Emma Jordan-Simpson named president of Auburn Seminary

Emma Jordan-Simpson has been named the next president of Auburn Seminary. She succeeds Katharine Henderson, who announced last year that she would be stepping down after a decade of leadership at the Presbyterian-founded institution in New York.

Jordan-Simpson comes to Auburn from the Fellowship of Recon­ciliation USA, where she was executive director. Prior to that, Jordan-Simpson was the executive director of the New York branch of the Children’s Defense Fund. She also serves as executive pastor at Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn.

Pat Robertson steps down from The 700 Club

Pat Robertson, who turned a tiny Virginia television station into a global religious broadcasting network, is stepping down after a half century running The 700 Club on daily TV, the Chris­tian Broadcasting Network announced on October 1.

Robertson, 91, said in a statement that he had hosted the network’s flagship program for the last time and that his son Gordon Robertson would immediately take over.

Robertson’s CBN started broadcasting on October 1, 1961, after he bought a bankrupt television station in Ports­mouth, Virginia. The 700 Club began production in 1966.

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First woman ordained in Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi

This article originally appeared on lutheranworld.org

On September 26, Bertha Godfrey Munkhondya became the first woman ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi.

In a congratulatory letter to Munk­hondya and the ELCM, Lutheran World Federation general secretary Martin Junge expressed gratitude for Munkhondya’s willingness to serve the church.

Remnants of Black church uncovered at Colonial Williamsburg

The brick foundation of one of the nation’s oldest Black churches has been unearthed at Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum in Virginia that continues to reckon with its past storytelling about the country’s origins and the role of Black Americans.

The First Baptist Church was formed in 1776 by free and enslaved Black people. They initially met secretly in fields and under trees, in defiance of laws that prevented African Americans from congregating.

Rural chaplains support communities facing labor shortages, hate groups

On any given day, Bob Klingler, a rural chaplain in northwestern Pennsylvania, might be cleaning a flooded basement, facilitating an antiracist workshop, or leading worship from the bay of a livestock auction barn. Meanwhile, in Suffolk, England, rural chaplain Graham Miles could be answering a midnight phone call or helping a ewe give birth.

To Miles and Klingler, it’s all ministry.

Catholic nonprofit trains youth to end religious conflict in Nigeria

Nigeria, a country of more than 200 million people, is deeply divided along religious lines. For two decades, violent clashes between Muslims and Christians have claimed thousands of lives. For instance, in November 2008, violence broke out among Muslims and Christians in Jos, Nigeria, a city in the country’s middle region.

About 760 people were killed. Samuel Sunkur, a Christian who was 13 at the time, said he was devastated when his aunt’s house was destroyed and razed by mobs. Afterward, Sunkur started thinking of ways to take revenge.

United Methodist Publishing House sells campus for $24.5 million

The United Methodist Publishing House announced on October 4 that the sale of its Nashville property has been completed, at a price of $24.5 million. The lakefront campus was sold to R2, a Chicago-based real estate investment firm.

UMPH is the denomination’s oldest continuous entity, dating to 1789. However, recent decades have seen it contracting along with the denomination’s US membership.

In 2012, UMPH announced that it would be closing all of its brick-and-

Report: 330,000 French children were victims of church sexual abuse

Victims of abuse within France’s Catholic Church welcomed a historic turning point on October 5 after a new report estimated that 330,000 children in France were sexually abused over the past 70 years, providing the country’s first accounting of the worldwide phenomenon.

The figure includes abuses committed by some 3,000 priests and an unknown number of other people involved in the church—wrongdoing that Catholic authorities covered up over decades in a “systemic manner,” according to the president of the commission that issued the report, Jean-Marc Sauvé.

PNBC president Timothy Stewart dies at 64

Timothy Stewart, the first international president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, has died, his denomination announced.

The Bahamas pastor served three years of his four-year term and presided over the virtual annual session of the historically Black religious group in August. He died on September 17 at age 64.

“Dr. Stewart faithfully served the Progressive National Baptist Conven­tion for over 3 decades, making history in 2018,” the PNBC said in a statement. “He was the first President from the International Region in Progressive’s 60 year history.”