Supreme Court strikes down bans on same-sex marriage

By Richard Wolf / USA Today
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the United States Friday in a closely divided ruling that will stand as a milestone in its 226-year history… read more

Pastors, faithful pick up gun training: ‘We need it in church’

By Bianca Graulau / USA Today Network
(RNS) For seven years, Geof Peabody — owner and instructor at Peabody’s Shooting Range — has been teaching his fellow church members how to use guns. Peabody… read more

Do we need unholy guns in holy places?

By David Gushee
(RNS) Inevitably, after the massacre at Emanuel AME Church, people are beginning to talk about arming congregants for self-defense. It is a sad image: 25 souls sitting around at… read more

Reuniting Christology and sexology

By Talbot Davis
Don't you hate it when your strongest disagreement is with your closest friends? Here's how that's working in my life. In the same-sex relationship, intimacy and marriage debate… read more

4 huge issues we're facing in America today

By Don Underwood
Rev. Don Underwood issues a statement and challenge about working toward a better America. Don is the senior pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas and the… read more

What does it take to forgive someone like Dylann Roof?

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) Nadine Collier, daughter of one of Dylann Roof’s nine alleged victims, has one message for the suspected killer: “I forgive you.” The 21-year-old Roof is… read more

Prejudice, bigotry and racism

By Tex Sample
Think of prejudice as a pre-judgment, staking claim to a point of view that is judgment without sufficient data or knowledge. But prejudice is typically misjudgment as well. As… read more

Mother Emanuel — What can we say?

By James A. Harnish
A brutal interruption Thursday should have been Pope Francis’ day in the headlines with the release of his encyclical on the environment. But the pope was interrupted by the … read more

The reality of evil

By Michael Bowie Jr.
While reflecting on the tragedy at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, I'm wrestling with mixed emotions. On one hand I'm enraged that humanity has become so… read more

The Charleston tragedy: How should we respond?

By F. Willis Johnson
The ugliness of hatred and its historic vestiges have again darkened a sacred space. This is not the first time the black church has felt the wrath of white supremacy. White… read more

5 factors that create a culture of hate

By Christy Thomas
I am not going to do any second-guessing as to background and causation of the tragedy in South Carolina. The facts themselves are horrific enough: A young white man spends some… read more

Juneteenth celebration resonates in wake of Charleston, S.C., tragedy

By Melanie Eversley / USA Today
(RNS) Two days after Dylann Roof allegedly opened fire inside of an historic black church in a city with deep black historical roots, the country is poised Friday (June 19) to… read more
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