Some Arizona churches to defy migrants’ deportation, offer them sanctuary

By USA Today Network
PHOENIX — Several Arizona churches are preparing to offer refuge to Central American migrants after the Department of Homeland Security launched an effort over the weekend… read more

New creation agriculture: An interview with Dr. Presian Burroughs

By Clifton Stringer
Recently I was able to visit with Dr. Presian R. Burroughs about matters ranging from faith and biblical scholarship to the ecological crisis. Below, she shares a bold vision for… read more

Kansas pastor comes out during sermon

By Heather Hahn / United Methodist News Service
A United Methodist pastor came out to her Kansas congregation during a Jan. 3 sermon in this year’s first public action aimed at influencing the 2016 General Conference… read more

Kenya's Garissa University reopens nine months after massacre

By Fredrick Nzwili / Religion News Service
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Faculty and administrators at Garissa University College returned to work Monday (Jan. 4), nine months after a bloody massacre of mainly Christian students by … read more

Now that Anne Frank’s diary belongs to the world, what will we make of her?

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) Will we come to see Anne Frank differently now that her iconic diary is in the public domain? Already scholars in Europe are posting it for academics — and maybe new… read more

Are local pastors the future of the United Methodist Church?

By Ed Trimmer
One of the more interesting trends in The United Methodist Church is the explosion of local pastors. Since 1985 the number of local pastors has almost doubled from 3,804 to 7,464… read more

Is there too much standardized testing?

By Rebekah Jordan Gienapp
More than 100 standardized tests Last fall, the Council of the Great City Schools, a national organization that represents the needs of urban public schools, released the first… read more

Why 'the evangelical voter' doesn’t mean anything

By Trevin Wax / Religion News Service
(RNS) It feels like stating the obvious to say that “evangelical voters” are not a monolith that can be reliably relied upon by any politician. But what should go… read more

10 ways to embrace confusion in 2016

By Laurie Haller
Our seven-year-old grandson, Ezra, thrives on routine. When he spent last week at our house, I had yogurt available for breakfast. Because it wasn’t the Go-Gurts he is… read more

America's affordable housing crisis

By Jeanne Torrence Finley
Affordable housing in short supply In a recent interview on Houston Public Media, Shad Bogany, past chair of the Houston Association of Realtors, commented on the shortage of… read more

Tiny churches, big hopes: Why some thrive despite the odds

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) Hope, by nature, is defiant, counterintuitive and lodged in surprising places. So a new report detailing the spiritual, demographic and financial challenges faced by small… read more

Why many welcoming churches are dying churches

By Joseph Yoo
I was listening to a sports radio show on my way to church one morning. The two DJs were doing their usual bit of asking each other trivia questions. One of the DJs asked… read more
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