Thema Bryant-Davis elected president of the American Psychological Association

Thema Bryant-Davis, an ordained elder in the African Methodist Epis­co­pal Church, has been elected as the 2023 president of the American Psy­cho­logical Associa­tion. Bryant-Davis currently directs the Culture and Trauma Research Lab at Pepperdine University, along with the mental health ministry at First AME Church in South Los Angeles.

Lutheran scholar, archaeologist Edgar M. Krentz dies at 93

New Testament scholar and archaeolo­gist Edgar M. Krentz died on October 31. He was 93.

Krentz was perhaps best known for his 1975 book The Historical-Critical Method, which provided an introduction to and survey of historical criticism as a means of biblical interpretation. He was also a longtime professor at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, teaching his last class in 2018 despite retiring 20 years earlier.

Krentz’s interest in the historical-critical method began in 1963.

These Cleveland church vans will drive you to work

It’s hard to get around without a car in Northeast Ohio. Decades of neglect by the federal and state governments have resulted in endless cuts to transit service, which in turn have led to years of ridership decline.

Amid this transit death spiral, the state continues to pursue initiatives that encourage sprawl. Cleveland has lost 6 percent of its population since 2010, according to the 2020 Census. The declining tax base and government neglect have stranded low-income people who cannot afford to move elsewhere and need transit the most.

For some churches, paying back PPP loans is better than forgiveness

When Michigan’s governor required churches to stop meeting in person on March 16 last year, Kenton Sanders, director of operations at Mars Hill Bible Church, quickly did some worrying math.

About 40 percent of donations to the church in Grandville, Michigan, came during in-person services that drew some 1,750 people weekly. With in-person services shutting down, donations would surely tumble. If that happened, the church would have to lay off some of its staff.

Texas judge rules religious businesses exempt from LGBTQ bias claims

For-profit businesses with sincerely held religious beliefs are exempt from LGBTQ discrimination liability under a decision by a federal judge in Texas. The October 31 ruling came in response to the US Supreme Court’s 2020 landmark ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, which held that LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

After four-month lockout, AME pastor preaches at her church

A pastor who had been locked out of the church she was appointed to lead in June preached for the first time from its pulpit on October 31. The lockout was allegedly due to her gender.

“God is still worthy to be praised,” preached Ratona Stokes-Robinson, pastor of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Thorofare, New Jersey, just south of Philadelphia. “And for the rest of my life I promise, no matter what I go through, I come to serve the Lord.”

COP26 event urges religious, indigenous partnership

As world leaders gathered for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26, leaders of the world’s religions wanted to make sure the voices of indigenous peoples  weren’t lost in the crowd.

The climate crisis cannot be solved without recognizing the rights and spiritualities of indigenous peoples, said religious leaders who gathered on November 3 for an official COP26 side event streamed online.

“They go together: We protect our lungs. We protect indigenous peoples,” said Azza Karam, secretary general of Religions for Peace.