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Kansas pastor steps out of the closet and into the crosshairs

*Religion News Service video by Sally Morrow EDGERTON, Kan. (RNS) The Rev. Cynthia Meyer said she was “called by God to be open and honest” about who she is. So, during her first sermon of 2016, Meyer broke the news: She loves another woman. “I’ve been praying, and in a process of discernment for some time, particularly over the […]

Mental illness rarely addressed by churches

Protestant clergy rarely preach about mental illness to their congregations and only one-quarter of congregations have a plan in place to assist families of the mentally ill, a new LifeWay Research survey found.

Yale chaplain’s resignation reflects larger mainline tensions over Israel

When an Episcopal chaplain at Yale University seemed to suggest that Jews were culpable for Israel’s actions against Palestinians and a related rise in global anti-Semitism, his comments not only led to his resignation but rekindled a debate within mainline Protestant churches about how to respond to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Recently Read: Church giving reaches Depression-era record lows

Katherine Burgess of Religion News Service writes about the latest Empty Tomb report which documents the decrease in giving among Protestants: The percentage of a church member’s income given to the church dropped to 2.3 percent in 2011 (the latest year for which numbers are available), down from 2.4 percent in 2010, according to the Empty […]

HBO documents saviors of 50 Holocaust children

By Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service… Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus lived a comfortable life in 1930s Philadelphia, where he made a good living as a lawyer, and she kept a stylish house. They were secular Jews who sent their children to a Quaker school, and unlikely candidates for the mission they assigned themselves. Gilbert revealed […]

Commentary: Reaction to Mumford reveals trouble with labels

By Cathleen Falsani, Religion News Service… Labels can be helpful when, for instance, applied to cans of soup or barrels of toxic waste. But they are less so when affixed to human beings—particularly when labels are meant to summarize, indelibly, one’s spiritual identity. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Marcus Mumford, the 26-year-old lead singer […]