Adelle M. Banks is production editor and a national correspondent at RNS.
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Timeline of the Life of Billy Graham
Evangelist Billy Graham died on Feb. 21. Here is a timeline of his life.
All You Need Is Love ... and a Sermon
“What are we going to do — put this out under the theme, ‘I love you; I’m sorry’?” he said he joked with church members. “But the more I thought about it the more I thought sometimes when something is odd or uncomfortable the best thing to do is to lean into the discomfort.”
Faith Leaders Mark 50th Anniversary of Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Deaths
“Echol Cole and Robert Walker represented the struggle of working people then, and still do today,” said AFSCME President Lee Saunders. “We honor them and the brave men who took on a racist, rigged system and vow to continue fighting for economic justice for all workers.”
Southern Baptist Convention Named in Suit Against Prominent Layman
The plaintiff, now in his 50s, claims he was abused by Pressler, now in his 80s, starting when the plaintiff was around 14. Rollins alleges that the abuse continued when he was hired as a “boy Friday” in the judge’s home office and ended around 2004 when Rollins was rearrested and imprisoned for driving while intoxicated.
Hurricane-Damaged Houses of Worship Can Receive FEMA Aid
After lawsuits and a Supreme Court decision, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a new policy extending disaster relief to churches, synagogues and other congregations.
Blue Christmas: Churches Acknowledge That the Season of Joy Isn’t Always Joyous
“We’re all born to live, to love and to die,” he said. “Between the birth and the dying the question is what do we make of it?"
Influential Southern Baptist Layman Paul Pressler Subject of Sex Abuse Suit
The legal document also goes into the movement led by Pressler and Patterson starting in 1979 that turned the Southern Baptist Convention in a more conservative direction after deep theological battles. It claims that the movement was focused on power, which the suit called “a key ingredient in the abuse of children and women.”
Mother Emanuel AME Pastor Shows Solidarity with Sutherland Springs
It is, of course, bringing up memories and exposing old wounds that we thought may have been healed throughout the process of time. It’s thrust several members back into that June 17, 2015, time when everything was kind of just moving very rapidly and having a lot of people experience the sheer raw emotions of having their church violated and having their ministerial staff and loved ones murdered within the sacred walls of the church.
Strong Link Found Between Worship Attendance and Religious Giving
Overall, giving to religious causes amounted to close to a third of all charitable giving in 2016, Giving USA says. Religious institutions received $122.94 billion that year, or 32 percent of charitable donations. That figure is more than double the amount received by educational institutions, the next highest sector within nonprofits, which garnered $59.77 billion.
Christian Refugees Outnumber Muslim Refugees to U.S. in Last 15 Years
As the Trump administration continues to enforce a travel ban affecting six Muslim-majority and other countries, a Pew Research Center report tracking the influx of displaced people finds that 47 percent of refugee arrivals in fiscal 2017 were Christian and 43 percent were Muslim.
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