(RNS) In the wake of Pope Francis’ triumphant visit to Brazil, writers for the rival National Catholic Register and National Catholic Reporter were left debating whether he’s “a gift to the church” or a “revolutionary.”
Fans of a beloved contemporary Christian hymn won’t find any satisfaction in a new church hymnal. The committee putting together a new hymnal for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) dropped the popular hymn “In Christ Alone” because the song’s authors refused to change a phrase about the wrath of God.
Jonathan Eshiloni Mumena will eagerly tell you about his ivory Star of David ring and the Texas flag on his tie. But Mumena’s real passion has recently turned to advocacy for adult circumcision to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
ROCKVILLE, Md. (RNS) One year after a gunman opened fire in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., killing six worshippers, Sikhs say they are hopeful about the future and even more determined to be better understood.
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) approved a resolution at its recent general assembly in Orlando, Florida, that called upon its churches to affirm that no grounds exist to bar Christians from fellowship or service within congregations because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
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.
New research predicting the rise of religious progressives and a conservative decline presents a challenge to those in the middle, including moderate Baptists, according to some leading Baptist and other Christian activists and thinkers.