Adelle M. Banks
Religion News Service
'COVID Has Been Harder on Us': Some Black Churches Remain Hesitant to Reopen
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
While many congregations have been back to worship for weeks and months, often masked and socially distant, some African American clergy continue to hold off on in-person services. Others have...
Kirk Franklin Rereleases 'Lean on Me' with Virtual Global Children's Choir
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Grammy Award-winning artist Kirk Franklin has re-released his song "Lean on Me," but this time it is featuring the virtual global Children's choir.
Francis Collins 'a Bit' Frustrated with Evangelicals amid COVID-19 Vaccine Push
Monday, September 13, 2021
In a recent interview with Religion News Service, Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, shared that he is “a bit” frustrated with fellow evangelicals who have...
United Methodist Leaders Urge Churches to End Boy Scout Charters for Now
Friday, August 27, 2021
In light of a recent bankruptcy court ruling about the Boy Scouts of America and sexual abuse claimants, United Methodist leaders are urging their churches to not extend current agreements to...
Russell Moore: Sickness, Death from COVID-19 Likely Reducing Some Vaccine Hesitancy
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Theologian Russell Moore recently asserted that knowing people who became seriously ill or died from COVID-19 may be causing some vaccine-hesitant individuals to change their minds.
Expert in Faith-Based Disaster Management New Leader of Homeland Security Center
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Marcus T. Coleman has been selected as the new director of the Department of Homeland Security's Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
AME Church Bishops Address COVID-19, Critical Race Theory as Major Meeting Opens
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
The bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church are set to discuss COVID-19, Critical Race Theory, and same-sex marriage, among other things, in their denomination’s major meeting this week.
Former Megachurch Pastor and Presidential Adviser Kirbyjon Caldwell Enters Prison
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Former United Methodist megachurch pastor and presidential adviser Kirbyjon Caldwell has begun his six-year prison sentence. Caldwell was found guilty of being involved in a multimillion-dollar...
Saddleback Church's Ordination of Women Pastors to Be Considered by SBC Committee
Thursday, June 17, 2021
A committee that determines whether churches are conforming to Southern Baptist Convention affiliation rules will consider whether the prominent Saddleback Church can continue in fellowship with...
Gavel Named for Slaveholder Replaced with One Recalling Missionary at SBC Meeting
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Outgoing Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear opened up the two-day Southern Baptist meeting using a different gavel than the one traditionally used. The traditional gavel was named...
SBC Executive Committee Rejects Request for System-Wide Abuse Inquiry
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Amid the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting, the denomination's Executive Committee has rejected a request to broaden an inquiry into its handling of sexual abuse allegations to include...
At Least Three Critical Race Theory Statements Proposed for Southern Baptist Meeting
Monday, June 14, 2021
On Wednesday, two Southern Baptist pastors, Tom Ascol of Florida and Tom Buck of Texas, called on delegates to rescind Resolution 9. Passed in 2019, Resolution 9 allows for Critical Race...
Anne Graham Lotz: 'I Just Have to Follow the Lord and What He's Called Me to Do'
Thursday, June 10, 2021
In an interview with Religion News Service, Bible teacher Anne Graham Lotz shared that she would "never come out against women being ordained," though she does not believe that she has been called...
Wilberforce University, AME Church School, Cancels Debt for 2020, 2021 Grads
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
During Wilberforce University's commencement ceremony over the weekend, the school's president, Elfred Anthony Pinkard, announced that all student debt for 2020-2021 graduates had been forgiven.
Is it Safe to Sing at Church Yet? Depends on Who You Ask.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
The CDC recently announced that fully vaccinated people could generally resume pre-pandemic activities. But what does that mean for singing in church? The CDC’s guidance for “communities of faith”...
100 Years Later, Black Church Leaders Seek Reparations for Tulsa Massacre
Thursday, May 20, 2021
As Tulsa pauses to mark the 100 year anniversary of the racially motivated Tulsa Massacre, Rev. Robert R.A. Turner and other Black people of faith are saying that the time has come to repay as well...
Volcanic Eruption in Caribbean Prompts Baptist Church Meals, Relief Agency Supplies
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Rev. Cecil Richards and his Kingstown Baptist Church are working together to provide aid to the people of St. Vincent after a volcanic eruption forced citizens to evacuate their homes.
Biden Says Seminary COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Is Example of 'America at its Finest'
Thursday, April 8, 2021
After visiting a Virginia seminary chapel that is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination clinic, President Biden hailed the effort as "an example of America at its finest".
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