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Bishops quick to debate Eucharist — and Joe Biden — at meeting

The opening day of the American Catholic bishops’ spring meeting on Wednesday (June 16) had nothing on the agenda about the controversial topic of Communion and President Joe Biden. The meeting’s first-day sessions were supposed to be dedicated to the mundane business of nurturing Catholic families and discussing drafts of liturgical language.




Nurturing dads raise emotionally intelligent kids – helping make society more respectful and equitable

When my oldest son, now nearly 13, was born in July of 2008, I thought I could easily balance my career and my desire to be far more engaged at home than my father and his generation were. I was wrong.




Southern Baptist Convention’s focus on mission recalls history of promoting white dominance

Rocked by controversies, dwindling numbers and internal divisions, the Southern Baptist Convention will meet for its annual meeting on June 15 under the banner: “We Are Great Commission Baptists.”




EXPLAINER: Who is Naftali Bennett, Israel’s new leader?

Naftali Bennett, who was sworn in Sunday as Israel’s new prime minister, embodies many of the contradictions that define the 73-year-old nation.




In this crucial moment, Southern Baptist chief executive Ronnie Floyd is over his head

As more than 17,000 SBC messengers gather in Nashville, Tennessee, this week, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination is splintering over persistent racial disharmony, allegations of the mishandling of a sex abuse scandal and growing if unfounded concerns about women serving as pastors.




The Fight for the Heart of the Southern Baptist Convention

On a recent Friday afternoon, Dwight McKissic sat at a folding table in his three-car garage, on a cul-de-sac in Arlington, Texas, discussing the role that race plays in a growing divide among American evangelicals. McKissic is sixty-four, with a trim white goatee and an imposing stature. For the past thirty-eight years, he has served as the lead pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, which he grew from a few dozen people to roughly four thousand congregants. In the process, he has become a prominent member of the Southern Baptist Convention, which, with more than fourteen million members, is the largest Protestant denomination in the United States.




How Black pastors under 40 are trying to get their peers back into the pews

Empowerment Church in Southfield, Michigan, has a robust 1,000-member, mostly Black congregation. The Rev. Carlyle F. Stewart IV, 26, an associate pastor focused on youth and community outreach, however, says he sees the writing on the wall: His Black peers are abandoning traditional faith communities because they’re not finding solace in churches or meaning in religion in the same way their parents and grandparents have.




Federal appeals court blocks sweeping Missouri abortion law

A federal appeals court panel on Wednesday blocked Missouri from enforcing a sweeping state abortion law that bans the procedures at or after eight weeks of pregnancy.




New app, believr, aims to create a ‘home for LGBTQ+ Christians’

Adam Evers created the app he’d been longing for. As a gay Christian, he felt caught between two worlds. In LGBTQ spaces, his faith was often an obstacle, because so many in the community have been hurt by churches that believe same-sex relationships contradict Scripture.