Popular author Beth Moore leaves Southern Baptist Convention

For nearly three decades, millions of evangelical Chris­tian women have read Beth Moore’s Bible studies and flocked to hear her speak at stadium-style events where Moore delves deep­ly into biblical passages.

Then along came Donald Trump.

Because of her opposition to Trump and her outspokenness in confronting sexism and nationalism in the evangelical world, Moore has been labeled as “liberal” and “woke.” She’s even been called a heretic for daring to preach a sermon during a Sunday morning church service.

Jon Meacham named National Cathedral's first canon historian

Washington National Cathedral an­nounced on March 10 that it has chosen Jon Meacham as its first canon historian, a role that is part of a cathedral initiative that will turn part of a long-vacant building into its new College of Faith and Culture.

Meacham, an Epis­­copalian, is a former Newsweek editor in chief and a Pulitzer Prize–winning nonfiction writer, best known for his biographies of American presidents and other historical figures, such as civil rights icon John Lewis.

Cornel West denied tenure, leaves Harvard

Cornel West is rejoining the faculty of Union Theological Seminary, where he started his teaching career more than 40 years ago.

The move comes after West threatened to leave Harvard University, which he said denied his request to be considered for tenure, according to media reports.

West has been granted the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair at Union, named in honor of the German theologian who attended the seminary in 1930, the seminary said in a statement on March 8.

SCOTUS revives suit against Georgia college

The US Supreme Court is reviving a lawsuit brought by a Georgia college student who sued school officials after being prevented from distributing Christian literature on campus.

The high court sided 8–1 with the student, Chike Uzuegbunam, and against Georgia Gwinnett College. Uzuegbunam has since graduated, and the public school in Lawrenceville, Georgia, has changed its policies. Lower courts said the case was moot, but the Supreme Court disagreed.

Presbyterian Historial Society begins work on Katie Geneva Cannon digitial archive

The Presbyterian Histori­cal Society has embarked on a collaborative effort to create a digital archive of more than 1,600 pages of womanist theologian Katie Geneva Cannon’s personal records.

Working alongside the Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leader­ship at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and the Cannon family, PHS—which serves as the national archives for the Presby­terian Church (USA)—hopes to create a single, online location where people can find Cannon’s writings, interviews, and records.

Why Oak Flat is a sacred place for the Apache

Waya Brown, barefoot and clad in a flicker-feather headdress and red-tailed hawk cape, waved a handful of feathers toward the ground.

Brown, who is Apache and Pomo, twirled in a circle as he blew a double cane whistle.

His father rattled a bamboo stick and sang in the Pomo language, while his aunt pounded on a deerskin drum. His sister and cousins danced in place as they all blessed the ground and those surrounding the circle.

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Planned traditionalist Methodist denomination gets name

Traditionalists committed to leaving the United Methodist Church have chosen “Global Methodist Church” as the name for the denomination they plan to launch.

“The primary mission of the Global Methodist Church will be to make disciples of Jesus Christ who worship passionately, love extravagantly, and witness boldly,” said Keith Boyette, chair of the transitional leadership council that is helping to guide the new denomination.

But the official start and legal organization of the Global Methodist Church may be more than a year and a half away.

On historic Iraqi trip, Pope Francis courts criticism, inspires hope

Pope Francis became the first Roman pontiff to visit Iraq when he embarked on his March 5–8 apostolic visit. There, he visited its diminishing Christian community and spoke with political and religious representatives from different faith groups and denominations, including prominent Muslims.

The book The Last Girl, by Nobel Peace Prize–winner Nadia Murad, which describes the suffering of the ethnic Yazidi people following the 2014 occupation of northern Iraq by the so-called Islamic State, “provided the background for the decision,” he said.

Candace M. Lewis is first woman to lead Gammon Theological Seminary

Candace M. Lewis has been named president-dean of Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlan­ta, the first woman to serve in that role in the school’s 138-year history.

Lewis, an or­dained elder in the Florida Conference of the United Meth­odist Church, most recently served as executive director of the denomination’s national re­source for church planters. Previously, she was a district superintendent in the Florida Conference and the founding pastor of New Life Community United Meth­odist Church in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Gospel Music Hall of Famer Carman dies at 65

Carmelo Domenic Licciardello, an evangelical performing artist known as Carman, died on February 16. He was 65.

The musician had been hospitalized in Las Vegas for complications after surgery to repair a hiatal hernia, ac­cording to a press release posted on his Facebook page.

Carman came to fame during the mid-1980s heyday of  contemporary Christian music with the release of his hit song “The Champion.” His 1991 record Ad­dicted to Jesus was Billboard’s Chris­tian album of the year.