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by Rachel Held Evans ~ Relevant Magazine People sometimes assume that because I’m a progressive 30-year-old who has no children, I must want a super-hip church—you know, the kind that’s called “Thrive” or “Be,” and which boasts “an awesome worship […]

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“On June 5, 1981, my wife Kay was late into her second pregnancy, just weeks away from giving birth,” writes Rick Warren, the founder and pastor of California’s Saddleback Church and the author of The Purpose Driven Life.  “Absorbed in caring for […]

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By B. DENISE HAWKINS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Thomas A. Farrington isn’t looking for cards or a tie this Father’s Day. What he really wants, he says, is for other black men sitting in the pews with a […]

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By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) The Crystal Cathedral has announced plans to sell its iconic glass-walled church in Southern California to pay back creditors and overcome bankruptcy. Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman, daughter of founder […]

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Religious and human rights activists are asking U.S. churches to invite Jewish and Muslim clergy to their sanctuaries to read from sacred texts next month in an initiative designed to […]

By PETER EISLER c. 2011 USA Today VIENNA, Va. (RNS) When officials at Vienna Presbyterian Church decided to acknowledge the church’s failures in handling reports of sexual abuse by a youth ministries director, they thought it might upset some in […]

By TREVOR GRUNDY c. 2011 Religion News Service CANTERBURY, ENGLAND (RNS/ENInews) In a challenge to conventional wisdom that church attendance is plummeting across Britain and Western Europe, the Church of England says attendance at its 43 cathedrals grew 7 percent […]

By PAUL R. KOPENKOSKEY c. 2011 Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) The Reformed Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church are joining together after they split more than 150 years ago to launch a church planting project […]

By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN c. 2011 USA Today (RNS) Atop the tiny, white-columned 1842 church where Glen Likens was baptized, where he married his wife, where their children were baptized, where they still worship on Sundays, the steeple is rotting. […]

(RNS) The recession was a double-barrel blow to American congregations: directly hurting their budgets while also stretching them thin due to increased needs for counseling, emergency housing and other social services. But the worst seems to be over, according to […]

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