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‘12 Years a Slave’ prompts calls for racial reconciliation

WASHINGTON — The new movie “12 Years a Slave” may depict a bygone era in American history, but religious leaders … Continued

EXCERPTS: Billy Graham on sin, salvation and ‘trendy religion’

RNS () — Evangelist Billy Graham, who preached the gospel for more than seven decades, has written his 32nd book: … Continued

Barber wins right to continue haircuts for the homeless

HARTFORD, Conn. — Every Wednesday around 5 p.m., the homeless start lining up in Bushnell Park. They come for the … Continued

Religious groups OK with gay Scout ban for years now say no problem. What gives?

For years, the biggest faith groups in the Boy Scouts Mormons, Catholics and Methodists supported the organization’s ban on openly … Continued

All eyes on Texas, S.C. church property fights

When disgruntled congregations have left hierarchical denominations such as the Episcopal Church, they’ve often lost property battles as civil courts … Continued

Hope after Russia’s adoption ban: Adopting justice

DMITRY LOVETSKY ASSOCIATED PRESS Children look on in the Republican Hospital for Infectious Diseases, which specializes in treating HIV-positive children … Continued

Where was God?

Newtown, I just have one question today for our readers. Where was God? The shooting massacre we saw in Newtown, … Continued

Fate of accused abusive pastor in the hands of his flock

STOVER, Mo. — The Rev. Travis Smith paced First Baptist Church’s sanctuary, decorated for the holidays with poinsettias and a … Continued

Remembering transgender voices

On Sunday, the Boston-area trans community came together for the 14th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance . This global celebration … Continued

Election Day Communion aims to heal the partisan breach

Come to me, all ye who are weary of negative political ads and burdened by the wounds of a brutal … Continued

Saints are back in style

This month is a momentous one for saints in the Catholic Church. After naming two new doctors of the church … Continued

Religious groups team up to fight sex trafficking

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Just 13. That’s the average age UNICEF reports that girls enter the commercial sex trade in the … Continued

New Orleans resident Carolyn Parker: ’I’m gonna keep fighting’

HANDOUT REUTERS Carolyn Parker is shown in this undated handout photo supplied by PBS on Sept. 19, 2012. Parker, who … Continued

Meaning of Fred Luter’s presidency to Southern Baptists

Several thousand Southern Baptist pastors, church workers, laymen and their wives, most of them elected representatives (“messengers”) from their local … Continued

N.T. Wright asks: Have we gotten heaven all wrong?

The oft-cliched Christian notion of heaven — a blissful realm of harp-strumming angels — has remained a fixture of the … Continued

Church softball league calls a foul on bisexual pastor

ST. CLAIR, Mo. — The scene on Tuesday night (May 15) couldn’t have been more American — teams from the … Continued

Papal religion and politics in Mexico and Cuba

Pope Benedict’s visit to Latin America in 2012 will take him to two countries: one where the Catholic Church is … Continued

‘How Sweet the Sound’: Worship at the Verizon Center

Michael Loccisano WIREIMAGE FOR VERIZON Verizon’s “How Sweet The Sound” at Verizon Center on September 21, 2011 in Washington, DC. … Continued

LGBTQ find unexpected hope

Today’s guest blogger is Robert Chlala, a Campus Engagement Associate at Interfaith Youth Core. He has worked with youth community … Continued

The future of the Evangelical church

By Scot McKnightprofessor, author, blogger, and contributor to Patheos.com Some are announcing the end of evangelicalism, like former evangelical and … Continued