(RNS) Undoing the election of the first openly lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church will be a primary goal when 1,500 Methodist evangelicals gather this week in Chicago to found a new renewal group, according to organizers.
Religious liberty claims have often been used by conservatives to defend Christians-only clubs on campus and merchants who won’t serve LGBTQ people.
But progressives are now invoking the First Amendment to advance causes of their own. As they see it, social action is integral to living out their faith, and local ordinances can’t take away their rights.
(RNS) After 11 years of occupying a parish building that the Archdiocese of Boston ordered closed in 2004, the people of St. Frances X. Cabrini Church in Scituate, Massachusetts, are finally handing over the keys.
The nation’s oldest graduate school of theology plans to relocate from Newton Centre, Massachusetts, to New Haven, Connecticut, where a remnant of the faculty will teach on the campus of Yale Divinity School.
Two Pennsylvania Lutheran seminaries have dropped plans to dissolve both schools and start a new one as they navigate hurdles in their quest to forge a new institution.
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg said in a joint statement April 28 that they would be “forming one seminary” from the two existing institutions.
Some legal scholars and advocates are calling for more disclosure about the managerial misconduct that led to the firings of two senior Episcopal Church administrators after a four-month misconduct investigation.
A luxury housing construction project in the works at Union Theological Seminary could potentially save the school’s Upper Manhattan campus by raising more than $100 million for urgently needed renovations and repairs.
(RNS) Faith-based agencies resettling refugees in America stand to gain more than a clear conscience if the United States—after what is expected to be a fierce debate in Congress—accepts a proposed 10,000 Syrian refugees next year.
For thousands of Central American children fleeing threats of gang violence, the multiweek journey to the United States has meant trusting human smugglers, hitching rides through Mexico, and hoping they survive the experience.
BOSTON (RNS) Six years ago, the people of First Congregational Church of Rowley in Massachusetts were convinced they’d lost their treasure. A 17th-century minister’s 664-page diary, and its rare detailed account of community life in early America, had been missing for nearly two decades.
The 50 members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Hitchcock, Texas, are looking forward to December, when Mark Marmon will be ordained their priest. One reason for the excitement? They won’t have to pay him.
(RNS) Eager to give away a 217-acre campus that’s been earmarked for donation since 2009, the owners of a former prep school facility in Northfield, Mass., have broadened their criteria to include non-Christian applicants.
When Confederate soldiers bore down on Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1863, a quiet seminary building atop a ridge was transformed—first into a Union lookout, then a field hospital for 600 wounded soldiers.
Now the structure that stood at the center of the Civil War’s bloodiest and most pivotal battle is being transformed once again.
Two days after the Boston Marathon bombings, Boston Medical Center chaplain Sister Maryanne Ruzzo was checking on staffers who’d been caring for the injured when she received a page. A bombing victim wanted to see her.