Southern Baptist leader resigns coalition supporting mosques

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) A top leader of the Southern Baptist Convention has resigned from a new interfaith coalition, saying some fellow Southern Baptists felt it was inappropriate for him to support the building of mosques. Richard Land, who heads the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, told organizers at the Anti-Defamation League that “many Southern Baptists share […]

Russian patriarch denounces Moscow airport bombing

Sophia Kishkovsky |

MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) The head of the Russian Orthodox Church denounced a terrorist attack at Moscow’s busiest airport as “the horrifying scowl of sin,” and said actions once condemned even in war “are today becoming a form of protest.” Patriarch Kirill I spoke after a service to mark the feast of St. Tatyana, which this year […]

Archdiocese upset after St. Patrick finds a home in restaurant

Rohan Mascarenhas, Matt Friedman and David Giambusso / The Star-Ledger |

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (RNS) And now, let us raise a toast to St. Patrick. Once a cherished icon for generations of Catholics, a statue of Ireland’s patron saint from Sacred Heart Church in Newark has landed in a South Orange restaurant — much to the chagrin of local Catholic leaders. On a recent night, as […]

Wednesday’s Religion News Roundup

Kevin Eckstrom |

POTUS went to Capitol Hill last night to assess the state of our Union, and gave a shout-out to American Muslims — “the conviction that American Muslims are a part of our American family,” and a nod to members of the military, be they “Christian and Hindu, Jewish and Muslim. And, yes, we know that […]

King’s daughter won’t assume helm of father’s civil rights group

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) Fifteen months after being tapped to head the civil rights group founded by her famous father, the Rev. Bernice King has declined the post, citing a leadership clash and an inability to “move forward.” King’s decision leaves the venerable Southern Christian Leadership Conference again facing an uncertain future, a half century after it was […]

Tuesday’s Religion News Roundup

Thousands of abortion opponents rallied Monday on the National Mall, encouraged by recent federal and state GOP wins and hopeful about proposals to tighten bans on federal funding for abortions, according to WaPo. Deadly attacks against Shiite pilgrims in Iraq continued on Monday, including three car bombings around the city of Karbala, where as many […]

Faiths’ ad campaigns chase after the great `I Am’

Peggy Fletcher Stack |

(RNS) To many viewers, the “I’m a Mormon” ad blitz from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seemed hip, refreshing and original. The campaign, launched last year in nine U.S. cities, generated a lot of national buzz. Its short videos featured regular folks talking about their lives as doctors, skateboarders, tax attorneys, environmentalists, […]

COMMENTARY: Tough medicine for tough problems in tough times

Tom Ehrich |

(RNS) Now begins the annual season of church leadership workshops, retreats and formation events. It’s an important time because when leaders have their act together, the faith community can move forward. Here are my six suggestions for church leadership. I know they represent course changes — and serious ones at that — but I am […]

Anglican prelates to meet in Ireland

Daniel Burke |

(RNS) A handful of Anglican archbishops are boycotting a high-level meeting in Ireland this week (Jan. 25-30) to protest the Episcopal Church’s acceptance of openly gay and lesbian bishops. The Rev. Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion, which includes the U.S.-based Episcopal Church, said that “seven or possibly eight” archbishops are boycotting the […]

Former UCC president suspended after affair

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) The former president of the United Church of Christ has been suspended for one year and ordered to undergo a “program of growth” after he admitted last year to an affair with a former co-worker. An association within the denomination’s Ohio Conference will oversee a ministerial fitness review of the Rev. John H. Thomas, […]