Rep. Ilhan Omar, others encourage US to rebuild refugee resettlement ahead of World Refugee Day

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(RNS) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota thanked Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service during an online event Thursday (June 17), in the name of “all the refugees you have settled and the millions around the world who have benefited from your work.” Omar knows, she said, because she is one of those refugees. “After … Read more

Boris Johnson and Britain are having their own Catholic crisis

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LONDON (RNS) — As the American Catholic bishops debate whether President Joe Biden should receive Holy Communion given his support for abortion rights, outrage has been building in the United Kingdom since the country’s chief executive, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, recently came out as Catholic, to the concern of British Catholics, some parish priests and parliamentarians. … Read more

‘What Is God Like?’ Late author Rachel Held Evans’ first children’s book invites questions

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(RNS) — Rachel Held Evans was just starting to get excited about writing children’s books. The bestselling author of several adult books on Christianity, Held Evans had sketched out, to varying degrees of completion, four outlines and drafts of children’s books. Then, in May 2019, the beloved author, wife and mother died suddenly and unexpectedly at … Read more

Who are the Southern Baptists and why is their 2021 annual meeting so divided?

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(RNS) — The Southern Baptist Convention is gathering in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s not an exaggeration to say that it may be the most consequential denominational meeting for any Protestant denomination in the last 30 years.  But who are Southern Baptists, and why is their vote on a new president and a series of resolutions reverberating … Read more

‘Serenade’ album celebrates LGBTQ youth ahead of Queer Youth of Faith Day

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Artist Mel Rottman talks about their new single featured in the Beloved Arise “Serenade” album. Video screengrab. Video by Rob Cooley (RNS) — When 19-year-old Mel Rottman came out as gay, they thought they would lose their community. Instead, Rottman was met with love from their parents, pastor and church. “A lot of my faith … Read more

Keep COVID-19 restrictions during in-person worship, ecumenical guide suggests

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(RNS) — Some Americans may be behaving like the COVID-19 pandemic no longer hinders them from socializing with friends and family, many of whom they may not have seen in months. But the Ecumenical Consultation on Protocols for Worship, Fellowship, and Sacraments, a group of clergy, scientists and other experts, advised congregations to take it … Read more

A refugee agency rebuilds its pipeline after Trump: ‘We’re starting from scratch’

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) — When the Sprunger family was matched with their foster daughter, an unaccompanied refugee child from Eritrea, they were told the 16-year-old could join them as soon as a couple of weeks, recalled Jessica Sprunger, 33, who lives near Traverse City, Michigan. RELATED: Faith-based refugee resettlement groups describe what it will … Read more