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The Southern Baptists’ challenge on race (ANALYSIS)

(RNS) In the wake of tragic shootings of unarmed black men at the hands of vigilantes and white police officers, many institutions across American society, from the president on down, have sought to foster “national conversations” about race. Perhaps surprisingly, an agency of the...
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Tibetan Buddhist leader blazes an innovative trail

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (RNS) Wrapped in the maroon and gold robes of a Tibetan monk, Ogyen Trinley Dorje isn’t what most people picture when they think of innovation. To his followers, Dorje is the 17th Karmapa — the leader of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism and the latest in...
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Cardinal Raymond Burke: Gays, remarried Catholics, murderers are all the same

(RNS) When Pope Francis last year effectively demoted U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke by moving him out of a senior post in the Vatican to a largely ceremonial role as head of a Rome-based Catholic charity, it was viewed as a way to sideline one of the pontiff’s most outspoken critics o...
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Millennials are the ‘don’t judge generation’ on sexual morality: Survey

(RNS) Most young adults of every religion, race and ethnicity support access to affordable contraception. And 56 percent of people ages 18 to 35 say that in some situations, choosing to have abortion “is the most responsible decision that a woman can make.” But, a new survey fin...
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Southern Baptist race summit calls for focus on reconciliation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Southern Baptists did not mince words about their racist past during a two-day summit here devoted to making churches more diverse. During the first half-hour of the conference Thursday (March 26), the Southern Baptist Convention’s top ethics czar acknowledg...
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Disciples look to pull convention from Indiana over religious freedom bill

(RNS) Though the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has made Indianapolis its headquarters for nearly a century, the denomination is considering pulling its next biennial convention out of Indiana over a new state law that allows businesses to turn away gay customers. Gov. Mik...
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TV’s ‘Dig’ unrolls a Dead Sea Scroll to unravel a conspiracy

(RNS) Fugitive cows, secret codes and end-of-the-world scenarios. The USA Network’s series “Dig” continues to weave a fictional action-conspiracy story around some very factual strands of Old Testament prophesy and biblical archaeology. But what’s up with the naked praying guy on...
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Why evangelicals are divided by afterlife testimonials (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Earlier this week, LifeWay Christian Resources announced it would no longer carry “experiential testimonies about heaven,” such as Don Piper’s popular “90 Minutes in Heaven.” Books and films in this vein report people’s various brushes with the afterlife (usually heaven, but s...
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HBO’s ‘Going Clear’ leaves future of Scientology unclear

(RNS) The only murky thing in “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” HBO’s scathing new documentary, is: What will happen to the church that sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard built more than 60 years ago after it airs? The two-hour film directed by Academy Award-winning d...
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Obama to host Pope Francis at White House in September

(RNS) President Obama will welcome Pope Francis to the White House during the pontiff’s U.S. visit in September to “continue the dialogue … on their shared values and commitments on a wide range of issues,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday (March 26). The mee...
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