbler cousin, the two-year Master of Arts. For lots of Puna residents, a volcanic eruption like the one currently charging through their region is both an awful natural disaster and an invigorating spiritual reckoning. Given that crystals can be used to ‘make a promise to mama earth,’ it would seem important to know how they were extracted from mama earth.
(RNS) — Austin Channing Brown, author of ‘I’m Still Here,’ talked to Religion News Service about how the church is missing out when it doesn’t listen to black voices, how awkward even progressive spaces can be and how white people can be less exhausting.
(RNS) — What plan is the United Methodist Church’s council of bishops recommending to avoid a schism over LGBT inclusion? What do Southern Baptists actually believe about submission? Who are some of the most influential Muslims in America?
CHICAGO (RNS) — United Methodist bishops endorsed a plan that would allow individual pastors and regional bodies to decide whether to perform same-sex weddings and ordain or call LGBT people as clergy.
(RNS) — The new caucus comes as the religious ‘nones’ — those who claim no religious affiliation — jumped from about 16 percent of the U.S. population in 2007 to nearly 23 percent in 2014, according to the latest Pew data.
(RNS) — James H. Cone, the scholar known as the ‘founder of black liberation theology,’ died Saturday at age 79. Where the loss of the mantle of ‘largest’ in its category might go unnoticed for other universities, it may cause more of a stir for Liberty. Women came to the rescue with designs and practical solutions for problems created by men when Fifa banned female players from wearing hijab.
(RNS) — Several publishers have suspended printing books by former Willow Creek Community Church pastor Bill Hybels as the Chicago-area megachurch he founded more than 40 years ago investigates allegations of his inappropriate behavior toward women.
SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (RNS) – The elders of Willow Creek Community Church are pledging to renew their investigation of the church’s former pastor, Bill Hybels, as more allegations of inappropriate conduct with women surface.