WASHINGTON (RNS) “We want to enjoy the benefits of this nation and do not expect a free ride, only an equal opportunity,” said the Rev. Becky Keenan, co-pastor of Gulf Meadows Church in Houston.
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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.
(RNS) Frederick Douglass, whose seven-foot bronze statue was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, is known as the father of the civil rights movement. But the 19th-century abolitionist and former slave was also a licensed preacher.
(RNS) Almost 50 percent of gay, lesbian bisexual and transgender adults say they have no religious affiliation, compared to 20 percent of the general population.
(RNS) While expected, the Southern Baptists’ statement against gay Boy Scouts stopped far short of calling for an all-out boycott, as they did in 1997 with the Walt Disney Co. to combat what they saw as the company’s gay-friendly policies.
(RNS) Southern Baptists have been divided over Calvinism since their denomination began in 1845, but top leaders say disagreements had deepened with a “vitriol that is nasty.”
(RNS) Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter’s recent overseas missions trip is being hailed by black and white Southern Baptists as a catalyst to change a long-present reality: very small numbers of black missionaries.
(RNS) As the White House unveils a new initiative to combat mental illness, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank Page has just written “Melissa: A Father’s Lessons from a Daughter’s Suicide,” about his eldest daughter, Melissa Page Strange, who committed suicide in 2009 at age 32.
(RNS) Here’s a sampling of tweets by Russell Moore, who becomes president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission on June 1: I disagree with the Dalai Lama, of course, on faith, but I admire him for standing up to Chinese totalitarianism and for a free Tibet. — Russell Moore (@drmoore) May […]
WASHINGTON (RNS) “Jesus is convictional,” Russell Moore said in an interview as he began to adjust to his Washington office just off Capitol Hill. “He speaks clearly about sin, righteousness and judgment but Jesus is not panicked or outraged.”