Religion News Service: To date, at least 2,804 churches have left the United Methodist Church since 2019, according to United Methodist News Service.
Associated Press: The pastor faces possible terror-related charges in the deaths of more than 100 his congregants, many of whom are believed to have starved to death.
NBC News: The new documentary explores the late singer’s complicated life constantly swinging between the secular and the profane.
Christianity Today: Can the creator of “God Made a Fighter” political ads woo evangelicals from Trump?
Crux: This week there will again be “two popes” at the Vatican when Francis meets his Coptic Orthodox counterpart, Pope Tawadros II, who is visiting in a bid to strengthen relations with the Catholic Church and bolster support for Christians in the Middle East.
Religion News Service: The Southern Baptist Convention has lost 3 million members since 2006, about half of that in the last five years.
Associated Press: Through more than 200 years, the Sisters of Charity of New York nursed Civil War casualties, joined civil rights and anti-war demonstrations, cared for orphans, and taught countless children.
The Guardian: Justin Welby to join peers condemning measures that seek to criminalise people seeking refuge in UK.
NPR: A lesser-known peak in western Oregon’s Umpqua National Forest was renamed Mount Halo after residents suggested a change to the moniker.
America: All social engineering is preceded by verbal engineering.
Religion News Service: White’s Chapel plans to invite others to join the Methodist Collegiate Church once its disaffiliation is approved by Central Texas United Methodists next month.
Pew Research Center: Parents saw both religious and political transmission as much less important than passing along other values, such as being honest and ethical, hardworking, and ambitious.
The Guardian: Virgil Wheeler, who died in April, verbally agreed deal but made U-turn after learning he would have to register as sex offender.
The Conversation: Religions around the world use these days to honor the importance of many kinds of nurturing, from traditional celebrations to events that honor modern parenting, infertility struggles or the pain of losing a child.
Christian Century: The Ghanaian theologian has long insisted that the experiences of African women are the experiences of the church.
Religion News Service: Each of the three schools will remain independent with its own identity, mission and governance.
Sojourners: What if we transformed this Mother’s Day into an imperative to ensure that all moms receive the care, support, and permanent protections they need and deserve?
Crux: With the House of Representatives set to vote on sweeping immigration legislation, the U.S. Bishops’ Conference migration chair has urged legislators to oppose it, deeming it incompatible with Catholic social teaching and the nation’s commitment to humanitarian protection.
Inside Higher Ed: Monmouth University has spent millions of dollars on campus investments while borrowing next to nothing. Philanthropic support helps, but a clear balance sheet remains a top strategic priority.
Religion News Service: The bill, SB 403, passed on a 34-1 vote and now heads to the Democratic-controlled state Assembly.
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