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Southern Baptist Convention Faces Push from the Right

Southern Baptist Convention Faces Push from the Right

By Travis Loller | Jun 15, 2021

The Southern Baptist Convention is electing a new president Tuesday amid a push to wrest control of the denomination by ultraconservatives who say some current leaders are too liberal on issues that include race and the role of women in ministry.

Watch: Preacher Tony Spell Wants Manly Men with Grease on Their Hands. Really.

Watch: Preacher Tony Spell Wants Manly Men with Grease on Their Hands. Really.

Jun 14, 2021

Right Wing Watch reported that Louisiana preacher Tony Spell recently declared that "the world needs to see some manly preachers" like him, before alluding to manly men with grease on their hands and callouses on their knees.

First Look: New Rainbow Lifeguard Tower Erected in Long Beach

First Look: New Rainbow Lifeguard Tower Erected in Long Beach

By Emell Adolphus | Jun 11, 2021

After a suspected arson destroyed the original tower, the community came together to put up a new symbol of Pride at Hermosa Beach.

Pope Rejects German Cardinal's Resignation, Urges Reform

Pope Rejects German Cardinal's Resignation, Urges Reform

By Nicole Winfield | Jun 10, 2021

Pope Francis refused Thursday to let German Cardinal Reinhard Marx resign over the sex abuse scandal in the church, but said a process of reform was necessary and that every bishop must take responsibility for the "catastrophe" of the crisis.

Mormon Sex Therapist's Ouster Stirs Worries of Shame Culture

Mormon Sex Therapist's Ouster Stirs Worries of Shame Culture

By Sophia Eppolito | Jun 9, 2021

Sex therapist Lisa Butterworth has long been willing to delve into sensitive sexuality questions with clients who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Pope Voices 'Pain' Over Canadian Deaths, Doesn't Apologize

Pope Voices 'Pain' Over Canadian Deaths, Doesn't Apologize

By Frances D'Emilio | Jun 6, 2021

Pope Francis on Sunday expressed his pain over the discovery in Canada of the remains of 215 Indigenous students of church-run boarding schools and pressed religious and political authorities to shed light on "this sad affair."

Watch: No Longer Gay, Milo Yiannopoulos Gets a Message from God

Watch: No Longer Gay, Milo Yiannopoulos Gets a Message from God

Jun 6, 2021

God works in mysterious ways, or so the saying goes. Offering his own cock-eyed proof of that statement is ex-gay, ultra-conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos with his own divine sign.

Wisconsin Priest Digs in to Refuse Bishop's Demand to Resign

Wisconsin Priest Digs in to Refuse Bishop's Demand to Resign

By Todd Richmond and David Crary | Jun 5, 2021

The Rev. James Altman calls himself "a lowly priest" serving a blue-collar city in western Wisconsin. But when his bishop demanded his resignation — after a series of divisive remarks about politics and the pandemic — Altman refused to oblige.

Falwell: Liberty University Lawsuit Is Excuse to Shame Him

Falwell: Liberty University Lawsuit Is Excuse to Shame Him

Jun 5, 2021

Jerry Falwell Jr. is asking a court in Virginia to dismiss a lawsuit Liberty University filed over his headline-grabbing departure last year as leader of the evangelical school his father founded.

Opinion: Why the Ban on Conversion Therapy Has to Include Religious Groups

Opinion: Why the Ban on Conversion Therapy Has to Include Religious Groups

May 28, 2021

After many delays, the government's concern about whether religion should be exempt from prohibiting conversion therapy in England and Wales has led to more setbacks.

Kentucky Ties to Baptist Kids Agency at Risk Over Gay Rights

Kentucky Ties to Baptist Kids Agency at Risk Over Gay Rights

By Bruce Schreiner | May 28, 2021

A cultural clash pitting religious beliefs against gay rights has jeopardized Kentucky's long-running relationship with a foster care and adoption agency affiliated with the Baptist church that serves some of the state's most vulnerable children.

Watch: Hillsong Church Founder Opens Up About Gay Congregants, Celebrity Pastor's Firing

Watch: Hillsong Church Founder Opens Up About Gay Congregants, Celebrity Pastor's Firing

By Kilian Melloy | May 19, 2021

The founder of Hillsong Church spoke on the "Today" show about Hillsong's treatment of LGBTQ congregants and the firing of celebrity pastor, Carl Lentz.

Out Trans Bishop Elected in Evangelical Lutheran Church

Out Trans Bishop Elected in Evangelical Lutheran Church

By Kilian Melloy | May 10, 2021

For the first time, a major denomination of the Christian faith tradition has elected an out transgender cleric to bishop.

2 Catholic Bishops at Odds over Biden Receiving Communion

2 Catholic Bishops at Odds over Biden Receiving Communion

By David Crary | May 9, 2021

They share Roman Catholicism as a faith and California as their home base. Yet there's a deep gulf between Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego.

Cancel Culture Looks a Lot Like Old-Fashioned Church Discipline

Cancel Culture Looks a Lot Like Old-Fashioned Church Discipline

May 2, 2021

The quest for moral accountability finds its greatest successes — and surprises — when rebuke and counterrebuke give way to authentic listening.

Franklin Graham Joins Campaign Against Pride Flags Being Flown at Embassies

Franklin Graham Joins Campaign Against Pride Flags Being Flown at Embassies

Apr 27, 2021

Franklin Graham joined fellow conservative Newt Gingrich in opposing the Pride flag being flown at U.S. embassies.

Airports Step Up Mental Health Assistance as Passenger Anxiety Soars

Airports Step Up Mental Health Assistance as Passenger Anxiety Soars

By Katja Ridderbusch | Apr 16, 2021

Airport chaplains have become close witnesses to people's worsening mental condition. "No doubt, the pandemic has accelerated the need for our services to a new level," said the Rev. Greg McBrayer.

Justin Bieber Calls Out Celebrity Churches & Pastors Who 'Put Themselves on this Pedestal'

Justin Bieber Calls Out Celebrity Churches & Pastors Who 'Put Themselves on this Pedestal'

By Brendan Walker | Apr 14, 2021

In an interview with GQ this week, Justin Bieber bashed religious organizers and pastors who, in his words, "put themselves on this pedestal."

High Court Halts Calif. Virus Rules Limiting Home Worship

High Court Halts Calif. Virus Rules Limiting Home Worship

By Jessica Gresko | Apr 10, 2021

The Supreme Court is telling California that it can't enforce coronavirus-related restrictions that have limited home-based religious worship including Bible studies and prayer meetings.

Pope Urges Hope Amid 'Darkness' of Pandemic in Easter Vigil

Pope Urges Hope Amid 'Darkness' of Pandemic in Easter Vigil

By Nicole Winfield | Apr 4, 2021

Pope Francis urged his coronavirus-weary flock to not lose hope even through the continued "dark months" of the pandemic as he celebrated a scaled-back Easter vigil service in St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday.

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