At The Greater First Baptist Church in Washington, members were looking forward to seeing “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” the movie inspired by Eugene Allen, a member of their church who died in 2010. Allen served as a butler at the White House for more than half a dozen administrations. He served as an usher and […]
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About Adelle M. Banks
Adelle M. Banks joined the Religion News Service staff in 1995 after working for more than 10 years at daily newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Binghamton and Syracuse, The Providence Journal, and the Orlando Sentinel.
Before coming to RNS, she was a full-time religion reporter for six years in Orlando, covered the beat during part of her time in Syracuse and contributed to religion coverage at the other papers. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., 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.
WASHINGTON (RNS) “The attributes that made him a great butler made him a great usher,” said Denise Johnson, an usher at the predominantly black D.C. church where Eugene Allen was a member for six decades.
(RNS) “These events expose the troubling reality that, far too often, the Church’s instincts are no different than from those of many other institutions, responding to such allegations by moving to protect her structures rather than her children.”
(RNS) As the immigration reform debate has moved from the Senate to the House, evangelical leaders will be back on Capitol Hill and Catholic university presidents have urged Catholics in Congress to act. But the question remains: Do these groups really have any influence?
(RNS) Greg Thornbury, dean of Union University’s theology school, has been named the new president of The King’s College, a New York City evangelical school whose previous leader became embroiled in controversy.
(RNS) A fledgling organization that opposed the Boys Scouts of America’s decision to accept openly gay scouts announced Tuesday (July 9) it will launch an alternative group with a Christian worldview.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A broad coalition spearheaded by Catholics and Southern Baptists is pushing back against the Obama administration’s final contraception mandate rules, calling it a threat to religious liberty for people of all faiths.
(RNS) “What we do is we come alongside the survivors,” said Chaplain Jimmie Duncan, president of the Texas Corps of Fire Chaplains. “Sometimes we’re quiet. Sometimes we hug them. Sometimes we pray.”
We asked faith leaders and members: What does the Supreme Court decision today mean for you in the context of your faith?