US churches reckon with traumatic legacy of Native schools

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(AP) — The discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada have prompted renewed calls for a reckoning over the traumatic legacy of similar schools in the United States — and in particular by the churches that operated many of them. U.S. Catholic and Protestant denominations operated more … Read more

UMC edges toward historic split over LGBTQ inclusion. This church showed the way.

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(RNS) — When Asbury Memorial Church in Savannah, Georgia, announced its disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church last year, Asbury said in a press release that it believed it was “the first church in the USA to leave the United Methodist denomination due to its unequal treatment of LGBTQ people.” The church’s claim points to … Read more

United Methodist conference seizes church assets in dispute

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MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A regional governing body for a Protestant denomination has seized the assets of a large congregation in Georgia in a dispute over who should be the senior pastor. Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, has about 8,000 members and is one of the largest congregations in … Read more

In a new documentary, Will Willimon puts his preaching toolbox to the test

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(RNS) — Good preaching took a hit during the coronavirus — with many preachers speaking into their computers from their living rooms or from an empty sanctuary, cut off from the eyes and ears of their listeners. A 30-minute documentary about Will Willimon, one of the most effective preachers in the English-speaking world, according to … 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