(RNS) For congregations that haven’t thought about who will succeed their current pastor, the authors of the new book “Next: Pastoral Succession That Works” have words of warning: Be prepared.
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About Adelle M. Banks
Adelle M. Banks joined the Religion News Service staff in 1995. She previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., she spearheaded an RNS project on the March on Washington that won a 2014 Wilbur Award from the Religion Communicators Council. Banks was a third-place winner in the Religion Newswriters Association’s Religion Reporter of the Year contest in 2011 and 1998. She also has been honored by Associated Church Press.
“This was the spiritual workplace of the civil rights movement,” said the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy III, whose foundation is seeking to have the site of the historic church designated as a national park.
(RNS) Dozens of protesters marched briefly with more than 1,600 crocheted and knitted “bricks” from the Supreme Court to the U.S. Capitol Tuesday (Sept. 9), supporting the Secular Coalition for America’s “Knit a Brick” campaign.
(RNS) Warren Bird, research director at Leadership Network, said pastors have long held a lofty place of authority in the South, and that may be why they are paid more in that region.
(RNS) “We say that pastors and principals should meet,” said Carlos Campo, chair of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference’s Hispanic Education Alliance.
(RNS) It’s been 40 years since the Episcopal Church first ordained women, and other denominations have long included women in their clergy ranks. Now, three prominent cities have women pastors leading historic, tall-steeple churches.
(RNS) The statement calls on African-American churches to memorialize Michael Brown and to elect politicians who “represent the preservation of life in ethnic communities.”
(RNS) A University of Washington researcher has found that young evangelical Christian men who took a virginity pledge and had male friends who held them accountable before marriage are suddenly adrift and unable to talk to trusted friends — and sometimes even their new wives — about sex.
(RNS) As fans of Robin Williams reel from the news of his suicide, faith communities — including the nation’s black churches — have started to address mental illness as a crucial area of focus.