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Black church’s versatile pandemic innovations foster broader community, online giving

Explore how Woodville Church of the Nazarene, a Black Church in Virginia, adapted during the pandemic, increasing their community and giving.

United Methodist Church Makes Historic Moves Toward LGBTQ Inclusion

The United Methodist Church moved a step closer this week toward lifting its decades-old ban on same-sex weddings and LGBTQ clergy through a series of groundbreaking votes at the denomination's General Conference.

Taylor Swift’s ‘TTPD’: Religious Imagery for a Spiritually Syncretic Era

Though Taylor Swift hasn’t explicitly stated anything publicly about her faith since the now-famous 2018 documentary clip where she claimed "I live in Tennessee. I'm a Christian," her growing cache of religious references in her latest album, "The Tortured Poets Department," reveals a comfortability with her generation’s revolving divine du jour.

Israelis Prepare for a Passover Overshadowed by War and Loss

As the normally joyous communal holiday of Passover approaches this year, many Israelis say the war in Gaza has dampened the prospect of holding a Seder — the communal retelling of the ancient Israelites’ escape from Egypt from enslavement based on the Bible’s Book of Exodus. 

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Idaho to Enforce Gender Care Ban While Lawsuit Plays Out

The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed Idaho to enforce House Bill 71, a law banning Idaho youth from receiving gender-affirming care medications and surgeries.

How Not to Comfort the Mourning: Hospital Chaplain J.S. Park Talks Grief in New Book

In J.S. Park's latest book, “As Long as You Need: Permission to Grieve,” he draws on nearly a decade of sitting with people on the worst day of their lives, offering vivid stories from the bedside and his own life to show why an unrushed, authentic approach to grieving allows people to honor their loss for what it is.

Part-Time Clergy Score Highest in Every Health and Wellness Category  

The 2023 clergy health and wellness data are in, and they send a clear message: employment status makes a big difference in a pastor’s wellbeing. Those doing best in all respects are in part-time ministry positions.

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