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January, 2019


The goal of "Ministry and #MeToo" was to create resources that help Christian leaders understand and respond to sexual misconduct and abuse

Willow Creek Association releases resource on ministry and #MeToo

Willow Creek #MeToo conference panel

by: Emily McFarlan Miller Jan 31, 2019 CHICAGO (RNS) – There are a lot of abuse survivors who don’t feel safe in church – and a lot of abusers who do, the Rev. Dale Ingraham of Curtis Baptist Bible Church in Campbell, N.Y., told a room of Willow Creek Association staff and Christian leaders last month. Whether the abuse happened at home or in the church, congregations rarely address the topic, according to Ingraham, who co-founded a nonprofit called Speaking Truth in Love with his wife, Faith, to address theRead More

Putin said the push for the new church was rooted in

Putin assails Ukraine Orthodox church reform

Russian President Vladimir Putin

by: The Associated Press Jan 31, 2019 MOSCOW (AP) – President Vladimir Putin has criticized Ukraine’s move to set up a new Orthodox church independent from Moscow and promised to defend religious freedom. Earlier this month, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople granted independence to a new Orthodox Church of Ukraine, formally severing its centuries-long ties with the Russian Orthodox Church. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who runs for re-election in March, has spearheaded the move that forced clergy and believers to choose between belonging to the old Moscow-affiliated church or theRead More

Pelosi noted that she had long worked with evangelicals on comprehensive immigration reform.

Pelosi, DeVos address Christian educators on policy and faith

by: Adelle M. Banks Jan 30, 2019 -WASHINGTON (RNS) – ”Hours before post-shutdown conversations began on immigration and border security on Capitol Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a group of Christian educators gathering in the nation’s capital this week that she intends to uphold her responsibility to “act upon our beliefs in the dignity and worth of every person.” Those people include refugees seeking to cross our borders, Pelosi told the Presidents Conference of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities on Wednesday (Jan. 30). “We’re hoping that weRead More

A spiritual leader for the Rams, Cooks is always quick, whether in interviews or on social media outlets, to offer praise to God...

SUPER BOWL: Rams receiver delivers ‘spiritual spark’

Brandin Cooks

by Tim Ellsworth Jan. 30, 2019 ATLANTA (BP) — For Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks, Sunday’s Super Bowl is an opportunity for redemption. Cooks was part of the New England Patriots in last year’s Super Bowl but left the game prematurely in the second quarter with a concussion. He never returned to the game, which the Patriots lost 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles. After an offseason trade that sent him to the Rams, Cooks is thankful for another Super Bowl appearance. “I’ve asked God to redeem me sinceRead More

Mission Possible is a holistic clinic that provides prayer, free healthcare, and Christian counseling to those who are not covered by...

Founders of Mission Possible in Aurora pray for more ‘miracles on Broadway’ as healthcare ministry changes helping hands

By Tom Siebert Jan. 29, 2019 AURORA, Ill. – Gary Baer views his life as a “miracle.” His personal, painful math is 30 years of addiction to alcohol and other drugs, six stints in rehab, and three suicide attempts. But in 2004, Gary had a spiritual awakening. Then he got clean and sober, earned a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and received a master’s in evangelism and leadership from Wheaton College. More recently, the Oswego resident was  awarded a certificate in drug and alcoholRead More

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Abolitionism at the Tipping Point – CT

Slavery has been around since before Moses, but International Justice Mission’s president thinks its demise is only decades away. Source: Abolitionism at the Tipping Point – CT

Tech Shabbat is a modern twist on an ancient religious practice...

The science of Sabbath: How people are rediscovering rest – and claiming its benefits

by: Emily McFarlan Miller Jan 25, 2019 (RNS) – Tiffany Shlain built her career by being online almost all the time. She founded the Webby Awards, which honor the best of the Web each year. She also runs a film studio and creates online conversations to use the internet in “ts best way, which is to bring people together on issues that unite us,” she said. And yet every Friday evening for nearly a decade, Shlain and her family have unplugged their devices and spent the next 24 hours offlineRead More

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Wearing a Trump hat? That’s not exactly pro-life, says Catholic Bishop John Stowe

That Catholic students in the March for Life wore the slogan of a politician who denigrates immigrants, refugees and foreigners is evidence that Catholics’ opposition to abortion has become separated from the even more basic truth of the dignity of each human person. Source: Wearing a Trump hat? That’s not exactly pro-life, says Catholic Bishop John Stowe

Extremists in the U.S. killed 50 people in 2018...

As Muslim extremism nosedives, researchers question law enforcement’s focus

by: Yonat Shimron January 25, 2019 (RNS) — Two reports on extremist attacks in the United States document a marked decline in the number of Muslim Americans associated with extremist acts. Extremists in the U.S. killed 50 people in 2018, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, which looked at fatalities from all groups. Only one of those attacks was perpetrated by someone associated with a radical Islamist group. The rest were carried out by right-wing extremists of various ideologies, mostly white supremacists like Robert Bowers, whoRead More

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Like Americans overall, U.S. Catholics are sharply divided by party – Pew Research Center

On a number of issues, Catholic partisans often express opinions more in line with their political parties’ positions than with their church’s teachings. Source: Like Americans overall, U.S. Catholics are sharply divided by party – Pew Research Center